Jio has become India’s second-largest telecom company in just three years of its launch. During its launch, Reliance Jio had promised free calls for a lifetime. But, due to recent changes in mobile-call-related charges, Jio will now charge users for calling on numbers of non-jio service providers. Read on for all the details.
Jio To Charge Users For Calls To Non-Jio Numbers
Mukesh Ambani helmed Jio today announced that it will now charge users 6 Paise per minute on calls to non-Jio numbers. A statement from the company states that these charges will come in effect from your next recharge after October 10.
The company is providing plans starting from as low as Rs. 10 for user’s convenience. Jio has clearly stated that the recovery of IUC (Interconnect Usage Charge) will continue until IUC charge is dropped to zero by TRAI. The plans are as follows.
|IUC Top Up (Rs.)||IUC Mins (Non-Jio)||Free Data (GB)|
To compensate its users for these IUC top-ups, Jio is providing data top-ups. The telecom company is offering an additional 1 GB data for every ₹10 spent at no extra cost. One must note that Jio to Jio calls are still absolutely free.
What is IUC and Why Is Jio Opposing It?
An operator pays Interconnect Usage Charge to its rivals for connecting calls to its users. It was supposed to be scrapped from 2020 onwards, but as TRAI considers continuing the charges, Jio stands in a loss. Jio stated that about 64% of its traffic is outgoing.
Reliance Jio is charging for calls to recover IUC as it claims receiving over 30 crores missed-calls from rivals daily. According to Jio, the has already paid Rs. 13,500 crores as net IUC in 3 years.
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