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Airtel, Vodafone, Idea hike data rates by up to 100% in Jun-Sept

Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period 
across country.

Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June.

The three companies jointly hold around 57 per cent mobile services market share.

While no comments were received from Airtel and Idea Cellular, Vodafone India spokesperson said ‘Around two months ago, we changed the base tariff of 2G for 1GB pack from Rs 155 to Rs 175. This has been carried out in a phased manner across circles.’

Airtel and Idea too have increased the rate of 1GB 2G mobile internet pack to around Rs 175 from about Rs 155 GB.

Telecom operators generally don't make public announcement about increase in mobile tariff. The change is noticed on their website after the new rates are implemented.

They generally inform their post paid customer through SMS about change in rates of services before their next billing cycle starts. Pre-paid customers, which constitutes over 90 per cent of market, get to know about rate revision when they go to recharge their mobile phone or through website of companies. Telecom operators are required to report change in tariff to telecom regulator TRAI. Vodafone and Idea Cellular increased rack rate, charged without any offer or scheme, by up to 100 per cent from 2 paise per 10 kb of data usage to 4 paise per 10 kb.
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