Jio’s introduction of IUC charges for its customers has sparked a debate among all its subscribers, with some asking Jio whether they forgot on their promise of free voice calls made three years ago.
The debate on the IUC charges has also seen Airtel and Vodafone Idea condemn this move, with them clarifying no new charges for the future.
However, Jio has been trying to justify its move with regards to the IUC charges and here’s a new explanation with regards to this.
Jio in one of its latest posts on Twitter suggests that the new IUC charges shouldn’t affect the consumer by a massive margin.
Jio is, in fact, using TRAI’s data to support its cause. According to the data from TRAI, the average IUC charge per customer in the industry per month amounts to Rs 12. In terms of IUC minutes, that amounts to 200 minutes of calls to other networks in a month.
Hence, what Jio tries to say is that for every consumer, the average expense in a month will amount to Rs 12, which doesn’t seem much in today’s times. Therefore, for Jio customers, there will only be an added expense of Rs 12 on an average per month. Jio is still keeping calls to other Jio networks and landline calls completely free.
The extra cost of Rs 12 may not seem much for users who pay more for Jio’s prepaid plans.
And when compared to other networks where you still have to pay validity charges as extra, this cost seems reasonable. However, if you are value-conscious, it’s still quite a lot, especially if you use the cheaper JioPhone plans.
However, most Jio users are complaining about the promise that Reliance made three years ago while launching Jio.
Jio voice calls were supposed to be completely free of cost to the consumer and Jio made it possible because of relying on the VoLTE technology that uses Internet connectivity for conducting calls.
The current IUC charges are expected to last until December 31, 2019 and Jio expects the TRAI to go for zero IUC charges after that. However, Airtel and other operators are against this move as they say it will burden them on servicing the deeper parts of the country where 2G connectivity is still the prime way of connecting people.