Are you still confused in buying best data plan for your smartphone?

First time in India, mobile phone revolution is centred around data, this is kicked off after the launch of Reliance Jio in September 2016. Jio has triggered the price war and forced everyone to reduce their prices. Plummeting of tariff plans is not that easy for telecom player, which could be one of the reason for the largest merger of two biggest telecom operators in Indian telecom industry Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Both the companies came together when the sector is witnessing the stiff competition as far as tariffs are concerned. In this tariff war exits of small telecom players in inevitable.

Another challenge for telecom players is to upgrade better quality of their network simultaneously. Plunge of tariff  prices is expected to have more subscribers for streaming services like Netflix and amazon prime. This also means there will be more manufacturing opportunity for handset manufacturers which dovetails neatly with the Make in India initiative.

Reliance Jio is offering 4G services at a cost of INR 10 per day (approx.).  Seeking the fact and understanding the need of an hour other telecom players such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL has also launched bundled data plans to retain their customeINR.

Some of the key highlights of data plans are:

  • Reliance Jio is providing 1GB data per day to prepaid and postpaid users
  • Airtel and Vodafone are offering 28GB data for 28 days to prepaid users
  • Idea’s prepaid recharge pack comes with 14GB bundled data

Here we have compared the plans of all the telecom players so that it would be easier for you to decide which is best option for you.

Reliance Jio Prime –  INR. 99 Subscription + INR. 303 recharge pack

With the recharge of INR. 303 prepaid pack you will get an access of 28GB of 4G data for 28 days. Under this plan, prime customer (additional recharge of INR 99 to become prime customer) will be able to use 1GB of 4G data per day, and make unlimited calls. And post paid customer get 30GB go high-speed internet for the same billing cycle.

If you are heavy internet user and 1GB data insufficient for you, then you can get a recharge pack of INR 499, which provides 56GB data to prepaid users, with daily cap of 2GB. Postpaid customers get 60GB of 4G data for the billing cycle, with the FUP set at 2GB per day.

Additionally, under the Reliance Jio Buy One Get One Offer, customers who sign up for Jio Prime plans will get up to 120GB data for free with the INR. 499 Reliance Jio plan. Similarly, those buying the INR. 303 Jio Prime plan can get up to 60GB of data free.

Airtel – INR. 345 recharge pack

Airtel has also come up with the similar plan at a similar price range. Airtel user can use 28GB high speed data for 28 days with the recharge of INR. 345. This offer come with the daily cap of 1GB data, and there is additional cap of using 500MB of data during the day, while the remaining 500MB allotted for the 12am to 6am period. Those who want to skip the restriction of timings can opt for the INR. 549 recharge pack, which comes with 1GB daily FUP, but no limits based on timings.pastedGraphic.png

Both the packs come with free calls, but with various caveats. Customer will get 1200 bundled minutes for 28 days with a cap of 300 minutes per day, after which the charges will be 30p per minute. Additionally, calling more than 100 unique users in a week entails call tariff of 30p per minute for the rest of the validity.

Additionally, Airtel postpaid users will get 30GB free data for 3 months starting from March 13 with a cap of 10GB of data per month, with no daily limits on data consumption. To claim this offer, customers need to go to the MyAirtel app and claim the ‘Airtel Surprise’ before March 31.

Vodafone  – INR. 346 recharge pack

On a similar line Vodafone customer can get INR. 346 recharge pack that comes with 28GB of mobile data and unlimited free calls. Like rivals, Vodafone is also putting a cap of 1GB on free data consumption, after which the consumer will be charged. The offer is valid only till 15 March.

BSNL – INR. 339 recharge pack

Under BSNL offer customer get 2GB of 3G data per day for 28 days and unlimited calls to BSNL network + 25 minutes of free calls per day to other networks with a recharge of INR. 339. Calls beyond the free 25 free minutes are charged at 25p per minute. And who has never used the Internet on its network BSNL is providing 1GB of free data for 28 days.

Idea – INR. 348 recharge pack

Idea users will get 500MB of high-speed data with with unlimited free calls and a total of 14GB data per month on a recharge of INR. 348. Offer is only valid for low data consumer, you can check your eligibility on My Idea app. User only need a 4G handset (but not a 4G-enabled SIM) to avail this offer.  

Reliance Jio Prime  Reliance Jio Prime  Airtel Airtel Vodafone BSNL Idea Cllular
Price INR. 99 + INR. 303 INR. 99 + INR. 303 INR. 345 INR. 549 INR. 346 INR. 339 INR. 348
Type Prepaid Postpaid Prepaid Prepaid Prepaid Prepaid Prepaid
Bundled Data 28GB 30GB 28GB 28GB 28GB 56GB 14GB
Daily FUP 1GB 1GB 500MB Day + 500MB 12 am to 6 am 1GB 1GB 2GB 500MB
Validity 28 Days 1 Billing Cycle 28 Days 28 Days 28 Days 28 Days 28 Days

Notably, only Reliance Jio promises 4G speeds at all times – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea do not make any claims regarding whether the bundled data will be 3G and 4G.

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