In a recent move, Telecom operators Airtel and Idea have hiked data tariffs for postpaid customers by 20 percent in various circles. Vodafone has not raised data charges and continue to offer 1GB 3G data for Rs. 250.
Airtel has raised data tariffs in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West circles while Idea Cellular has hiked charges in Delhi, Punjab and UP West.
Postpaid customers will now have to shell out Rs. 300 for 1GB 3G data. Earlier this year in June, there was a hike in data charges for 2G and 3G services in Delhi up to 47 percent by Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Last year also there was an increase in data as well as call rates by the Telecom operators.
Usually there is no announcement made by Telecom operators when they raise data charges but there is heavy advertisement done in case of a slight temporary decrease in charges. Postpaid customers only get to know about any change in data charges before their next billing cycle. While prepaid customers get to know of increased rates on their next recharge.
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