Incumbent telecom players seems to have woken up from slumber after Reliance Jio s entry into the Indian telecom market. Reliance Jio has stirred the market with lucrative schemes like unlimited free voice calls for lifetime and free 4GB of data per day under its Welcome Offer. Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular among others are already being seen trying to match Reliance Jio s data offers and prices. Now, Vodafone has announced it will make incoming calls free for its users while roaming nationally. It will apply to both prepaid and postpaid customers, and will go live from Diwali, which is on October 30. Also Read - Jio 5G launch livestream: How to watch JioPhone 5G, JioBook launch event onlineAlso Read - Jio 5G rollout today? No, you will need to wait longer to experience 5G in India
Even though outgoing charges while roaming had become comparable to home charges, consumer research has shown that incoming charges while roaming have been a hindrance to worry free usage. Along with our recently launched International Roaming Daily pack which makes International Roaming worry free, we are now confident that Vodafone India customers will not be holding back conversations while travelling nationally or internationally on Vodafone SuperNet, Sandeep Kataria, director commercial, Vodafone India in a release. Also Read - Jio 5G launch today: Jio 5G phone to Jio laptop, check top 5 announcements to expect
Over the years roaming charges have gone down following the release of National Telecom Policy, 2012, which sought waiver of roaming charges. The telecom operators have already abolished one-time roaming charge that the customers used to pay when travelling from their native circle to a different circle. Right now, incumbent telecom operators offer free incoming calls through a Special Tariff Voucher (STV) for prepaid customers and top ups for postpaid customers. Idea offers among the lowest STVs, priced at Rs 38 with 28 days of validity, for free incoming calls during roaming. But outgoing calls are charged at Rs 1.15 per minute. Reliance Jio, on the other hand, is offering free voice calls on its network, both incoming and outgoing, irrespective of whether the user is in their home circle or roaming nationally.
Reliance Jio hasn t only disrupted the voice calls market, but also the data segment. Already it offers free 4GB of per day 4G data under its Welcome Offer. In a bid to match Reliance Jio offer, Airtel has offered a slew of plans that significantly bring down the data tariffs. Recently, Airtel launched a new scheme under which it is offering 10GB of 4G data for Rs 259 with purchase of a new 4G handset. The operator has also launched Mega Saver Packs scheme under which it offered 3G or 4G data for as low as Rs 60.
Vodafone on the other hand recently launched a SuperNet data plan, under which users get 10GB of 4G data for the price of 1GB. The catch is additional data is only applicable in night from 12AM to 6AM and one needs to buy a data pack that offers at least 1GB of data (pack of Rs 250 and above). Vodafone has also started offering double data for the same price to subscribers of its RED plans. ALSO READ: Vodafone is secretly doubling 4G data quota of Red customers for lifetime for free