Reliance Jio calls now ‘truly free’ after TRAI ends IUC – Latest News

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ended the interconnect usage charges (IUC) for all domestic voice calls from January 1, 2021. This means voice calls will be truly free once again. Reliance Jio has announced that it will once again make all off-net domestic voice calls free, starting January 1, 2021. On-net domestic voice calls have always been free on the Jio network.

Reliance Jio had started to charge IUC in October 2019 after TRAI extended the timeline for implementation of the Bill & Keep regime beyond 1st January 2020. In simple terms, these charges were basically for the duration of time the phone is ringing when a number is dialled. IUC only applies when a voice call is made between two different operators and it doesn’t matter whether the other person receives the call or misses or disconnects it, the IUC charges get billed.

IUC made headlines last year when Airtel alleged that Reliance Jio has reduced its ring duration from 35-40 seconds to 25 seconds to pay lesser IUC. This meant Jio subscribers unknowingly were giving more missed calls to Airtel, Voda-Idea users due to shorter ring duration and lead to more return calls to Reliance Jio’s network, enabling Jio to earn IUC while reducing its costs. And this is what forced Reliance Jio to come up with an ‘IUC pack’.

Jio had introduced four IUC packs at Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 and Rs 100 which was required to make calls to other operators from Jio. However, after this announcement, there will be no need to buy a separate IUC pack and all calls from Jio will be truly free.

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