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Amid competition from Reliance Jio and Vodafone, Airtel launches Rs 299 plan with no data

This new voice-only plan from Bharti Airtel comes with a validity of 45 days.

  • Published: July 22, 2018 3:21 PM IST
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Telecom companies in India are these days battling to offer as many benefits as possible (especially data) for the least amount of money. Amid this heavy competition, Bharti Airtel has quietly launched a plan that offers quite a few things, but no data at all.

Airtel’s new Rs 299 plan offers unlimited voice calling, and a validity of 45 days. Users also get 100 SMS per day, but as mentioned, no data, TelecomTalk reports. It is currently unclear, if the free SMS in this plan are valid while on roaming.

These days when all the buzz is around how much data a particular plan offers, Airtel’s move comes as a bit of a surprise. Having said that, it does come across as a great plan for people who are constantly on the move and their work entails a lot of calling. From that perspective, this Rs 299 plan comes across as a good option for a secondary device.

At this price range, Airtel also offers Rs 249 and Rs 349 combo plans that offer unlimited voice calling and oodles of data. But these plans come with a validity of only 28 days. There is also a Rs 199 plan that offers unlimited voice calling without FUP, 1.4GB of data per day, and 100 SMS per day. Again this plan is only valid for 28 days.

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In essence, Airtel’s plans don’t have any cap on the voice calls, which has been one of the effects of Reliance Jio. In comparison, the likes of Vodafone and Idea Cellular have caps on their plans. These telcos are limiting voice calls to 250 minutes per day, and 1,000 minutes per week. During the validity period, these telcos also only allow calling to 300 unique numbers.

  • Published Date: July 22, 2018 3:21 PM IST