A report by the Economic Times suggests that India’s top telecom providers Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Tata Teleservices are cutting down on freebies to increase their profit margins. The report in particular talks about slashing freebies and talk time on pre-paid vouchers. While this is nothing new as the telecom service providers have been on a spree to boost profit margins, it is nonetheless detrimental to consumers especially in a market like India where 96 percent of the cellphone connections are prepaid. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, more
The report notes that over the last two weeks the telecom operators have subtly tweaked their plans to this effect. For instance Airtel has reduced the validity of its discount voucher from 90 days to 60 days and similarly Idea has increased the price of the discount voucher from Rs 72 to Rs 97. Vodafone, on the other hand has, reduced the number of minutes offered on its ‘minutes pack’ and Tata telecom has also similarly reduced the amount of seconds in its ‘STD seconds pack’. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?