jio stopped outgoing calls
In a first, country’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio today announced that its customers will now have to pay 6 rs/min for voice calls made to rival phone networks.(idea,airtel vodafone bsnl etc. ) However, the company also announced that it will compensate customers by giving free data of equal value. The 6 paisa charge will remain in place till the time telecom operators are required to pay rivals for mobile phone calls, Jio said in a statement.jio stopped outgoing calls
The company said for all the outgoing calls to other mobile operators, Jio users will have to buy an additional IUC top up voucher from tomorrow. Post-paid customers will also be billed at 6 rs/min for outgoing calls with increase in free data entitlement. This will be the first time that Jio users will pay for voice calls.
Jio, however, said these charges are not applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones and to landline phones and calls made using WhatsApp, Facebook and other such platforms. Incoming calls from all networks will continue to be free.
Justifying the new charges, Jio said it has paid nearly Rs 13,500 crore as IUC charges to the rivals such as Bharti AirtelNSE 5.23 % and Vodafone Idea. in the last three years. The company said it has decided to charge customers to recover the IUC losses.
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Additionally, Jio, said it will ensure priority allocation of the JioPhone to frequently called 2G users from our Jio consumers.jio stopped outgoing calls
Jio will provide additional data entitlement of equivalent value based on IUC top-up voucher consumption. This will ensure no increase in tariff for customers.
Currently, Jio charges only for data, and voice calls to anywhere in the country and to any network are free.
Telecom regulator TRAI in 2017 had slashed the interconnect usage charge (IUC) to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise and had said this regime will end by January 2020. But it has now floated a consultation paper to review whether the regime timeline needs to be extended.
If you didn’t understand that, here’s the simple explanation.
If you have a Jio number and you call someone using an Airtel or Vodafone-Idea number, you will be charged 6 paise per minute till the time you keep ringing. The calls will still be free to all other operator but you will have to pay 6 paise per minute till the time you ringing the other person.
However, if you are making a call to a Jio number or a landline number, then you don’t have to pay anything. Also, all incoming calls, as well as WhatsApp calls, will stay unaffected from this. The IUC charge will also be applicable to postpaid users and it will be added to their billing cycle.
New Jio IUC plans jio stopped outgoing calls
Jio is offering four new IUC plans with extra data benefits. Here are all the plans listed with the benefits:
–Rs 10 plan will offer 124 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers and 1GB data.
–Rs 20 plan will offer 249 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers and 2GB data.
–Rs 50 plan will offer 656 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers and 5GB data.
–Rs 100 plan will offer 1,362 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers and 10GB data.
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What is IUC? jio stopped outgoing calls
IUC or Interconnect Usage Charge is the amount a telecom operator has to pay to the other telecom operator if a customer makes an outgoing call to a customer of the other telecom operator. The TRAI decides the IUC charge and currently, all operators have to pay 6 paise per minute.
Why is Jio doing this?
Jio wants the TRAI to go for zero IUC charge and that seems to be happening by early 2020. While other operators charge their customers for calls, Jio offers free calls on its network and hence, it has to bear losses as Jio pays the IUC charge for every call made to another network.
“The amendment to the IUC Regulations in 2017 was after considerable deliberations and consultations. In this background the consultation paper has created Regulatory uncertainty and therefore Jio has been compelled, most reluctantly and unavoidably, to recover this regulatory charge of 6 paise per minute for all off-net mobile voice calls so long as IUC charges exist,” says Jio.
When will the IUC charges end for Jio customers?
“Jio again assures its 35 crore customers that the 6 paise per minute charge on outgoing off-net mobile calls shall continue only till the time TRAI abolishes IUC, in line with its present regulation,” says Jio.