Idea Cellular has announced that all domestic roaming in India will be free of charges. It has also added some international value packs for people travelling out of India. This move by Idea comes after Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest network provider announced the removal of all roaming charges for outgoing and incoming calls as well as SMSes and data usage in the country. These moves by the companies come after Reliance Jio announced its plans which will come to force from April 1. This new offer by Idea is for its more than 200 million subscribers travelling in the country and outside.
Beginning from April 1, Idea will offer ‘Free incoming calls’ to all its customers roaming anywhere in India. It also announced a series of International Roaming Value packs with ‘Unlimited incoming calls’ and a large amount of bundled outgoing voice calls, SMS & data to international travellers going to some popular spots outside India. The domestic roaming will enjoy free incoming calls while roaming across all networks (2G, 3G and 4G) in as many as 4 lakh towns and villages in India. Idea has extended the free incoming calls on domestic roaming to all its Prepaid and Postpaid customers.
Idea, in a press release, said, “Effective April 1, 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 customers will be able to make outgoing calls, SMS freely at affordable rates while roaming anywhere in India.”
Idea users can not make outgoing calls, SMS freely at affordable rates while roaming around the country. Mobile Data tariffs and data pack benefits of the home circle will be available while roaming anywhere in India, without any extra charge. International Roaming For International travellers, Idea now offers a wide choice of 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 choose 10-day pack for short leisure travel or 30-day packs for continuous business trips or long stay.
Idea cellular said it has done a study of customer’s travel destinations, usage patterns and bill shock complaints to design a new range of value packs for select destinations across Europe, Asia, America, UK and the Middle East.
Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer of Idea Cellular said, “…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.”