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National Roaming Costs to Fall by Nearly a Quarter

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The cost of roaming within India for locals is set to fall by nearly a quarter from the 1st May after the telecoms regulator slashed the maximum rates that the mobile networks can charge.

Currently, the country is divided up into regions, known as circles, and moving between the regions usually imposes roaming costs on the consumer, especially if their home supplier doesn't have a network in the visited circle.

The regulator, the TRAI has cut the ceiling rate for voice calls by 23 percent, and cut the maximum rate for text messages by 75 percent. The new rates come into effect on the 1st May 2015.

For incoming calls on roaming, a ceiling of 45 paise per minute has been fixed from the earlier 75 paise. For a local text, it is 25 paise compared to Rs 1 before; and for STD texts, 38 paise from Rs 1.50 earlier

The regulator last reviewed roaming rates in June 2013.

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