Friday, March 18, 2011

Aircel - Lowered call rates to Japan

The Indian Geek has refrained from reporting on anything related to the recent tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crisis (mega-crisis, rather) in Japan as we haven’t found anything directly affecting technology in India. However, we found something interesting on Aircel’s website. Aircel is offering “Special Calling Rates” to Japan from the 12th March to the 21st March, 2011 for both prepaid and postpaid customers. They would charge you a mere Rs. 1.50/- per minute to call a Japan landline, while a call to a Japan mobile phone would cost you Rs. 6.00/- per minute during this period. We’ve got roughly three days left for this “Special” rate to expire – we’re sorry, we didn’t know about it any sooner. A little bit of Googling around lead us to the fact that even MTS India has launched a similar special plan – but we were unable to find any details from their own website, or from contacting their customer care (we spent 7 minutes on the phone waiting for someone to answer, but no one did). Based on a report from Business Line (The Hindu), ISD rates to Japan for MTS users has dropped to Rs. 1.99/- per minute from Rs. 9.19/- per minute previously. We do not know the duration for which this special plan has been introduced, nor do we know whether the same rate applies for landline and mobile calls. Whatever be the case, we’re glad that Aircel and MTS India have come forward to help in this time of disaster.

And yes, we know you have a look of disbelief on your face, and you’re wondering why none of the other telecom providers in India have been mentioned here – but sadly, such is the state of affairs. While we do not deny the fact that other mobile phone service providers may have slashed rates – we simply couldn’t find the necessary details on their respective websites. We have checked the websites for Tata Docomo, Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL, Reliance, Uninor – nobody seems to have special rates during this time of urgency and emergency. We’ll let you folks know if anything else concerning India and technology arise out of the current situation in Japan. It’s horrendous what’s happened there, and our hearts go out to the people there. If you know of any other helpful efforts being undertaken by telecom operators (or other service providers) in India, do feel free to you must sound off in comments below. It would help someone else.

Source: Aircel, Business Line, The Hindu

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