NEW DELHI: Following the increase of the pre-paid data charges, Telecom operators Bharati Airtel and Idea cellular have now hiked the 3G post-paid data charges by around 20% in major circles including Delhi.
A few months back the top three Telecom operators Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have raised their pre-paid data charges for 2G and 3G services by 47% in the Delhi region.
However, Vodafone has not yet considered increasing the Post-paid data charges in Delhi or any other region.
According to the information available on the websites of the companies’ Airtel has raised data charges in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West circles; while Idea Cellular has hiked charges in Delhi, Punjab and UP West regions.
Post-paid customers of these circles will now have to pay Rs.300 for 1GB of data usage, which was earlier Rs.250 for the same amount of data.
An Airtel spokesperson told PTI that the increase in post-paid data charges were only for new customers and was effected about two months ago. Queries in this regard remained unanswered from Idea cellular.
Operator in India, usually don’t make announcements of price hikes. They send SMS to their post-paid customers informing the change of tariffs and all the information in this regard will be displayed on the companies’ websites. On the other hand, pre-paid customers will only know the hike in charges when they recharge their number through retailer outlets or companies’ websites.
In a bid to increase their profits telecoms have been decreasing the amount of discounts or freebies they offer since the last auction of the spectrum which went for Rs.1.1 lakh crores, the Times of India reports.
However, experts criticized the move terming it as “greedy” in nature. A communications expert from Delhi said “increasing prices every 2months only demonstrates the greedy nature of the Telecoms. with more number of smartphones being used, proportionally the data usage rises giving out the expected revenue. Increasing data charges by operators only describes their greediness.”