Ringo, the low-cost calling app, has introduced local calling in India at a flat rate of 19 paisa/min. That’s Rs 1.01/min cheaper than any telecom service provider in India.
Ringo users can call any landline or mobile in the country at a flat rate of 19 p/min, without any additional charges like roaming, STD or top-up cards.
Unlike other VOIP apps in the market Ringo uses telephone networks instead of phone data or the internet for a phone call, and thus offers superior calling experience, without any call drops.
But the app use your phone’s internet, just like any other calling app, and that will reflect in your phone bill. So it’s not exactly that cheap.
Such apps are helpful, nevertheless, especially with growing complains about call drops in the country.
The app has a standard rate of 19 paise, it is 90 per cent cheaper than most carriers and 25 per cent cheaper than the most popular calling apps that are internet-based.
Additionally, the app offers 50 minutes of free talk time to every user who installs the app for the first time, and 50 additional minutes for every friend a user refers to Ringo.
Our vision has been to make calling across the globe simple, seamless and low-cost for the masses. Our local calling service is not only the cheapest in India right now, but it is also free of typical telecom-related hassles such as STD charges and differential pricing. In a country where 3G penetration is not fairly high throughout, we also have a strong edge over internet telephony apps, as Ringo calls do not use data, and are comparable in price.Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Founder, Ringo
Additionally, Ringo also comes with transparent and easy-to-read itemised bills, and makes earning free credits possible by downloading other apps from its offers section.
The real question here is how telecom service providers in India will take to such an app if it grows popular among Indian consumers.