Idea Cellular Slashes 3G Tariffs Up to 70% Introduces New 3G Plans

Idea Cellular Slashes 3G Tariffs Up to 70% Introduces New 3G PlansIdea Cellular today announced upto 70% price reduction on its 3G services.

Idea prepaid and postpaid customers will now pay 3p/10 KB of data, a reduction of 70% from the earlier levels of 10p/10KB.

Idea has also launched its new pricing in sachet packs, regular packs and unlimited packs. The New tariff plan aims to make internet usage within the reach of rural, mid town customers at home and will help first time users to experience the benefits of 3G. Idea’s objective is to drive mobile internet usage for the mass market.

Till now Idea’s 3G services are present in 3207 towns with 2.7 Million active 3G users with average usage of 330 MB/month.

Idea’s new sachet pack of Rs 10/- will now offer 30 minutes of high speed internet surfing. Surfing the net on your 3G handsets is a now even more convenient than visiting a cyber café with this innovative price pack. Idea has also unveiled “HERO-25” a new sachet pack which will give 100 MB data with 3 days validity at just Rs 25/-. Consumers, especially youngsters, will find these very lucrative to try and experience 3G services.

Idea Cellular New 3G Prepaid Plans 2012

Idea Cellular New 3G Prepaid Plans 2012

Idea Cellular New 3G Postpaid Plans 2012
Idea Cellular New 3G Postpaid Plans 2012

For regular home & SoHo internet users, Idea now offers 1GB of data download at just Rs 250/-. Home internet users will find it very economical as it offers 21.1 Mbps vis a vis 2 Mbps speed of their wire line broadband. For professionals and corporate, Idea has unlimited plan priced at Rs 950/-.

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • ruchi November 15, 2013 1:23 pm, 1:23 PM

    addon volume consumed charges are deducting on data usage even after having idea 2G plan. what is this addon volume all about??? surfed whole idea website, still my query is same

    Reply
  • Umesh November 6, 2013 7:38 pm, 7:38 PM

    How to active idea 9 rs 3g minit Plan ?

    Reply
  • shameer October 17, 2013 3:01 pm, 3:01 PM

    Dr coming soon this offer

    Reply
  • soumendu mallick July 25, 2013 8:07 pm, 8:07 PM

    one nonsense plan of rs 950 is provided by abusted company named “i am not having any idea”

    Reply
  • Ashaya March 29, 2013 6:23 pm, 6:23 PM

    kon sa no. ya sms rs 10/30min high speed internet ke liye karna hoga…

    Reply
  • Dinesh December 31, 2012 2:52 pm, 2:52 PM

    can Idea sachet pack of RS 10 gives unlimited internet download also along with browsing with 21mbps speed for 30 minutes………..

    Reply
    • sikander February 19, 2013 8:39 pm, 8:39 PM

      Hello bro…. yes its TRUE …… u get amazing speed that is 1 mb/3 secs … for entire time period

      Reply
      • amit ranjan October 14, 2013 12:43 pm, 12:43 PM

        Are yaar activate karne ka na code do

        Reply
  • piyush August 12, 2012 2:32 pm, 2:32 PM

    can i d/l 700 mb movie in 30 minit 3g 10rs plan?? using idea net setr

    Reply
  • saiesh July 15, 2012 11:45 am, 11:45 AM

    Maddy :
    For bsnl only.
    friends on ur sim recharge with 2g plan & get 3G Trust me
    first get new 3G card or activate to 3G & Then recharge with 2g plan.it will work 100% trust me.
    but follow some rules.
    on any recharge it will give u3.6 Mbps speed(225-250 downloading) just put ur mobile on wcdma only no need to change settings on recharge time.
    this trick only work for ur sim only once.when u go outside the circle or in roaming then it will not work on ur card
    so if u already use this trick on ur regular sim then it is not work on ur sim for lifetime so get a new card & activate it to 3g then use it.
    u can use it in ur 3G circle but don’t go outside bsnl circle otherwise remaining data will be converted into 2g.if it happen then get a new card & use it . u can use it for day’s ,months or years u will be get 3G speed on every recharge but don’t go outside the circle.
    trust me guys in this practical I waste my 6 card.
    but if ur from metro cities then it is easy to u to use it .
    I am from Udgir/MH but lives in Hyderabad so from 8 month I am using this trick.Whener I am going to my hometown Means in roam I am buying new card & then I am using it.
    I am a heavy user so till now I was used 100 GB data or above 100.
    sorry for grammar & Spelling mistakes.
    Have a good day

    Could you specify as to how it works??? and the procedure to be followed step by step

    Reply
  • Rita July 6, 2012 3:53 am, 3:53 AM

    All complaints to telecom operators be reflected in the bills.
    E-Complaints are answered with only an auto e-reply without any complaint number by mobile operators Idea / Vodafone etc.
    Are they not supposed to generate a complaint number for reference?
    Require Consumer Organizations / NGO / Telecom Regulatory Authority of India / Consumer groups to check this.

