Roaming charges could be history by October, 2013, says Kapil Sibal
The minister said he could not specify the exact dates, but did say said that you can write “free roaming will certainly be in place by the month of October, 2013”.
Once the roaming charges are waived, mobile users will be able to get incoming calls free of charge and outgoing calls at local rates while travelling anywhere in the country. For record, the National Telecom Policy was approved by the Union Cabinet in May 2012 and under the policy, the government had said that roaming within the country would be made free with the introduction of concept of “one nation, one rate.” As per the policy, mobile users will enjoy free roaming and will keep their phone numbers across the country under the new mobile number portability proposal. .
Once free roaming is in place, the difference between local and STD calls would no longer be there and it would surely appeal to the masses since those travelling will not have to worry about roaming charges.
However, telecom companies had been opposing free roaming on the plea that it will hit their margins badly. Roaming charges