Airtel, Essar slash pre-paid cellular card tariff

New Delhi, January 25 : | Updated: Jan 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
Forced by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), private cellular operators in Delhi— Bharti and Essar on Friday announced up to 46 per cent reduction in airtime on their pre-paid cellular cards.

Airtel’s cash card (Magic) customers would now have to pay Rs 1.98 per minute on incoming calls and Rs 2.70 a minute on outgoing calls on a 30-second pulse, an Airtel statement said.

Essar, another private player, also announced a matching reduction in the airtime rates for its pre-paid card (Speed), an Essar statement said.

The airtime charges are still higher than the tariffs announced by MTNL on January 14 that had offered airtime of Rs 2.50 per minute for an outgoing call, while the incoming calls on MTNL’s Trump card would cost Rs 1.80 a minute.

Though, Airtel has offered Rs 80 worth free airtime on the new card of Rs 495, both private players have not increased the talking time on cards of different denominations.

On MTNL’s Trump card of Rs 300, the customers get talk time worth Rs 205 compared to Rs 185 being offered by private players, while on Rs 500 denomination the talk time is Rs 396 as against Rs 337 by private players in Delhi.

New airtime rates by both Airtel and Essar would be applicable with effect from January 26.

In addition, Essar has also reduced daytime tariff by 10 paise on its recently launched - My First Plan which is a post paid plan targeted at the first time users. — PTI