Reliance Jio, from April 1, will become chargeable for 4G data services on its network. This is because the freebies are finally ending. Here's a look at what BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are offering.
Reliance Jio, from April 1, will become chargeable for 4G data services on its network. This is because the freebies are finally ending. Yet, Jio is offering data packs at really aggressive prices. Reliance Jio had announced its plans in the country in 2016, and since then an interesting tariff war among telecom companies has spewed. Many rivals like Airtel and Vodafone have accused Jio of disrupting the telecom market. In a bid to compete, rivals Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL and Idea Cellular have also announced similar offers. Meanwhile, today is the last day to buy the Reliance Jio Prime membership, since the Happy New Year offer were scheduled to end on March 31 itself.
As private companies like Airtel and Vodafone have decided to counter Jio with their own data packs competitively priced, even public sector companies like BSNL have not lagged behind. This essentially means that ther cannot be a better time to be a mobile internet user in India. Here is a look at Reliance Jio’s data packs they are offering to Prime and non-Prime members. Also, look at the competitive prices that incumbents Vodafone, Airtel, Idea Cellular and BSNL are offering.
Jio users will have to pay a subscription fee of Rs 99 if they wish to continue using the freebies in the Happy New Year offer. Additionally, users will have to shell out Rs 303 every month to continue accessing Jio’s 4G services and also the full bouquet of Jio’s media services for one year. Also, voice calling, as promised, will always remain free on Jio numbers. Alike the previous ‘Happy New Year’ offer, the Prime membership too will provide users with a FUP limit of 1GB data for each day. Effectively it translates to 30GB data for a month, meaning Rs 10 per day.
Vodafone, a while back, had rolled out a recharge pack priced at Rs 346 which comes with 28GB of mobile internet and unlimited free calls. Vodafone has also put a 1GB data cap on free usage, after which the user will be charged. “Vodafone customers are diverse as are their wants. To satisfy these diverse needs and wants, Vodafone offers various segmented propositions. This is one such segmented offering and the offer is valid only until 15 March,” Vodafone said in an official statement.
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Airtel’s prepaid recharge plan is of Rs 345 which gives the users 1GB of 4G data per day, along with free local, STD calls. Meanwhile, there are terms and conditions of the data usage. 500MB during the day, 500MB during the night. Customers, in order to avail the service, has to sign up before March 31and the recharge will apply for the next 11 months after the deadline. Users should have a 4G smartphone with 4G support.
Other things to know: Unlimited local and STD calls, and 28GB data for 28days. The data is divided as daily 500 MB during the day and same for the night (12AM-6AM). According to the Airtel recharge website, the offer still reflects for Airtel subscribers in Delhi and Tamil Nadu circles. The network provider has not said anything on these offers, officially. Some of its offers have been present on Airtel numbers since a long time now.
Airtel has finally revealed what its Suprise offers are, by offering 30GB of free data. The Airtel Surprise offer is valid for a period of three months from March 13. The monthly limit for the offer is 10GB per month. The offer is valid only for postpaid users, and the subscribers will get 10GB of free data each month, which will total up to 30GB. The deadline for users to avail this offer is March 31.
To counter the threat from Reliance Jio, state-run telecom firm BSNL today launched a new plan that offers 2 GB of 3G data per day and unlimited calling within its network for Rs 339. ‘The benefits customer will get under the Combo STV (special tariff voucher) of Rs 339 are unlimited calls in BSNL network and unlimited data with fair use policy of 2 GB per day with the validity of 28 days,’ BSNL said in a statement. State-owned telecom corporation Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd today in a statement here said it has ‘decided to give a special free offer for smartphone users to promote Digital India drive and to increase internet users in prepaid mobile services’. The offer would be available on a pan-India basis, it added.
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Idea Cellular has on offer, unlimited voice calling and 0.5 GB data per day for 28 days priced at Rs 348. This means users will get 14GB data per month. Interestingly, the offer by Idea is not available for all. Idea Cellular subscribers will have to check if they are eligible for the deal, on the MyIdea app. Subscribers are needed to have a 4G handset (but not a 4G-enabled SIM) to avail this new offer from Idea.This move by Idea is for low internet users, by encouraging them to use more internet.