Reliance Jio 4G, Airtel and Vodafone have come up with their own version of 'free' data plans till December 31, 2016. We take a look at all the three offers.
Reliance Jio 4G vs Airtel vs Vodafone: Reliance Jio 4G launch in the country has forced all major telecom operators to mend their ways, much to the delight of consumers. While Jio is offering free 4G data as part of its welcome offer till December 31, 2016, Airtel and Vodafone have also come up with new plans to stop their existing customers from switching over to Jio 4G, but with several riders.
Here we take a look at the free 4G data plans offered by the three telecom operators till December 31 and compare which is the best for you.
Reliance Jio 4G free data plan till December 31, 2016
With Reliance Jio 4G SIM, you can get free unlimited voice calls (local and STD), with free roaming across the country. Jio 4G comes up with free 4G data services with a cap of 4GB usage per day till December 31. The SIM provides access to high-speed internet, almost throughout the day, and across the country because of Jio’s huge network.
You can get Jio 4G SIM for free at Reliance digital stores and several other outlets across the country. To operate the SIM, you will need a 4G-enabled phone. The Jio SIM preview offer is available on a number of handsets. You can also buy LYF 4G phones which come with free Jio SIM for as low as Rs 2,999.
However, there are some problems with Jio 4G as well. a) Because of huge demand, some customers are facing it difficult to procure Jio SIM at Reliance digital stores. The company is trying its best to make the SIM available. b) Poor phone connectivity: At present, it is often difficult to make a call in one attempt. This is because other operators have allegedly not provided sufficient point of interconnectivity to Jio. The matter is now pending in court.
Airtel free 4G data plan till December 31, 2016
Airtel is offering a 15 GB data pack for 90 days for Rs 1495. Currently available in Delhi, the company plans to launch the scheme in other circles soon. Once you have consumed 15 GB data, you can use the Airtel App for ‘free’ 15 GB additional data. Once you have consumed 30 GB data, the internet speed will be automatically reduced to 2G.
Airtel offers good connectivity and 4G/3G internet speed across the country. It is easier to make calls with Airtel SIM than the Jio SIM. However, the free data service offered by Airtel has several riders. Firstly, it is not literally free. You have to pay Rs 1495 for the service. Unlike Jio, you won’t get 4G speed after consuming 30 GB data.
Vodafone free 4G data plan till December 31, 2016
Vodafone, the second largest telecom operator has also made a pitch for competing with Jio and Airtel offers. The company has rolled out a ‘free’ data plan offering 10 GB 4G mobile data at the cost of 1 GB data. But it is only for Vodafone consumers with new smartphones. You will get additional 9GB 4G mobile data when you will recharge for the 1 GB plan, which is available for Rs 250/28 days. The new plan can be availed till December 31, 2016 by both prepaid and postpaid consumers.
The new service is available in circles which offer Vodafone’s 3G/4G services. The offer will be applicable on only those 4G smartphones which were not used on Vodafone network in the last 6 months. Also, customers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata will get 9GB of 4G data if the subscribers recharge with 1GB or above scheme. However, the customers in Uttar Pradesh (West), Uttar Pradesh(East), Haryana, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal ,Kerala , Tamil Nadu , Maharashtra & Goa, Assam, North East states, Rajasthan will get 9GB of 3G data but only on 4G handset during limited time between 12 AM to 6 AM if the subscriber recharges with 1GB or above plan. (See images to check other data plans of the company)
The free scheme comes with several riders. First, a customer will need a new 4G smartphone for the ‘free’ service. Secondly, the company offers only 9GB free data and charges for the 1 GB at the present rate. Third, Vodafone doesn’t have 4G network across the country, so you will have to be content with 3G speed, should you opt for it.
(With agency inputs)