There are about 40 crore customers in the country who use more than one SIM: Reports (Image for representational purpose only)
Dual SIM users in India are likely to face problems as companies are bringing in new ideas to increase their profits. Customers will have to recharge both their numbers from now onwards. The companies are now planning to shut down the mobile numbers which are not recharged every month. Some mobile companies have already started sending alert SMSs to the customers. There are about 40 crore customers in the country who use more than one SIM, according to some reports.
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In order to keep customers active, Airtel and Vodafone have issued plans with a minimum recharge of Rs 35, Rs 65 and Rs 95 for 28 days of validity. According to the plan, the outgoing calls of users who do not recharge within a month will stop and the incoming call facility will also be terminated in 45 days.
Competition to reduce the rate in telecom sector started after the arrival of Reliance Jio.
According to DG Rajan Mathews of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents private mobile companies, this will reduce connections on a large scale and in the next 6 months, the number of subscribers can be reduced by 2.5 to 3 crore.
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Unique subscribers likely to increase
By the end of August, telecom companies had a total of 120 crore subscribers. It will decrease after this. However, there may be some increase in the number of unique subscribers due to the rise of new customers. The number of single SIM customers in the overall subscriber base is currently 73-75 crores, the remaining subscribers have dual SIMs.