In a move that could further intensify tariff wars in the telecom sector, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. on Tuesday introduced a pay-per-second plan for its pre-paid and post-paid mobile phone subscribers for both 2G and 3G services in Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles where the company has its operations.
Addressing a press conference here, MTNL Chairman and Managing Director R.S.P. Sinha said that under the new plan charges for calls made within the MTNL network would be half a paisa per second, while subscribers would be charged one paisa per second for local and STD calls. For 3G service users, video calls would be provided at one paisa per second. Similarly, local SMS rates have been slashed to 25 paisa per SMS.
“MTNL remains committed to providing its customers the most advanced services at competitive rates. Our pay-per-second plan is the most affordable that will benefit our 44 lakh customers, including about 1.65 lakh 3G service users,” he added.
In Delhi, a customer opting for the new pre-paid plan can avail of this tariff by purchasing a SIM kit of Rs.100 and an activation or recharge coupon of Rs.49; in Mumbai, customers can bu any SIM kit and pay-per-second coupon of Rs.45 for availing of per second billing. For post-paid (Dolphin) subscribers, the new plan will be available for a monthly charge of Rs.149 and a one-time activation charge of Rs.500.