State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched domestic roaming plans with free incoming calls and cheaper rates for outgoing calls and texts.
BSNL's move comes close on the heels of moves by private operators like Vodafone to launch special plans offering customers free incoming calls.
Mobile operators have announced relaxations in roaming charges in order to comply with last month's directions by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to give consumers the option of discounted roaming plans.
BSNL is offering two special tariff vouchers for roaming wherein customers will get unlimited free incoming calls for Rs5 a day and Rs69 for 30 days. Outgoing local and national calls will be charged at 1.5 paise per second.
BSNL also launched two roaming tariff plans (RTP) for post-paid customers for Rs145 and Rs625, which come with services such as free calls and SMS.
It has also launched RTPs for Rs149 and Rs825, which include free unlimited incoming calls for a month.
For pre-paid customers, BSNL has announced an RTP for Rs405 and free roaming RTP for Rs705.