No more roaming charges policy is going to be true by October 2013. Now after the month, all incoming calls will be free of cost, though the exact date is not published yet.
According to Mr.Kapil Sibal, Telecom Minister, “free roaming will certainly be in place by the month of October, 2013”.
Earlier, in may 2012 ’One Nation One Number’ policy was approve by Indian telecom Ministry to make people use a single number all over India.
After successful activation of roaming policy, Mobile users across India would be able to receive any incoming calls from any where in India and it would not depend on the users current circle or/and Home network.
Mobile users are always forced to take a new connection in roaming areas while they visit other state due to high roaming rate and nonavailability of cheap roaming call or SMS plans.
When users won't have to pay for roaming charges then it will also be possible to port mobile number to any network when they visit any other state or migrate from one telecom circle to other.
Indian telecom networks always go against this policy because this will decrease telecos revenue by 10% that come from roaming charges and telecom companies also claim that this will create a tough competition and security concern and end of STD concept.
Mobile users will be able to call at local rate (base price of locality) after successful rolling out of the roaming policy and there will be no need to maintain any STD plans.