guys!!! reliance, in the name of 'scrapping roaming charges' has come up with new roaming plans which have rentals of 390 and 900 respectively..
now the question really is are they of any use to masses?
we are assuming that a customer will activate this plan only when he travels out of his home city.
consider the 390 plan the main features of which are:
no free outgoing talktime..
200 mins of free incoming...
now suppsosing a customer is away from his home town for 7 days and activates this plan for the same number of days his rental for this plan comes to 91(390 divided 30 and then multiplied by 7)..
again calculated at pro rata basis he gets 46 mins of incoming free( 200 divided by 30, if the month has 30 days and then multiplied by 7).
so it means that one is charged 91 rs for 46 mins of incoming calls...that makes it 1.98/m for incoming calls..(91 divided by 46)
now lets assume the customer has to receive 10 mins of calls everyday and he makes no outgoing calls..his total incoming in 7 days would be 70 mins(7 multiplied by 10)..so he would be charged @1 rupee for the mins beyond the free 46 mins..so he wud be charged for 24 mins(70-46)..thats another 24 rupees..
so his total expenses for a 7 days roaming becomes..(70 incoming calls and no outgoing calls)
incoming mins beyond free usage=24
now what customers generally prefer..
generally any customer while roaming should avoid receiving calls if one can use reliance india cards which can be used while roaming for making both local as well as std calls at 1.25/min.
i would suggest the following for roaming for masses and i invite comments from fellow users..
before going on roaming activate the least expensive plan available in your circle..
buy a reliance india card(more if you have more usage)
dont receive calls..call back important ones through reliance india card..
cost implication..on an average the least expensive plan would cost 150 or so..the rental for 7 days would be 21.43..cost of one reliance india card would be 225(52.5 rs for a week as the card has 30 days validity) which you can use at home circle as well...so any which way you would be saving a lot of money...first by choosing the least expensive plan and then by using RIC..
outgoing=87.5(70 multiplied by 1.25)
now the difference seems a paltry 7 rs but the thing to be noted here is that we have assumed that the customer makes no outgoing calls in the roaming plans..
Edited by sachinrocks, 06 June 2007 - 02:36 PM.