Talk endlessly for Re.1

New Delhi: Indian phone call charges touched a new low on Tuesday with telecom operator Tata Teleservices’ new tariff plan that allows CDMA subscribers unlimited hours on local calls for just Re. 1.

In the new ‘Pay-per-Call’ plan, the company has moved away from the usual practice of charging on a one minute-pulse basis. Instead, the Tata Teleservices pre-paid CDMA subscribers will be charged Re.1 for all local calls and Rs.3 for long distance calls, regardless of the duration.

Tata Indicom and Teleservices subscribers would be able to avail themselves of the plan by paying a daily fee of Re.1 or Rs.30 monthly and call rates would also apply on mobile to landline and to calls made to other networks.

The plan also offers subsidised rate at 50 paise for both local and national short message service (SMS).

“Pay-per-call will change the pricing paradigm in the telecom space and endless talks does not mean the caller will misuse the facility as there will be monitoring of the calling pattern of subscribers once any abuse of the scheme is noticed.

“Usually, a caller talks for 405 minutes on a local call and three minutes on STD,” said Tata Teleservices managing director Anil Sardana. — PTI

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