Roaming mobile charges slashed in Oman

20 Apr 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The cost of mobile data per megabyte has also been brought down to 327 baisas from 500 baisas. 

Good news, folks! You will now be paying 35 per cent less for roaming charges when travelling to other GCC countries, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced this week.

This reflects a 27 baisa drop in the charges for receiving calls anywhere in the GCC region. You will now only be charged 108 baisas, as opposed to 135 baisas per minute.

Meanwhile, outgoing calls to other GCC countries – including the home country – is now set at 238 baisas, down from 246 baisas per minute.

The cost of mobile data per megabyte has also been brought down to 327 baisas from 500 baisas.

In a statement released to media, the TRA said: “This is in line with the initiative of GCC regulators, under the umbrella of the GCC General Secretariat, to regulate the prices of roaming services within the Gulf countries.”

The new price caps came into effect on April 1, 2017.

The TRA added that the reduction was a part of previous initiatives towards facilitating the availability of roaming services for GCC nationals and residents within reasonable and affordable price levels.

Abel Sam, an Omani resident, who is also an investor in Dubai, said: “I wholeheartedly welcome this decision. It may not be a big drop, but I use my internet a lot while travelling around Dubai, and this will save me a substantial amount of money. However, the young investor believes that roaming should be made “completely free”, and that the TRA should address the more pressing issue of “reducing the call rates and internet package rates” in Oman.

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