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Comparison of ISD rates in India

Reliance Infocomm, Tata Indicom (VSNL), Bharti, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd are the key players in the calling card segment.

Almost all service operators have similar charges for the most-common destinations. Reliance, Tata Indicom and Airtel offer Rs 7.20 a minute for calls made from India to a landline in the US, Canada and Europe, while MTNL charges Rs 9 a minute.

Calls made to mobile phones in Europe are charged at Rs 13.99 by Bharti, while MTNL charges Rs 9 a minute. Reliance and Tata Indicom are the cheapest at Rs 7.20 a minute

If you intend to call South East Asian countries, the cheapest option is MTNL’s calling cards wherein the rates are Rs 9 a minute compared with Reliance, Tata Indicom and Bharti which charge Rs 9.60 a minute.

In case, calls are outbound for Middle East, the best option is to go in for Bharti’s Airtel cards at Rs 16.99 a minute, while MTNL, Reliance and Tata Indicom charge Rs 18 a minute.

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