Outgoing voice calls from Reliance Jio are no longer completely free

Reliance Jio announced on Wednesday that it will charge its subscribers for voice calls on other mobile networks at the rate of 6 paise per minute . The Mumbai-based telecom operator claimed that the new voice call charge was brought in due to TRAI's interconnect usage charge. This charge is for outgoing calls between two separate networks. These calls are called off-net voice calls. This change is for making voice calls at another telecom operator. Whereas Jio to Jio number, incoming calls and Jio landline call will remain free as before. There is no additional charge for this.

For off-net voice calls, Reliance Jio has introduced four IUC top-up vouchers for prepaid customers. These range from Rs 10 to Rs 100. Jio has said that additional data will be given to customers in exchange for IUC top up vouchers, so that customers do not have to pay additional tariffs. Apart from this, postpaid Jio customers will be charged 6 paise per minute for off-net data outgoing calls. Additional data will also be given to postpaid customers.

IUC Top-Up Voucher
(Rs)
IUC Minutes (Non-Geo Network) Free data (GB)
10 124 1
20 249 2
50 656 5
100 1,362 10

Reliance Jio gave media Issuing a statement told that other networks Off-net operator for voice calls are required to interconnect usage charges. For this reason, customers will now be charged under compulsion. The operator claimed that he paid Rs 13,500 from his revenue due to interconnect usage charges in the last three years. Jio alleges that in 2017, TRAI changed the IUC charge. But other telecom operators had raised the tariff of voice calls to Rs 1.50 per minute.

Reliance Jio has assured that 6 paise per minute will be charged for outgoing of net calls till TRAI. Do not cancel the IUC completely. It is worth noting that TRAI has set a target of zero termination charge till 1 January 2020. If this happens then after this date customers will not have to pay any fee for off-net voice calls.

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