Incoming calls are NOT free in India or are they?
Since Jio started in the telecom market, the rest of the operators’ revenues started to decrease due to the pricing competition. Be it Idea, Vodafone, Airtel or even Docomo, their data costs are decreasing significantly due to them having to compete on a pricing level, and now they are finding ways to charge for incoming calls to offset the revenue losses.
The small recharge package that was available before, that people used with their 2G phones, for Rs 10, 20, and 30 are no longer available. Now even if there is a balance present in your account, you won’t be able to use it because of the Validity method that has been launched for the same packages that existed before.
This new Validity system has been implemented by all of the current telecom companies in India such as Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Docomo and everyone else. As a customer, even if you switch from one operator to another, you would face a similar situation.
The thing to keep in mind, in general, is that the available balance can only be used for outgoing calls until there is validity. And an average of 28 days or a month after validity expires, even the incoming calls will be stopped if not recharged. And the SIM card might also be canceled if not recharged for 90 days. So yes, incoming calls are not free after all. The mobile recharge for Rs 10, 20, and 30 have been eliminated and replaced by a system of validity. So even the balance you have available can only be used for the valid period of your telecom company validity. If there is no validity available, the balance will remain unusable.
The major operators in India such as, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and Docomo have launched new packages for people who used to get mobile recharges for Rs 10, and 20. The first package is for Rs 35. Idea, Airtel, and Vodafone have the same rate. Airtel is providing calls for 2.5 paise/sec for this pack. So for Rs 35, they provide you with a balance of Rs 26 and 100 MB data for 28 days.
Another thing to bear in mind is that whatever previous balance you have added with what they provide you with for this plan, is only valid for a month or for the telecoms’ defined validity. Telecoms have also launched plans for Rs 65, and 95 all with a month validity. They may offer benefits like more talk time but eventually, no matter what package you top-up for, it’s only valid for during the validity period. So again, incoming calls are not free in this sense.