Idea Cellular has now joined incumbents like Airtel and BSNL in offering free domestic roaming on incoming calls to its pre and post paid customers to take on Reliance Jio which offers lifetime free voice service on its network.
The Aditya Birla company also will offer up to 85% savings against default international roaming tariffs to international traveller through Special International Roaming Value packs -- offering Free Outgoing calls, Unlimited Incoming calls and large volume of bundled Data to avoid Bill Shock to International travellers , the company said in a statement.
Starting 1st April 2017, Idea will offer to all its customers roaming anywhere in India.
Effective 1st April 2017, Idea’s 200 million customers will enjoy free incoming calls while roaming on company’s 2G, 3G and 4G network across 400,000 towns and villages in the country. Idea is extending the free incoming calls on domestic roaming to all its Prepaid and Postpaid customers.
Idea customers will be able to make outgoing calls, SMS freely at affordable rates while roaming anywhere in India. Mobile Data tariffs and data pack benefits of home circle will be available while roaming anywhere in India, without any extra charge.
For International travellers, Idea will offer International Roaming Value packs giving free bundled usage of up to 400 outgoing minutes, 100 SMS per day, large data volume and unlimited incoming calls. These international roaming packs also come bundled with free 1GB/2GB/3GB data and overage charges as low as Rs.3 per MB to avoid bill shock to travelling customers. Customers can chose 10 day pack for short leisure travel or 30 day packs for continuous business trips or long stay.
The company has done extensive study of customer’s travel destinations, usage patterns and bill shock complaints to design a new range of value packs for handpicked destinations across Europe (15 countries), Asia (9 countries), America (USA + Canada), UK (UK + Ireland) and Middle East (UAE).
Idea’s new International Roaming Value packs, offering free incoming calls and bundled outgoing calls, SMS and large volume of data are available at an attractive price range. For value conscious customers, the packs start at Rs. 1,199 for 10 days validity and go up to Rs. 5,999 for 30 days validity, giving up to 85% savings on International Roaming charges.
According to Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, “Backed by a pan-India mobile GSM & wireless broadband network with coverage spanning 400,000 towns and villages, Idea is now set to enable over 200 million customers to use their mobile phones freely, without having to worry about roaming charges, while they travel anywhere in the country. While incoming calls will be free, customers will also be able to enjoy Outgoing calls, SMS and Data services at affordable rates, starting 1st April.”