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you can choose your ISD/STD operator

The government on Monday refused to lift existing curbs on internet telephony even as it paved the way for cheaper long-distance calls by allowing Indian subscribers to opt for a telecom operator of their choice, regardless of their service provider

Currently, a subscriber can avail of only the STD and ISD tariffs offered by his/her service provider. Globally, long-distance tariffs have fallen 20-53% after customers were allowed to choose their operator.

According to the new move by the Telecom Commission, subscribers can buy calling cards from an operator of their choice, which would allow all players who carry long-distance calls to sell their services directly to the consumer.

Companies like RailTel, PowerGrid, Tulip IT services and foreign operators such as British Telecom, AT&T, Verizon, France Telecom and Cable & Wireless can all now sell their long-distance tariffs directly to customers.

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