Friday, 3 March 2017

Reliance Jio effect: Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone announces offers with free data, unlimited calling

Last month Reliance Jio announced Jio Prime Membership, under which Jio users have to pay a one-time enrollment fee of Rs. 99, than Rs. 303 per month from April 2017 to continue enjoying Happy New Year offer (unlimited mobile browsing w/ FUP of 1GB per day, unlimited voice and video calls, 100 SMS/ day and access to Jio's premium suite of apps) for another year (till 31, March, 2018).

Now as countermeasures, India's leading telecos, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, are launching special plans for their subscribers, somewhat similar to what Jio Prime Membership offers.

Airtel is offering two packs of Rs. 145 and Rs. 343 (up to 349). The Rs. 145 pack offers 2GB data per month plus unlimited local and national calls. The Rs. 344 packs gives Airtel subscribers 1GB data per day (500MB during day + 500MB between 3am and 5am) with unlimited calls to any network. Airel says, the offer is valid only till March 31, and those who recharge will get the same benefits for the next 12 months.

Vodafone's new plan is priced at Rs. 346/342 (up to Rs. 349), and offers 1GB of 3G or 4G data every day (28GB total), along with unlimited free calls. Once the pack is recharged, the tariff will be available for Vodafone customers for one year, for the same monthly recharge of Rs. 346.

Upon first recharge, Vodafone users will get double data (28 x 2 = 56GB) with 1GB FUP per day plus unlimited free calls with double validity of 56 days. The offer will be valid till March 15, meaning after the said date, the plan will not be available.

Priced at Rs. 348 per month, Idea Cellular's new plan offers unlimited voice calls on any network and 500MB of 4G data every day. The packs comes with a validity of 28 days. Unfortunately not all Idea's subscribers will be able to take advantage of this plan, as Idea says, the pack is being offered to those subscribers who don't consume data much.

It's worth mentioning that all these offer are available only for select customers and not to all. 


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