Facing a threat from the recently launched Reliance Jio, Airtel has made a big announcement that is sure to attract and retain a lot of users. Airtel has today announced new international roaming packs for users in India, which allow free incoming calls, free India calling minutes, free text messages pack, and special data packs. With the new international roaming packs from Airtel, customers will have the convenience of carrying their India mobile number even when travelling abroad without having to worry about massively high call and data charges. These packs will be available for both prepaid and postpaid customers of Airtel. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 prepaid plans compared: Data, calls, and other benefits
With Airtel s new international roaming packs, charges for calls to India and local in-country calls have been reduced to as low as Rs 3/min. Airtel also announced that post the exhaustion of pack data benefits, international roaming data will now be charged at just Rs 3/MB, a reduction of 99 percent from Rs 650/MB. The reduced charges will give travelers the liberty to access their emails, social media, and websites on the go in a secure and economic manner without needing to hunt for public Wi-Fi or free access. Also Read - Airtel introduces new Rs 79 prepaid plan in place of Rs 49 pack: Here are the benefits
These international roaming packs are available across popular destinations like the USA, UK, Canada, Singapore and the UAE. These packs come with validity of one day, 10 days and 30 days, giving customers greater flexibility to plan their communication budgets when traveling overseas. ALSO READ: Airtel says it has provided enough PoI, blames call drops on Reliance Jio s lack of preparation
The one day pack is designed for short international trips for Rs 649, lets customers stay connected through their travel. This pack is particularly useful for business travelers who may be traveling to multiple destinations for very short durations. The 30 days pack offers connectivity through long duration trips for Rs 4,999 and is loaded with data and India calling benefits. This offers seamless connectivity during single country business trips/vacation of up to a month. And for travelers, Airtel is also offering a 10 day pack for Rs 2,499, which will be released in around October 2016. ALSO READ: TRAI to issue warnings to telecom operators over excessive call failures
Airtel is also offering packs according to different destinations. It has announced a Rs 4,999 pack for US, Canada and UK with 30 days validity which offers 3GB data, unlimited incoming calls, 400 minutes of calls to India, and unlimited texts to India. Post pack data charge of Rs 3/MB will apply. All Calls (post free minutes) to India will be charged at just Rs 3/min. Similarly, it has a Rs 649 pack for US, Canada and UK with one day validity offers 300MB data, unlimited incoming calls, 100 minutes of India calling, and unlimited texts to India. These international roaming packs are priced a little differently for Singapore and UAE. The same 30 day international pack for Singapore is priced at Rs 2,499 and the 1 days validity one at Rs 499. ALSO READ: Hey Airtel, it isn t free if you charge users Rs 1,495 for a data plan
These packs can be activated through the Airtel website, myAirtel app, USSD and Customer Contact Centers. Also, it is important to note, that the above mentioned plans are for postpaid users, and the packages for prepaid users differ a little.