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Reliance Jio 4G vs Airtel vs Vodafone: 4G, voice calls, SMS tariffs compared

As expected, Reliance Jio has announced disruptive tariff plans for its voice and data services. We compared the plans with the current offerings from Airtel and Vodafone. Here’s how they fare.

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Earlier today, at the annual general meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the launch of Reliance Jio 4G LTE services. With its next-generation 4G LTE and VoLTE services, the telecom operator aims to offer high speed internet and content services at affordable prices. Reliance Jio is grabbing all the headlines for its disruptive pricing of voice and data services. The company announced that all outgoing voice calls will be free for lifetime. And when it comes to data tariff, you get 1GB of data for Rs 50, which is the lowest in the world. Weeks before the official launch, incumbent network operators such as Airtel and Vodafone had already started feeling the heat and dropped their data prices by offering up to 67 percent more data. We compared the data tariff of Reliance Jio with Airtel and Vodafone in Mumbai, and here’s how they fare.

Reliance Jio’s commercial launch is set to take place on September 5, and as an introductory offer, customers get unlimited voice calls and unlimited mobile data till December 31 2016. The company is also offering unlimited access to Reliance Jio suite of apps till December 2017, which otherwise costs Rs 15,000 per year. However, the data consumed while watching live TV, listening to music or watching on-demand movies will be debited from the free data that users get with Reliance Jio plans. This is probably to keep Net Neutrality. After the introductory offer ends on December 31 2016, Reliance Jio users can use plans from Rs 149 a month, all the way up to Rs 4,999 a month. There are also special data plans starting at Rs 19 per day to Rs 299, valid for 21 days. Let’s take a quick look at the plans and the benefits that you get.

To begin with, any pack from Rs 19 to Rs 4,999, gives you unlimited outgoing calls to local and STD numbers, which is also applicable when you’re roaming within India. You also get unlimited SMS (except for Rs 149 plan), unlimited 4G at night (between 2AM to 5AM) and unlimited access to Jio apps, which costs Rs 1,250 per month. Reliance Jio will also be deploying one million JioNet Wi-Fi hotspots across India by next year, and the tariff plans also include some data accessible on those. So, let’s say you’re at a railway station or a coffee shop or a shopping mall with JioNet hotspot connectivity, you can turn off mobile data and access the internet via the hotspot. The data consumption here will be from the Wi-Fi hotspot allowance. In case of other operators, you have buy voice and data plan separately. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G tariff plans announced, prices start from Rs 19

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 19/day)

Vodafone (Rs 12/day)

Airtel (Rs 23/three days)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

SMS

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

Data

100MB

50MB

90MB

Now, the Rs 19 pack on Reliance Jio gives you 100MB of data, 200MB JioNet data, unlimited SMS, voice calls, and unlimited night access — with validity of one day. In comparison, Vodafone has Rs 12 4G pack with one day validity and 50MB of data, whereas Airtel has Rs 23 pack that offers 90MB data and validity of three days. These are prepaid packs of Vodafone and Airtel. Once the data is consumed, you will be charged 4p/10kb, which is Rs 4 per MB, whereas Reliance Jio is charging 5p/MB or Rs 50 per GB!

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 199 for 7 days)

Vodafone (Rs 102 for 10 days)

Airtel (Rs 145 for 14 days)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

SMS

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

Data

750MB + 1.5GB JioNet Wi-Fi

300MB

580MB

Reliance Jio’s Rs 199 pack comes with a validity of seven days, and same unlimited voice, sms and night data benefits. In terms of data, you get 750MB mobile data and 1.5GB JioNet hotspot data. Airtel has Rs 145 plan with 580MB of data and 14 days validity, whereas Vodafone has Rs 102 pack with 300MB data for 10 days. Neither of the two packs have any voice calling or SMS benefits. ALSO READ: 10 things you should know about Reliance Jio 4G LTE launch and tariff plans

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 299 for 21 days)

Vodafone (Rs 250/month)

Airtel (Rs 250/month)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

SMS

Unlimited

N.A

N.A

Data

2GB + 4GB JioNet Wi-Fi

1GB

1GB

There is another Rs 299 pack on Reliance with validity of 21 days, 2GB mobile data and 4GB JioNet data. Both Vodafone (postpaid) and Airtel (both prepaid and postpaid) have Rs 250 pack with 1GB of data and validity for a month. Airtel is also offering ‘Happy Hours’ plan for prepaid subscribers, where 50 percent of data consumed during3AM and 5AM will be credited back. So, if you download 100MB content during these two hours, 50MB will be credited back.

