Roaming

  • RCOM introduces 'One India, One Rate' scheme June 9, 2014

    Reliance Communications customers can now enjoy one rate for roaming, local and STD calls-from anywhere in the country after the company launched its 'One India, One Rate' scheme on Monday. It is a first-of-its-kind free national roaming offer for post-paid and pre-paid GSM customers. Targeting a big share of corporate, SME...
  • Tribunal overturns government ban on 3G roaming pacts April 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The telecommunication tribunal on Tuesday ruled in favour of leading mobile phone carriers who had challenged a government ban on pacts between them to provide 3G services beyond their licenced zones, a lawyer on the case said. Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Group Plc's local unit and Idea Cellular were...
  • BSNL, MTNL likely to offer free roaming plans from January 26 January 24, 2014

    State-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL are likely to launch new roaming plans from January 26 that will offer their subscribers free calls, sources said. "MTNL has plans to make roaming free for its customers on its network in Delhi and Mumbai without any additional charge," said an official source. He...
  • End of roaming rates? Cell Buddy aims to turn any smartphone into a local one December 13, 2013

    Jerusalem: An Israeli startup is trying to combat a common fear for international travellers: getting socked with hundreds or thousands of dollars in unexpected roaming charges for using cellphones away from home. Cell Buddy aims to turn any smartphone into a local one. Travellers can choose from an array of calling...
  • Videocon offers 50 per cent cut on outgoing roaming call rates December 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Videocon Telecom, the operator of mobile phone services in four circles, today announced a special tariff voucher offering a 50 per cent cut in outgoing roaming call rates. Videocon Telecom consumers will have to buy the special tariff voucher to make outgoing local calls at 50 paise per...
  • Idea launches two international roaming packs December 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular launched two international roaming packs for its postpaid customers offering a discount of up to 95 per cent on data and 80 per cent on voice tariffs. The packs, available across 40 countries including UAE, USA, Singapore, UK, Thailand, China, Germany, France...
  • BSNL, MTNL working to offer free roaming for their customers September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL today said that they are working jointly to offer free roaming service to all their customers. "In the NCR (National Capital Region), leaving Delhi, where BSNL customers is on roaming, he is not charged for roaming. We would...
  • Videocon to offer free incoming roaming on other networks September 17, 2013

    Chennai: Mobile service provider Videocon is going to offer new incoming roaming services free on other networks across the country. The company, part of the USD 4 billion Videocon Group, has introduced the new incoming roaming packs aimed at reducing the roaming costs by 90 per cent on rack rate,...
  • BSNL announces roaming plans with free incoming calls July 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Following rivals, state-run BSNL said it has launched special plans offering customers free incoming calls and cheaper rates for outgoing calls and SMS while roaming in the country. Other mobile operators have announced such schemes in order to comply with directions by the Telecom...
  • Vodafone, Idea, Airtel launch plans for free incoming calls on national roaming July 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Leading telecom operators Vodafone, Idea and Airtel have launched new offers enabling users to enjoy free roaming services while travelling to any part of the country. Vodafone's special tariff voucher for its pre-paid subscribers offers free incoming calls on national roaming at Rs 5 a day. The outgoing call...
  • Govt approves Rs 650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved levying of Rs 650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel for violating roaming norms in 13 service areas between 2003 and 2005. "The Minister has approved penalty of Rs 650 crore on SLD (subscriber local dialing) matter," a Telecom Ministry official...
  • TRAI lowers roaming charges for calls, SMSs June 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday announced reduction in the national mobile phone roaming charges, but said there will be no free national roaming as of now. The sectoral regulator has also come out with conditional free national roaming plans, a move that will bring down cellphone roaming charges. The changes...
  • Airtel approaches SC against Delhi HC order on 3G roaming pact April 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel on Friday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court's order giving its nod to the Centre's decision holding the 3G roaming pact of the telecom major as illegal. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on March 15 had issued a notification restraining Bharti from providing...
  • National free roaming likely before October: Kapil Sibal March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the government will try to start national free roaming for customers before October this year. "Trai has floated a consultation paper on it (national free roaming). So when Trai's recommendations come and after that, we will try to start free roaming...
  • Airtel launches free roaming scheme for its prepaid customers March 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel launched a new roaming scheme for its prepaid customers in Delhi which will enable them to receive free incoming calls in five states. "With this pack, Airtel prepaid mobile customers can now get up to 30 days of free incoming calls while travelling to Bihar, Jharkhand,...
  • TRAI seeks industry view to reduce SMS rates February 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has floated a consultation paper to bring down the rates of mobile calls and SMSes that are currently charged from a customer on availing roaming facility. Among various options to reduce or remove additional cost burden on roaming customers, TRAI...
  • 7-year-old science genius is author of two books January 17, 2013