    Reply
  • VENKATESH July 4, 2012 11:03 pm, 11:03 PM

    @Maddy

    Did you try with data card?

    Reply
  • Maddy July 4, 2012 8:11 am, 8:11 AM

    VENKATESH :
    @Maddy
    Are you using this trick in hyderabad?
    I have bsnl 2g sim(bandanam plan).
    If you confirm i’ll activate 3g on my sim.
    Thank you.

    it my pleasure.tell me ur experience.first confirm ur sim is 3G activated then use it.

    Reply
  • VENKATESH July 3, 2012 12:25 am, 12:25 AM

    @Maddy
    Are you using this trick in hyderabad?
    I have bsnl 2g sim(bandanam plan).
    If you confirm i’ll activate 3g on my sim.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  • Maddy July 2, 2012 6:30 pm, 6:30 PM

    For bsnl only.
    friends on ur sim recharge with 2g plan & get 3G Trust me
    first get new 3G card or activate to 3G & Then recharge with 2g plan.it will work 100% trust me.
    but follow some rules.
    on any recharge it will give u3.6 Mbps speed(225-250 downloading) just put ur mobile on wcdma only no need to change settings on recharge time.
    this trick only work for ur sim only once.when u go outside the circle or in roaming then it will not work on ur card
    so if u already use this trick on ur regular sim then it is not work on ur sim for lifetime so get a new card & activate it to 3g then use it.
    u can use it in ur 3G circle but don’t go outside bsnl circle otherwise remaining data will be converted into 2g.if it happen then get a new card & use it . u can use it for day’s ,months or years u will be get 3G speed on every recharge but don’t go outside the circle.
    trust me guys in this practical I waste my 6 card.
    but if ur from metro cities then it is easy to u to use it .
    I am from Udgir/MH but lives in Hyderabad so from 8 month I am using this trick.Whener I am going to my hometown Means in roam I am buying new card & then I am using it.
    I am a heavy user so till now I was used 100 GB data or above 100.
    sorry for grammar & Spelling mistakes.
    Have a good day

    Reply
  • ideacellular June 8, 2012 3:02 pm, 3:02 PM

    PRAFULL :
    Whether this 3G plan work on Idea 3G E1732 netsetter on prepaid sim card.
    prafull.

    Dear Sir,

    We would request you to kindly contact to our Idea customer care helpline for further assistance.

    Regards,
    Ideacellular

    Reply
  • Anwar Kacchi June 3, 2012 11:50 pm, 11:50 PM

    My 3G hack trick not working more…..
    Before i was able to use 4GB in 149 on Airtel Network
    But frm few days speed has been capped itried every thing but wested 650 R
    Kaash 3G ka hee Refill karlia hota…..

    Reply
  • PRAFULL June 3, 2012 5:04 pm, 5:04 PM

    Whether this 3G plan work on Idea 3G E1732 netsetter on prepaid sim card.
    prafull.

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh June 2, 2012 1:13 pm, 1:13 PM

    Pappu :
    I don’t see any plan changes for Idea3G in Kolkata & WB circle. The above rates are for which circle?

    For those circle where idea got 3G license not for those circle where they are sharing 3G network via ICRA agreement. Like in Kolkata they are sharing Vodafone network.

    Reply
  • Pappu June 2, 2012 10:13 am, 10:13 AM

    I don’t see any plan changes for Idea3G in Kolkata & WB circle. The above rates are for which circle?

    Reply
  • chandan June 1, 2012 2:13 pm, 2:13 PM

    idea 3g plan 1gb (Rs 250).is there surfing charges in this plan?is this 1 gb data is dedicately for data downloading? kindly clarify.

    Reply
  • saiesh May 30, 2012 2:51 pm, 2:51 PM

    ideacellular :

    Ranjeet :
    any one knows how to check idea 3G data usage in postpaid?

    Dear Sir,
    We wish to inform you that you can know your data usage on every Post call Notification . After completing data session customer will get a notification mentioning the Volume consumed on the last session in prepaid and for Postpaid, you can on call 55094 (toll free) to get 24–48 Hrs previous GPRS data usage in KB’s.
    Regards,
    Ideacellular

    Surprising to see ideacellulars to reply….

