Does the NEW IDEA RTP is worth enrolling for ? : Our Analysis

With immediate effect we can’t experience One Nation Plans and hence a Roam Free Mobile Tariff without any special plans/packs activated as the present roaming tariff model is bringing revenues to operators and they also don’t dare to lose it immediately due to incurring costs and call charges.Also if an incoming call becomes free of charge while on national roaming that would adversely impact the health of the national long distance operators (NLDOs). On removal of incoming call charges while on national roaming, Telecom Service Providers would not be able to recover and pass on to NLDOs the carriage charges that cover the latter’s costs of carrying the call from home service area to the visited service area. This will have an impact on the long term sustainability of the NLDOs. The impact on revenue was calculated as ranging from Rs. 1800 crores to Rs. 2200 crores under various scenarios. It is worth mentioning here that only about 13% subscribers use national roaming service.

A couple of months back all the operators started providing RTP and Free RTP plans in both prepaid and postpaid segments by charging some amount. Like all operators one of our AVoId Operator’s, Idea Cellular also started providing RTP plans in Post pay segments. Let us analyze these two plans now.

Operator: Idea Cellular | Plan Type: RTP | Plan Rental: 199 

199

Operator: Idea Cellular | Plan Type: RTP FR | Plan Rental: 399

399

What according to TRAI 55th TARIFF Amendment: “Roaming Tariff Plan” or “RTP” means a tariff plan in which the charges for outgoing voice calls and outgoing SMS, both local as well as long distance (inter-circle), shall not change with the location of the subscriber within the country and hence idea cellular just simply followed the amendment for both the plans.These two plans are strictly in compliance with TRAI rules.

Comparison of both the plans: Comparing the Special Roaming tariff for both 199/month rental and 399/month as priced by idea cellular we are just getting free incoming in 399 plan while all the other tariff remains the same.  Does a customer really need to pay 200 extra for getting incoming totally free? Instead a customer can activate ± 75 Incoming free add on pack to 199 rental plan itself and get roaming free with just 199+75 =274 which is less than 399(just saying).

Pulse: If you have some hope on pulse either you are totally mistaken as the pulse is 60sec both in home and roaming locations which is again a big drawback.

Home Location Benefit: Leave Roaming benefits aside after paying huge rental, even the customers are not getting any benefit in the home location and more over the tariff remains same both in home and roaming scenarios which is very stupid for anyone to take these plans. Instead they can take some other plan which are beneficial to them and add a Roaming free addon to their bill.

Freebies:  If we have a look at the tariff benefits as mentioned by the operator there are no freebies either (at least few incoming/outgoing  minutes/sms on roaming  or reduced call rates on roaming as these are RTP plans which are priced heavily). More over in the RTP 199 rental plan incoming is charged 75p/min which is very stupid that without subscribing to a RTP plan also customers will get the same benefit and tariff as this price is the ceiling price for incoming and outgoing calls fixed by TRAI then why does a customer really need to subscribe to this plan?The same case with 399 plan as well, just incoming made free and nothing else? Are customers fools? Just saying TelecomTalk is always here to point out the flaws.

Are they really getting any benefit from these two plans? Does Idea really wants a customer to get enrolled to these plans or just wanted to show off customers and TRAI that they too have got RTP postpaid plans as per TRAI rule? This is really very stupid of idea cellular to introduce this kind of plans and name them RTP just according to rule with a high price tag by only giving ceiling prices to call/sms rates without any real roaming benefit, what do you say readers?

Dear Idea cellular readers what is that post pay roaming plan are you on? Do let us and other readers know about various plans you are enjoying roaming benefits on Idea Cellular?

For those who don’t know what a RTP is “Roaming Tariff Plan“.

*As far as I know Idea Cellular regularly updates plans on their website and I hope this information is correct according to the information updated on their site. There may be few circles who are getting some freebies. I have gone through these plans in all circles and came up with this post as the 199 and 399 remain same for almost all circles.

When called their customer care number 1234 the CC executives said they don’t have any information about these two plans which is very pity when i can change my plan to these plans in self care portal of idea.

This Article Was Written By: Srikapardhi

Srikapardhi - Telecom Analyst

An Electronics & Communication Engineer who loves Technology,Music,Arts as well as Nature.

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  • Anup November 16, 2013 10:21 pm, 10:21 PM

    A sincere request to all Telecom Companies.
    Introduce half yearly and quarterly data/rental packs.
    Monthly packs are quite expensive for a normal student with a smartphone.
    And discard the sms as it is rarely used!

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  • kiranpani November 14, 2013 10:18 pm, 10:18 PM

    Hi Sri,

    Thanks a lot again with the detailed info you provided & I notice you always comes up with in-depth information & detailed analysis with proper database backing up your statements. Recent article of you “Customers & their loyalty towards their network” is also a good one.
    Looking forward to have more articles from you :)

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    • Srikapardhi November 14, 2013 10:55 pm, 10:55 PM

      Thanks a lot kiranpani.