    Kolkata: Seven-year-old Pritvik is a science genius. He has already authored two books on paleontology. The Class 4 student from Kolkata has taken the world of science by storm with his book 'When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth'. For the class 4 student who also teaches four classes including his seniors,...
  • Airtel launches US roaming plans; offers Rs 20 per min outgoing call November 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Airtel has launched international roaming plans for post-paid customers who are visiting the United States, offering up to five hours of free incoming calls and back home calls at a discount of up to 87 per cent. "... the launch of three new international...
  • No roaming charges from next year: Kapil Sibal September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal today said that mobile phone subscribers will not have to pay roaming charges from next year. "From next year. Our secretary has told you that it will be free from next year," Sibal said here in response to a query...
  • 'DoT can ask mobile cos to end 3G roaming pacts' August 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Law Ministry has opined that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) can ask mobile phone service providers to stop their present 3G roaming pacts. Additional Solicitor General AS Chandhiok in the opinion stated that the split verdict of sectoral tribunal TDSAT on the 3G roaming pacts does not constitute...
  • Telecom companies' 3G roaming pact illegal: TDSAT July 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) looking into the 3G roaming mobile services on Tuesday gave a split verdict in the case with its chairman directing the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to send out fresh notices to telecom operators while another judge ruling that the pact...
  • Vodafone launches international roaming package June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Telecom major Vodafone India launched a new international roaming package under which its subscribers can avail up to 60 per cent discount on voice, data and SMS charges across 40 countries. Subscribers can get the package activated on a one-time rental fee of Rs...
  • Cabinet approves roaming-free telecom policy May 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country. The Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012, which aims to provide free roaming to telecom users and allow...
  • Cabinet may discuss telecom policy on Thursday May 30, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to consider on Thursday the National Telecom Policy (NTP) that provides for abolition of roaming charges and allows users to retain the same number across the country. Last week, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, deferred the NTP pending clarifications on certain aspects...
  • Cabinet may discuss National Telecom Policy today May 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is likely to take final decision on Thursday on the National Telecom Policy, which if approved will pave the way for abolishing of roaming charges and allowing users to use retain the same number across the country. "NTP is part of Cabinet's meeting agenda tomorrow (Thursday). We...
  • Bharti, Vodafone, Idea asked to stop 3G roaming December 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Telecom Ministry on Friday issued notices to three leading telecom firms - Bharti airtel, Vodafone and Idea - asking them to stop their 3G roaming agreements with immediate effect as the pacts are illegal and has sought their response within 24 hours. "DoT today issued notices to three operators...
  • Stop 3G roaming pacts: Govt to telecom majors December 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on operators for violating licence norms, the Telecom Ministry has asked service providers to discontinue their 3G roaming agreements and is also contemplating imposing penalty on them. The decision comes after the unanimous view of telecom regulator TRAI, Law Ministry and DoT that such roaming...
  • Sibal to meet telcos over 3G roaming dispute November 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal will soon meet telecom industry leaders to work out an amicable resolution to the dispute between the government and service providers over a 3G roaming pact. "I will meet with the industry players soon to discuss the 3G roaming issue,...
  • TWTW: LK Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra October 16, 2011

    This week on The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha brings the funny side to BJP leader LK Advani's Rath Yatra, the BlackBerry outage and the new Telecom policy. ...
  • Factbox: India unveils new draft telecom policy October 11, 2011

    Mumbai: India will let cellular carriers share airwaves and allow for consolidation in a crowded industry that has been battered by ferocious competition and a multi-billion-dollar scandal, under new proposals announced on Monday. The draft policy will "facilitate consolidation in the converged telecom service sector while ensuring sufficient competition," Telecoms...