    Sir if you ppl are listening introduce some good sms plan for Maharashtra and Goa, due to tariff i had ported out from idea in case of good tariff i dont mind porting in again

    Reply
  • ideacellular May 29, 2012 12:41 pm, 12:41 PM

    Ranjeet :
    any one knows how to check idea 3G data usage in postpaid?

    Dear Sir,

    We wish to inform you that you can know your data usage on every Post call Notification . After completing data session customer will get a notification mentioning the Volume consumed on the last session in prepaid and for Postpaid, you can on call 55094 (toll free) to get 24–48 Hrs previous GPRS data usage in KB’s.

    Regards,
    Ideacellular

    Reply
  • Saurabh May 27, 2012 7:07 pm, 7:07 PM

    Idea again messed up plans like they did in 2G. As per revised minutes plan in Haryana, Rs.7 pack will offer 30 mins of unlimited usage for 1 day and Rs.44 will offer 120 mins of usage for 3 days.

    Now see the mess up here, If someone uses Rs.7 pack 6 times, he will get 180 mins of usage for 6 days (Activating Rs.7 pack everyday) for Rs.42 then why we opt for Rs.44 pack which will provide 60 mins less and Rs.2 more and valid for 3 days?

    Similarly, Rs.21 pack offers 100MB for 3 days and Rs.103 pack 300MB for 30 days. Activating Rs.21 pack thrice will give same data or you can use it 5 times and in same cost you will get 500MB for 15 days @Rs.105. I know 103 pack has extra validity but at 3G speed data is not enough. So getting 500MB for 105 for 15 days is good. Activating packs again n again can irritate some people but not me.

    So enjoy!

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  • Mustan May 27, 2012 12:47 pm, 12:47 PM

    rk :
    Its crazy after 3 days of announcement they have updated the Prepaid plans on website bt no change in Postpaid. Even Customer care have no clue also written and tweated bt no response. I think they still want to extract more money from high value postpaid users. I thought Idea was efficient.

    Yes, not yet available for postpaid.

    Reply
  • ramesh- elango- bangalore May 25, 2012 7:51 pm, 7:51 PM

    i was happy to see the tariff plan.. but to my surprise the offer is not for bangalore…. its the same old plan from idea bangalore.. dissappointed …!! airtel is better nd aircel has got superd offers but poor network is d problem

    Reply
  • sunil kushwaha May 25, 2012 12:34 pm, 12:34 PM

    sumeet :
    These plans are not available for delhi yet.

    its available on site, read carefully, i had seen

    Reply
  • rk May 25, 2012 10:35 am, 10:35 AM

    Its crazy after 3 days of announcement they have updated the Prepaid plans on website bt no change in Postpaid. Even Customer care have no clue also written and tweated bt no response. I think they still want to extract more money from high value postpaid users. I thought Idea was efficient.

    Reply
  • sumeet May 24, 2012 7:35 pm, 7:35 PM

    These plans are not available for delhi yet.

    Reply
  • sunil kushwaha May 24, 2012 10:24 am, 10:24 AM

    Sudhakar :
    1) To ALL :
    First of all check your PC for viruses and any background running software which may be using the bandwidth. Simply always do not blame the operators. Go to http://www.speedtest.net and test the connection’s speed.
    2) To ALL :
    This is nothing to get surprised. Operators have increased 2G voice (first Rs.0.01 per second, then Rs.0.012 per second and now Rs.0.015 per second) and GPRS rates. And 4G data rates are also high. So thats why they are reducing the 3G data tariffs. Do not simply praise a operator for reducing the tariffs. Look at the logic behind and then comment.
    So we are not getting the 3G data services at reduced cost alone. WE are getting the reduced cost 3G services at the cursings of 2G voice and GPRS users.

    In addition to these line..
    use netlimiter to see the which specific software/ application eat your banwidth

    Reply
  • help u May 24, 2012 8:05 am, 8:05 AM

    bsnl roksss !

    Reply
  • Rajesh Kumar May 24, 2012 7:48 am, 7:48 AM

    still the customer care executives in IDEA doesn’t know the about the plans launched recently. they are giving the old tariffs only.

    Reply
  • Satish May 24, 2012 5:09 am, 5:09 AM

    jigar :

    Satish :
    what is the meaning of ’30 min’? can I use unlimited data within 30 minutes?

    Yes Bro… You can use Unlimited data @ limited 3Gspeed within 30 minutes connected on 3G UMTS (speed upto 300kbps)network not on HSPA+ network…
    The speeds which these telecom operators advertise are actually the speeds that the modem supports and not the actual 3G speed that you will get – The actual data transfer speeds will always be around 2 mbps range (in ideal conditions).

