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Tariff Wars: Telenor cuts 4G rates, Airtel’s unlimited on-net calling & more

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Telenor cuts 4G rates across UP East circle

Existing Telenor customers in Kanpur (UP East circle) on 2G can now upgrade to 4G free of cost and get 1 GB data for free. The telco is also offering 1GB data at Rs 52 for 28 days for such subscribers for the first 90 days of the upgrade.

New subscribers opting for Telenor in UP East circle will also get 1GB 4G Data for the first month and 500 MB data for next 2 months on first recharge of Rs 152. They will also get bundled talktime of Rs 30 with the same pack. Telenor has also slashed 4G data rates for existing 4G subscribers in UP East by providing 1GB of 4G data at Rs 149 with 28 days validity.

Note that Telenor did not participate in this year’s spectrum auctions stating that that the proposed spectrum prices do not give “an acceptable level of return.” For Q2 2016, the company reported a total subscriber base of 44.9 million in India. For the same quarter, Telenor posted operating loss in India, which widened to NOK 132 million (~$15.4 million), from NOK 90 million in the same quarter a year ago.

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Airtel offering unlimited calling within its network to select customers

Bharti Airtel is offering unlimited calling offer for Rs 148 for calls made within the network with a validity of 30 days. This was first spotted by TelecomTalk. A spokesperson from Airtel clarified with MediaNama that this is a promotional offer being offered to a select number of customers in some circles only. The spokesperson however did not comment on which circles this being offered in.

Note that new entrant Jio while announcing its telecom service said that it would offer unlimited calling across Jio and other networks tarting at Rs 149 with bundled data of 300 MB with a validity of 28 days. Chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries (RIL), Mukesh Ambani Ambani said that “Jio would never charge for calls”. However, reports have emerged stating that Jio has printed  a 2 paise-per-second call rates on SIM card brochures; the TRAI has sought clarification on the same, according to a TOI report.

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Vodafone follows Airtel and Aircel to launch a 3G booster pack

Vodafone India is offering a 1 GB data pack at Rs 55 by charging subscribers an initial booster pack of Rs 1501 valid for up to 12 months, reports TelecomTalk. The initial Rs 1501 recharge will also offer 15 GB of data for up to 30 days, while a subscriber can make unlimited number of 1GB recharges for Rs 55 in the 12 months validity period and use the 1GB data until he/she exhausts it.

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A spokesperson from Vodafone confirmed the development with MediaNama. The report added that the pack is currently live in Kolkata, and would be launched in more circles later.

Readers can recall that Airtel was the first to launch the “booster-model” for lowering 3G/4G rates by charging Rs 748 and Rs 1498 as initial recharge to offer 1GB data at Rs 51 and Rs 99.  Aircel also followed the same started offering 1 GB 3G data starting from Rs 24 by initially charging Rs.291 to Rs.329 with a validity of 28 days.

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