Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of New Year, Reliance Jio Infocomm on Thursday announced that it will make all domestic calls free starting January 1, as interconnect usage charges (IUC) for all domestic voice calls comes to an end.

In a statement, the company said that as per the directions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), 'Bill and Keep' regime is being implemented in the country from January 1, 2021, thereby ending interconnect usage charges (IUC) for all domestic voice calls.

"Honouring its commitment to revert off-net domestic voice-call charges to zero, as soon as IUC charges are abolished, Jio will once again make all off-net domestic voice calls free, starting 1st January 2021," it said.

It added that on-net domestic voice calls have always been free on the Jio network.
In September 2019, when TRAI extended the timeline for implementation of the 'Bill & Keep' regime beyond January 1, 2020 and Jio was left with no option but to start charging its customers for off-net voice calls, at a rate exactly equivalent to the applicable IUC charge.

"While doing so, Jio had assured its users that this charge would continue only till the time TRAI abolished IUC charges. Today, Jio has delivered on that promise and made off-net voice calls free again," it said.

The statement said that Jio stands firm on its commitment to make the common Indian the beneficiary of advanced technologies like VoLTE.

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The Company claimed that it has come up with recharge packs which have become quite popular and are cheapest compared to the services offered by its competitors.

The back 2 GB pack is being offered by the Jio at Rs 129 with a validity of 28 days. The same pack costs a user Rs 149 from another mobile service provider.

Jio’s other popular recharge packs with free voice includes- Rs 149 for 1 GB/ day (24 days), Rs 199 for 1.5 GB data/day (28 days) and Rs 555 for 1.5 GB data/ day (84 days).

(With IANS inputs)