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It's been ages since I first heard that Indian providers were to do away with roaming charges, "by the end of the year". Has it happened yet?
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Roaming charges on Incoming calls were removed recently and now all incoming calls are free by some operators. Others charge a daily fixed fee for free incoming, like 5 INR per day.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Roaming charges on Incoming calls were removed recently and now all incoming calls are free by some operators. Others charge a daily fixed fee for free incoming, like 5 INR per day.
Which operators offer free roaming incoming calls, free for life?
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Roaming charges on Incoming calls were removed recently and now all incoming calls are free by some operators. Others charge a daily fixed fee for free incoming, like 5 INR per day.
Rs 5 per say is not bad, but it's still a roaming charge. What about outgoing calls?
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The Totally free Incoming on Roaming is only on specific tariff on Postpay by most operators. On Prepay, most charge a daily fee for free Incoming.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post The Totally free Incoming on Roaming is only on specific tariff on Postpay by most operators. On Prepay, most charge a daily fee for free Incoming.
Thanks. It's good to know. But what about outgoing calls? Is there a an extra per minute roaming charge for outgoing calls?
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So basically, it has not happened yet.

At this time, charges for free incoming calls and home-rate outgoing calls on roaming are carrier-specific.
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Originally Posted by Matka View Post So basically, it has not happened yet.

At this time, charges for free incoming calls and home-rate outgoing calls on roaming are carrier-specific.
Phew! I neither enjoy pulling teeth,, nor having mine pulled. I think a flat daily rate for roaming in certain areas was on offer even before the the proposal to eliminate roaming charges altogether was made with fanfare.
Nothing has happened seems to be the correct answer then?
My phone use is very sporadic. A rupee per minute prepaid account adds up quickly. I don't like to charge for more than Rs 400 or 500 at a time.
Is 4G service available now? I mean the real 4G (LTE) not enanced 3G deemed to be 4G.
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Hi,

I am on BSNL roam 199 plan, incoming is free, even in mumbai and delhi (mtnl network). But they charge 1.5 per min for outgoing. And you get 6 months for 199 plan.
Airtel postpaid charges 75 pm, but unlike bsnl, home circle call charges apply.
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Originally Posted by Yaatri View Post But what about outgoing calls? Is there a an extra per minute roaming charge for outgoing calls?
For a long time now, Outgoing calls made to numbers within the visiting circle were charged at local rates and calls to the home/other circles were made at long distance rates. There was no uniform roaming charge on all outgoing calls.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post For a long time now, Outgoing calls made to numbers within the visiting circle were charged at local rates and calls to the home/other circles were made at long distance rates. There was no uniform roaming charge on all outgoing calls.
Tell me if I am wrong, the intent of "no roaming charges" is to treat the whole country as if it were one market, one big circle, if you will. Rates for all calls should be the same in that case. Maintaining different rates for different circles is in effect, a roaming charge.
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then why auction spectrum in "circles"? It would be a running battle between the government on one hand and the telco companies on another, with consumers being the fodder. Everyone wants to make money without providing the "service".

I personally love the T-mobile plans...Simple.
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post then why auction spectrum in "circles"? It would be a running battle between the government on one hand and the telco companies on another, with consumers being the fodder. Everyone wants to make money without providing the "service".

I personally love the T-mobile plans...Simple.
That's what it means to do business in India.
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Originally Posted by Yaatri View Post Tell me if I am wrong, the intent of "no roaming charges" is to treat the whole country as if it were one market, one big circle, if you will. Rates for all calls should be the same in that case. Maintaining different rates for different circles is in effect, a roaming charge.
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post then why auction spectrum in "circles"? It would be a running battle between the government on one hand and the telco companies on another, with consumers being the fodder. Everyone wants to make money without providing the "service".
Considering the whole country as one Big circle won't happen any time soon. So as long as there are multiple and sometimes different operators in each circle, this issue will persist. Only when there is consolidation into a few operators that are national in their presence will this be possible. But upon consolidation, there is the risk of them forming a cartel.

For most people, free incoming in roaming is itself quite good and the outgoing charges in roaming are also not very high. With Voice being the major revenue source, and rates in India being the lowest, there is less possibility of reduction when considering the financial position of the industry.
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But upon consolidation, there is the risk of them forming a cartel.
and how it is different now? If not for profits, they now form a cartel for protection. The recent auction is itself an evidence, none of them attended the bidding.
it might not be entirely the telco's fault, simply put, everyone wants to sell whatever they have at the highest possible price, consequences be damned. The buyers, in turn, shove the price rise down to their customers. and it gets passed down to their customers ad infinitum. A game of "hot potato".
There is no reason for data prices to be so high, there might be some initial cost, but to charge for every subsequent bit at the same astronomical price is not very friendly. Reminds me of my friendly data supplier who would swing wires from poles, accept a deposit for six months, and promptly after six months, cut all the wires to bits, one fine midnight, and come the next morning, claiming that someone cut the wires, and he wound now need a new deposit to re-lay the wires.

It was rumoured that an pan-india license of reliance Jio is going to slash the data rates by about 50-80%. That itself has been delayed by about 2 years.

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