Hutch Lowers Pre-paid Tariffs; Slaps Fixed Rates

New Delhi | Updated: Aug 27 2004, 05:30am hrs
Joining the price war with Reliance and Airtel in the pre-paid segment, Hutch on Thursday introduced lowest local call rates of 99 paise to any other mobile but slapped a fixed charge of Rs 25 per month.

The main difference from other players is that Hutch has allowed lower tariffs to be applicable to other mobile networks as well while Airtel and Reliance had lowered the existing local and STD rates within their own networks.

Hutch has also lowered STD tariffs through a special promotion of Rs 2.25 a minute to all mobiles and fixed phones with a monthly charge of Rs 25.

Hutch has reduced local call rates to Rs 1.99 a minute from the existing Rs 2.49 per minute to all mobile phones and Rs 2.99 per minute for calls to fixed lines.

While on STD calls the company has kept the tariffs unchanged for mobile-to-mobile, but lowered in the case of calls to fixed lines to Rs 2.99 from the existing range betwen Rs 2.99-4.99 a minute.

Airtel had slashed its local call tariffs by 60 per cent to Rs one per minute from Rs 2.49 within its network while increasing the STD tariff to any other mobile and WLL phone to Rs 3.25 a minute from the existing rate of Rs 2.99.

Reliance Infocomm Ltd also had announced reduction in pre-paid tariffs by 60 per cent under which local and intra-circle calls from Reliance Indiamobile (RIM) to any other Reliance phones had been reduced to 99 paise per minute from Rs 2.49 per minute.

STD rates on Airtel-to-Airtel have also been cut to Rs 2 per minute from Rs 2.99, making it cheaper than fixed line.

For STD calls to fixed line operators, Airtel had hiked tariffs to Rs 3.25 for a distance of 50 to 200 km. But for other distance slabs of 200 to 500 km and above 500 km, the STD rate has been reduced to Rs 3.25 per minute.

Inter-circle calls from RIM pre-paid to other Reliance handsets of fixed wireless phones and fixed wireless terminals anywhere in the country would now cost only Rs 1.79 per minute, down from Rs 2.99 per minute.