Idea Cellular vs Bharti Airtel: Which Telecom Operator is Offering the Best Cheapest Postpaid Plan?

The telecom segment in India seems to be settled now, at least in the tariff plans department because Reliance Jio is not launching any new tariff plans and it may continue the same until July 2017 or till the end of Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. However, operators are silently fighting with each other to provide best plans to their customers.


While the prepaid customers enjoyed some decent plans in the past six months, postpaid customers were left with regular plans. However, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea offered free data to the customers, but it came nowhere close to prepaid packs operators offered.

Bharti Airtel has the best-in-class postpaid plans amongst the country’s top three telecom operators, which is followed by Idea Cellular and lastly Vodafone India. Airtel has been aggressive in the postpaid department as well, but Idea Cellular made some changes silently in the background.

Airtel changed its myPlan Infinity postpaid plans numerous times in the last six months, and the plans now start from Rs. 499 and goes all the way up to Rs. 2,999. Idea Cellular has a broad range of postpaid plans to choose from- ultimate, combo, buffet, etc. The Idea Ultimate postpaid plans offer more value for money than the other schemes.

Airtel recently introduced the Rs. 649 plan, while Idea has an Ultimate 649 plan. Both the plans offer similar benefits, nonetheless. But which offer has an edge? Let’s find out.

The Idea Ultimate 649 plan and Airtel’s myPlan Infinity Rs. 649 plan offer unlimited and STD calls along with outgoing and incoming roaming calls. Also, there’s no FUP limit for the voice calls with both the plans. They also offer 3000 local+national SMS for 30 days with a daily limit of 100SMS.
Idea Cellular vs Bharti Airtel Best Cheapest Postpaid Plan

 Airtel myPlan Infinity 649Idea Ultimate 649
Voice CallsUnlimited Local+STD calls, Unlimited Roaming Incoming and Outgoing CallsUnlimited Local + National + Roaming Calls
SMS 3000 SMS Per Billing Cycle with 100 SMS per cap per day3000 SMS Per Billing Cycle with 100 SMS per cap per day
Data 7GB of data 5GB of data
New user offersNew Users will get 10GB data per month for 3 months No new user data

However, Airtel has an edge in the data offering. Airtel is providing 7GB data with its myPlan Infinity 649, while Idea is providing just 5GB per billing cycle. Also, Airtel’s 4G network is present everywhere in the country, but that’s not the case with Idea as it lacks 4G in two telecom circles- Delhi and Kolkata.

That said, Airtel goes past Idea in the data segment, but previously Airtel also used to offer 5GB data, but they modified it to 7GB recently. Maybe Idea will also change it to 7GB per month in coming days.

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Postpaid? These days? No. Unless absolutely necessary.


It’s a standard.. Not all are cheap like you.


That’s right. Even though I am not as cheap as you, I own only three postpaid connections in addition to several prepaid connections.


Vodafone Karnataka.

399 Corporate. Unlimited calls, 100 sms per month and 16 GB data per month. Currently using.


Better to use postpaid only for voice and prepaid for data. You know the consequences.


Yes, I know. I get sms alerts when I cross 50%, 90% and 100% of my data limit. I also check my data usage daily once. My max usage has stood at 15 GB end of this bill cycle.


I remember my friend was fighting with Vodafone cc, since they billed 400rs extra in their account. He got SMS alert of 90% usage so he requested additional data pack. But on receiving the bill, he noticed that he got charged at the base price since his data was over but he never received that 100% data alert sms.


It is recommended to check whether data pack is added (through my Vodafone app) and then proceed using internet.

Anyway I hope your friend got his amount refunded.


Just tell your friend to post in pgportal. If no resolution, pay some extra amount as deposit. Create port out code and change the oeprator.

Jio lover

Roaming outgoing??


Charged at 80p local. Only incoming is free. Not a big problem for me, I don’t roam much. Good thing is this plan has been auto set till next year , May 2018.


Also, 4G speed is good, enough for me.


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