No roaming charges from next year!

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No roaming charges likely from next year
22 Sep, 2012, 1004 hrs IST, Joji Thomas Philip, ET Bureau
The communications ministry will do away with roaming charges paid by mobile users when travelling within India from 2013.
NEW DELHI: The communications ministry will do away with roaming charges paid by mobile users when travelling within India from 2013, telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar told ET, even as he added that it would not be possible to specify the exact month of execution.

The finance ministry asked the telecom department to submit the road map for implementation of the 'one nation-free roaming' that was announced by communications minister Kapil Sibal earlier this year. In May, the Union Cabinet had approved the National Telecom Policy - 2012 that aimed at doing away with roaming charges and introducing a pan-India mobile permit (unified licence) that would enable mobile phone firms to offer all communication services.

"Our first priority is the upcoming spectrum auctions. At the same time, we are working on the Unified Licence (UL) and we want to finalise this by December. Once the UL regime is rolled out post December, concepts like 'One nation-free roaming' that is part of it will be introduced. This will happen sometime next year (2013). At this stage it will be impossible to specify the exact timeframe," Chandrasekhar said.

This consumer-centric move, which is bound to bring down the mobile bills of frequent travellers, will dent revenues of India's beleaguered telecom companies since roaming charges account for about 10% of the sector's annual sales.

http://m.economictimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/no-roaming-charges-likely-from-next-year/articleshow/16497887.cms
 

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Wasn't this news old? First give good internet facilities respected Mr Kapil Sibal.
 

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This is a old news. However internet facilities are not good enough. 3G are available in selected city. If the 3G facility available all over India then the internet facilities seems good.
 

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^^ Yes he did not say that from the first day of 2013. So he has a large window of time to fulfill his promise.
 

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Question is when will they start, Cabinet approved long time back. Hope it comes by December 2013 :)