Jio to charge six paisa per minute for call to other network

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Oct 10 ,2019 : The days of inter-network free mobile services has ended as the premier mobile operator in the country Jio has decided to charge at the rate of six paisa per minute for calling to other networks. The decision comes into effect from today itself. A release issued by the company said the phone calls from Jio to Jio will remain free as usual. 

The release, however, assured the subscribers to compensate the cost imposed on them for inter-network calls will be compensated by providing them free data of equal value. 

In the new system the existing packs will remain intact but the subscriber will have to recharge top up of Rs 10, 20, 50 and 100. With a recharge of Rs 10 top up a subscriber will get an inter-network talk time of 120 minutes. 

The release claimed that the Jio was forced to take this decision only to reimburse the six paisa per minute being charged by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC).

TRAI has reduced the IUC for the last time in 1st October, 2017 from 14 paisa to six paisa per minute and an assurance was given to bring down it to zero level by 2020. Instead of doing it the TRAI has recently started reviewing their decision forcing the Jio to impose this charge. It also assures that they will withdraw it once the TRAI withdraw their IUC. 

Jio was the first mobile service provider to introduce unlimited call and data services on a fixed charge which the other service providers also was forced to follow. Though the Jio imposed the charge the others has not yet done it but likely to follow the path soon. 

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