(Last Updated On: April 30, 2017)

With the launch of Jio Summer Surprise Offer came another wave of lucrative offers from leading telecom operators. Although the Summer Surprise Offer was withdrawn by Jio on TRAI’s advice.

Idea Cellular

Airtel started offering 1 GB/day 4G data and truly unlimited voice calling to all networks with a validity of 70 days at Rs. 399. The operator had recently reduced the validity of the same pack to just 56 days, but Idea Cellular, India’s #3 telecom operator has launched a new pack offering 1.5 GB 4G data/day at just Rs. 497.

This Idea pack is available to select Idea subscribers only who get to know about it either via SMS or My Idea app. The plan offers 1.5 GB 4G/day along with unlimited on-net calls (Idea to Idea), 3000 minutes to other networks (local/STD), and is valid for 70 days.

Kindly note that the subscribers will be charged at regular tariff rates post the exhaustion of 3000 minutes.

What Is Airtel Offering?

To compete against Jio, Airtel is offering the following plans:

Rs. 244 Plan

This pack offers 1 GB data per day on 4G handsets, unlimited local/STD calls to Airtel network (on-net calls), and is valid for 56 days.

Rs. 399 Plan

This plan offers unlimited local/STD calls, 56 GB 3G/4G data restricted to 1 GB/day (500 MB day + 500 MB night data), and has a validity of 56 days.

Rs. 499 Plan

I couldn’t see this plan on MyAirtel app on my phone, but according to TelecomTalk, this plan offers 1.25 GB data per day along with unlimited voice calls valid for 56 days to any network in India.

Rs. 549 Plan

This plan also offers unlimited voice calls to any network in the country, but provides 1.5 GB/day for 28 days.

Comparing all these plans to the newly launched Idea plan costing Rs. 497 for 70 days, it is evident that Idea Cellular is offering more value for money. The only downside to the Idea plan is its limited free voice minutes (3000 minutes) for 70 days, translating to about 43 minutes/day. However, if you are a heavy data user, then you will find these plan extremely suitable for your data needs.

What are your thoughts about this? Would you go for it? Do let us know via the comments.