Sun, 21 January 2018. 04:01

After Reliance Jio took the telecom industry by a storm, other telecom operators are trying hard to keep up with Jio. Airtel was the first company to give on par offers to Jio. Airtel offered affordable packs and unlimited calling and up to 1 GB data every day. To counter these, Idea on Monday announced that from April, it will not be charging for incoming roaming calls.

From April 1st, 2017, all the calls across 2G, 3G and 4G networks in the 4,00,000 towns and villages in the country will have free incoming. This is applicable to both prepaid and postpaid customers. However, the outgoing calls, data, and SMS will be chargeable. The telecom, like Airtel, is offering unlimited local and national calls, 28 GB 3G data for Rs. 346 for 28 days with a daily limit of 1GB on data. This offer is available to only a few select customers like Airtel wherein all users cannot avail this offer.

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Airtel and Vodafone from the month of March started offering unlimited calls and 1 GB daily data for under Rs. 350. But the telecom operators later declared that only select users will be eligible for the offer. The Idea telecom, in an attempt to keep up in the race, introduced new packs for international roaming. This includes free Outgoing calls, unlimited incoming calls and a large volume of bundled data “to avoid Bill Shock” for international travelers, particularly roaming Europe (15 countries,) Asia (9 countries,) America (USA + Canada,) UK (UK + Ireland) and Middle East (UAE.) The packs range from 10 day duration at Rs. 1,199, going up to Rs. 5,999 for 30 day validity.

The Rs. 5,999 pack is valid for 30 days in Europe and offers 400 outgoing minutes, unlimited incoming calls, 3 GB data and 100 SMS per day with average charges of Rs. 3 per MB.

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