RCom Unveils Net Neutrality-Violating Plan That Offers 300 Minutes App-to-App Calling at Re. 1August 31, 2016
- RCom’s offer is meant for 4G LTE users in Delhi-NCR
- For Re. 1, customers get 300 minutes of app-to-app calling
- The offer violates no discriminatory pricing principle of net neutrality
Reliance Communications (RCom) on Tuesday launched its ‘Call Drops Se Chhutkara’ offer, which translates to ‘relief from call drops’. The telecom operator is offering users of its 4G LTE services 300 minutes of app-to-app calling for Re. 1, a type of pack that is becoming increasingly popularbut goes against the basic principles of net neutrality that there must be no discriminatory pricing based on the type of applications.
The offer is meant for Reliance 4G LTE users in Delhi-NCR. Users will be able to use any voice calling app, from Skype to WhatsApp, imo to Facebook Messengerand Google Hangouts. The company is touting HD voice quality and instant connections, though of course, the end result would also depend on the app being used.
Detailing the offer, RCom in an emailed statement explained that the Rs. 1 offer of 300 minutes of app-to-app calling is in fact split over 30 days, meaning, 10 minutes a day for a month. Elaborating further, the telecom operator said users will get 7MB of data credited daily into their accounts, which translates to 10 minutes of HD voice calls a day.
Notably, any data remaining from the 7MB daily data credit will not be carried over to the next day, but instead be forfeited. The company adds that if the customer uses the daily data quota for any other Internet use, the app-to-app calling minutes will reduce proportionately.
Commenting on the launch, Gurdeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Business, Reliance Communications, said, “We have always had a strong emotional connect with Delhi-NCR and the people here, and are excited to redefine voice calling with our ‘Call Drops Se Chhutkara’ offer, providing app-to-app talking and complete freedom from call drops. Using the Reliance 4G LTE network, customers will experience High-Definition quality and instant connectivity, freedom from slow Internet access and blazing data speeds on the digital superhighway. Best of all, existing and new Reliance 4G LTE customers will switch to the new way of calling, and enjoy instant and crystal clear voice with great savings.”