Now, it has happened, a majority of Idea mobile users Outgoing and data service has been stopped from yesterday. Last week we reported that Vodafone Idea and Airtel is going to implement compulsory minimum recharge for all the users. Those who failed to do the recharge on time will get blocked from making outgoing call first. Then after the grace period, the number will get blocked from incoming calls too.
Some of the Idea users were receiving messages and notification for the past few weeks regarding the disconnection. Then TRAI asked them to inform each users clearly regarding the validity and the time of disconnection. As per the TRAI direction, company started sending messages to users regarding the date.
At the same time, My Idea App was also showing the validity dated 6th December 2018. Now, the deadline has passed and the outgoing service and the data service for those users has been stopped.
Similarly Vodafone Users are also now getting notification where they are informed with the validity as 9th December 2018. Airtel is also in its way, but the company introduced much cheaper recharge pack when compared to Vodafone Idea. the least available recharge pack with Airtel is Rs. 23.
What to Do Next ?
If you are one of them, whose outgoing has stopped, then you will get 15 days time to do the recharge. During these 15 days, you will get incoming calls (outgoing and data will not work). If you are not doing the recharge in this 15 days, then your Incoming call also get blocked.
After 15 days, both your outgoing and incoming service will get blocked. The service will get restored as soon as you do any recharge pack. The company didn’t mentioned any information about the disconnection of the SIM card. But better to do any minimum. You can check the list of recently introduced validity pack from Idea, Airtel, Vodafone and choose from one of the least available pack to keep your number active.
How to Activate ?
If you just want to keep the number active with a minimum recharge pack, then do recharge for Rs. 35. This is the lowest available recharge pack. Rs. 35 Pack offers a validity of 28 days, Rs. 26 talk time, 100MB data. Incoming calls will be free, where as the outgoing call rate is 2.5 Paisa per second.
Why Telecom companies introduced compulsory minimum recharge ?
For the past few weeks, these telecom companies are sending messages to their customers asking to do recharge. In Order to keep their number active, each user have to choose any of the available recharge pack. Also, they have to do the recharge regularly, depending on the validity of the selected pack. However companies are implementing this rule over their customers, this can cause some users to leave the current network too. Because TRAI now reduced the time for the Mobile number portability to just 2 days. This makes to users to think in that way too.
In fact, the past Lifetime validity concept now come to an end. Even if, you have a lifetime validity sim, you have to keep recharging regularly. The new move from these companies is to increase the revenue, in order to keep themselves alive in the market. Because, after the entry of Reliance Jio, majority of the users are keeping primary SIM card for receiving Incoming calls. They do recharge only on the secondary SIM card which have the offer. In most case it is Reliance Jio.
Thus by introducing the minimum recharge for all the users, companies can increase the ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), thereby reduce the big loss in the market they are facing now. How ever, you can use a simple logical trick to skip the monthly recharge so that, with a single recharge, you will get a maximum of 71 days validity.