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, isn't it ? Come lets solve your problem step-by-step.
Step 1. What to choose GSM or CDMA ?
GSM and CDMA 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. For details
How to choose a Service provider ?
Consider the following while selecting a
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
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 mobile in your area for the quality of
Step 3. Should you choose Post-Paid or Pre-Paid Sim Card ?
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 cost in control buy a Pre-Paid Card. You get STD &
ISD also without any security deposit. Post Paid card offer various price plans
and is better option if the usage is high.
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.
If you are
purchasing a Post-Paid connection for the first time, it is better to take the
cheapest one with the minimum monthly rental so that you could
know Your usage
pattern. Using a connection for 2-3 months, you would come to know
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.
Cost of a Post-Paid Connection may have following
1. Entry level cost (One time) - Activation Cost + Refundable
2. Monthly Rental
3. Optional services at some monthly fee
charges - Local(to same network, to other mobile, to landline), STD(to Mobile,
to Landline), ISD and SMS(National, Internaional)
5. Roaming charges
7. 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
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
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 mobile, to landline), STD(to Mobile, to Landline), ISD and
SMS(National, Internaional). 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, a
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).
consult the respective company's customer care or retail outlet for latest price
plans and offerings.