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India cellphone users surrender world's cheapest data plans

Telcos lose billions in Supreme Court decision but gain excuse to raise rates

Data prices in India are the lowest in the world. According to U.K.-based, mobile users in the country pay 2 cents to $2.75 for 1 gigabyte of data.   © Reuters

BANGALORE -- India's mobile subscribers will soon lose the privilege of paying less than everybody else in the world for mobile data plans as the country's major telcos maneuver to raise prices to improve their profit margins.

The plans come in the wake of India's Supreme Court ruling in early September that Bharti Airtel, which serves the second-most subscribers in the country, and No. 3 Vodafone Idea each have to pay billions of dollars to the government.

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