“Jio will stop charging users for voice calls to other networks on January 1st 2020, per government regulation”
Jio has ended free voice call benefits for its subscribers citing interconnect usage charges (IUC). The telecom operator with over 35 crore subscribers base is now charging subscribers 6 paise per minute to make calls to other mobile phone networks such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, or BSNL. The decision is said to be temporary and amid the regulatory uncertainty over the phasing out of IUC, which required Jio to pay to other telecom operators. There has been an outcry and multiple developments ever since Jio announced to charge its customers for voice calls.
Everything you need to know about Jio IUC charges
The Rs 10 Jio IUC recharge will offer you 1GB data and 124 IUC minutes of voice calls to other networks. Jio’s prepaid customers can also opt for Rs 20 pack that comes with 249 IUC minutes and 2GB data; Rs 50 pack for 656 IUC minutes and 5GB data; or Rs 100 pack for 1,362 IUC minutes and 10GB data. Postpaid users, meanwhile, will get free 1 GB data for every Rs 10 they spend on IUC charges.
Eventually, the end of this move all boils down to TRAI, which is yet to take a decisive stand on termination of IUC on January 1st, 2020. “There should be a progressive reduction in termination charges finally converging to zero termination charge … at the end of 2 years from the present,” said TRAI in its affidavit in Supreme Court back in October 2011. The regulatory board later revised the IUC rate at 6 paise per minute on October 1st, 2017 and said that it’ll continue till December 31st, 2019.