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 499 for 28 days)

Vodafone (Rs 499/month)

Airtel (Rs 455/month)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

700 minutes

N.A

SMS

Unlimited

500

N.A

Data

4GB + 8GB JioNet Wi-Fi

2GB

3GB

Other plans of Reliance Jio offer a validity of 28 days. Rs 199 pack offers 300MB data, but no JioNet data. Then there is Rs 499 plan, which offers 4GB data and 8GB JioNet data. In comparison, Vodafone has Rs 499 plan (Vodafone RED) with 1GB data, 700 local and national minutes and 500 text messages, whereas and Airtel has Rs 455 plan with 3GB data, without voice and video calling. ALSO READ: How Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is cashing in on India’s dual-SIM market with ‘data-giri’

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 999 for 28 days)

Vodafone (Rs 999/month)

Airtel myPlan Infinity (Rs 949/month)

Airtel myPlan Infinity (Rs 1,199/month)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

2,000 minutes

Unlimited (local)

Unlimited (local and national)

SMS

Unlimited

500

100 per day

100 per day

Data

10GB + 20GB JioNet Wi-Fi

3GB

1GB

1GB

The Rs 999 plan on Reliance Jio offers 10GB data and 20GB JioNet Wi-Fi. Vodafone RED plan of Rs 999 offers 2,000 minutes of calling, 500 text messages and 3GB data. Airtel, on the other hand, has two myPlan Infinity plans priced at Rs 949 and Rs 1,199. The 949 plan offers unlimited local calls, 100 SMS per day and 1GB data, whereas the Rs 1,199 plan offers unlimited local and national calls, 100 SMS per day, 1GB data, unlimited roaming and access to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies.

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 1,499 for 28 days)

Airtel myPlan Infinity (Rs 1,599/month)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

Unlimited (local and national)

SMS

Unlimited

100 per day

Data

20GB + 40GB JioNet Wi-Fi

5GB

The Rs 1,499 plan on Jio offers 20GB mobile data and 40GB JioNet data, whereas the Rs 1,599 Airtel myPlan Infinity offers unlimited calls, roaming, access to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and 5GB of data.

Benefits

Reliance Jio (Rs 2,499 for 28 days)

Airtel myPlan Infinity (Rs 2,999/month)

Voice Calls

Unlimited

Unlimited (local and national)

SMS

Unlimited

100 per day

Data

35GB + 70GB JioNet Wi-Fi

20GB

For more heavy data users, Relinace Jio has Rs 2,499 plan with 35GB data and 70GB JioNet data, whereas Airtel myPlan Infinity priced at Rs 2,999 offers unlimited voice local and national voice calls, unlimited roaming, access to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies and 20GB data. Reliance also has Rs 3,999 plan with 60GB data and 120GB JioNet data, and Rs 4,999 plan with 75GB data and 150GB JioNet data. But, Airtel and Vodafone don’t have plans that high.

As we can see in the plans, Reliance Jio’s aggressive plans are here to disrupt the market. It will be interesting to see how other operators react and bring competitive pricing to answer Jio. We have been trying Reliance Jio, both on LYF smartphone and via JioFi 2 portable hotspot device and the speeds have been pretty good so far, ranging between 4Mbps to 27Mbps. However, with Reliance Jio aiming for 100 million subscribers, it remains to be seen if the network is capable of handing that many users, or will fizzle out as number of subscribers join the network.

  • Published Date: September 1, 2016 7:48 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 1, 2016 7:50 PM IST