(Last Updated On: June 5, 2015)

Idea Cellular, as previously hinted has introduced data hikes in 3G and 2G data plans in Delhi and NCR circle. These hikes come right after the implementation of the revised service tax (14%) and when the operators had to cough up huge amounts for buying spectrum at the recent spectrum auction in March.

While these revised tariff plans were introduced in Delhi and NCR first, the existing data plans are likely to be revised in other key circles as well. It was highly anticipated that the telecom operators will pass down the spectrum auction fees to the consumers in some way, via a hike in either calling rates or data plans.

Revised Tariff Plans

Here is how much the revised 3G plans will cost you:

Revised Idea 3G Plans in Delhi and NCR

Subscription Cost (Rs.) Data Benefit Validity (Days)
97 300 MB 10
156 475 MB 15
198 600 MB 28
249 750 MB 21
295 1 GB 28
495 2 GB 28
655 2.5 GB 28
695 3 GB 28
755 3 GB 45
895 4 GB Unlimited 28
1099 5 GB Unlimited 28
1499 7.5 GB Unlimited 28
1849 10 GB Unlimited 28

It is worth noting that the 1 GB 3G data plan which earlier costed Rs. 249/ for 28 days will now cost Rs. 295 with same validity. Idea has also reduced the data benefits of Rs. 655 plan from 3 GB to 2.5 GB. However the higher-tier plans like 7.5 GB Unlimited and 10 GB Unlimited plan will be available for the same price and validity.

These is also a significant hike in 2G data tariff across the Delhi and NCR circle.

Revised Idea 2G Plans in Delhi and NCR

Subscription Cost (Rs.) Data Benefit Validity (Days)
52 200 MB 5
98 375 MB 10
125 500 MB 14
175 700 MB 21
195 1 GB 28
255 1.5 GB 28
295 2 GB Unlimited 28

The most affordable 2G data plan of Rs. 52 has remained unchanged and comes with 200 MB data and 5-day validity whereas the Rs. 98 plan will now offer 375 MB data instead of 500 MB and also come with reduced validity of just 10 days (instead of 14 days). Rs. 125 plan will now fetch you 500 MB (instead of 625 MB) and has a validity of 14 days (instead of 18 days)

Other major tariff changes in 2G data plans will be seen in 1 GB plan which will now cost Rs. 195 for 28 days, whereas the 3 GB Unlimited has now been replaced with 1.5 GB plan. The new 2 GB unlimited plan will now cost you Rs. 295 for 28 days.

These are some hikes in data tariffs that we have seen in the past few months. Idea Cellular has not only hiked the data plans but has also reduced their validity.

Others Will Follow Suit Soon…

Idea Cellular is the first telco to pass on the burden of the March spectrum auction to the consumers but other leading telecom companies like Vodafone and Airtel will follow suit soon.

While we understand why Idea Cellular had to introduce this hike in data tariff, we sincerely hope and want these telcos to improve their quality of service. As an avid Ingress player, I often come across people who are struggling to play this simple game on their 3G networks right in the centre of the city! So, if these telecom companies only increase the price of their data plans without improving their network strength and quality then they will surely witness their profits tanking down.

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