Idea Cellular launches dual-SIM ID 918 at INR 5,994 (Update)

Telecom operator Idea Cellular is going to launch its third 3G Android smartphone later today. Dubbed as ID 918, the smartphone is already listed on the telco’s website and is available at

Idea ID 918 is a dual-SIM GSM smartphone, which runs on Android 2.3, and comes with 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen. Other features of the smartphone include 3.2MP camera, and 1300 mAh battery.

Idea is also offering special benefits to the ID 918 buyers, who will be getting 3G packages as well as free recharges worth Rs. 2340.

We will include the press note once the smartphone is officially announced along with other details.

Key Specs

  • 3.2 inches display, 262K colours, 480 x 800 pixels
  • 150 MB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, expandable up to 32GB
  • Android 2.3
  • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, USB, Bluetooth
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 1300 mAh battery

Update: The smartphone has been launched. Read the full press release below:

Post the successful launch of its 3G smartphones in November 2011, Idea has introduced a new DUAL SIM smartphone “ID – 918” last week. The new handset on android 2.3 operating system priced at Rs 5,994/- has been receiving an overwhelming response across the nation.

Since the launch of its 3G services, Idea Cellular has been the frontrunner in rolling out 3G networks and communicating the relevance of 3G. Idea launched Smartphones in November 2011 to drive 3G penetration and has met with a positive response from its subscribers.

Idea Cellular – India’s 3rd largest mobile service provider and a leading operator in the mobile devices business – has launched a new Dual Sim ‘Idea ID-918’ smart phone under its 3G portfolio. Idea Cellular had taken the lead in the penetrating and edifying 3G services in the country through the launch and expansion of its ‘Gold standard’ 3G services and introduction of a range of affordable 3G smartphones.

“Idea has always innovated to support the telecom services penetration in the country. In line with this commitment, we have introduced yet another affordable and fully loaded 3G Smartphone ‘ID-918’. Our first 2 smartphones ‘Blade’ and ‘ID-280’ saw higher uptake due to their multitasking capabilities and vast range of preloaded application. We have noticed good response and rapid uptake of our 3G services due to Idea smarphones’, said Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular. He further added, “The dual-SIM market is fast evolving and we are glad to bring this innovative, feature-rich and stylish smartphone and  a powerful bundle offer to our subscribers.”

Id 918 is the 3rd model in the range of smartphones from Idea Cellular. The unique features of the new handset include: dual SIM, in-built memory card, and changeable covers, all of which are backed by an Idea exclusive offer. Facilitating an easy upgrade to the smartphone, Idea is confident of the new offering increasing 3G handset density in its network by driving early adoption of 3G by its subscribers.

The new Dual Sim Idea smartphone ‘ID-918’ is based on 2.3 Android Operating System (OS). This handset comes with changeable covers and 2GB memory card. It also has a 3.2 MP Camera, 3.2-inch Capacitive (Multi Touch) screen, Micro SD  support up to 32GB, Geo-tagging, GPS Navigator software, FM radio and MP3 Player, WiFi, Bluetooth, Social Media Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, and pre-loaded Google and Youtube, besides a range of other high-end smartphone features and Idea TV. The handset devices can operate as mobile phone, mini-computer, and also acts as a Wi-Fi router. 

All these phone features and its dual-sim capability for very affordable price of INR 5994. Idea ‘ID-918’ offers the most convenient and intuitive experience available for switching between SIM cards – without compromising on features and fun.

The phone has been launched keeping in mind the requirements of the Indian consumers and hence has been affordably priced to ensure rapid uptake by both – 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G, and existing 3G users – especially in the areas of industrial and commercial activity and semi-urban parts of the country which are traditional strongholds of Idea. This phone is positioned as the first smart phone a feature phone user would buy to upgrade his device. Now Smart Phone becomes well in budget of a common man to enjoy various android applications.

As a special introductory offer, Idea is offering data services worth Rs. 2300* with Rs. 259 pack, along with the new 3G smartphones making them the best buys in their respective segments. 

*The Rs. 259 pack offers free subscription to Idea TV for 3 months, 2 GB of data download per month for 3 months, and 10 minutes free every day for 90 days. This special introductory offer is available for both prepaid and postpaid users.

