Airtel, Idea Cellular hike data tariffs by 20% in eight circles

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Mobile service providers, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, have increased charges for postpaid users by 20% in various circles, including the national capital.

According to the information posted on the companies’ websites, Airtel has increased data tariffs in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East, and UP West circles.

While Idea Cellular has done the same in Delhi, Punjab, and UP West, postpaid customers of both mobile service operators will now have to pay Rs 300 for 1GB 3G data usage, as against Rs 250 earlier.

Meanwhile, Vodafone has not raised data charges in the postpaid category and continues to offer 1GB 3G data for Rs. 250.

Telcos have been cutting back on discounts and freebies in order to improve profits. Last year, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had increased data as well as call tariffs. After the March spectrum auction, industry bodies associations said there would be hike in tariffs as operators have to meet the commitment to the government.

Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone had raised prepaid data tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by up to 47% in June, following the spectrum auctions in March.

Last week, Vodafone had declared that it aims to roll out 4G mobile services by December, in five circles – Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The company had started 4G trials in selected areas, in July.

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