AirTel, Orange Announce Free Incoming Calls For New Subscribers

Mumbai, February 27: | Updated: Feb 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
AirTel and Orange have announced free incoming calls for new subscribers from March 1, 2003 for the Mumbai cellular circle. This will be for all post-paid and pre-paid subscribers.

Bharti Cellular, in a press release, said the existing subscribers will avail of free incoming calls at the end of their monthly billing cycle. Incoming calls will now be free from fixed line phones and mobile phones, it added. Bharti Cellulars Mumbai circle COO Atul Jhamb said the existing post-paid subscribers would be migrated at the end of the billing cycle. In the case of pre-paid, we will be giving subscribers an additional talk-time of Rs 50 to the existing subscriber while the new pre-paid subscribers can receive incoming calls free of cost, he added.

When contacted, BPL Mobile COO Krishna Angara said, We will take a decision shortly on this. It may be recalled that incoming calls on mobile phones were scheduled to be free of cost from April 1 this year. A telecom analyst with a leading brokerage house said operators would see more subscribers coming into the fold but would face lower revenues per user (RPU) and pressure on bottomlines.

Mumbai is the second largest metro circle in the country with over 15 lakh subscribers for January 2002. The largest operator here is Orange with a subscriber base of 6.35 lakh subscribers while BPL Mobile has 5.93 lakh subscribers. AirTel has been the latest entrant in the circle with 2.2 lakh subscribers and MTNLs base is at 1.11 lakh.