Idea 3G services spread across the country and Idea 3G smartphones ‘Blade’ and ‘ID-280’ have already received an overwhelming response from its subscribers as well as business partners, acknowledging the spread and utilization of the services and ease of usage the phones provide. Idea offers which include 2 GB data for 3 months at 3G speeds, Idea TV free for 3 months and Double Dhamaka offer on 6 recharges and free local minutes have been referred to as value for money with all the features of the high-end android phones, being available in these two phones.

The new Idea 3G smartfones will be available at all major mobile retail stores and Idea outlets across all major cities in India.

Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav Shukla is the editor of If you'd like to reach him, drop an email at '' or connect with him on Twitter (@gauravshukla).

46 thoughts on “Idea Cellular launches dual-SIM ID 918 at INR 5,994 (Update)


    (March 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm)

    why not showing massage in correct position in hindi font


    (February 11, 2015 - 1:12 pm)

    hi friends main jab whatsapp use karta hu tu hindi font usmain nhi pad pata any one give me suggest,that what i have to do?

    Rohit Shende

    (October 4, 2014 - 8:23 pm)

    root the phone buddy


    (April 15, 2013 - 9:19 am)

    Hello koi batao hindi language kaise installed kare

    Tanzeem hussain

    (April 6, 2013 - 9:01 am)

    id 918n is. a 3rd class mo internal memory is only 200mb in samsung 3gb. what will download and delet very low memory how to extend the memory please give me solution


    (February 20, 2013 - 11:07 am)

    Hello friends any one can help me for this, we connect this phone to PC for internet use?
    Reply me

    Prashant Patel

    (January 28, 2013 - 10:51 am)

    how to upgrade android on this phone plz help me.or send ans. to my gmail account


    (December 26, 2012 - 9:19 pm)

    at this link …..i saw that there is a led where is it nd how to use it… plz
    reply guys


    (December 26, 2012 - 9:16 pm)

    For supporting hindi font what can we do with it ??


    (December 15, 2012 - 5:31 pm)

    sur pc shuit kaha milega plase inform me

    harsh pant

    (November 28, 2012 - 10:59 pm)

    how to upgrade android on this phone plz help me.or send ans. to my gmail account


    (November 16, 2012 - 1:04 pm)

    i want to be a idea phone usb driver


    (November 16, 2012 - 12:59 pm)

    i want to be a idea phone pc suite


    (October 16, 2012 - 10:20 pm)

    are iska pc suite konse site se download karu jo phone to pc internet share kar saku.


      (November 6, 2012 - 7:41 pm)

      plz connect it by data cable
      then go to notification bar..there is a option for USB
      then click thethring

      it will connect directly with PC..

      there is no need of PC suite…


        (June 4, 2013 - 12:48 am)

        isse kuch nai hua bhai internet kaise kaam karega koi aur rasta batao bhai with this fone to pc


      (February 7, 2013 - 6:25 pm)

      are iska pc suit konsi side se download karu jo phone to pc internet share kar saku.
      idea id 918 phone ke liye……………………



    (October 15, 2012 - 4:41 pm)

    please send setting my mob. incoming call screen background (wallpaper) delete option


    (September 9, 2012 - 5:00 pm)

    kharab mobile hai direct band kar dete he to softare udd jata hai


    (August 18, 2012 - 5:29 am)

    Please share pc suit download link


    (August 17, 2012 - 9:42 pm)

    I am using this mobile last 4 month… i am very happy, and this is a too good mobile.

    payal patel

    (August 17, 2012 - 8:03 pm)

    THis mobile bateer for samsang Galaxy y and prize bhi achi ha, speed is very fast, icant Bilive but i bilive yar speed for all nokia and samsang

    akhilesh yadav

    (August 9, 2012 - 4:25 pm)

    camera is poor, processro speed very slow, not taking update, not working with pc.


      (August 25, 2012 - 9:07 pm)

      I agreed with akhilesh yadav

      harsh pant

      (November 28, 2012 - 10:55 pm)

      bhai tujhe chalana bhi aata hai mein ye set 3 months se use kr rha hu or ek dam faadu chal rha hai


    (July 4, 2012 - 2:06 pm)

    How much long the battery of this device lasts?


