Airtel has introduced a new recharge pack to counter Jio’s low validity recharge packs. The Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack offers prepaid customers a benefit of unlimited calling, 100MB of data, and 100 SMSes with a validity of 1 day. The Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack takes on Jio’s Rs 19 recharge pack, which is the smallest tariff offering 1-day data and calling benefits.
The Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack can be bought via both the Airtel website and MyAirtel app. On the Airtel website, enter your Airtel number and the recharge pack will be available on the list where you can purchase it using online payment methods. The customers opting for MyAirtel app will see the recharge pack under the combo tariff list where they can buy it.
The benefits under the Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack are valid for a single day, which means that the data and calling benefits will expire at 11:59 pm on the day of pack activation. The Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack gives unlimited calling – local, national, and roaming – to customers. However, the fine print of the recharge pack reveals that the calls are capped at 250 minutes for the given validity. In addition, the customers will be given 100MB of data, however, it is not clear whether this is 2G, 3G, or 4G data. There are 100 SMSes offered under the recharge pack as well.
Airtel Rs 9 recharge pack is more beneficial to the customers as compared to the Rs 19 recharge pack offered by Reliance Jio. The Jio Rs 19 recharge pack comes with unlimited local, national, and roaming calls, 0.15GB (~150MB) of 4G data, and 20 SMS for a validity of 1 day. After the exhaustion of the given data limit, the speed is revised to 64kbps without incurring any additional cost to the customers. The Jio Rs 19 pack also entitles the customers with the Jio apps subscription valid until the tariff pack validity.
Airtel is continuously feeling the heat of the tariff war and giving out more to the customers to prevent migration to Jio. The telco recently upped the data limits under its Rs 199, Rs 448, and Rs 509 recharge packs to offer 1.4GB to the customers. These recharge packs are bundled with unlimited calls – local, national, and roaming – and daily SMS limits.