comscore Reliance Jio effect: After Airtel, Idea Cellular offers up to 67 percent more 3G, 4G data for postpaid, prepaid subscribers
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Reliance Jio effect: After Airtel, Idea Cellular offers up to 67 percent more 3G, 4G data for postpaid, prepaid subscribers

Reliance Jio's imminent launch has carriers like Idea and Airtel scurrying to slash their existing 3G and 4G data tariffs.

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Idea Cellular has announced another round price cuts for its internet data packs a week after slashing prepaid data tariffs by up to 45 percent. Just like Airtel, Idea Cellular is now offering up to 67 percent more data at the same price for high volume 3G and 4G packs, both for prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Idea Cellular has taken a similar step as Airtel. Also Read - Airtel 5G service rollout: Airtel and Tata Group partner for Made in India 5G network

Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI

These price cuts are aimed at heavy internet users with data tariffs starting from Rs 349. Speaking of which, the Rs 349 pack now offers 2GB data as opposed to 1.5GB before. Similarly, the Rs 649 plan is now offering 5GB data (up from 3GB), while the Rs 990 plan offers 10GB data (up from 6.5GB). A detailed table follows. Also Read - Airtel launches new Rs 456 prepaid plan: Check data, validity, call and other benefits

Idea 4G, 3G BIG Internet Packs

Price

Earlier

Now

Savings

Rs 349

1.5GB

2GB

33 percent

Rs 449

2GB

3GB

50 percent

Rs 649

3GB

5GB

67 percent

Rs 749

4GB

6GB

50 percent

Rs 849

5GB

7GB

40 percent

Rs 990

6.5GB

10GB

54 percent

The carrier has also launched new Freedom Packs, which are its range of low-cost plans. The new Freedom Packs now start from Rs 35 with a validity of four weeks. Last week, Idea slashed prices of its sachet packs by up to 47 percent. A Rs 19 2G pack now offers 110MB data as opposed to 75MB data before. Similarly Rs 145 3G/4G pack now offers 600MB data (up from 450MB). A detailed table follows.

Type

Price

Earlier

Now

Saving

2G

Rs 19

75MB

110MB

47 percent

2G

Rs 31

125MB

180MB

44 percent

4G/3G

Rs 22

65MB

90MB

38 percent

4G/3G

Rs 54

165MB

220MB

33 percent

4G/3G

Rs 145

450MB

600MB

33 percent

The frantic rate at which leading carriers are slashing prices of their data packs can be attributed to the Reliance Jio effect. The company is widely expected to launch its 4G services in India within a month, and with plans eight times cheaper than what is on offer now, it’s not surprising to see the effect on the existing carriers. After the likes of Idea Cellular and Airtel, ET claims that Vodafone too is soon set to follow suit by announcing similar pricing cuts.

Despite still being in the preview phase, Reliance Jio already has over 1.5 million users. This number is also steadily growing as it has been extending its preview program to the likes of Samsung, Apple and now HP. It’s not just telecom operators either, and Jio was recently spotted to have imported IP-based set-top-boxes to India, which could be a hint towards services that will compete against the likes of Tata Sky, and Videocon D2H among others.

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  • Published Date: July 18, 2016 4:17 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 18, 2016 4:24 PM IST



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