Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, has launched several recharge packs for its prepaid customers ranging from Rs 8 to Rs 399. Now, there are slew of plans from companies other than Reliance Jio that also offer 1GB data (or even more in some cases) per day.
State-owned telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched a voice and data centric plan for Rs 429, which will provide unlimited voice and 1 GB data per day for 90 days for prepaid mobile services.
With recharge of Rs 15, Airtel subscribers will be allowed to make calls to the same network at 10 paisa per minute for a period of 27 days.
Rs 40 plan: Rs. 35 talk time with unlimited validity. This offer will be valid for 7 days beyond which users will need to pay Rs 87 more to continue with the offer. With the recharge of Rs 153, JioPhone clients get unlimited 4G data with FUP of 500MB every day and free voice calls and SMS benefits.
Get local+STD calls at 30 paisa/minute, for 56 days.
Airtel to Airtel unlimited calls (local + STD), along with 2G 4G data for 28 days. Alternatively, Airtel users can also opt for the cashback offer the company is providing on recharges.
Voice still constitutes 70% of the revenues of existing telecom players and by making voice free, RJio hurted the revenues of incumbents who had to come up with similar plans to retain their users.
Moreover, there is also sachet revives of Rs 24 for two days validity and Rs 54 for seven days in validity.
Rs 399 plan offers 1 GB data per day at 4G speed along with unlimited local and STD calls. There are no other voice calling incentives in this data-only pack.
Only 1% of Indians spent more than Rs 800 on monthly tariff plans.
Data traffic jumped 400% after Jio blew the competition open with free 4G data on its network. These plans aggressively compete with Jio's Rs. 149, Rs. 349 and Rs. 399 plans. However, once a user exhausts his 90GB quota, the internet speed is reduced to 128 kbps. The pack only comes with free 4GB data, there are no free calls in this pack. It offers that are focused on hourly, nightly, daily and weekly usages. Both Vodafone India's and Idea Cellular's average download speed saw a dip in July 2017, while Airtel's download speeds are marginally increased.
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