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AIRTEL SCRAPS ROAMING CHARGES.

Roaming on your mobile network may soon happen at no extra cost as telecom companies are scrapping the additional charges on incoming and outgoing calls, spurred by zero roaming charges offered by Reliance Jio and state-owned BSNL.

Airtel, the country's biggest telecom company, on Monday announced the 'Death of National Roaming' as it unveiled plans to do away with roaming charges from April 1. "Starting April 1, Airtel customers roaming within India will enjoy free incoming calls/SMS and there will be no premium on outgoing calls allowing them to speak freely wherever they are within the country. Also, there will be no additional data charges on national roaming," the company said. "Home data packs for customers will apply even while they roam across India."

Vodafone and Idea Cellular, which offer some benefits partially or through specially-designed 'roaming-free packs', are expected to follow suit in the coming days.

Roaming charges - billed when a customer travels outside his/her home circle - were viewed as impractical with increasing competition in the telecom industry and Jio and BSNL abolishing them. "This marks the death of national roaming and the whole country will now be like a local network for our customers, who will not have to think twice before making or receiving calls or using data while traveling outside their home base," said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia) for Bharti Airtel.

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Date:Mar 12, 2017
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