The owner of reliance Jio, the billionaire Mukesh Ambani declared that it will charge 6 paisa/minute from its customers for every voice calls made to rival phone networks. The Jio announced that the charges will continue till the telecom operators needed to pay rival operators for calls made from initial operator to the destined network operator.
How to Recharge Jio after New IUC Regulated Charges
The Jio users need a IUC top- up voucher to avail the service of calling other operators. The customers will get an additional benefit of data when they recharge their phones while using the top-up plans.
Post paid customers
The Jio customers who have a post paid connection will be charged at 6paise/min for off-net outgoing calls with increased data benefits.
Free calls offer is still available
- Jio-to-Jio call is exempted from any charge as it is offered earlier.
- Incoming calls from any operators is also not made chargeable.
- Jio-to-landline calls are free.
- Calls made using whatsapp, facetime and a similar platform is also free.
Jio News about Recharge
The reliance Jio has decided to charge form the customers for every call made on other operator. They decided to charge 6 paisa for a call of one minute. This action has been taken to compensate the IUC dues of Rs. 13,500, paid by the reliance Jio in last three years to the incumbents like bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The action came in response after the TRAI, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India publicize a consultation paper intriguing the opinion of the industry regarding if the IUC charge removal should be deferred form the deadline of current 1st January, 2020.
TRAI, in September 2017, issued the telecommunication interconnection usage regulations, 2017, after having a consultation with all telecom operators. TRAI deducted the IUC charges from 14paise/ min to 6 paise/min from October, 2017, considering the favors of incumbent telecomm operators like Bharti airtel, Vodafone and Idea. The regulations had a future aim to reduce the IUC charges to zero from the 1st January, 2020.
The incumbent operators showed their disagreements and said that the Jio free call service creates an imbalance in off-net outgoing services. In September 2019, the TRAI again released a consultation paper asking the opinions to equalize the inter-operator traffic asymmetry by revising the application date to scrape off the IUC citing which is highly continued.
Jio quoted in its detailed explanation that “adhering on the repeated stance of TRAI and the amendments made in the regulations to reduce IUC to zero, Jio, the brand had been paying the rivals from its own resources. Jio was offering the free voice calls to its customers from the last three years. The company had paid around Rs. 13,500 crore as NET IUC charges to rivals. After the TRAI’S 2017 regulation act, the other operators have reduced the tariffs for their 4G customers but they have continued to very highly from their 2G customers. Jio gets miss calls in massive numbers from the networks like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. The Jio networks receives around 25-30 crore of miss call daily. The huge missed call phenomena turn the incoming calls on Jio to outgoing calls from Jio to other networks. The tariff differential, majorly the missed call phenomena, made the off-net voice traffic symmetrical for Jio. It is the other networks who made the tariff asymmetrical by keeping their 2G voice tariff high”.
What does this mean for Jio customers?
Now, the Jio customers will be charged for every call they make to a connection of other operator. The Jio users will have to pay the current tariff of 6 paise/ min while calling to other connections using off- net voice calls.