Post the disruption of the Indian telecom industry with Reliance Jio’s arrival and success, rival telecom operators have been scrambling to keep pace. Reliance Jio continues to offer free calling and SMS along with 4G data at highly competitive rates. Jio offers its voice services through the VoLTE license, which further allows it to offer HD voice calls over the data channel. Also Read - Jio 5G launch: How to watch livestream, expected announcements including Jio 5G phone, Jio laptop, moreAlso Read - Jio 5G service: Reliance Jio, Intel partner to develop 5G network for India
While the likes of Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Vodafone India have 4G connectivity across many circles in India, they are yet to employ the VoLTE calling. According to a new report in Economic Times, the incumbent operators are working towards rolling out VoLTE services in the country latest by September. This is mainly to target a high volume of budget VoLTE-enabled smartphones, expected to be announced in the second half of the year. Also Read - Reliance Jio introduces chatbot to answer questions regarding its 5G phone, laptop and more
Reliance Jio is presently the only operator in India offering 4G VoLTE services, enabling users to make free voice calls over data networks. With the arrival of VoLTE from other players, the Mukesh Ambnai-led operator will face stiff competition. With the arrival of the new technology, customers can expect a considerable drop in voice call charges, and perhaps even free calling with good connectivity to counter Jio’s present offerings. ALSO READ: No discriminatory tariffs to subscribers in the same category: TRAI
There has been no official statement or confirmation from Aitel, Idea or Vodafone. All the three players have recently also launched multiple packs and offers for prepaid customers, postpaid users as well as international packs for the travelers. Airtel and Vodafone are now offering unlimited data usage with free incoming calls in multiple countries out of India. The packs start for as low as Rs 999 and increase in pricing depending on the region. The range of discounts is aimed at luring in more customers to their network.
The arrival of Reliance Jio forced the Indian telecom market into consolidation with Vodafone India and Idea Cellular announcing the merger, Airtel acquiring Tikona. Though there has been no further update post the initial announcement, the details are expected to arrive towards the end of the year. The second half of 2017 is bound to witness heavy traction in the budget phone segment with a host of devices slated to arrive in the country. ALSO READ: Vodafone, Airtel, Matrix international roaming pack may lower your phone bills by 90%; here s how
Reliance Jio-Airtel war once again sparked up with the former lodging a formal complaint against Airtel to TRAI regarding violation of TRAI norms. As per details, Reliance Jio has alleged that Airtel provides discriminatory rates to subscribers in the same category, a practice which is against the TRAI norms. The two Airtel plans of Rs 293 and Rs 449 are misleading consumers into believing they get 1GB data per day for 70 days, though that is not the case. TRAI is presently looking into the matter and is yet to pass judgment regarding the same.