      (August 3, 2012 - 10:39 am)

      Battary level is vary poor. Max 6 hours stand by


    (June 30, 2012 - 6:57 pm)

    ID 918N
    I have purchased this phone.
    My Phone shows that RAM 87MB used and 57 MB Free
    It means it has 144 MB of total RAM
    Its a basic phone that comes with out SWYPE keyboard ,
    If u install SWYPE it will consume abt 16 MB of internal memory and 14 MB of RAM .
    and about processor — as i checked the details of this phone at gsmarean – there are not mentioned the manufacture of the processor .
    and as i analised the perfomace , It is really poor .
    Camera Quality – in DAY LIGHT – its ok not good.
    But in night of Low light —- It is very poor.
    PC SUITE FOR THIS — i have downloaded it from ALCATEL website and installed .. It is the worst PC suite that i have ever seen
    I could not manage Contacts.. nothing.
    It does respond at all .. very poor graphics and user interface ….

    and there were four pre-installed application that needed updates…I have not updated due to lack of memory .
    and ya the Key board is not good.
    over all – if u want to see a android phone with IDEA TAG in your hand — then its OK .
    But u want a decent phone that is easy to use and good performance .
    Its not the right choice
    i think micromax or others like them might be better .
    But it is really not a good phone
    in this price range — go for ” Galaxy POCKET or Y Duos”
    I purchased it in 5500 .


      (August 12, 2012 - 11:05 am)

      plz send me pc suite download link for idea id918 mobile


      (August 18, 2012 - 5:24 am)

      Please share pc suit for download link

      arif khan

      (September 4, 2012 - 11:01 am)

      I dea 918 ka pc suit kaha se milega yaar?? Plzz tell to koi khaas badhiya nhi h.


    (June 30, 2012 - 5:14 pm)

    How can switch on blue tooth in this set


      (October 13, 2012 - 2:24 pm)

      i want to puchase idea 918 mobile
      plz advice

    Hemant sharma

    (June 29, 2012 - 12:25 am)

    Hello, It seems to be a good phone as compare to its MRP .
    It costs about 5500 Rupees here in local market of JAIPUR .
    You can use it for internet at PC .
    Here i wana ask ..
    1. It comes with in-ear ear phone , or normal ear phone ?
    2. Does it support Multi touch functionality (i.e Pinch to zoom , )
    3. can we receive calls at 2G sim card while using 3G internet service either at PC or phone ?
    4. This phone is SIM LOCKED or UNLOCKED . means to say , can we use other networks SIM in this phone.
    5. It is Dual stand by phone or not…
    6. Does it have GPU (Graphical Processing Unit ) .
    These thing are important to know , Please answer , If u have
    Thank you .
    hmtyit-widget at


    (June 27, 2012 - 5:44 pm)

    can we play game?


    (June 26, 2012 - 7:33 pm)

    can we connect this phone to PC for internet use?


    (June 26, 2012 - 7:29 pm)

    does this phone support Hindi language?


      (August 19, 2012 - 10:55 am)

      no it does not support hindi fonts…


    (June 25, 2012 - 10:52 am)

    is this phone is dual active sim phone ?
    what is the processor speed?


      (June 25, 2012 - 11:17 am)

      can any one answer this query?


    (June 18, 2012 - 4:11 pm)

    At flipkart the screen resolution is given as 480×320 and not 480×800. Please clearify.


    (June 18, 2012 - 1:35 pm)

    can we access android app store ?

      Sangeet Khatri

      (June 18, 2012 - 10:08 pm)

      Ofcourse, it has Android inside it and hence you can.
      But you cannot access the apps made for the ICS as it doesn’t have ICS but there aren’t still may apps that exclusively need ICS


      (June 30, 2012 - 5:13 pm)

      I have purchased this idea918,it was not suport the internet browsing.


        (July 8, 2012 - 2:18 pm)

        Its not true I used it. camera is poor in night but in day its good


    (June 15, 2012 - 10:18 pm)

    Whats the processor speed?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *