Vodafone cuts 4G data price to Rs 25/GB to combat Reliance Jio, offers freebies

By: | Updated: September 27, 2016 6:42 PM

The country’s second largest telecom operator, Vodafone India on Monday jumped into the race to provide cheap data to its prepaid 4G customers to counter the threat posed by Reliance Jio Infocomm, reports fe Bureau in New Delhi.

The move follows the country’s largest operator Bharti Airtel unveiling its data pack last week that provided 30 GB data for 90 days at R1,495 making the per-GB cost R50. (Reuters)The move follows the country’s largest operator Bharti Airtel unveiling its data pack last week that provided 30 GB data for 90 days at R1,495 making the per-GB cost R50. (Reuters)

The country’s second largest telecom operator, Vodafone India on Monday jumped into the race to provide cheap data to its prepaid 4G customers to counter the threat posed by Reliance Jio Infocomm, reports fe Bureau in New Delhi. The move follows the country’s largest operator Bharti Airtel unveiling its data pack last week that provided 30 GB data for 90 days at R1,495 making the per-GB cost R50.

Vodafone’s offer is even lower, at R25 per GB, but it is not open like Bharti’s for all existing customers. In the case of Vodafone, only new 4G subscribers with new 4G handsets can avail the offer, which provides 10 GB data at the price of 1 GB for a 90-day period. Currently, the minimum charge for 1 GB data by Vodafone is R250.
Voda’s move is also to counter Jio, where the per-GB rate works out to R50, but if compared with Jio’s 10 GB plan it works out cheaper.

However, Jio’s offer comes with a host of other freebies. Further, Jio is offering everything free till December 31.
“The additional data provided on these packs will make the internet more affordable for customers who use mobile internet in a limited way and encourage first time users to come online. It will also enable existing users of data enjoy their mobile internet experience further by staying online longer and accessing more of their favourite content,” the company said, adding it would also extend free subscriptions to TV, movies and music apps on Vodafone Play.
Another catch in Vodafone’s new pack is that 9 GB will be credited to consumers only if they subscribe to a 1 GB pack between midnight and 6 am.

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