New Delhi: State-owned telecom major BSNL is understood to have finalised plans to cut the domestic mobile roaming charges to as low as Re1 a minute for incoming calls and Rs1.50 for outgoing calls.
Charges for receiving a call while roaming are at present Rs1.75 per 60 seconds, while that for making calls are a maximum Rs 2.40 a minute, company officials told PTI.
However, the rates cannot fall below this level as there is a 65 paise carriage charge and 30 paise termination charge involved, which have to be covered when a person receives an incoming call while roaming.
Telecom Minister A Raja had earlier said that the Department of Telecommunications was looking at the possibility of lowering the domestic roaming charges, as planned by his predecessor Dayanidhi Maran.
Maran, who quit earlier this month due to political compulsions, had said that he planned to abolish the domestic roaming charges as a gift to the nation on the occasion of his party (DMK) president M Karunanidhi on his birthday on 3 June.