Comparing Airtel, Jio, Vodafone IR Packs, Check Who Offers the Best

All three private telecom operators in India, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea offer users multiple IR packs. There are both prepaid and postpaid IR packs on offer, and different countries are included in different groups/sets by the telcos, depending upon which the benefits would be different for the same tariffs offered by an individual operator.

Highlights

  • Airtel World pass offers IR packs whose benefits are applicable for 184 Countries.
  • Jio Unlimited IR pack benefits are available only for 22 countries.
  • Vodafone Unlimited Postpaid IR packs are available for 81 countries.

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Comparing Airtel, Jio, Vodafone IR Packs, Check Who Offers the Best

If you are travelling outside India and want to keep yourself connected to mobile networks for communication without paying exorbitant charges, you should get an international roaming (IR) pack from the telcos. All three private telecom operators in India, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea offer users multiple IR packs. There are both prepaid and postpaid IR packs on offer, and different countries are included in different groups/sets by the telcos, depending upon which the benefits would be different for the same tariffs offered by an individual operator. For example, the Rs 4999 plan could offer different benefits for countries in Set-A and Set-B of the telco. Let's take a look at the plans and see which telco is ahead of the other.

Airtel International Roaming (IR) Pack Details

Airtel Postpaid IR Packs for Short-Term Duration:

Airtel Potspaid

Airtel Postpaid IR Packs for Long-Term Duration:

Airtel Worldpass

Airtel Prepaid IR Packs:

Airtel Postpaid IR

Airtel IR Postpaid Data Top-Ups:

Airtel

Airtel IR Prepaid Data Top-Ups:

Airtel Prepaid Data Top Ups

These are all the prepaid and postpaid IR packs available to Airtel customers under World Pass. Airtel IR packs will now work in 184 countries. In case the customer has not taken an IR pack from Airtel, he/she can use high-speed data for prices as low as Rs 1.5/MB for set-1 countries and Rs 3/MB for Set-2 countries. After the high-speed data quota of your pack expires, the internet speed is throttled at 80 Kbps for all postpaid international roaming pack users.

Also Read: Airtel World Pass: International Roaming Packs Explained

Airtel has the advantage of more number of countries and multiple validity options. Customers can opt as low as 1 day plan or a 365 days plan.

Reliance Jio IR Packs

Jio Value IR Packs:

Price/Rental Validity Data Voice/IR Usage SMS Countries Wi-Fi Calling Notes
1102 28 Rs 933.90 ISD 5 100+ Wi-Fi calling facility is allowed only for call back to India Incoming calls on Wi-Fi calling can be received from anywhere in the world at Rs 1. Outgoing SMS over Wi-Fi calling is not allowed. All incoming text messages will be delivered without any charge.
1101 28 Rs 933.90 ISD 5 100+ Without Wi-Fi calling Incoming calls on Wi-Fi calling can be received from anywhere in the world at Rs 1. Outgoing calls over Wi-Fi calling are not allowed

Jio Unlimited Packs:

Price, Rental Validity Data Voice outgoing Voice Incoming SMS Countries Note Incoming Calls Outgoing calls
575 1 Day 250 MB high speed data thereafter unlimited at 64 kbps Outgoing calls to India & local 100 mins. Incoming Call Free Incoming Call FREE 100 SMS 22 without WiFi Calling Incoming calls from anywhere in the world by enabling Wi-Fi calling feature will be free Outgoing calls over Wi-Fi calling are not allowed
2875 7 Days 250 MB/day high speed data thereafter unlimited at 64 kbps Outgoing calls to India & local 100 mins. Incoming Call Free Incoming Call FREE 100 SMS/day 22 without WiFi Calling Incoming calls from anywhere in the world by enabling Wi-Fi calling feature will be free Outgoing calls over Wi-Fi calling are not allowed
5751 30 Days 5 GB high speed data thereafter unlimited at 64 kbps Outgoing calls to India & local 1500 mins Incoming Call FREE 1500 SMS 22 without WiFi Calling Incoming calls from anywhere in the world by enabling Wi-Fi calling feature will be free Outgoing calls over Wi-Fi calling are not allowed

