This was surely coming from the countries largest mobile operator. Ever since TATA DOCOMO was launched with all ‘first of its kind’ rates in India, other mobile operators should have been on their feet.
Airtel now announces ‘Special 5‘ offer where you can call any 5 Airtel numbers for un-believable rates. This offer looks similar to the one which BSNL has for its customers. But it’s interesting to see Airtel jump into such offers, prior to which Airtel has seemingly high rates compared to other networks but was relying hugely on its Network quality.
Under this ‘Special 5’ offer you can not only call local Airtel numbers but also add any Airtel STD numbers. However, the charges for local and STD calls differ but are still far lower than any offer Airtel introduced ever so far.
As the name may suggest that you can add up to 5 Airtel numbers in your ‘Special 5’ numbers list. Calls to local Airtel number in that list of 5 will be charged at 20 p/min and calls to STD numbers will be charged at 50 p/min.
All you have to do to activate this offer call 12141 and add your list of ‘Special 5’ numbers.
From what I came to know about this offer by contacting their customer support is that this is just an extension to their friends and family offer. Previously in F & F offer, only local calls could be added but now you can even add STD numbers. And coming to the charges that are applicable, there will be a registration charge of Rs.5 per each number and a daily rental of Rs.1/each number (as per Airtel customer care) in majority of States in India like AP, WB, Assam, Bihar, North Eastern States, UP, Punjab, Delhi, HP.
If you reside in Tamilnadu, you have even less rentals at only 20paise per number per day for local numbers and 50 paise per day per number for STD numbers. So in this case if you have 3 local number and 2 STD airtel numbers in your Special 5 Group, you need to pay a daily rental of Rs.1.60.
Special 5 is also available for Postpaid with a monthly rental of Rs.249. One would get free Rs.249 local minutes plus the same benefits as mentioned above for prepaid.
Note: For completely free STD calls, one will have to recharge with Rs.249 or 335 to get 450 and 800 free minutes respectively. Or if you do not know how much you’ll call, its better to recharge with Rs.55 which gives local and STD calls at 1ps/sec for 3 months.