Jio Starts Charging 6 Paise per Minute on Outgoing Calls to Other Networks: Get Detailed IUC Top-Up Vouchers

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One of the most shocking news from Jio has arrived yesterday. Reliance Jio has started charging to their subscribers six paise a minute for making calls to other mobile networks. This means, even if you have the monthly unlimited pack activated on your number, you have to pay some fee for making a call to other mobile networks. 

The Mumbai-headquartered telco on Wednesday announced that the new voice calling charges will be implemented on Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) rate that has been fixed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for mobile operators enabling inter-networking outgoing calls. So, from now, Jio subscribers have to take an additional IUC top-up voucher to make voice calls to other networks. There are four new IUC top-up vouchers announced by the company which you can see below.

Jio IUC top-up vouchers

As mentioned above, Jio will be charging 6 paise per minute through the IUC vouchers for making a call to other mobile networks. This new plan has already come into effect starting today. So, if you haven’t bought any IUC top-up vouchers, you will not be able to make a call to other networks.

To make things pleasing to some extent, Jio is providing additional data entitlement of equivalent value based on IUC top-up voucher consumption. The data entitlement comes in addition to equivalent minutes with the IUC charged at six paise per minute.

IUC Top-Up Voucher Amount (Rs.) IUC Minutes (non-Jio networks) Free Data Entitlement (GB)
10 124 1
20 249 2
50 656 5
100 1,362 10

As you can see all the plans above, the most affordable IUC top-up vouchers that you get costs Rs. 10 that brings 124 minutes of voice calling to other mobile networks in addition to 1GB of data entitlement. If a subscriber requires more minutes than what’s available through the Rs. 10 IUC top-up voucher, there is the Rs. 20 voucher with 249 minutes. It also includes 2GB of data entitlement.

Apart from the first two, if you want more minutes, you can go for Rs. 50 IUC top-up voucher that offers 656 minutes of talk time for other mobile networks along with 5GB of data. For extensive outgoing calling support to other mobile networks, there is also the Rs. 100 voucher that brings 1,362 minutes of talk time in addition to 10GB of data.

One thing you need to note is, just like additional data you get with your plan, the IUC top-up vouchers will also have the same validity as that of your current plan. Also, there are no changes to the existing Jio plans.

The new Jio plans also applies to postpaid customers. They will also be billed at six paise per minute for making off-net outgoing calls. Reliance Jio will offer free data entitlement of equivalent value to compensate the customers to some extent.

At the initial stage, Reliance Jio promised to its subscribers that the voice call will be free at its network, they will be only charged for the mobile data they consume. However, the operator still assures that it will cost off-net outgoing calls until the time TRAI moves to a zero termination charge regime that is expected to take place starting January 1, 2020.

At last, one thing you need to note down is, this plan only applies when you make calls to other networks. This means that all Jio-to-Jio calls and Jio-to-landline calls are still free. Also, the operator is not charging for incoming calls and calls made using a Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) platform such as WhatsApp or Apple’s FaceTime.

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