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Spice Telecom unveils new tariff plans, slashes incoming ratesnews
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07 February 2003

New Delhi: Spice Telecom, the leading cellular provider in Punjab with a market share of over 65 per cent and a subscriber base of close to 4.5 lakh subscribers, has announced new tariff plans in both the postpaid and prepaid categories.

It announced a major reduction in the incoming rates across the new plans - with the rates ranging from zero incoming to a maximum of 50 paisa per minute. Recently Spice (Punjab) took the lead in being the first operator in the country to offer free mobile-to-mobile to its subscribers. For more information on the new tariffs, subscribers can either log on to or can call up the Spice toll free customer care helpline 981401 2345.

In the newly unveiled '50 series' of tariff plans, Spice Bargain 50 is one-of-its-kind zero rental plan in the market. Under this plan, there is a minimum monthly commitment of Rs 550 with NightSpeak, CLI and Talk2Me (free incoming from any two numbers) bundled within the plan.

Under this plan an incoming rate will be charged at Rs 0.50 paisa per minute and the outgoing call will be charged at Rs 2.40 per minute. The night speak allows users to get free airtime of 1,000 minutes between 10 pm to 7 am. In addition this plan also comes with two 'Talk2Me' numbers on which there would no incoming rate applicable throughout the day.

Currently Spice is the only operator in the region to offer this unique plan to its subscribers. All the new postpaid plans are available to new customers starting today. All existing postpaid subscribers of Spice will be able to migrate to the new plans on request.

In addition Spice has announced two more plans in the postpaid category - Spice Prize50 and Spice Bumper50. Further, it has plans to offer more plans for high end users in the coming days.

In the prepaid category the tariffs have been slashed by 60 per cent. With these drops in tariffs all incoming calls in the Spice Quicky Light plan now would be charged at Rs 0.50 per minute from the existing Rs 1.20 per minute and the outgoing rates will be charged at Rs 2.40 per minute from the existing Rs 2.98 per minute. In the prepaid category the new tariffs for new activations would become applicable immediately. For existing subscribers new rates would become applicable from their next recharge.

Says Spice Telecom marketing head Swarn Bajaj: ''True to our tradition of providing the best value for money to our subscribers, we have today introduced extremely attractive and affordable tariff plans. These new tariff plan are a part of Spice's strategy to invest further in the growth of the market and thus reinforces our commitment to the people of Punjab.

''We have always focussed on providing continuous value enhancement through both new schemes and innovative services, only recently we were the first operator in the country to implement free mobile-to-mobile incoming. Our efforts in doing so have been to constantly be the first to offer the best and the most attractive options to our subscribers. This has been one of the important factors, which makes Spice the first choice of the people of Punjab.''

Spice is Punjab's premier mobile phone service provider and is the first cellular operator in India to be ISO 9001-2000-certified for its entire operations. Spice Punjab has an extensive network across over 110 cities and towns in the state, covering 95 per cent of Punjab's urban area. In addition, it also covers more than 2,000 km of roads and highways of Punjab, including connectivity on the National Highway GT Road.

Spice has roaming tie-ups with all-national and over 178 international cellular operators. Spice (Punjab) has a subscriber base of close to 4,50,000 subscribers in Punjab, supported by a strong operational and billing network. We are committed to develop a world-class telecom network in Punjab and have recently unveiled plans of investing a further Rs 100 crore towards increasing the network infrastructure.

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