Vodafone last week came out with a daily international roaming plan for its prepaid and postpaid users that allows them to use their home numbers at local rates while travelling in over 30 countries. The benefits include free incoming calls, outgoing calls at Rs 1 a minute and data at Rs 1 per MB for a daily rental of Rs 500.
On Airtel’s other international roaming plans the charges are Rs 19 a minute for incoming calls after a limited number of free minutes, Rs 39 a minute for outgoing calls, Rs 39 per MB of data and Rs 15 per SMS. Vodafone’s international roaming plans have standard charges for incoming at Rs 30 per minute after a limited number of free minutes, data at Rs 30 per MB, outgoing calls at Rs 30 a minute and SMS at Rs 15 each.
“Calling and data access while travelling abroad was a big concern for subscribers. We wanted to make this simple,” said Sandeep Kataria, director, commercial, Vodafone India.
“People are frequently travelling for business for two or three days. We offer this plan in most business and leisure destinations that Indians frequent,” he added.
Over 20 million Indians travelled abroad in 2015, up 11.1 per cent from a year ago, according to the tourism ministry.