Roaming becomes cheaper thanks to TRAI
New Delhi: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has forced telecom operators to slash calls as well as SMS tariffs in India. The regulatory authority has cut tariffs for mobile calls and SMSes. This has been done under a special roaming tariff plan.
Nonetheless the users are still not going to avail roaming schemes at home circle rates.
This means that people are going to enjoy lower tariffs while visiting other circles. Mobile calls while in roaming will be cheaper by up to 23 per cent, while sending SMSes will cost up to 40 per cent less from May 1 as regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has slashed ceiling tariffs.
But this comes with a rider. However, following this TRAI order, subscribers will not be able to avail of schemes that allowed them to make calls and send SMSes while in roaming at home circle rates. â€œTRAI has reduced ceiling tariffs for national roaming calls and SMS and has mandated telecom service providers to offer a special roaming tariff plan. These changes will come into effect from May 1, 2015,â€ TRAI said in a statement on Thursday. The TRAI has cut the maximum or ceiling rate that a telecom operator can charge for STD calls on roaming to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.5. Similarly, national SMS rate has been reduced to 38 paise from Rs 1.5 per SMS.