    Wow, that’s great. Thanks for the confirmation. :D
    The speed of my USB Modem is 7.2 Mbps. So, what will be the maximum download speed? B)

    Reply
  • Pramod May 24, 2012 1:21 am, 1:21 AM

    @rk
    I recharged for 1GB, I got 1.5gb.. i was just wondering.. anyways.. happy about it..

    Reply
  • Ranjeet May 23, 2012 10:00 pm, 10:00 PM

    any one knows how to check idea 3G data usage in postpaid?

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh May 23, 2012 8:43 pm, 8:43 PM

    Sudhakar :
    To Rohan Singh :
    It is not updated for TN and Chennai circle till now. Do not say lies man.

    I saw it for Maharashtra..don’t know about other circles

    Reply
  • rk May 23, 2012 12:10 pm, 12:10 PM

    I see this updated for Maharashtra circle prepaid section. Tone down man dont jump the guns. @Rohan Singh
    @Sudhakar

    Reply
  • rk May 23, 2012 11:54 am, 11:54 AM

    Dont see the update for atleast AP circle.@Rohan Singh

    Reply
  • Sudhakar May 23, 2012 11:39 am, 11:39 AM

    To Rohan Singh :

    It is not updated for TN and Chennai circle till now. Do not say lies man.

    Reply
  • Sudhakar May 23, 2012 11:23 am, 11:23 AM

    1) To ALL :
    First of all check your PC for viruses and any background running software which may be using the bandwidth. Simply always do not blame the operators. Go to http://www.speedtest.net and test the connection’s speed.

    2) To ALL :
    This is nothing to get surprised. Operators have increased 2G voice (first Rs.0.01 per second, then Rs.0.012 per second and now Rs.0.015 per second) and GPRS rates. And 4G data rates are also high. So thats why they are reducing the 3G data tariffs. Do not simply praise a operator for reducing the tariffs. Look at the logic behind and then comment.
    So we are not getting the 3G data services at reduced cost alone. WE are getting the reduced cost 3G services at the cursings of 2G voice and GPRS users.

    Reply
  • SAKTHI May 23, 2012 9:56 am, 9:56 AM

    @ShiBiN Actually Aircel slashed the price first. Then only BSNL slashed. after supreme court action against 2G scam. then only Airtel reduced it.

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh May 23, 2012 8:46 am, 8:46 AM

    rk :
    Called CC and they dont have any idea about these changes.

    Visit idea 3G website u will get all the info its updated.

    Reply
  • Anoop VA May 23, 2012 7:54 am, 7:54 AM

    THIS IS OLD DATA PLAN NO MUCH DIFFERENCES
    I’M CHARGING 848 RS , AND I’M GETTING 3GB DATA +3GB ADDITIONAL BENEFIT FOR THE PAST 8 MONTHS

    Reply
  • Harsh May 22, 2012 11:32 pm, 11:32 PM

    Not airtel….the first company is aircel….you should thank aircel man@ShiBiN

    Reply
  • jigar May 22, 2012 10:56 pm, 10:56 PM

    Satish :
    what is the meaning of ’30 min’? can I use unlimited data within 30 minutes?

    Yes Bro… You can use Unlimited data @ limited 3Gspeed within 30 minutes connected on 3G UMTS (speed upto 300kbps)network not on HSPA+ network…
    The speeds which these telecom operators advertise are actually the speeds that the modem supports and not the actual 3G speed that you will get – The actual data transfer speeds will always be around 2 mbps range (in ideal conditions).

    Reply
  • Idris May 22, 2012 10:34 pm, 10:34 PM

    Great step nice plans hope all other operators will come with such beautiful plans..

    Reply
  • ShiBiN May 22, 2012 10:08 pm, 10:08 PM

    what about others while reliance has 2gb plan with 20Gb data for a amount of 248rs for 3month’s.
    3g plans slashed—>started by airtel(anyway thanks for them…)

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh May 22, 2012 10:07 pm, 10:07 PM

    Docomo is sleeeeeeeeeeeping still. Is innovator dead ?

    Reply
  • akhilesh May 22, 2012 9:26 pm, 9:26 PM

    fully cheat,s speed is too low @full 3g signal
    idea plan is 950rs@6gb @21mbps but using 28mbps modem getting only 1 or 2mbps very bad idea .
    I will not use idea @this speed @free of cost

    Reply
  • Satish May 22, 2012 9:21 pm, 9:21 PM

    what is the meaning of ’30 min’? can I use unlimited data within 30 minutes?

