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New Delhi: Telecommunications operator Reliance Jio has said it offers a free outbound call limit five times more on other networks than an average customer requires and calls are unlikely to pay.

The telecommunications operator led by Mukesh Ambani added that his new plan offers up to 25% more value than its rivals.

Reliance Jio’s reaction came after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea removed the outbound call limit limit from their network starting December 6, the day Reliance Jio launched mobile call and data plans with a price up to 40 percent compared to previous offers.

“The right to out-of-network calls in Jio’s ‘All-in-One Plans’ is more than 5 times higher than an average customer uses according to industry data and, as a result, an average customer of Jio has to pay for calls outside the network. We reiterate that Jio plans offer up to 25% more value than comparable plans from other operators, “Reliance Jio said in a statement.

The company offers 1,000 minutes per month (28-day cycle) of free calls every month on all plans.

Both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea previously limited outgoing calls to other networks to 1,000 minutes in the plan with a validity of 28 days, 3,000 minutes in the validity of 84 days and 12,000 in the 365-day validity plan. Beyond this limit, customers had to pay 6 paise per minute for outgoing calls made to other networks.

“We listen to it! And we are making the change. From tomorrow, enjoy unlimited calls to any network in India with all our unlimited plans. No conditions apply,” Bharti Airtel said in a tweet on Friday.

Vodafone Idea also made a similar announcement on Twitter.

“Here there are unlimited possibilities with unlimited free calls, even to other networks,” Vodafone Idea tweeted with the note that the changes are effective from December 6 onwards.

Both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have increased their mobile calls and Internet plan prices by up to 50 percent since December 3.

Bharti Airtel increased its unlimited entry-level plan with a one-year validity of approximately 50 percent to Rs 1,499 with 24 GB of data instead of the Rs 998 plan with a data usage limit of 12 GB.

The valid 365-day plan price with a daily data usage limit of 1.5 GB per day now costs 41.2 percent more at Rs 2,398 compared to the Rs 1,699 plan. Vodafone Idea’s plans had a higher Re 1 price compared to Airtel.

Vodafone also announced three new plans: Rs 219 with 28 days of validity that offer 1 GB per day, Rs 399 and Rs 449 with 56 days of validity each, which offer 1.5 Gb and 2 GB of data usage, respectively.

With the elimination of the limit, the new Rs 399 Airtel plans with 56 days of validity became cheaper than those of the Reliance Jio plan at the same price. Vodafone Idea has also added the Rs 219 plan with the same offer announced by Bharti Airtel.

The measure to increase the mobile services rate follows the Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenues in October.

Bharti Airtel has published a staggering net loss of Rs 23,045 million for the second quarter that ended on September 30, due to the provision of Rs 28,450 million following the Supreme Court ruling on legal fees.

According to government data, the liabilities in the case of Bharti Airtel total almost 35,586 million rupees, of which 21,682 million rupees are license fees and another 13,904.01 rupees are the spectrum use quotas (excluding quotas from Telenor and Tata Teleservices).

Currently, the government is not considering any proposal on the exemption of fines and interest on the pending license fee based on adjusted gross income, or on extending the deadlines for telecommunications companies to pay their legal fees.

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