jio vs airtel vs vodafone

Following the introduction of charges for outgoing calls to other networks by Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea announced that their customers need not pay these charges.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jio announced that it’s going to charge for outgoing calls to other networks.
  • Vodafone Idea was the first to announce that it won’t follow Reliance Jio.
  • Airtel hasn’t confirmed whether it is going to come up with similar IUC charges.

The problem of the Interconnect User Charge (IUC) has escalated exponentially over the last few weeks and reached its final point when Jio revealed that it would charge for outgoing calls to other networks in an attempt to cover the IUC fees that it would have to pay to other operators.

This was definitely a shock to all consumers of Jio and the rest of the telecommunications industry. And in an effort to avoid customer confusion, rival Airtel and Vodafone operators have explained about the same to their customers.

Vodafone Idea was the first to announce that it will not follow Reliance Jio and will therefore not charge additional customers for making calls to other networks.

Based on the packages they bought, Vodafone Idea customers will continue to enjoy calls and other benefits. Therefore, if a subscriber has bought an all-rounder pack that offers unlimited calls to any network, calls to other networks will not be charged.

On the other hand, Airtel has not stated whether it will have similar IUC charges for its customers as Jio in the future. Nonetheless, the operator said the industry needs IUC charges to cover the operators ‘ costs that still offer 2 G services to most of the world.

Airtel claims 2G networks cover over 400 million subscribers, and the IUC costs continue to satisfy them even when the telecommunications industry is losing.

Actually, the Interconnect User Charge (IUC) is set at 6 paise per minute, and Jio claims that this price is a financial burden. Unlike other operators that charge their subscribers for outgoing calls, Jio gives their subscribers free voice calls and they have to pay the IUC charges from their wallets. Jio therefore wants to remove the IUC fee from the TRAI in order to promote VoLTE services and ensure better customer services.

Furthermore, Jio will continue to charge 6 paise per minute for outgoing calls to other networks until a settlement is reached. And on December 31, 2019, the new TRAI regulations must end the existing IUC fee, after which TRAI is required to will IUC charges to zero.

What Jio users need to know with existing plans ?

From now on, Jio will only begin charging IUC charges on or after October 9 for those customers who made a recharge. If a customer has already activated a package earlier, he / she will not be required to pay the IUC fees and the outgoing calls to

other networks will be free until the pack expires. All four IUC packs, ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 100, offer free information, which Jio says does not affect the cost of the consumer at all.

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