New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Condemning the Reliance Jio’s move to charge the customers 6 paise per minute on voice calls to other network operators, Vodafone-Idea on Thursday echoed their voices with Airtel. The Vodafone-Idea described Jio’s move as ‘an act of undue haste’ and said that the Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) was a deal between the operators and it should not affect the consumer pricing.

The company also alleges that the Jio’s step to decrease the ringing time will have an abrupt effect on other Telecom operators.

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“Vodafone Idea operates basis the singular principle of pro-consumer and pro-choice. Accordingly, our offerings are completely transparent, affordable and cater to a cross-section of society and consumers with varying consumption needs via multiple technologies 2G, 3G & 4G. Even today over 50% of Indian citizens use 2g and feature phones and we service them in remote parts of the country even when it is unprofitable for us to do so,” Vodafone-Idea said in a statement.

“Consumers are not on a position to distinguish between on-net and off-net calls and we do not want to burden our subscribers with the inconvenience of trying to do so. All our plans cater to both on-net and off-net calls and you do not need to buy separate vouchers to do so. More than 60% of our consumers have low spends and do not need expensive plans where the commitments are high and so you need to spend large sums of money,” it added.

On Wednesday, Reliance Jio canceled its free calling services to each and every Telecom operators and announced that they will charge 6 paise per minute from its consumers for voice calls made to other Telecom operators. Reliance also said that around 13,500 crores were given by the company to other operators as the IUC charge in the last three years. It also noted that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was about to dismiss the IUC charge by January next year.

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“The price differential of free voice on Jio network and exorbitantly high tariffs on 2G networks causes the 35 - 40 crore 2G customers of Airtel and Vodafone-Idea to give missed calls to Jio customers. Jio network receives 25 to 30 crore missed calls on a daily basis,” Reliance Jio said in a statement

Posted By: Talib Khan