The country's third largest telco has doubled the price for some 2G plans, while 3G will be costlier by about 33 percent. The new rates came into effect from June 3.
Idea is the first telecom operator that has increased data tariffs after the March spectrum auction in which government received bids worth Rs 1.1 lakh crore.
Idea MD & CEO Himanshu Kapania had earlier said that post auction, there would be pressure on data prices, and tariff hike across circles may be necessary.
As per the new rates, customers will now get only 1.5 GB of 2G mobile internet data for Rs 255 against 3 GB offered to them earlier at the same price. The company has made changes in most of recharge vouchers for 2G and 3G services.
Idea has reduced 3G mobile internet limit in its scheme offered for Rs 755. Its customers will get only 3 GB of mobile data for Rs 755 against 4 GB offered earlier, making this pack expensive by about 33 percent.
Also, 1 GB, 3G pack with a validity of 28 days will now cost Rs 295 against Rs 249 earlier, while a 1 GB, 2G data pack will now come for Rs 195 with 28 days validity as against Rs 175 earlier.
The company has also reduced validity of various packs. For instance, customers will now get a validity of 7 days with a recharge of Rs 247 for 1 GB, while earlier it used to cost Rs 249 with 28 days validity.
Idea customers will have to pay 27.5 percent more for 500 MB pack on 2G network. They will be charged Rs 125 for this pack compared to Rs 98 that they paid earlier.