Reportedly mobile calls and internet charges will go up by up to 50 per cent in the country, as private sector players Bharti airtel, vodafoneidea and reliancejio on sunday announced their plans to raise tariffs from december 3 onwards. Meanwhile this is the first hike in last five years in the country's telecom space that was facing bruising tariff war, with voice calls becoming almost free and data prices fell by 95 per cent to Rs 11.78 per GB from Rs 269 per GB in 2014.
Meanwhile Bharti airtel and vodafoneidea have shared new rates in the "unlimited" category that will replace their existing pre-paid plans with up to 50 per cent higher cost, reliancejio said it will roll out new all in one plans with unlimited voice and data at up to 40 per cent higher price from december 6. Furthermore vodafoneidea was first to announce "new tariffs/plans for its prepaid products and services". Perhaps Bharti airtel followed vodafoneidea by announcing similar plans to raise mobile pre-paid services rates.
Apparently vodafoneidea announced maximum increase of 50 per cent in its entry level unlimited plan with a year-long validity of Rs 1,499 with 24 GB data usage limit in place of Rs 999 plan, which comes with 12 GB data usage limit. Perhaps Bharti airtel too announced a similar level of change but kept price of most of the new plans lower by Re 1 compared to that of vodafoneidea and moreover from december 3, customers of these two companies will have to shell out a minimum of Rs 49 to make calls, access the internet on mobile and stay connected for four weeks. Also reliancejio announced with plans to raise mobileservices rates from december 6 onwards.