After Airtel, Vodafone India to roll out free voice calls packs: Report

Vodafone India, the country’s second largest telco, will shortly announce free voice service through certain packs, following the footsteps of Bharti Airtel, which on Friday launch ‘infinity’ plans that offer unlimited voice offering with bundled data. An Economic Times report, citing sources, said that Vodafone India will shortly match Bharti Airtel’s move. The report also added that incumbent telcos are expected to announce more such offers in coming weeks in a bid to increase stickiness of users ahead of


Reliance Jio, which is expected to come up with a commercial plan offering unlimited voice and data benefits around August 15. Nitin Soni, director at rating agency Fitch, told the publication that Jio is expected to unleash far more aggressive `All You Can Eat plans’ that will offer a mix of voice, data and other services, which could eventually drag down prevailing data tariffs by more as 15-20% and blended revenue per user by 5-to-10% from current levels.

The move to offer free voice may lift average revenue per user (ARPU) for Incumbent telcos in a short-term period. The publication said that Airtel’s move to offer free voice calls could entice some to upgrade their plans and make bigger monthly payouts, besides inducing pre-paid users to move to post-paid plans.

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, has already slashed effective data rates for their customers, and are offering up to 67% more data usage at old prices. While Airtel and Vodafone are offering more data to their respective prepaid customers, India’s third largest telco, Idea, has slashed the effective rate cut for both prepaid and postpaid customers.

Vodafone on Friday had introduced an initiative under its ongoing Vodafone Delights bonanza to offer free 10-minute talk time to all customers whose conversations gets interrupted for any reason. The move is again in line with entice users with free voice minutes.


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August 7, 2016 5:34 pm 5:34 PM

To Airtel,

Wherever you go, we follow you.

From Vodafone

August 7, 2016 4:37 pm 4:37 PM

Forget Avoids.. I’m praying for Tata Teleservices and BSNL..

August 8, 2016 4:12 am 4:12 AM

BSNL will live as the state machinery will keep pumping money into it. OTOH, I wish Tata got the resources to at least become a pan India 3G operator, because it is one of only three operators to provide tenable network with good voice AND data quality in both my homes in off-city areas of Indore and Mumbai (the other two are Vodafone and Idea).

Ashish maharashtra
August 8, 2016 12:37 pm 12:37 PM

Agree Bsnl will survive coz Bsnl made some deal with Jio and airtel regarding infrastructure something, I think tata will remain only in Maharashtra Mumbai circle rest either they will merge with other operators or move out completely

August 8, 2016 5:02 pm 5:02 PM

I think a Telenor merger is definitely on the cards for Tata, just as soon as they get the problem with Docomo out of the way. Tata is doing good in RJ/GJ/MH circles and I have appreciated that even in MP their network maintains call quality even while travelling. Rates are competitive for the moment….

BSNL is in talks with Jio and Aircel for ICRA to fill gaps in their network. I think it will live a good while longer.

August 7, 2016 6:26 pm 6:26 PM

Tata Docomo is almost dead and BSNL may die too if they don’t improve their services.

Ashish maharashtra
August 7, 2016 11:04 am 11:04 AM
What ever these plans are offered by avoid is still very very feeka (Hindi) in front of Jio unlimited preview with vast coverage ,if Jio at least comes with rs 300 pm unlimited volte with 10gb data for next few years I bet avoid will fall drastically either they to first improve the network and coverage of 3g and 4g as complete blanket coverrge internal as well as external then offer similar plans else it will be very difficult for them to survive JIO WILL BE GAME CHANGER if they some what provide unlimited plans for 300+ rs with consistent… Read more »