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Choosing a Tariff Plan

Tariff Plan

Choosing a Tariff Plan

In India 4-7 Companies provide Mobile Phone Services in your area and each Company offers a dozen Tariff Plans. It seems a nightmare to choose the right plan, isnt it? Come let’s solve your problem step-bystep.

Step 1: What to choose GSM or CDMA?
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and CDMA (Code division multiple access) are the two kinds of mobile phone services availabe in India. In fact these are the two main competing network technologies deployed by cellular service providers world over. Understanding the pros and cons of both the technologies will help you make right decision according to your requirement. The major benefits between GSM and CDMA technologies are-

GSM CDMA
Choice of Handsets Unlimited Limited
Choice of TSP Many Only 2
Voice clarity Normal Better
Data speed Normal Better
Roaming More options Less
options

 

Step 2: How to choose a Service provider?
Consider the following while selecting a Service Provider:

1. First of all you must check which Service Providers (Companies like AIRTEL, VODAFONE, IDEA, BSNL, MTNL, TATA, RELIANCE, AIRCEL, SPICE etc.) are providing services in the areas where you will be using your phone.
2. If you want National or International Roaming then also check whether the Service Provider you have chosen facilitates roaming in the regions or countries where you visit frequently.
3. Cost of owning a handset
4. Cost of having a connection
5. Fixed monthly expenses
6. Usage charges.
7. Also it is helpful to check with the people using the service in areas where you will mostly be using the service for the quality of service, coverage, black-spots etc.

Step 3: Should you choose Post-Paid or Pre-Paid Plan?
In case of Post-Paid SIM Card you get monthly bill according to your usage while in case of Pre-Paid you use a fixed amount which is included in the cost initially. Pre-Paid cards can be recharged using recharge coupons available in different denominations. To keep the costs in control buy a Pre- Paid Card. You get STD & ISD also without any security deposit. Post Paid cards offer various price plans and is better option if the usage is high or you get the costs reimbursed from your employer or you need to keep records of your calls. Pre-Paid cards are better suited if tariffs in the market change frequently, new TSPs are coming in the market or there is a churn in the market.

Step 4: How to Choose an Airtime Price Plan?
Once you have decided upon the company and the type of SIM (Post- Paid or Pre-Paid), you choose the most suitable Price Plan.
Choice of plan will depend upon your usage profile like predominance of VOICE or SMS or DATA; LOCAL CALLS or STD or ISD; ROAMING etc.

If you are purchasing a Post- Paid connection for the first time, it is better to take the cheapest one to start with the minimum monthly rental to determine Your usage pattern for 2-3 months like how many minutes you use in a month; whether your usage is more locally, or on STD or ISD etc. This will help you to choose the most suitable Tariff Plan according to your usage pattern.

In case of Post-Paid SIM Card you get monthly bill according to your usage while in case of Pre-Paid you use a fixed amount which is included in the cost initially. Pre-Paid cards can be recharged using recharge coupons available in different denominations. To keep the costs in control buy a Pre- Paid Card. You get STD & ISD also without any security deposit. Post Paid cards offer various price plans and is better option if the usage is high or you get the costs reimbursed from your employer or you need to keep records of your calls. Pre-Paid cards are better suited if tariffs in the market change frequently, new TSPs are coming in the market or there is a churn in the market.

Sim Card MRP: Rs.110
Free Talktime: Rs.10
Validity: 365 Days
Call Rate
Local Call- To Bsnl network
7AM to10PM : 59paise/minute
10 PM to 7 AM) : 25paise/minute
Local Call To other network: 69paise/minute
Sms Local: 25paise
Sms Std: Rs1.20
MTNL Sakhi plan for 2 nos calls free
MTNL CDMA Jeevansathi plan

Cost of a Post-Paid Connection may have following components:

  • Entry level cost (One time) - Activation Cost + Refundable Deposit
  • Monthly Rental
  • Optional services at some monthly fee
  • Call charges - Local(to same network, to other mobile, to landline), STD(to Mobile, to Landline), ISD and SMS(National, International)
  • Roaming charges
  • Service tax
  • Offers: Companies may have Plan specific Offers like discounts on call rates or SMS or various data and other services.

Cost of a Pre-Paid Connection has following components:

1. Validity : It may vary from few Days to Month/s to Lifetime. Lifetime Validity is applicable as per license period of the company and is subject to change in case any regulatory and licensing condition changes in the future by Government of India. You can choose according to your probable stay at that place and cost.

2. Talk Value: Initial talk value on the card may vary from nil to few hundred Rs. according to the cost. It can be added through Recharge Coupons.

3. Airtime Tariff: Your Talk Value is consumed according to the Tariff Plan. Each Tariff Plan has different Call charges for Local (to same network, to other network, to landline), STD (to Mobile, to Landline), ISD and SMS (National, Roaming, International). These are targeted towards various user groups like women, teenagers, tourists, night plan etc. Choose the one that suits you the best. For example Night plan has very low rates if you talk more at night, Women oriented plan may have low rates between 11am to 1pm etc.

4. Recharging: Recharge coupons of varying Validity, Value and Special offers are easily available off the shelf in all the markets. Costing from Rs.10 to may be Rs.3,500. The TalkValue = MRP - (Processing fee + Service Tax).

You should consult the respective companys customer care or retail outlet for latest price plans and offerings. Bsnl Kerala launches women power prepaid sim card on its cellone mobile phone services with following tariff plan

Hemant Upadhyay
Advisor IT & Telecom

  • The biological impact of your cell phone is not related to its power, which is quite weak, but rather to the erratic nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair
  • Serving as an illustrative warning of the potential for your cell phone to cause cancer is the case of a young woman with no other predisposing risk factors for cancer who developed multi-focal breast cancer directly beneath the area of her breast where she’d been tucking her cell phone into her bra
  • Earlier research has shown that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis, and cell phone radiation has also been found to affect mens sperm count, and the quality and motility of their sperm
  • As a general rule, you’ll want to avoid carrying your phone anywhere on your body. The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna, especially when it is put next to soft tissue such as in your pant or shirt pocket, or worse yet, in a woman’s bra.

Source : Mercola.com

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