Jio announces free domestic voice calls to other networks from Jan 1

Reliance Jio, the nation’s largest telecom operator by subscribers, on Thursday said calls by its users to other networks in India will become free from Friday when the so-called IUC regime ends.

Jio, in a statement noted that as per the telecom regulator’s directions, ‘Bill and Keep regime’ is being implemented in the country from January 1, 2021, thereby ending IUC rates for all domestic voice calls.

“Honouring its commitment to revert off-net domestic voice-call charges to zero, as soon as IUC charges are abolished, Jio will once again make all off-net domestic voice calls free, starting 1st January 2021. On-net domestic voice calls have always been free on the Jio network,” it added.

Off-net calls refer to calls that terminate in other operators’ networks. “Today, Jio has delivered on that promise and made off-net voice calls free again,” the statement said adding that the company stood by its commitment to make the common Indian the beneficiary of advanced technologies like VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution).