Telecom market seems to be going more aggressive and volatile with the contemporary like Idea, getting ready to give a tough run of money to the other arch rivals for the 3G plans in prepaid and post-paid services. The other operators cut down on 3G rates a little while ago but the price slash by Idea Cellular is significant. A long series of experiments can be judged offlate with the 3G service for giving it a nationwide acceptability.
Idea has always been popular with its modest prices but providing an uninterrupted smooth network in every nook and corner of the country has been a real challenge. The telecom operator started its 3G prepaid and postpaid services for its smart phone and netsetter users in the selected cities. The circles are Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, M.P, Maharashtra, Goa, UP East and UP West. Idea differs from the other operators like Airtel and Vodafone as it is offering the 3G at 2G price only to its smart phone owners.
The critical aspect related with this move is that the plan has a limited scope and users. Idea is the only telecom service providing company which comes with its own smart phone branding. These plans are specific to the reach of the Idea smart phone users. For data surfing, Idea netsetter subscribers can also make use of this newly launched benefit. The Idea smart phone and netsetter subscribers can avail these plans as First Recharge Coupon (FRC) or as secondary recharges.
Let’s check on the various new offers for Idea smart phone prepaid and postpaid customers.
- Rs. 103 voucher for 300 MB 3G data with validity of 30 days.
- Rs. 127 voucher for 1 GB 3G data for 30 days. After Free Usage 2p/10 KB.
- Rs. 349 voucher for 1.5 GB 3G data for 30 days.
- Rs. 351 voucher for 2 GB 3G data for 30 days. After Free Usage 2p/10 KB.
- Rs. 495 voucher for 3 GB 3G data with validity of 30 days. After free usage charges will be 2p/10KB
- Rs. 749 voucher for 4 GB Unlimited 3G data per month.
- Rs. 849 voucher for 5 GB Unlimited 3G data per month.
- Rs. 949 voucher for 6 GB Unlimited 3G data for one month.
- Rs. 1296 voucher with 1.5 GB 3G data, 200 MB free Facebook per month and local call at 20p/min on net valid for 180 days.
The important instructions to be noted with these plans are–
- The plans are only for Idea smart phones subscribers.
- You will have to make a call to the customer care desk to know the availability of plans in your city. The plans are only available in 11 circles.
- All the plans are not available in every circle. Pricing may also differ marginally.
- Not all the plans can be continued for secondary recharges in the specific circles.
These conditions are also applicable for the Idea netsetter subscribers. The price varies from a voucher of Rs. 175 for 1 GB to Rs. 496 for 10 GB for a month long validity. The 3G service at 2G rates by Idea has come up with a great view to provide better calling and net surfing experience but, it calls for an big level of anticipation for non-Idea smart phone subscribers all across the country.