1. Reliance Jio impact: Airtel to now offer 10GB 4G data for Rs 259

Reliance Jio impact: Airtel to now offer 10GB 4G data for Rs 259

Under the new offer, customers with new smartphones will be entitled to 10GB 4G data on a recharge of Rs 259. The offer is limited to 4G handsets and can be availed within 30 days from the purchase of a handset. However, pack prices may vary from circle to circle.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 6:12 PM
Big boost for Reliance Jio: Bharti Airtel agrees to provide additional PoIs to Mukesh Ambani's telecom venture Ajai Puri, director – market operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are proud to have pioneered 4G network for users in India. This invitational offer has been designed for our data savvy customers who can now experience high speed broadband on Airtel’s 4G network with their new devices.”

The country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced yet another affordable high speed data offer for its customers purchasing new 4G mobile handsets. Bharti as well as the other incumbent operators have been unveiling cheaper data offers to counter the tariff packages unveiled by Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Under the new offer, customers with new smartphones will be entitled to 10GB 4G data on a recharge of Rs 259. The offer is limited to 4G handsets and can be availed within 30 days from the purchase of a handset. However, pack prices may vary from circle to circle.

The user will get 1GB data credited instantly and the rest 9GB can be claimed by the customer through MyAirtel App. A single user can avail three recharges within 90 days on the offer and each recharge will be valid for a period of 28 days.

Ajai Puri, director – market operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are proud to have pioneered 4G network for users in India. This invitational offer has been designed for our data savvy customers who can now experience high speed broadband on Airtel’s 4G network with their new devices.”

Also read | Reliance Jio may extend your free 4G data period

The offer was initially introduced in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh last week and has now been rolled out on a pan-India basis, across all brands of 4G handsets.

The telcom major had earlier rolled out another lucrative data offer, where consumers were offered 30GB 4G Internet data over a period of 90 days, for Rs 1,495. The company had also slashed its data prices by 80%, soon after Reliance Jio stepped in with its 4G data offering.

Not only Airtel but other incumbent telcos came out with discounted offers after Jio’s launch and free offer.

Vodafone India also introduced the exact same offer as Airtel last month; consumers with new smartphones can avail 10GB 4G data at the price of 1GB. The offer is valid till December 31,2016.

Idea Cellular followed the footsteps of Airtel and Vodafone and offered a 67% discount on its 3G/4G Internet offers earlier. Government-owned BSNL, too, has upped the ante to counter the new entrant in the telecom sector.

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    Anuj kr
    Jan 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    Supperrrrrr looooooo speed jio
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      shaik. mahaboob
      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm
      4G working Samsung ace3 GT7275R ?
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        Stephen
        Oct 20, 2016 at 11:37 am
        What about existing 4G users? Do they have a buy a new smartphone to avail this offer? Is is not unethical?
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          mahender singh
          Oct 20, 2016 at 10:13 am
          Wha Kya baat ue
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            Nagarajan
            Oct 20, 2016 at 8:33 am
            When Reliance is able to offer free voice calls on its 4G network on purchasing data card why cant the other players offer the same to their customers? What is stopping them from providing this right now?
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              ExAirtel Customer
              Oct 20, 2016 at 9:45 am
              If only Airtel's marketing operations could fully understand the offerings of Relaince Jio and bundle their offerings accordingly. Mr. Puri should have paid attention to the following points at the least:1.) Airtel is offering the 10GB 4G data with new handset purchase only. Where as Reliance Jio earlier launched its offer for specific make and models to create demand in the market and then made the offer available with existing as well as new handsets. It seems Airtel as of now is more interested in customers buying new handsets and is ignoring the existing mobile users whose nos. are far more than those buying new mobile phones in a day.2.) Airtel is giving this connection as prepaid valid for 28 days only and then needs to be recharged. The user can avail three recharges within 90 days on the offer and each recharge will be valid for a period of 28 days.However Reliance Jio offered the connection valid till 31st December 2016 as preview offer without the need to be recharged. Post launch Reliance Jio revealed that the unlimited preview offer is restricted to 4GB per day which amounts to 120 GB per month. Clearly Airtel is giving 1/12th of what Reliance Jio is offering.3.) Airtel is charging Rs. 259/- as a recharge 10GB 4G data whereas Reliance Jio is completely free.4.) Airtel is only providing 10GB 4G data while Reliance Jio is providing free calls, free sms, movies, music extra free for 3 months under the preview / welcome offer.5.) Last but not the least Airtel although the biggest service provider in India is blocking calls from Reliance Jio nos. Seems Airtel not prepared to take on their rival in a fair and square compeion. As said history repeats itself. The same tactics were used years back when Reliance was launched. Time to grow up Airtel. Customers wants affordable service not dada giri.
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                herrrrroo
                Oct 24, 2016 at 8:20 am
                Jiiioooo 4G seCute to mera 2G heeeeeiiii
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                  herrrrroo
                  Oct 24, 2016 at 8:18 am
                  SuuuuuuuuuuupeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrLowwwwwwww speeddddd jioooooo net
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                    err
                    Oct 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                    Airtel is useless and it has to fall, it is not supporting in MNP in true sense. let Jio to teach a lesson for its arrogance.
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