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India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel has announced FREE National Roaming from April 1, 2017. The announcement comes a week after Reliance Jio announced the Prime Membership and its tariff plans. While announcing the Tariff Plans, Ambani mentioned that all voice calls will remain FREE with ZERO Roaming and No Hidden Charges.
The telco has announced that no additional charges be levied on voice calling, messaging and web browsing on National Roaming. “This marks the death of national roaming and the whole country will now be like a local network for our customers, who will not have to think twice before making or receiving calls or using data while travelling outside their home base,” said Gopal Vittal, chief executive, Bharti Airtel. With this move, you can use your home data pack even while you are on roaming. Even customers on International roaming without any pack would be automatically billed to the price of basic one day pack for that country. Bharti Airtel has also mentioned that it has slashed its price of its data packs by upto 99% and the cost of International calls have been cut by 90% to less than ₹ 3/minute.
Jio’s entry has ignited another round of Tariff War. It would be interesting to see when the other operators decides to do away with the roaming charges and Blackout Days.