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      • kiran pani Thota November 18, 2013 4:09 am, 4:09 AM

        Now-a-days most of the telecom operators have reduced data tariffs on the other hand increasing call tariff charges, Could you please have a detailed article on the call & data prices(after few rate cutters) among the networks at-least on some major network providers like Airtel, Docomo, Vodafone, BSNL & Idea. If possible have a comparison also.

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        • Srikapardhi November 18, 2013 9:42 pm, 9:42 PM

          Noted your point. Please give me some time. I’ll definitely come up.

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  • Kingston November 12, 2013 1:41 pm, 1:41 PM

    Why Vodafone not interested to launch 6 months free roaming pack? Vodafone is a real looter among AVOID. Is any one know the reason?

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  • Venkat November 12, 2013 1:31 pm, 1:31 PM

    Thanks sri for your valuable info. Will port to idea. Iddea has good 3g coverage in my town. Airtel and bsnl not yet upgraded their towers to 3g.

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    • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 1:52 pm, 1:52 PM

      welcome ;)

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      • kiran pani Thota November 16, 2013 3:50 pm, 3:50 PM

        Hi Sri,

        Now-a-days most of the telecom operators have reduced data tariffs on the other hand increasing call tariff charges, Could you please have a detailed article on the call & data prices(after few rate cutters) among the networks at-least on some major network providers like Airtel, Docomo, Vodafone, BSNL & Idea. If possible have a comparison also.

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  • Stephen November 11, 2013 10:01 pm, 10:01 PM

    Reliance is Providing Awesome Roaming Packs.
    5Rs for a Day,Incoming calls free while roaming, All outgoing calls @ 1.5p/sec anywhere in India.
    Also 100 home/Roam minutes valid for 15 days for 61 RS.
    And finally No one can Beat this one:- 194 for 6 Months Incoming calls free while roaming, All outgoing calls @ 1.5p/sec anywhere in India.
    I suppose its the only private operator to match up with BSNL Roaming Plans.

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    • Kaushik Roy November 11, 2013 10:52 pm, 10:52 PM

      airtel also provides the same in almost all circles- 194 for 6 Months ,Incoming calls free while roaming, All outgoing calls @ 1.5p/sec anywhere in India.
      check in your circle too
      airtel coverage is better than reliance coverage I guess

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      • Jagan November 12, 2013 7:38 am, 7:38 AM

        Aircel gives 3 months in comings plus local/STD home n roam outgoing at 1p/s for 90 days with Rs 96. This is present in few circles only though.

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        • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 12:10 pm, 12:10 PM

          I’m using Aircel 25/Month roaming pack (25*3=75 for 3 months) which is giving me incoming free and 1p/sec local/national calls which is really an extraordinary plan compared with all other operators.

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          • Ameer November 16, 2013 10:09 am, 10:09 AM

            Yes, Aircel Base rate is Loc is 1.25p/s, STD 1.55p/s for Andhra pradesh, Rchg with 25 get 1 monnth tariff reduction and free roaming.

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  • Kanaga Deepan N November 11, 2013 5:51 pm, 5:51 PM

    Another Good analysis SriK… As usual, you have done a wonderful job pointing out the operator’s greediness by showing their true face on their name-sake offers…

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    • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 11:59 am, 11:59 AM

      Thank you :) Much to be followed soon.

      Reply
  • ford November 11, 2013 5:13 pm, 5:13 PM

    Another blood sucker from the Aviod group

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  • Pratik November 11, 2013 2:01 pm, 2:01 PM

    Kindly share some review about Airtel & Voda (Gujarat) also.

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    • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 12:02 pm, 12:02 PM

      Vodafone is offering some decent roaming tariffs as well.

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      • Kingston November 12, 2013 1:39 pm, 1:39 PM

        Why Vodafone not interested in 6 months free roaming pack at around Rs.200? Vodafone is a big looter among AVOID. But Airtel & IDEA have 6 months free roaming pack at around Rs.200

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  • Vineet November 11, 2013 1:48 pm, 1:48 PM

    Reliance in Bihar RTP239 gives 20000 secs(local+std home+roam),incoming roaming free,200sms(on net).

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    • srikapardhi November 11, 2013 5:22 pm, 5:22 PM

      Yes, providing the same in AP as well. May be almost same across all the circles.

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      • Venkat November 11, 2013 11:17 pm, 11:17 PM

        Dear sri, i am from a.p circle. Which network you are using at present as main number and as second one. Please tell me. I am presenty in bsnl since 7YEARS and NOW planning to port out.Thanks in advance

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        • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 12:01 pm, 12:01 PM

          I’m currently using Idea as my primary Operator which is very good in almost all circles i visited. Data is also fantastic according to my usage i’m getting 30-35kBps at all times of the day.

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        • srikapardhi November 12, 2013 12:08 pm, 12:08 PM

          I have also used BSNL for 5 years, after which i said a good bye to it when an escalation which went till cmd didn’t get resolved even after 1 year. DATA of bsnl in AP especially is not up to the mark. We cant rely on transactions much on it as down link/up link all of a sudden stops.

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