Vodafone has introduced ‘IROAMDAILY’ plan for users who travel to international destinations often. IROAMDAILY pack lets brings the option of free incoming calls for all users. Interestingly new entrant Reliance Jio has also promised free ISD calling, rate cuts for customers. Vodafone’s pack will cost around Rs 500 per day across 34 countries.
With Vodafone’s IROAMDAILY pack, a user gets all incoming calls for free. All out going calls are charged at Re 1 per minute, with data being priced at Re 1 per MB. This is significantly lower than the current international roaming plans offered by Vodafone. The roaming plan also brings in advance booking facility of up to 120 days.
A user can activate the plan via SMS, on the company’s website or through USSD. To activate-
1) A user needs to SMS – ACT IROMDAILY<Number of days> to 199 (The number of days need to be between 1 to 10)
2) To activate the pack through USSD, a user needs to dial *111*6*4#
3) The plan can also be activated through Vodafone’s website.
Using the link for the website, we selected clicked on the ‘Calculate now’ option, which redirected us to a page to make our plan. We selected seven days of international roaming in US, with 10 minutes of calls received in a day, 10 minutes of calls within US, 10 minutes worth of calls outside the country and 5 hours of Internet use per day. The website calculated charges of Rs 10,500 for the entire trip, which is still a significant amount. However, Vodafone’s website points out this international pack helps a user save much more compared to Rs 1,05,350 that would have applied as a standard charge.
Airtel also offers prepaid international plans starting at Rs 997 with a validity of 30 days. This makes for 30 minutes of incoming free, Rs 39 per minute for outgoing, and Rs 19 per minute for incoming. SMS will cost Rs 15, with data at 39 paise per 10kb.
There are country specific plans on Airtel’s website as well – USA, Thailand, UK, Singapore and UAE. These plans range from Rs 2,849 to Rs 5,699, and are valid for 30 days. These plans provide free incoming calls, and upto 3GB of data. The plan also gives upto 399 minutes of calling to India, after which Rs 39/min will be charged.
Reliance Jio as of now, does not allow International roaming, but the Jio website says that it will be coming to the network shortly on a chargeable basis. To purchase International Roaming for Jio, a user will have to purchase the voucher from the MyJio app, or by logging on to Jio’s website. Reliance Jio’s roaming rates are around Rs 5 to Rs 20 per minute depending on the country, with lower pricing for places like US, UK.