Ringo launches local calling service in India at 19 paise/min

Ringo, the low-cost calling app, has announced local calling in India. It lets users call any landline or mobile in the country at a flat rate of 19 paise/min, sans additional charges like roaming or STD.

The standard rate of 19 paise, according to Ringo, makes it 90 percent cheaper than most carriers and 25 percent cheaper than the most Internet-based popular calling apps.


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Ringo uses telephone networks instead of phone data or the Internet for a phone call, unlike VoIP calling services. Moreover, it can make calls even if the recipient of the call does not have the app installed. In a press release, Ringo explains it is able to offers calls at such cheap price by purchasing minutes in bulk at extremely low prices. It does not use your talktime, by using 'a unique call flow that connects both the initiator and the recipient of a call via a conference bridge'.

Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Founder of Ringo, said, "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."

The app also offers 50 minutes of free talk time to every user who installs the app for the first time, and 50 additional minutes for referrals. It also claims to offer easy-to-read itemised bills.

Published Date: Nov 27, 2015 08:29 am | Updated Date: Nov 27, 2015 08:29 am