If the past 2 years have taught us anything, it’s the value of staying connected. While we’re all
using our phones for everything, from watching TV to WFH, many are now looking for ways to
get the most bang for their buck.
It seems like Airtel for one has been paying attention. They were the first telecom provider to
offer unlimited free local voice calls between any network, and some very generous social
media deals. We decided to ask some of you who switched to Airtel Unlimited Freedom packs
what it’s been like and whether Airtel is delivering as promised.
Having heard about the Airtel Rs. 749 through a friend on social media, Bhagya – a young
professional in banking – was at first hesitant to try out a new connection, but given the need
to save more, she decided to try it out.
“I didn’t want to change my number but I have a dual SIM phone so I eventually gave it a try as
a secondary SIM. It’s been a month now and I can safely say that it was exactly the right fit for
me. I have used countless packages from other providers previously, but none gave this kind of
value for money. The unlimited calls to other networks help during a time like this, when we look
for the best value. The signal coverage, call quality and reliability of data are also a definite
bonus. I even recommended the package to my brother, who uses it to conduct his Zoom lessons
online.” she said.
Tyrone Athapattu, who hails from a finance background is a new Airtel user, but already one of
its most enthusiastic. “I was not an Airtel user until a few months ago, but now I’m known for
always recommending the Airtel Rs. 749 package to all my family and colleagues. I’ve been
using the Airtel Rs. 749 package for over 3 months and have zero complaints. My wife uses it for
teaching, I use it to do my office work thanks to the extra 30 GB, and we both use it for social
media with no worry at all because it gives unlimited access to Facebook, Messenger, YouTube
and WhatsApp. We are honestly happy to see Airtel take an initiative to make this happen; it is
a huge relief at a time like this!”
Especially for those who needed to rely on their mobile internet while Working From Home like
Chamara who works in advertising, Airtel’s Unlimited Freedom Packs have been a lifesaver.
“Following the COVID outbreak, we all had to adapt to a Work from Home culture. This was not
so easy, and it took a while for me to adjust, and even longer to realize how much I was
spending on data as a result. Thankfully, my friend recommended Airtel’s Rs. 749 package which
she had been using for Work from Home. The unlimited data makes it a lot easier to plan my
expenses, and the convenience of activating the package once a month is a definite advantage. I
usually find myself reloading weekly, sometimes even daily, which I don’t do anymore, thanks to
Airtel Rs. 749. Happy to see Airtel step up for its customers!”
Airtel has recently been expanding their island-wide coverage, which is another area we
wanted to get feedback on. Dilrukshi from Kiribathgoda said, “I was one of the first in line to get
an Airtel connection when they first came to Sri Lanka. Sadly, the coverage was limited and it
was a real disappointment. If you’re someone who works in sales, you’ll know that a dropped
call is almost equal to a dropped client itself. But more recently, I heard about the Unlimited
Freedom packs, and it sounded like a great deal, so I decided to try them out again. I am quite
thrilled to see the improvement in coverage and that its now available island-wide. Since I work
in Sales, uninterrupted service is definitely an underrated blessing!”
The switch back to Airtel has not been easy since Sri Lanka does not yet offer mobile number
portability. “I’ve been using my current number for 10 years now, for both personal and work
calls, and switching numbers is not easy. If there was a way to keep my number but only switch
operators, I would’ve done it in a heartbeat. So here I am, stuck using my current SIM and Airtel.
Although, I must say, with Airtel’s freedom packs giving a deal too good to deny, I’ve now
started to slowly move my personal contacts to my new Airtel number. My work-related
contacts will be next!”
Enabling unlimited access to local voice calls to any network as well as unlimited Social Media
(YouTube, Facebook, FB Messenger and WhatsApp), Airtel’s Rs 749 Unlimited Freedom package
provides 30GB of 4G anytime data for 30 days in addition to SMS benefits.