Free roaming packs from various telecom companies
VodafoneVodafone has launched two packs for roaming cases. First pack is worth Rs.5. It is valid for 1 day and offers free incoming in roaming areas while you will have to pay 1.5 paisa/sec for outgoing calls. If you are a Vodafone Pre-Paid customer, then you can activate it by pressing *444*500# from your mobile. Second pack comes with 1 month complete validity. It costs Rs. 71 for pre-paid and Rs. 75 for postpaid customers. Along with these two free roaming packs, Vodafone has also reduced SMS packs to about 33% of current value.
IdeaLike Vodafone, Idea too has launched two roaming free packs. They have kept their duration/validity for 6 months which means after one time recharge, you will not have to worry for next 6 months. Here are further details:
First PackThis pack retails at Rs. 35-40 (depends on region and circle). It provides roaming @75 paisa per minute. So it is not a complete roaming free package rather it provides roaming incoming calling facility at reduced rates.
Second PackSecond pack costs approx. Rs. 240. It provides complete free incoming calls over roaming regions. It too is valid for 6 months. So it is one of the best roaming free package among all the telecom companies.
AirtelAirtel and Vodafone packs are somewhat related with each other. Airtel brings two value packs worth Rs. 5 and Rs. 79. Rs. 5 pack is valid for 24 hours (1 day) and provides free incoming roaming calls facility. Rs. 79 pack does the same but it is valid for a complete month. Both package offers Rs. 1.5 paisa/second calls for outgoing calls. I know you might be thinking of porting your current number to any of these 3 providers but please wait for some more days as other companies are too going to come with such valuable packs.