Jio effect: Idea to offer free incoming calls on domestic roaming

Telecom operator Idea Cellular Ltd announced free incoming calls on domestic roaming and unveiled international roaming value packs that, it claimed, would prevent ‘bill shocks’ to those travelling abroad.

The offers come on the heels of the larger rival Bharti Airtel announcing removal of all roaming charges for outgoing and incoming calls as well as SMSes and data usage within India, to take on competition from newcomer Reliance Jio.

“Effective 1 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 customers will be able to make outgoing calls, SMS freely at affordable rates while roaming anywhere in India”, an Idea release said.

It further said mobile data tariffs and data pack benefits of home circle will be available while roaming within India at no extra charge.

The facility of free incoming calls on domestic roaming will be extended to both prepaid and postpaid customers.

For international travellers, the company is offering international roaming value packs with free bundled usage of up to 400 outgoing minutes, 100 SMSes per day, 3GB bundled data and unlimited incoming calls for Rs 2,499 for Asia, and Rs 5,999 for Europe for 30 days validity.

“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”, Idea said.


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