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Indian Telecom backbone BSNL has decided to offer FREE incoming calls to its mobile customers, while on roaming across the country.
On June 2, the Hon’ble Telecom Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced the availability of the service from June 15, 2015.
While announcing the availability of the service, Minister of Communications & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said “As always, BSNL has taken lead to announce yet another landmark decision in the larger interest of public which will benefit crores of its existing as well as new subscribers. Now BSNL mobile customers will not need to carry multiple SIMs and handsets during roaming. They are now free to talk as long as they want without worrying of any charges during incoming calls. In fact it is like a dream of ‘ONE NATION ONE NUMBER” come true. ”
Speaking on the occasion CMD BSNL, Anupam Shrivastava said “In the past also we were the first movers in many customer beneficial initiatives. In 2002 when we entered in mobile segment we started free incoming calls for the first time within License Service Area(State). Prior to that, the customers had to pay for incoming calls also at the rate as high as Rs.16/- per minute.” He also added, “Although there could be slight reduction in revenue on account of free incoming calls during roaming but we expect to gain first mover advantage and anticipate offsetting this amount by arresting churn out/porting out and by acquiring new customers”.