Retorting to the economical services provided by the new entrant Reliance Jio, other leading network services in the market have constantly been trying to offer competitive data and voice plans. After Airtel recently announced free voice calls across India bundled with 300 MB of 4G data at Rs 145 , Idea cellular, and Vodafone have now stepped up their game by launching two unlimited voice calling recharge packs. Also Read - Airtel introduces new postpaid plans with more data, refreshes Family postpaid plans tooAlso Read - JioFiber broadband plans with free Netflix subscription: Check plans, price, data benefits, more
These unlimited voice calling packs are priced at Rs 148 and Rs 348. They allow users to make calls free of any additional charge across the country. The two unlimited voice calling packs also include free data benefits. The Rs 348 voice calling pack offers free local and STD calls to any network in the country. Along with the unlimited calls, under the pack, Idea users also get 1GB of 4G data. On the other hand, the Rs 148 recharge pack limits users to only Idea-to-Idea unlimited local and STD calls, and provides 4G users with 300MB of mobile data. Also Read - Airtel partners with Intel for its 5G network development: Details here
Both the Rs 348 and Rs 148 packs come with a validity of 28 days. Also note, if a user s device does not support 4G, the data benefits are limited to 50MB in both the recharge packs. Also, the prices of the unlimited calling packs may vary from circle to circle.
These unlimited calling packages by Idea cellular come just a day after Airtel announced a new scheme that gives its users free voice local and STD calls. Similar to the Idea s plans, Airtel is offering two packs, priced at Rs 145 and Rs 345. With the first Rs 145 pack, 4G smartphone users get 300MB of 4G data with free local and STD Airtel to Airtel calls. For internet-enabled feature phones, customers get 50MB of data in addition to free Airtel to Airtel calls. The pack is valid for 28 days and is available for customers across India. ALSO READ: Airtel offers free local and STD calls, but there s a catch
The other data pack offers 1GB of data to 4G smartphone users along with free local and STD calls to any network in India. Like the previous pack, it offers 50MB data in addition to free calls to any network to customers with basic mobile phones. The validity of the pack is 28 days and is available for all Airtel users in India.
While these leading telecom service providers in the country, are really cutting close in terms of pricing with what Reliance Jio offers to its prepaid users, with its cheapest services in the world , they still stand a step behind. You ask why? Well, unlike Airtel and Idea cellular unlimited voice calling offers, there are no hidden terms and conditions applied to Reliance Jio s offer. While right now Reliance Jio users are under its free offer , which was recently extended to March 31, 2017 under it Happy New Year Offer , even after the service becomes chargeable, the voice calls and SMS, and incomings on national roaming, remains free for all its users for lifetime. On the other hand, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone s offers come with a validity of 28 days. ALSO READ: Mukesh Ambani announces Reliance Jio Happy New Year Offer, here s everything you need to know
Additionally, where Reliance Jio really takes away the cake is that it offers many other added benefits to what Airtel, Idea or Vodafone plan to provide. Added to free voice calls and SMS, Reliance Jio users also get free access to Jio s suite of apps, including JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioXpressNews, JioSecurity, JioDrive, JioMags and JioMoney among others.
The plans by Airtel and Idea compete against the cheapest plan offered by Reliance Jio, which starts from Rs 149 per month. It offers free voice calls, 0.3GB of data, unlimited access to Jio apps, and 100 SMS.