Airtel takes lead in free roaming plan for prepaid customers

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New Delhi, July 1: Airtel has become first telecom operator to offer free roaming in the country. India's biggest telecom company now allows free incoming calls on roaming for a fixed charge and this offer is now only for prepaid customers.

The first plan of Rs. 5 per day gives customers free incoming calls on national roaming for a day. The second plan costs Rs 79 and gives customers free incoming calls on national roaming for a period of 30 days.

Airtel has not made any announcement regarding this offer to postpaid users.

On June 17, Trai had announced that telecom operators can allow free national roaming if users pay a fixed fee. This order came into effect from today.

The regulator also reduced the national roaming charges by up to 57 percent. The rates have been reduced to Re 1 per minute for outgoing local calls and Rs 1.50 per minute for outgoing STD calls. Similarly, the ceiling for incoming calls while on national roaming has been reduced from Rs 1.75 per minute to 75 paise per minute under the new order.

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