Prefix ‘0’ Mandatory For The Landline To Mobile Call From January 2021: DoT

Prefix ‘0’ mandatory for the landline to mobile call from January 2021: DoT

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The Department of Telecommunications has accepted TRAI’s proposal to include a prefix ‘0’ before the number to call a mobile from the landline which will be effective from January 1, 2020.

The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has accepted TRAI’s proposal to place a prefix ‘0’ before the number to call a mobile from the landline. Now users from all over the country will have to put a prefix ‘0’ before the number to make a call from a landline to mobile from January 1, 2020. Having said this, on 29 May 2020, TRAI proposed this proposal to the Department of Telecommunications.


The Department of Telecommunications has issued a circular saying that we have accepted the proposal to change the process of dialing the number from TRAI’s landline to mobile. Under the new rule, users will now have to place a prefix ‘0’ before the number to make a call from a landline to mobile.

The communications ministry expects the change in the landline-to-mobile call dialing plan to free up sufficient numbering resources for mobile services amid the continued rise in India’s mobile user base and fall in wireline connections. “Roughly 2,539 million numbering series is expected to be generated, more connections can be added in future, which will be beneficial to mobile customers at large,” it added.

The government has directed telcos to ensure suitable auto-announcements are fed into all fixed-line switches to remind landline users to prefix any calls to a mobile number with a ‘0,’ should they forget. In May, Trai had recommended to the DoT that all calls from fixed-lines to mobile numbers be pre-fixed with a ‘0’, saying such a move would generate a whopping 2,544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services.


The Department of Telecommunications has given telecom companies up to January 1 to set up the new system. With the change in the dialing process, the telecom companies will be able to create more than 254.4 million numbers, so that the future needs will be met.

Tariff plan price may increase by 20 percent from 2021

According to the Economics Times report, Vodafone-Idea and Airtel may hike tariff plan prices by 15 to 20 percent later this year or early in the new year. At the same time, telecom company Reliance Jio can also take advantage of this opportunity and make their tariff plans expensive. For your information, Earlier in 2019, the company had made almost all its recharge plans expensive and limited unlimited calling to other networks.


Earlier, a report by CNBC had revealed that Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea had increased the price of tariff plan by 40 percent last year and now all three companies are planning to hike tariff again.

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