Taking competition by Reliance Jio head on, telecom company Airtel on February 27 announced that they would soon be scrapping the additional charges incurred on incoming and outgoing calls during national roaming.
The facility, which would be provided from April 1 onward, is being hailed as the ‘Death of National Roaming’ and would also provide free incoming calls, SMS, and data while there would be no premium cost on outgoing calls.
“Starting April 1, Airtel customers roaming within India will enjoy free incoming calls/SMS and there will be no premium on outgoing calls allowing them to speak freely wherever they are within the country. Also, there will be no additional data charges on national roaming. Home data packs for customers will apply even while they roam across India.”
While Jio and BSNL already provide this facility, other telecom companies like Vodafone and Idea Cellular are expected to follow suit soon as they currently, only provide partial benefits through specially-designed ‘roaming-free packs’.
Further, with regards to international roaming, Airtel said that there will be “no bill shocks while roaming overseas” as daily billing from April 1 onward will be automatically adjusted to the price of the basic one-day pack.
“When a customer travelling to the US without a pack hits the threshold of Rs 649 (the price of one-day pack designated for the country), he/she will automatically move to the one-day pack with free incoming calls/SMS, 100 India and local country outgoing minutes, 300 MB data and a host of other benefits.”