It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Jio’s arrival on the Indian telecom scene completely took its rivals by surprise. To counter Jio’s ultra-affordable data and voice packs, competitors like Airtel and Vodafone had to completely rework their offerings. The tariff war that thus started is still going on, as telcos continue to one up each other by outing new and better plans practically every other day.
So, among the three biggies of the Indian telecom sector – Airtel, Vodafone, and Jio – which one has the best prepaid offerings under Rs 300? Let’s find out!
Rs 149: Having a validity of 28 days, this plan offers 1.5GB of 4G data daily, giving users 42GB of data per month. Once the FUP (Fair Usage Policy) limit is crossed, the network speed is throttled to 64Kbps. Apart from this, the pack comes with unlimited voice calls, 100 text messages per day, and complimentary access to Jio’s entire bouquet of apps and related services.
Rs 198: For those who think 1.5GB per day isn’t going to cut it for them, Jio has a Rs 198 plan, which bumps the daily data allowance to 2GB. A validity of 28 days means 56GB of 4G data per month, which is more than enough for most people. Needless to say, the pack comes with unlimited voice calling benefits, 100 text messages per day, as well as access to the entire suite of Jio’s apps and services.
Rs 299: This plan is perfect for those who need to be connected almost 24×7. It offers 3GB of 4G data every day and has a validity of 28 days. Once the FUP limit is crossed, the network speed drops to 64Kbps. There’s unlimited voice calls (local and STD, with roaming), as well as 100 text messages per day included in the package. Users also get complimentary access to all of Jio’s digital services.
Rs 199: Airtel’s combo plan has a validity of 28 days and competes directly with Jio’s similarly-priced plan. It offers 1.4GB of 4G data per day (as opposed to 2GB/day on Jio’s Rs 198 plan). The total monthly data allowance thus offered comes out to be 39.2GB. Other than that, there’s unlimited voice calls thrown into the mix, as well as 100 text messages per day.
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Rs 199: Vodafone’s basic plan comes with a 28-day validity and offers 1.4GB of daily data. The total monthly data allowance thus translates to 39.2GB. Other benefits included in the mix are unlimited voice calls, and 100 text messages per day. In summation, this plan is the same as Airtel’s similarly-priced plan.
Rs 255: Competing with Jio’s Rs 198 plan, Vodafone’s offering gives prepaid customers 2GB of 4G data per day. With a validity of 28 days, this translates to a monthly data allowance of 56GB. Apart from that, the pack has unlimited voice calls, 100 text messages, and complimentary access to live TV, movies etc., through Vodafone Play app.
Comparing the plans of the three major telcos, it’s evident that Jio’s offerings come with the most bang for buck. However, if you’re already on Vodafone or Airtel, your operators aren’t far behind and are also offering a lot of value for your money.