The nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of the past 11 days is estimated to have triggered a 35% slump in overall mobile recharge volumes with millions of migrant workers among the worst affected forming the bulk, industry experts and analysts said. The lockdown has primarily stung atleast half of India’s over 370 million feature phone user base, largely comprising migrant workers who haven’t been able to recharge their phones. The basic phone user base also includes some 85-90 million Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE phone users, according to market trackers. Well over 90% of the 1.15 billion mobile phone subscribers in India are pre-paid subscribers who need to recharge their subscriptions periodically for continuous connectivity. Aimed at helping those migrant workers who haven’t or won’t be able to recharge during the 21-day lockdown to April 14, telcos such as Airtel and Vodafone Idea have extended the validity of plans to April 17. Industry executives and experts said physical recharges are almost down to nil as people aren’t being able to visit mobile stores or their nearest kiranas to recharge phones, a development which sharply lowered monthly new user additions of telcos. And pure digital recharges, reckoned to make up a shade over a… Read full this story
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