Firing yet another salvo in the ongoing tariff war, Idea Cellular (now a part of Vodafone Idea Limited) has introduced a new plan for its prepaid consumers. Priced at Rs 149, the plan has a validity of 28 days and offers 33GB of data. Going head to head against similarly-priced plans from Airtel and Reliance Jio, the plan will be available in circles like Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Kerala, and Karnataka.
Other than the data benefit, Idea Cellular’s new plan comes with unlimited voice calls as well. However, these are capped to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes a week. Also, calls are only allowed to 100 unique numbers. Lastly, subscribers get 100 free text messages per day.
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Talking about the competition, Reliance Jio’s Rs 149 plan also comes with a validity of 28 days, but with 1.5GB of data per day, the total allowance goes to 42GB. Voice calls are also unlimited, without any restrictions based on unique phone numbers, so Jio’s offering is definitely better.
Then there’s Airtel plan, which offers 28GB total data (1GB per day) for a period of 28 days. That said, voice calls are truly unlimited.
Idea Cellular recently introduced six new ‘Active Recharge’ plans, ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 245. These are currently available for subscribers in UP (West), Punjab, and Tamil Nadu circles.
The Active Recharges start with the Rs 25 pack, with Rs 18 worth of talk time along with 10MB of data. Then there’s Rs 35 pack, which comes with a talk time of Rs 26 and 100MB of data. Both plans have a validity of 28 days. It is worth noting that the local, STD and landline call rates for UP and Punjab are 1 paise per second, while for Tamil Nadu it is 60 paise per minute.
Next are two plans – priced at Rs 65 (offering a talk time of Rs 65 and 200MB data), and Rs 95 (having a talk time of Rs 94 and bundled 500MB data). Both plans have a validity of 28 days. With the Rs 94 plan, the local, STD and landline call rates for Tamil Nadu and Punjab are valued at 30 paise per minute, while for UP it is 1 paise per 2 second.
Lastly, the Rs 145 (1GB data) and Rs 245 (2GB data) have a validity of 42 days and 84 days, respectively. The local, STD and landline calls for Tamil Nadu and Punjab are valued at 30 paise per minute, whereas for UP it is 1 paise per 2 second.