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Explained - Why Jio is charging for outgoing calls for other networks

Friday, October 11, 2019 • Tamil Comments

Reliance Jio earlier announced that Jio's postpaid customers will be charged for voice calls at the rate of 6 paise per minute. However, they declared that IUC charges will not be applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio numbers, landline numbers and calls made using WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such platforms.

The company also assured that customers who recharged their numbers on or before October 9 will continue to enjoy free benefits until their existing plan expired. "If you have recharged on or before October 9, you can continue enjoying free call benefits (even to non-Jio members), until your plan expires," a tweet from the Telecom operator read. The move of charging its customers 6 paise per minute came after the highly charged 35 - 40 crore 2G users of the rival networks, including Airtel and Vodafone, started giving missed calls to Jio users, and hence forcing a call back, which has resulted in a payout of Rs.13500 crore to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea in last three years, Reliance Jio  informed in a statement, adding that to recover the losses created by the TRAI move, the company has been compelled to charge customers 6 paise per minute for every call they make to a rival's network.

"It 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. So, for all recharges done by Jio customers starting today, calls made to other mobile operators will be charged at the prevailing IUC rate of 6 paise per minute through IUC top-up vouchers till such time that TRAI moves to Zero termination charge regime," a Jio release  read.

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