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Hello Capital plan links State capitals, only on land lines

HELLO CAPITAL: Mr S.P. Shukla, President (Wireless business) Reliance Communications, addressing a press conference in the Capital on Monday. - Kamal Narang

New Delhi , July 3

Reliance Communications on Monday announced a new plan, which allows its fixed wireless subscribers in State capitals to make calls to each other at local call charges, at 40 paise a minute. The scheme will be beneficial for subscribers in 18 State capital cities besides New Delhi. The Reliance move follows a similar price plan announced by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd for STD calls between Delhi and Mumbai at local call rates.

For instance a Reliance subscriber in Delhi can make a call to another Reliance user in Chennai at 40 paise a minute. The tariff will not be available for the capital cities in north eastern States and Jammu and Kashmir since the company does not have its network there.

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Giving out the details the Reliance Communication President (Wireless Business), Mr S.P. Shukla, said, "It is the death of long distance tariff and is applicable to both post and pre-paid tariff plans. I am sure this plan will bring Reliance Hello customers closer to his near and dear ones; and connect the business partners than ever before without worry for high telephone bills."

The company has taken up a massive awareness building campaign for the product through print, audio and audio-visual media in all the State capitals across the country. This tariff is available to all Reliance Hello customers in 19 State capitals with `32' numbering plan. The scheme is not available for mobile users since all private operators have to pay charges and levies such as the access deficit charge and termination charges making it not feasible to offer local call charges on long distance calls.

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