Idea Cellular has launched a new voucher through which its pre-paid subscribers can enjoy 'free' roaming.
first voucher is priced between Rs. 230 to Rs. 240 (the price varies
from circle to circle). With the help of this special recharge voucher,
the incoming calls while on national roaming will be free of cost. The
subscribers will be able to make local, STD, ISD calls, and send text
messages while roaming at the same rate as applicable in their home
Idea Cellular has also launched another voucher
that reduces incoming call rates while on national roaming to 75 paise
per minute. Users can make calls and send SMS at no additional cost
while roaming. This voucher costs between Rs. 35-40 (the price varies
from circle to circle).
The company has announced that these
special roaming vouchers will be available starting July 1, 2013, across
all 22 circles. The discounted roaming rates will be valid for six
months from the date of recharge.
Speaking about the
initiative, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said,
"Indians are travelling across the country like never before, for work
or leisure. Idea's pan-India network will now allow over 123 million
Idea users to roam freely across the country, without worrying about
additional roaming charges."
Airtel too has announced its 'free' incoming national roaming packs for its pre-paid subscribers.
first pack from Airtel costs Rs. 5 and gives subscribers free incoming
calls on national roaming for a day. Outgoing calls while roaming within
the country are charged at 1.5 paise per second. All other call rates
remain the same as per your existing plan.
The second plan
costs Rs. 79 and gives customers free incoming calls on national
roaming for a period of 30 days. Outgoing calls while roaming within the
country, as well as your regular outgoing calls in your home circle,
will be charged at 1.5 paise per second. All other call rates remain the
same as per your existing plan.
Other major telecom
operators are expected to follow Airtel and Idea's lead and announce
similar plans, following TRAI's recommendation to operators to introduce free conditional national roaming
and reduce SMS tariffs.