After Vodafone cut data tariffs last month, Idea Cellular made a similar move as the telecom operator said it is reducing its 2G and 3G data rates across the country to get more subscribers onto mobile internet. Idea will now offer pay-as-you-go rates of 2 paise per 10KB. Earlier, it offered only 1KB of data for the same amount, to its 2G customers. This would effectively mean a cut of around 90% in 2G data rates for its customers.
For its four million 3G subscribers, out of the overall 33 million mobile data users, the revised rate for 10KB of data would now be 2 paise — down from 3 paise per 10KB, the company said in a statement. These rates will be made available from November 15 across all of the operator’s circles and are valid for six months, the statement said.
With this round of price cut, both 2G and 3G rates will now be at par for subscribers opting for pricing as per usage, while fixed pack rates will remain unchanged. However, once consumers cross their pack usage, they too will enjoy these pay-as-you-go rates.
Recently, Vodafone slashed its mobile data charges by 80%, bringing it to 2 paise per 10KB for its pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. The British telco also had made its pay-as-you go rates same for both 2G and 3G across the country. RCom, too, had slashed rates earlier.