Roaming charges to drop from May

From next month, mobile phone users will be charged less for national roaming calls. While outgoing roaming calls will be cheaper by up to 23 per cent, SMS will cost about 75 per cent less.

Roaming charges are paid by subscribers when using services outside their home telecom circle. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India reduced the ceiling tariff for outgoing local calls during roaming to 80 paise a minute from Re. 1. STD call rates have been cut to Rs 1.15 a minute from Rs 1.50. For incoming calls, the tariff ceiling has been brought down to 45 paise a minute.

Likewise, operators can now charge a maximum of 25 paise and 38 paise for every outgoing local and STD messages on roaming.

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