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BSNL offers free incoming calls on roaming

BSNL has revealed two special tariff vouchers for slashing incoming call rates.

Following close on the heels of leading private operators Vodafone, Idea and Airtel, the state-run telecom service, provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched new tariff plans enabling users to enjoy free roaming services while travelling to any part of the country.

BSNL has launched domestic roaming plans with free incoming calls and cheaper rates for outgoing calls and texts.

The relaxation in roaming charges were announced after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had mandated all network operators in the country last month to make available options of discounted national roaming packages to customers.

Trai says that, “the present exercise to review national roaming tariffs was initiated by Trai earlier this year in the context of decline in costs and the declared intent in the New Telecom Policy 2012 to move towards ‘One Nation-Free Roaming’ throughout the country”.

Two special tariff vouchers
The state-owned telecom company has revealed two special tariff vouchers for slashing incoming call rates.

Customers will now get unlimited free incoming calls for Rs 5 a day and Rs 69 recharge validity for 30 days to ensure they do not have too shell out money for receiving calls when roaming across the country for an entire month. However, these tariffs do not offer discounts on outgoing local and national calls, both of which will cost users 1.5 paise per second.

BSNL has two Roaming Tariff Plans or RTPs for prepaid customers. The service provider has announced Rs 405 and Rs 705 free roaming plans for its pre-paid customer base.

In addition, post-paid subscribers have options of Rs 145 and Rs 625 schemes that facilitate free incoming, free outgoing and text messages. For those who want to include free unlimited incoming calls for an entire month on their post-paid numbers, BSNL has launched RTP’s that charge Rs 149 or Rs 825.