    Reply
  • rk May 22, 2012 8:43 pm, 8:43 PM

    Called CC and they dont have any idea about these changes.

    Reply
  • Steve May 22, 2012 8:15 pm, 8:15 PM

    sAM :
    Looks like copy of Airtel.. newayz Good 2 c..bt still 2 much..

    its not new..this three will always have somewhat same plans

    Reply
  • jitender kumar May 22, 2012 7:58 pm, 7:58 PM

    MTNL Delhi rocks 200GB @ Rs. 4500….

    Reply
  • Saptarshi Roy May 22, 2012 7:52 pm, 7:52 PM

    AP :
    If all these tariff cuts are not proof of cartelisation, I do not know what is. CCI, time to investigate and penalise. BSNL is foolish enough not to be taking advantage of all this. But then, what can one expect from a bunch of overpaid bureaucrats

    +1. Yes, these private operators have been fleecing customers ever since 1995.

    Reply
  • Ravi Shekhar May 22, 2012 7:51 pm, 7:51 PM

    Rs45 pack looks good for data download

    Reply
  • Saurabh May 22, 2012 7:50 pm, 7:50 PM

    This Rs.10 plan is good. I used it on Airtel yesterday and downloaded 1.1GB of data at 6-2 to 6.8Mbps average speed as this plan has maximum limit of 7.2Mbps. It did reached 7.2 mark and even crossed it. Airtel is using Idea’s 3G network in Haryana and now I will test it on Idea also with Rs.10 plan. Lets see to what extent speed goes as Idea has speed limit to 21 Mbps i.e they do not cap and we receive HSPA+ signal. I used 198_500MB plan few days back and received a maximum of 13.8Mbps.

    Reply
  • Saurabh May 22, 2012 7:43 pm, 7:43 PM

    No one can match Aircel 3G plans. I wish we had Aircel 3G network in Haryana. Operators like Vodafone and Tata don’t deserve to hold 3G licenses as they are not expanding their 3G network in Haryana. Vodafone got 3G license for 9 circles only incl. Haryana and yet they are unable to cover major places in these circles even after 15 months of initial launch. They are just underestimating potential in towns and their 2G network really sucks these days.

    Reply
  • Mahmood Junaid May 22, 2012 7:07 pm, 7:07 PM

    still aircel 3g plans are best… idea and vodafone plans are the copy of airtel’s… bsnl which had reduced 3g plans is nw providing slightly costly tariffs… they would have to revise it soon…

    Reply
  • AP May 22, 2012 7:02 pm, 7:02 PM

    If all these tariff cuts are not proof of cartelisation, I do not know what is. CCI, time to investigate and penalise. BSNL is foolish enough not to be taking advantage of all this. But then, what can one expect from a bunch of overpaid bureaucrats

    Reply
  • Mahmood Junaid May 22, 2012 7:01 pm, 7:01 PM

    aircel 3g plans are still the best… idea and vodafone has simply copied airtel’s plans… bsnl 3g plans which was reduced first nw seems little bit costlier.. i think they should revise them…

    Reply
  • ravin May 22, 2012 6:48 pm, 6:48 PM

    Shamelessly followed Airtel. No extra benefit. This proves collusion of big three players. Shame Idea shame. Airtel is better than you with its excellent and responsive customer care. Your CS is anything but efficient and responsive.

    Reply
  • Husain Kapadia May 22, 2012 6:43 pm, 6:43 PM

    Effect of Airtel’s slash in 3G Tariffs.

    Reply
  • Sreehari May 22, 2012 6:09 pm, 6:09 PM

    R these plans applicable for their netsetter also??

    Reply
  • bharathkumara May 22, 2012 5:41 pm, 5:41 PM

    wow, nice tariff.. 10rs for 30 min usage.. for download, this is super..

    Reply
  • sAM May 22, 2012 5:35 pm, 5:35 PM

    Looks like copy of Airtel.. newayz Good 2 c..bt still 2 much..

    Reply
  • ganesh May 22, 2012 5:32 pm, 5:32 PM

    good move by idea we expect more from idea

    Reply
  • Harish May 22, 2012 5:29 pm, 5:29 PM

    This is what we want.Now 3g uptake will increase rapidly.Good going Airtel and Idea.Hope others will follow the suit soon.

    Reply
  • Sam From Kashmir May 22, 2012 5:28 pm, 5:28 PM

    still costly then aircel……… aircel is cheapest till now check previous aircel colum

    Reply

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