Here we have discussed, jio’s new tariff system as Jio is no longer free. Breaks their promise and have started to charge calls at 6 paise per min for other networks. Jio to jio is still free as an option. Should we pay 6 paise to jio?
What is going to happen to the telecom industry now?
According to a recent meeting at New Delhi, Reliance Jio will charge its subscribers for voice calls. The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company said that its customers will have to pay 6 paise per minute for voice calls to other networks. But yet, Jio has promised to gift free data of equal value so as to meet the user’s perseverance.
Meanwhile, calls from Jio to other mobile networks are no longer free. Jio users get special recharge vouchers that will tend to offer additional data benefits and predefined free call minutes for calls made to other mobile networks at reasonably no additional cost per call within that limit. Reliance Jio also clear-outs that the 6 paise per minute charge will not apply on any of its own networks calls. All incoming calls on a Jio mobile connection call made from your Jio connection to a landline and data calls made for voice or video using apps such as WhatsApp and Apple FaceTime.
“So, for all recharges done by Jio customers starting today, calls made to other mobile operators will be charged at the prevailing IUC rate of 6 paise per minute through IUC top-up vouchers till such time that TRAI moves to Zero termination charge scheme”. Jio said in a statement on Wednesday.
The reduction of IUC would benefit an operator with more outgoing traffic than incoming calls. Hereby June end, 64% of Jio’s total traffic is outgoing. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea would stand to gain if Trai decides to postpone the date of scrapping IUC as these telcos will deliver more incoming traffic than outgoing.
“Clearly, this off net charge being levied, therefore, is to force IUC to be brought down despite the heavy burden it puts in the receiving network. We are grateful that this very timely consultation paper to reassess IUC has been issued by Trai,” Airtel said in a statement on Wednesday.
Jio starting to charge calls is also good for rivals as this is upward movement in tariffs for Jio customers. This gives some breathing room to incumbents,” Mahesh Uppal, director at communications consulting firm ComFirst India said.
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