DELHI: It is quite commonplace to get a phone bill shock once you come back to India from that fun vacation abroad. The location that you looked for on Google Maps or that Facebook checkin you made all eat into your data while traveling overseas.
Now telecom company Airtel has slashed its international roaming data rates by 99% to just `Rs 3 per megabyte on Wednesday, from the earlier rates of `Rs 650 per MB. The telco has also announced free incoming calls on international roaming.
Airtel’s wish is to capture outbound tourists with its new IR packs offering big bundles of data, free India calling minutes, free incoming calls and free texts to India. The packs will be available to both postpaid and prepaid customers.
The new IR packs will now come with validity options of one day and 30 days. The operators will also launch a new 10 days pack by mid-October to provide added option to customers.
Airtel has also introduced an option for roaming for only $10 with a fully loaded one day pack. Roaming for a full month is just $75 with bundles of data and calling benefits. Customers can activate the packs at any time and will be charged only when they actually use it.
“The number of Indians traveling overseas for leisure and business is growing rapidly and our new IR packs ensures that customers get no bill shocks and have the convenience of always keeping their phones switched on, wherever they are,” said Ajai Puri, Director – Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.
Musafir Namah Bureau