KOLKATA: Mobile phone users, especially those who travel within India, would be greeted with a lower bill for April as India’s major telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Aircel —-have taken giant steps towards abolishing roaming in their attempt to match Reliance Jio Infocomm’s offers. Starting April 1, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Aircel have already abolished incoming charges while roaming.
NEW DELHI: One nation, one number becomes a reality today. Mobile phone users will be able to retain their numbers when they relocate to any part of the country even if they change operators as full mobile number portability (MNP) comes into effect. The move is set to benefit millions of Indian phone users as it paves the way for the government's 'one nation, one number' plan aimed at simplifying the system. While MNP has been available within circles since 2011, this is the first time it will be possible across the country.
It’s no secret that Canadians pay among the highest roaming fees in the world. Horror stories abound about travellers who have returned from ski trips or sunshine vacations to cellphone bills far out of whack.
According to the CRTC, Canadians spent about $800 million in international charges in 2013. Half of those fees were incurred in the U.S.
The high cost of using smartphones and tablets across the European Union is set to be slashed under European Commission plans Wednesday to slash expensive roaming bills.In a season that often sees disgruntled users returning home from vacation only find shocking bills after calls and downloads in other EU nations, the European Commission announced a plan to extend price caps on roaming charges until 2016.It would also act to narrow the cost between domestic calls and those made across borders.
An EU drive against high cross-border mobile telephone charges has halved prices, but operators are still making rich pickings and have raised charges in other regions, a survey found on Thursday."A main constraint on roaming usage is the lack of awareness by users, the chief executive of the TCL company behind the report Margrit Sessions said, commenting on the effects of an EU price cap.The report also said that operators had repackaged their pricing packages with the net effect of making "roaming services to the US or other countries relatively expensive."
President Obama recently signed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition” Act, which will allow consumers to purchase unlocked phones.
“Phone unlocking” was outlawed by Congress in October 2012, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Mobile unlocking was previously exempt under the copyright law; however, the Library ruled against the exemption’s renewal last year, and the offence was deemed punishable by no less than five years of imprisonment.