Reliance Jio Infocomm’s welcome offer of free voice calls and data will now end on 3rd December instead of the earlier promised date of 31st December. However, the benefits of free unlimited voice and data can be availed by users till 31st December 2016, if they subscribe to Reliance Jio by 3rd December.
The revision was communicated by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in a telex message to the CEOs of all the incumbent operators which reads –
“The revised offer of free services by RJIL has been limited to 90 days i.e up to 03.12.2016 and, therefore is consistent with the guidelines on promotional offers.”
The consumers who have not subscribed services till December 3 will be able to subscribe to New offers as well as tariff plans that are available from Jio. The company will continue offering consumer friendly plans to enhance data and voice experience of all consumers.
On the other hand, Reliance Jio’s Lifetime free voice calling offer has got clean chit from Trai. The incumbent operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and others approached Trai against free call service being offered by Reliance Jio, calling the tariff plan predatory, discriminatory and non-compliant to present rules.
Telecom operators are required to pay 14 paise per minute for each outgoing call from their network to the operator on whose network the call finally lands.
However, in a letter to telecom operators, Trai said,
“The tariff plans of the new player are compliant to existing rules and not discriminatory, it is found that the tariff plans filed with Trai cannot be considered as IUC non-complaint, predatory and discriminatory, at present.”
“This (Trai’s letter) clearly establishes the fact that all the tariffs offered by RJIL are in compliance with the prevailing regulations. A key feature of RJIL’s tariff packs is free voice calling for Local, STD and National roaming for all times.”, RJio in a statement, reacting to the Trai letter.