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[Representational Image] Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Top telecom player launches new international roaming packs with free unlimited incoming calls and SMSs. Picture: An employee stands in front of the Bharti Airtel zonal office building in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh May 2, 2013.Reuters file

Leading network carrier, Airtel has launched another lucrative International tariff plan, further intensifying its battle with the new debutant Reliance Jio's predatory free trial offer.

Airtel's new International Roaming (IR) pack offers free incoming, SMSs and limited time free out-going calls. This move by Airtel is a masterstroke to retain its subscribers, as it offsets the Reliance Jio's welcome offer, which charges premium fees for overseas calls and texting service.

Airtel IR packs come with validity options of one day and 30 days. Depending on the country, it will range from Rs. 499 to Rs. 4,999. Post the exhaustion of pack's data and calling minutes, people will be charged Rs. 3 per MB and all calls (post free minutes) to India & within local within destination will be charged at Rs. 3 per minute.[Complete tariff chart below]

The company also has plans to bring a new 10 days pack by mid-October to provide added option to customers.

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"The new roaming packs are in line with our commitment to provide our customers a seamless international roaming experience and great value. The number of Indians traveling overseas for leisure and business is growing rapidly and our new IR packs ensure that customers get no bill shocks and have the convenience of always keeping their phones switched on, wherever they are," Ajai Puri, Director – Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Airtel's New IR Packs:

Country US & Canada UK Singapore UAE
Pack Rental RS. 4999 Rs.649 Rs.4999 Rs.649 Rs.2499 Rs.499 Rs.3999 Rs.649
Incoming calls Free Free Free Free Free Free 400 100
Data 3GB 300 MB 3GB 300 MB 3GB 300 MB 3GB 300MB
Free mins. to India 400 100 400 100 400 100 400 100
SMS – India Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
Data – post pack benefits(Rs/MB) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Outgoing – India (Rs/min) 3 3 3 3 3 3 10 10
Outgoing – Local (Rs/min) 3 3 3 3 3 3 10 10
Validity (days) 30 1 30 1 30 1 30 1
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