Idea Cellular has introduced yet another prepaid plan of Rs 499 in-line with Bharti Airtel. Under the newly introduced prepaid plan, the third-largest telecom operator is providing a whopping 164GB of 2G/3G/4G data, converting to a total of 2GB data per day for a period of 82 days. Alongside the data benefit, Idea is also providing unlimited voice calls and SMS benefit with the plan. This plan from Idea is valid across various circles and can be recharged through the company’s website or any other recharge portal. This new plan is part of Idea’s Unlimited Recharge portfolio, which was introduced to take on Reliance Jio’s unlimited combo plans.
The Rs 499 plan of Idea Cellular gives 2GB of 4G/3G/2G data per day, post which data charges of 4 paise per 10KB will be applicable. It also comes with unlimited voice calling benefit. Customers using more than 250 outgoing minutes in a day will be charged at 1 paise per second for the rest of the day. Also, for customers using more than 1000 minutes in a period of seven days will be charged at 1 paise per second for the rest of seven day period. Also, customers can make outgoing voice calls to only 100 unique numbers in any period of seven consecutive days, after that the charges of 1 paise per second will be applicable for the rest of validity of recharge.
Furthermore, free roaming benefit can be availed in national roaming only on Idea network, not on other networks. SMS benefits for this plan include 100 SMS per day and after that, Idea will charge Re 1 or Re 1.5 for local and national SMS.
For the unaware, the Rs 499 prepaid plan was first introduced by Bharti Airtel last month with similar benefits on offer. But Airtel is offering truly unlimited data and voice calls. For example, users will get 128 Kbps of after FUP speed post the consumption of 2GB daily benefit, while the voice calls don’t come with any limit of 250 minutes per week. Airtel’s Rs 499 prepaid plan is an open market one, but it seems like Idea Cellular’s Rs 499 is limited to only a few circles at the moment.
With this plan, Idea Cellular brings down the value of per GB to Rs 3.04, which is not the lowest in the industry, but it’s on-par with rival telecom operators. Idea Cellular is yet to introduce the Rs 558 tariff plan which Airtel introduced yesterday.