Telecom operator Vodafone Idea December 1 said it will charge 6 paise per minute for every outgoing call made by customers to the network of other operators.
Vodafone Idea last month reported a consolidated loss of Rs 50,921 crore - the highest ever loss posted by any Indian corporate - for the September quarter on account of liability arising out of the Supreme Court's order.
Vodafone Idea which is reeling under a massive debt of around Rs 1.17 lakh crore had earlier cited acute financial stress on the company behind the decision to raise mobile call and data charges.More news: Weather delays South Dakota plane crash investigation
The price 365 days validity plan in the same category with daily data usage limit of 1.5 GB per day will cost 41.2 per cent more at Rs 2,398 from December 3 instead of 1,699 at present. Users can get 1.5GB data per day, with this plan.
Airtel's Rs 298 plan will offer 2GB per day data, 100 SMS and unlimited voice calls for a validity of 28 days, among other features. "Although, the new plans will be priced up to 40 per cent higher, staying true to its promise of being "customer-first", Jio customers will get up to 300 per cent more benefits", Reliance Jio said in a statement.
Vodafone Idea has introduced three new quarterly unlimited plans which offer 3,000 minutes of off-net calls and 84-days of validity.
Vodafone Idea annual (365-day validity) plans have a FUP limit of 12,000 minutes for off-net calls made from Vodafone to other networks. The base-end tariff offers Rs. 45 talktime, 100MB data, 1paise/second tariff, and validity of 28-days.More news: Colts fall to Titans 31-17 after 4th quarter implosion
Jio on Sunday said it will launch new unlimited plans from 6 December, which will raise its voice and data tariff by up to 40 percent. So, at the end of the plan's validity, you would have received a total of 56GB of data, with the cost per 1 GB of Rs 5.33. They all offer unlimited voice calls with an FUP of 3,000 minutes.
The apex court ordered the telecom companies to pay as much as Rs 1.4 trillion in past statutory dues after considering non-telecom revenues for their calculation. The pre-tax loss in the year-ago quarter stood at Rs 1,998 crore. These plans will have a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks.
Though Jio did not provide more details about its new plans, it claimed that it was "determined to strengthen the telecom sector" and that it will take measures, including "appropriate increase" in tariffs, in a manner "that does not adversely impact data consumption or growth in digital adoption" and sustains investments. In replies to separate questions in the Lok Sabha, Prasad said telecom companies owe the government Rs 92,642 crore in unpaid licence fees, and another Rs 55,054 crore in outstanding spectrum usage charges. "Since the average tariff hike by these two players will come to around 25 per cent, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone should see a rise in their revenues by around Rs 7,000 crore and Rs 6,000 crore respectively".
The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes.More news: At least 14 dead in Mexico gunbattle near Texas border