Tata Tele Takes On Reliance With New WLL Tariff Plans

New Delhi: | Updated: Jan 22 2003, 05:30am hrs
In what could trigger the first tariff war within the limited mobility industry, Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) has come out with an aggressive tariff package offering connections along with a handset at an initial payment of Rs 2075 under the finance scheme.

The move is aimed at countering the Reliance Infocomm plan that is presently offering connection and handset against an initial payment of Rs 3,000 in its finance option.

Under the new TTSL package, the customer will have to make a down payment of Rs 2075 followed by 24 monthly instalments of Rs 150 for handset. The customer will have to pay Rs 450 as monthly rental and will get 190 free calls of 3 minutes (or 570 minutes on a 3-minute pulse), apart from 20 per cent discount on international call charges. Some value added services like caller line identification, call forwarding, call waiting and bill details have also been thrown in free in the package.

While incoming calls are free, the subscribers will have to pay Rs 1.10 for every 3 minute call after the free calls are over.

Reliance is currently offering connection at an initial payment of Rs 3,000 followed by quarterly instalment of Rs 1,800 for 3 years (Rs 600 a month for 36 months) along with a handset and free calls of 400 minutes per month. Paid calls will be charged at 40 paisa a minute calculated on a 15 second pulse. Reliance is also offering freebies like short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS) and Internet access.

When contacted, a Reliance official in Delhi refused to comment on the TTSL offer. However, a source close to the company indicated that a new plan would be announced soon to counter the TTSL offer.

TTSL has also announced another tariff plan on Tuesday. The second package includes down payment of Rs 3075 and 10 monthly installment of Rs 250 apart from Rs 599 as monthly rental. customers will get 400 calls of 3 minutes each free under this plan and will have to pay Re 1 for a 3 minute pulse for paid calls.

The packages will be available to the customer in all circles where company is offering its services and rates will be applicable from Tuesday. This is the first time TTSL has launched a tariff plan bundling finance for the handset.