Idea Cellular Free Roaming Benefit Can Now Be Availed in National Roaming on Non-Idea Network

Idea Cellular has made yet another change to its unlimited combo plans. The operator stated that its free voice calling roaming benefit could be available in national roaming on Idea network and non-idea network. Idea Cellular recently started offering unlimited roaming outgoing calls as well with its unlimited combo tariff plans.


This move from the company is helpful for frequent travellers. If you still didn’t get this new move, here’s what it is. So, whenever you go to a new place where Idea Cellular has no coverage. At that time, the network will latch onto to a different operator, or you may manually select the network. If you latch onto another network, you will be charged as per Idea’ Intra Circle Roaming agreement with other operators.

That said, you will be charged at different rates for voice calls and SMS. But with this new move, if you’re on Idea’s unlimited combo plan, the roaming services on the non-Idea network are free, meaning the voice calls and SMS will be free of cost. Idea Cellular started informing the customers across different circles since yesterday.


The unlimited combo plans of Idea Cellular are Rs 309, Rs 357, Rs 398, Rs 449, Rs 498, Rs 599, Rs 697, Rs 799, Rs 897, and Rs 1197. This is an excellent move by the company.

As said earlier, Idea Cellular recently revamped its unlimited combo tariff plans. All the plans under the unlimited combo section now offer roaming outgoing voice calls as well, and only the data benefit and validity differ with every plan.

Does this change from Idea Cellular make any difference to you? Let us know by commenting below.
Note: The story was based on details from Idea Cellular website and now they have corrected it.

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November 30, 2017 11:17 am 11:17 AM

Is idea latching on other networks like Airtel, Vodafone, Tata, Jio, bsnl, etc.

November 30, 2017 8:22 am 8:22 AM

Very much needed move, especially for their customers in their Leadership circles like MP, Maharashtra, Kerala. Because these customers when they are moving to nearby states/circles like TN, Mumbai, West Bengal, Orissa, they will be embarrassed to the core on seeing the Idea’s network condition over there. Good going Idea for accepting your limitations, as it is the first step to go beyond them, imho…

November 30, 2017 11:27 pm 11:27 PM

Idea has already removed ICR agreement with other operators in many circles. Even vodafone is not giving idea it’s 3g in mumbai now. Then what is the use of this.

November 30, 2017 7:23 am 7:23 AM

Vicky :

Can Mumbai subscribers residing in RoM (Maharashtra) get replacement, SIM upgrade, aadhaar linking in the store at Maharashtra and vice versa?.

Example : Getting Airtel, Idea, Vodafone Mumbai SIM replacement, aadhaar linking, SIM upgrading at a Airtel, Idea, Vodafone store at Maharashtra and vice versa.

December 1, 2017 12:12 am 12:12 AM

To all :

> Mumbai – Maharashtra, UP E and W, Kolkata and West Bengal circles have become RLH circles (all operators in these circles) completely or not?.

For example : If I use Tamilnadu Airtel SIM in Kolkata to call a mobile number of West Bengal, I must be charged Rs.0.80 per minute (roaming local call rate) and not Rs.1.15 per minute (roaming STD call). Right?. Is it true?.

Completely means : like Tamilnadu and Chennai circles

December 1, 2017 1:21 am 1:21 AM

As far as Vodafone and Idea are concerned, Mumbai and MH Are RLH circles (no extra/separate tariff).

December 1, 2017 12:07 am 12:07 AM
To all : > The vodafone store at Tiruchengode told my friend that they can’t do aadhaar verification for his Chennai Vodafone prepaid numbers. They told him to go to the main vodafone showroom at Salem near new bus stand. > Airtel, BSNL, Aircel and Vodafone persons said that till now the following are not possible : (1) Getting duplicate SIM / SIM upgrade of Chennai network in their stores across Tamilnadu and vice versa. (2) It is not possible to use the paper recharge card (of the 4 providers) from Chennai circle to recharge with the Tamilnadu circle numbers… Read more »
Sathish, Tamilnadu
December 2, 2017 11:19 pm 11:19 PM

Voafone Chennai Prepaid & Post-paid SIM cards is available at all Vodafone Main Store across Tamilnadu.

Even you can get Free Vodafone Chennai 4G SIM cards also…

Vodafone Bangalore Prepaid & Post-paid Duplicate SIM cards is available at all Vodafone Store across Chennai.

December 1, 2017 9:47 am 9:47 AM

No need to go to Vodafone store, Even the local retailers can do it but they charge Rs 10, My Aircel sim was verified in trichy…!!

*BSNL nd Airtel Paper Recharge cards would work, While i was using bsnl network many times i recharged with those cards in TN…!! (Vodafone nd Aircel) Does not work…!!

*In Chennai mostly you can get the replacement of Tn sims, But i donno how about TN circle whether they provide CHN sim cards….!!

Sathish, Tamilnadu
December 2, 2017 11:14 pm 11:14 PM

Yes, AIRCEL Chennai Prepaid & post-paid SIM is available at AIRCEL Coimbatore Store @ Annasalai & RS Puram.

Last week I got duplicate SIM…

Aadhaar Number is enough…

November 30, 2017 7:25 pm 7:25 PM

Only Aadhar update is possible, rest all NO

November 30, 2017 2:41 pm 2:41 PM

Aadhar linking yes. Everything else no.