iWorld

Airtel makes roaming data & incoming free

MUMBAI: Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, today announced radical changes that redefine the value proposition for domestic and international roaming. With this, Airtel mobile customers will be able to carry their numbers across India and the world and stay connected all the time without having to worry about high call/data charges. Bill shocks will now be a thing of the past.

National Roaming – Free Incoming Calls

No Premium on Outgoing Calls

No Data Roaming Charges

Starting 1 April, 2017, Airtel customers roaming within India will enjoy free incoming calls/SMS and there will be no premium on outgoing calls allowing them to speak freely wherever they are within the country. Also, there will be no additional data charges on national roaming. Home data packs for customers will apply even while they roam across India.

Bharti Airtel MD & CEO (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal said, “This marks the death of national roaming and the whole country will now be like a local network for our customers, who will not have to think twice before making or receiving calls or using data while traveling outside their home base. Airtel has again set the benchmark in delivering best in class value backed by a great network experience.”

No bill shocks on international roaming

Airtel has already launched innovative and affordable International Roaming packs for all major countries across the world. These packs come with convenient validity options of 1 day, 10 days, and 30 days and offer loads of benefits including free incoming calls/SMS, calling minutes and texts both to India and the local country as well as generous dollops of data to stay online. These packs have received an overwhelming response from customers, shielding them from any bill shock and eliminating the need for a local country SIM. However, there are still several cases of customers inadvertently failing to choose these packs and suffering bill shocks due to thesteep roaming charges on international networks.

Starting April 1, 2017, even customers on international roaming Without a Pack will be fully protected from bill shocks through an automatic adjustment that is equal to the daily pack for that particular country. This means that the moment a customer’s billing reaches the price of a one day pack for the country, he/she will be automatically moved to that pack. This will allow our customers to use their devices abroad without any fear. Even post the exhaustion of pack benefits, customers will continue to enjoy extremely attractive rates for calling and data usage. Call Charges have been reduced by up to 90% to as low as Rs. 3/min and data charges by upto 99% to Rs 3/ MB across popular roaming destinations. 

Here is an example of how Airtel’s new international roaming pricing works. When a customer traveling to the USA without a pack hits the threshold of Rs 649 (the price of the one day pack for USA), he/she will automatically move to the one day pack with free incoming calls/SMS, 100 India and local country outgoing minutes, 300 MB data and a host of other benefits. Similarly, a customer traveling to Singapore will move to the one day pack the moment his/her usage hits the Rs 499 mark.

Bharti Airtel and GSMA chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said, "At Airtel, we are changing the international roaming paradigm, which will allow our customers to take their number to every corner of the world. As an industry, operators across the world must collaborate to remove the cost barrier to roaming and offer customers the convenience of staying connected without the fear of exorbitant bill charges."

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/28/shemaroo.jpg?itok=61q1JCAT
Shemaroo TV and Shemaroo MarathiBana channels to be now available to Vi Movies & TV subscribers

MUMBAI: Shemaroo TV and Shemaroo MarathiBana, broadcast channels from the house of Shemaroo Entertainment have already become household names and are loved for their respective genres in General Hindi Entertainment and Marathi Movie category. To diversify the content offering the channel has inked...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/28/showt.jpg?itok=KTTfvJQr
Showt empowers the common person to voice their opinion: Anshuman Misra

NEW DELHI: Showt, an instant global voting platform scheduled to have its global launch in Q1 2021, recently roped in Anshuman Misra as the president. He will be playing an instrumental role in scaling the platform and his vision is to reach everyone with a mobile phone in India, followed by the...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/28/vikram.jpg?itok=N6ORJbRK
Mzaalo launches AVOD platform

New Delhi: Mzaalo, a blockchain-based video streaming application today announced the launch of its AVOD platform. The gamified video ecosystem is designed to reward consumers for viewing content on the platform. Mzaalo's system is secured by blockchain, trusted infrastructure for content and...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/28/ashish.jpg?itok=A5ST-DO4
Netflix’s Aashish Singh joins Lyca Productions

KOLKATA: Netflix India original film director Aashish Singh has called it quits. Singh has moved on to join Lyca Productions as CEO. Lyca Productions, one of the big names in the South Indian film industry, is looking to move into the Hindi movie space. Singh with his vast experience across brands...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/27/ankhi-das.jpg?itok=Rg3JKpsk
Facebook India's head of public policy Ankhi Das steps down

NEW DELHI: Facebook India’s head of public policy Ankhi Das has moved on from her current role. She was with the organisation for over nine years and was a core team member.

iWorld Social Media
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/27/airtle_0.jpg?itok=c4s9Jmnc
Bharti Airtel revenues jump 22 per cent in Q2

NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced its highest ever consolidated quarterly revenue, reporting a 22 per cent jump driven by higher tariffs and a rise in data usage from a Covid2019-fuelled shift to remote working.  India revenues for the quarter ended 30 September was at Rs 18,747...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/27/ira.jpg?itok=KL_USAuK
Iravati Damle joins Zoom to lead public policy in India

MUMBAI: Zoom has hired Iravati Damle as head of public policy in India. In her new role, she will lead policy strategy, government affairs and advocacy for India. Damle will be reporting to Jonathan Kallmer, head of global public policy and government relations at Zoom. She will be based out of...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/26/idma.jpg?itok=s3JtL-fI
Digital media outlets launch self-regulatory body IDMA

MUMBAI: Digital media news outlets have launched a self-regulatory body, Indian Digital Media Association (IDMA) - a pro-nation, Indian-owned, Indian-edited and Indian-controlled digital news association. In a first, digital platforms have come together and formed an association that is aimed to...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/24/par.jpg?itok=pVTu3lbO
Parliament panel issues summons to Google, Paytm on data privacy

MUMBAI: Google and Paytm have been directed to appear before a joint parliamentary committee on 29 October on the issue of data protection and privacy. Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter have also been called in to provide oral evidence. Meanwhile, e-commerce giant Amazon has refused to...

iWorld Over The Top Services

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required