The mobile network space in India is getting more and more competitive by the day, with network operators launching new plans and offerings practically on a weekly basis at this point. The biggest competition is among the three key operators in the country – Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio – as each tries to win over and retain their subscriber base. Airtel now has a new prepaid plan, made specially for its voice-calling focused users, priced at Rs 289.
News of the plan comes courtesy of a report by Telecom Talk, with the benefits being geared towards voice calling. The Rs 289 plan offers unlimited voice calling across India, with free calls applicable even when roaming within the country. Users also get 100 SMS per day, along with 1GB of data on speeds up to 4G on the Airtel network. The plan is valid for 48 days, which is a daily cost of about Rs 6.
The plan is primarily meant for users who intend to place a lot of voice calls, and has no fair-usage policy on the voice calling. Furthermore, the plan is available for users across the country, rather than limited to only certain circles. The plan is ideally suited for feature phone users, but even those with a basic smartphone will see benefit in the plan, thanks to the 1GB of data available. It’s important to note that 1GB over 48 days isn’t a lot, and heavy data users would be better suited by Airtel’s other data-centric plans.
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Interestingly, Jio still has the price advantage with its Rs 98 prepaid plan. The plan is valid for 28 days and offers unlimited voice calling, 100 SMS per day and 2GB data for the validity period. However, users on Airtel, which currently has superior connectivity and a larger subscriber base than Jio across India, will benefit from this new voice-focused plan.