Jio Football World Cup Packs

Football World Cup Packs (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)
Price Validity Data Voice Outgoing Usage Incoming Usage SMS Till Date WiFi calling charges Outgoing calls
1599 15 Days 1 GB Outgoing (Local + Call back to India)+Incoming (Mobility and Wi-Fi calling) : 150 mins 100 SMS
available for subscription only till 31st December 2022.
Beyond the given benefits for incoming calls via Wi-Fi calling Rs 1 will be charged. Outgoing Calls (Rest of World) - Standard PayGo rates apply
3999 30 Days 3 GB Outgoing(Local + call back to India) : 250 mins Incoming(Mobility and WiFi calling) : 250 mins 100 SMS Beyond the given benefits for incoming calls via Wi-Fi calling Rs 1 will be charged. Outgoing Calls (Rest of World) - Standard PayGo rates apply
6799 30 Days 5 GB Outgoing(Local + call back to India) : 500 MINS Incoming(Mobility and WiFi calling) : FREE 100 SMS Beyond the given benefits for incoming calls via Wi-Fi calling Rs 1 will be charged. Outgoing Calls (Rest of World) - Standard PayGo rates apply

Football World Cup Data Only Packs:

1122 5 Days 1 GB high speed data thereafter Standard PayGo rates will be applicable
5122 21 Days 5 GB high speed data thereafter Standard PayGo rates will be applicable

The Football World Cup Packs are available for subscription only till 31st December 2022. However, the pack benefits if unutilized can be consumed post December 2022.

Also ReadJio Brings Exclusive IR Packs for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Jio IR Packs Disadvantages

Jio IR packs are only available for 22 countries, and Pay as You Go Standard charges apply for the rest of the countries. These standard charges vary by country. Jio's Unlimited IR packs are unavailable even for the most popular destinations, such as Switzerland and Japan. This will be of no use for global travellers looking for travel as people freely travel based on interest and purpose and not on IR packs. Also, we feel Jio has emphasised the Wi-Fi calling aspect to back its partner specific network latching. Even to avail standard IR charges, a customer needs to first recharge with any IR pack of Jio to use the standard pay-as-you-go charges. Jio customers also need to latch on to the Jio network to activate IR Services and wait till a customer gets an IR activation message. Also, Jio has specific partner networks on which these Unlimited IR packs can be used, unlike airtel, where there are no such conditions.

Also ReadVi Announces Mobile IR Packs for FIFA World Cup 2022

Vodafone International Roaming Packs:

Vodafone IR Postpaid Plans:

Vodafone IR packs

Vodafone tags its IR plans as truly unlimited. Still, the terms and conditions have a non-commercial usage condition. Any usage greater than 120 min in a day and or data usage greater than 1 GB in a day during International Roaming is termed as commercial and subject to scrutiny by Vi. Moreover, these packs are not new, as they have been there since 2018, with few plan modifications and additions in 2019. Also, pay-as-you-go charges for data without any IR pack cost around Rs 563 per MB to Rs 1536 per MB, a segment where airtel wins. Vodafone Unlimited IR pack benefits apply to 29 Countries, and regular benefits apply to the other 52 countries. In addition, Vodafone has an Always On feature, where customers without any IR pack will be protected from bill shock by applying the one-day IR pack benefits after initially charging the standard usage charges for the day.

As Jio has limited IR pack options, such as Unlimited for just 22 countries, mandatory IR recharge, and a clause to latch to Jio Network first to activate IR services, it doesn't seem attractive for global travellers. Vodafone has Unlimited IR packs for postpaid and provides benefits with a non-commercial usage policy for data and voice. The unlimited (with clause) packs apply to 29 countries, and the same packs offer other benefits for 52 countries. On the other hand, Airtel World Pass offers IR packs for 184 countries (Set 1 consists of 119 Countries, and Set 2 Countries of 65 Countries), where customers can latch on to any network while International Roaming. Even if customers don't activate IR service, customers can comfortably use the low standard pay-as-you-go charges across all 184 countries.

Airtel World Pass Stands Apart

From a consumer experience perspective, the number of countries included, multiple options for validity (1, 30, 365 days), competitive standard IR charges without any IR pack, and use of IR service while abroad Airtel World Pass stands apart from the competition. We will cover in a series all the prepaid and postpaid IR packs of all the telcos in brief in our upcoming stories. For now, this is just an overview.

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