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Hutch slashes ISD, STD call rates

March 16, 2006 19:10 IST

Hutch on Thursday announced reduction in ISD and STD call rates across all plans, both postpaid and prepaid.

The new effective rates for STD and ISD will be as follows:

1. New ISD rates are as given below:

Zones

Old rates at Rs/min

New Rates

 

Post Paid

Pre Paid

 

US, Canada, Europe (F), Australia (F), New Zealand (F), & South East Asia

14.24

15.24

7.2

Europe (M), Australia (M), New Zealand (M), & SAARC

14.24

15.24

9.99

Gulf, Middle East, UAE, Africa

17.24

18.24

9.99

Other Countries

14.24

15.24

9.99

Other country rates exclude some Special Countries and Immarsat/Iridium calls

2. STD rate dropped by 24 paise across all plans with tariffs of more than Rs 2.64.

In addition:

  • The STD promotional packages that were offering reduced STD call rates of Rs 2.25 per minute at a monthly charge of Rs 25, will now offer STD call rate of Rs 2 per minute.
  • STD rates dropped from Rs 2.99 to Rs 2.75 for both Double Value postpaid plans and Chalta Rahe lifetime validity prepaid plan.
  • However, the standard Hutch to Hutch STD promotional offer of Re 1 per minute at a charge of Rs 25 per month will remain unchanged.

Speaking about the reduction in STD & ISD tariffs Naveen Chopra, Chief Marketing Officer, Hutchison Essar said, "We are pleased to offer a reduction in ISD and STD call rates across all plans, without any conditions, to our customers. We have reduced the STD tariff by 24 paise and ISD tariff by upto 53%, thereby allowing our customers to now make more ISD and STD calls at cheaper rates."

New plans for Re 1

Further to the STD at Re 1 tariff, Hutch on Thursday announced two new plans -- 'TalkHome 299' and 'TalkRoam 499' -- for its postpaid customers and recharge card 899 for its prepaid customers.

While the 'TalkHome 299' plan will allow postpaid customers of Hutch to make calls to any phone across India at Re 1 per minute, the 'TalkRoam 499' plan will also enable customers to make and receive calls while roaming on Hutch network at Re 1.

On both these plans local and national SMS is at Re 1 and local calls made from a Hutch number to another Hutch number will be charged at Re 1 per two minutes.

For its prepaid customers, Hutch has introduced 'Recharge Card 899' that will enable customers to make calls to any phone across India at Re 1 per minute. The 'Recharge Card 899' has a validity of one month and offers talk time of Rs 550.

While all local and STD calls and SMS will be charged at Re 1 per minute, standard rates will be applicable while roaming.

Tariff Plan

Post-Paid

Prepaid

 

TalkHome 299

TalkRoam 499

Recharge Card 899

Monthly rental

Rs 299

Rs 499

 

Local Hutch to Hutch

Re 1 for 2 min

Re 1 for 2 min

Re 1 per min

Local calls to other phones

1.00

1.00

1

STD calls to all phones

1.00

1.00

1

SMS (local & national)

1.00

1.00

1

Roaming calls on Hutch
Network Rs/min

As per Standard Rates

1.00

As per Standard Rates

Caller ID

Free

Free

Free

To activate SMS

ACT HOME1 to 998

ACT ROAM1 to 998

 

Speaking about the announcement, Naveen Chopra, chief marketing officer, Hutchison Essar Ltd, said: "Postpaid customers of Hutch can now benefit from uniform tariff plans to make local/STD calls and SMS within India at Re 1. We are also pleased to extend this benefit to our prepaid customers with Rs 899 recharge coupon with one month the validity."