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Re one a call across the country takes off

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New Delhi, Mar 1 (UNI) One Rupee a minute call anywhere, anytime and any network in the country from both landline and mobile phones has become effective from today Termed the OneIndia plan, the move which has virtually wiped out distance within the country, however had many BSNL and MTNL users dialling numbers on their existing phones without getting desired result of connecting on longer distances.

BSNL officials said the user has to formally enter into the OneIndia plan either through helplines or through requests in the respective BSNL offices in their areas. The same was the case with MTNL which provides telephone services in Delhi and Mumbai.

Ruling out any loss in revenues, both the state owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL, who dominate the telecom market in the country, said the new announcement will spell a boom for per minute calls.

This increase in volumes as well as new subscribers, would help rake in profits with a large number of people especially in the huge rural market taking to phones with gusto.

The rentals have been increased to Rs 299 from Rs 250 by both MTNL and BSNL.

The move that is jointly announced, by state owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL who have nearly 90 per cent of telecom customers in the country, is part of the OneIndia Plan that blends the distinction between the fixed line tariff and the cellular tariff.

This would make the tariff itself ''technology independent'', BSNL CMD A K Sinha said.

Local calls will be Re one for three minutes, (a distance of 50 Kms) and long distance would be again Re one but for a one minute pulse.

''This will be one of the most affordable, customer friendly and innovative schemes for both local and long distance calls,'' Mr Sinha added.

For cellular service, intra circle calls to BSNL and MTNL mobile will be 40 paise for post-paid and 60 paise for pre-paid.

Offering easy migration it would be Re one per minute for all other calls in India regardless of the network.

Although local call rates have been reduced to Re one for a three minute call, it comes with an increase in rental of Rs 49 to Rs 299 per month from the existing Rs 250.

BSNL and MTNL said all existing tariff plans would continue to be in operation including the lower rentals scheme in rural areas and 'OneIndia' tariff plan would be optional.

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