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Added on : 2019-10-09 19:19:05

Reliance Jio has announced that calls made by its subscribers to mobile numbers on other networks will no longer be free. Instead, subscribers will have to pay 6 paise per minute for calls made to mobile numbers that are owned by mobile networks including Airtel, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and others. Jio said the 6 paise per minute charge will not apply on all Jio to Jio calls, all incoming calls, Jio to landline calls and calls made using WhatsApp or FaceTime and similar platforms.

The following top-up vouchers shall be available for customers to suit their requirements: For ₹10 IUC top-up voucher, users will get 1GB free data and 124 IUC minutes. For ₹20 voucher, customers will get 2 GB free data and 249 IUC minutes. For ₹50 top-up voucher, customers will get 5 GB free data and 656 IUC minutes. For ₹100 top-up voucher, customers will get 10 GB free data and 1,362 IUC minutes.

This will be the first time that Jio users will pay for voice calls. Currently, Jio charges only for data, and voice calls to anywhere in the country and to any network are free.

Till now, Reliance Jio had been paying the IUC charge to other operators even though they were offering unlimited voice calls to users, irrespective of the network they were calling to, for local calls and STD calls. Reliance Jio says that this new tariff will stay in place till the IUC tariffs are abolished in January 2020. “So far, in the last three years Jio has paid nearly Rs.13,500 crore as NET IUC charges to the other operators,” says Jio in an official statement.

Reliance Jio says that while this should have resulted in incoming call traffic on the Jio network, instead, the call back made by the Jio customers results in 65 to 75 crore minutes of outgoing traffic. And Jio had to pay IUC charges on all those calls, to the tune of Rs 0.60 per minute.

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