comscore Reliance Jio Prime: The Rs 303 and Rs 499 plans are great, but with a catch
News

Reliance Jio Prime: The Rs 303 and Rs 499 plans are great, but with a catch

The grass seems greener on the other side, and here’s what you might be missing.

reliance jio prime membership

Reliance Jio is undoubtedly the fastest growing startup and telecom operator in India. It has managed to reach the 100 million subscribers base milestone within 170 days. That’s a little under 6 months of operation. It’s not a well-guarded secret that mobile data in India comes at a price. It’s Reliance Jio that’s managed to make it affordable for everyone. India got use to free internet with Jio. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI

Also Read - Airtel launches new Rs 456 prepaid plan: Check data, validity, call and other benefits

But all of that was scheduled to change when the free offer by Reliance was to end this March 31. The company has announced Jio Prime membership which brings certain data benefits compared to the usual plan. For instance, the Rs 303 plan with a validity of 28 days offers 1GB of 4G data per day, as highlighted by Reliance Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani during his speech. But as good as it sounds, it comes with a catch. ALSO READ: 5 Reliance Jio milestones Mukesh Ambani revealed at his 100 million subscribers announcement Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check details

Jio Prime membership

The Jio Prime membership is slightly different from the existing Happy New Year offer that ends this month. Jio users can sign up for the membership by paying Rs 99 to continue with existing benefits of 1GB high-speed 4G data per day. Once enrolled, customers need to recharge their accounts with a minimum Rs 149, which offers 2GB of 4G data for a period of 28 days. In addition, Reliance Jio is offering users with free access to its suite of apps such as JioTV to watch live TV on the go, JioCinema – an on-demand movie streaming service, JioMusic – a music streaming service and JioCloud – a cloud storage service among others. However, on speaking to the users I know, and from what I gather from social media, a lot of users believe that the Rs 303 plan and Rs 499 plan offer 28GB and 56GB of data, respectively. Reality doesn’t paint as rosy a picture though. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio Prime: Data plans, how to subscribe, fine print and everything else you need to know

The fine print of the Jio Prime Rs 303 and Rs 499 plans

Both plans offer unlimited data. But speeds get throttled after a certain limit. In the case of the Rs 303 plan, you get 1GB of high-speed 4G data each day. Once you cross this limit, speeds are throttled down to 128Kbps till midnight. Post 12AM, speeds get restored. For those thinking you ll be getting to download 28GB, it may not always be possible. Here’s why.

Let’s assume, you’re the perfect data hog. You might be able to lap up all the data allowance for the day. But there would be days, you’d not be able to hit 1GB. You might be done at around 300 or 700MB. Similarly, in case of the Rs 499 plan, the 2GB data limit per day may not get entirely utilized. Yes, some days are a bit dull. Others hectic with travel. Which also means that by the end of the month, your data usage may just end up to a total of 15GB or 35GB on an average, or less.

Just yesterday, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was looking for a data plan with 20/30GB allowance and Airtel offered a plan costing Rs 2,999. When Sharma expressed his concerns, Reliance Jio was quick to revert saying why pay Rs 2,999, when you can get 56GB in just Rs 499. And here s exactly where the problem lies. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio Prime membership service available from today; new data plans revealed

When we talk about 28GB or 56GB, I would want a no restriction plan, rather than keeping it restricted. Until Jio entered the telecom space, even 1GB or 3GB data was more than enough, with most of us relying on home or office Wi-Fi for access. However, now that most of us are used to Jio connections for streaming videos, updating apps and using it as a Wi-Fi hotspot, it’s emerging as a contender to be the primary data connection for many.

My usage involves updating apps, few hours on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, some video streaming on YouTube, Netflix and Hotstar among others. But these are mostly post work stress busters, and streaming a couple of episodes barely consumes 800MB odd data. During weekends at home, the 1GB and 2GB data limits per day simply don’t work for my binge watching needs. And don’t get me started with good old Windows OS updates. That’s about 3.5GB easily. Waiting a couple of days for an update isn’t really an option for me. And thinking of weekends, there are times I’m just in a mood for a game session rather than watching a movie. Steam (roughly 1.5GB – 2GB), could become a problem with the 1GB/2GB per day restrictions. I reiterate, if you think the Jio Prime plans offer 28GB / 56GB data, you re mistaken. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio Prime members can now get up to 10GB additional data with buy one get one free offer

reliance jio prime plans

What are the alternatives

It’s not the end of the road, though. There’s still hope. Thankfully, Reliance Jio has other plans that could serve your purpose. For example, the Rs 999 plan offers 60GB data upfront with a validity of 60 days. It’s worth noting, that this plan doesn’t come with any daily restrictions. So go on, download to your heart’s content! Which means, you can even download 30GB or the entire 60GB of data in a day, provided the speed permits.

Instead of paying Rs 499 for 28 days and having the 2GB per day restrictions, I d rather pay Rs 999 with a validity of 60 days. Come to think of it, it costs me the same. Only with better data benefits. But as always, there are two sides of the coin. For those who use a maximum of 1 to 2GB of data per day, it’s possible to download up to 112GB during a 60-day period, but with restrictions. But for those who prefer downloading larger blocks of data, a bit of daily data compromise remains, but there are no restrictions.

Similarly, there is a Rs 1,999 plan with 90 days validity and 125GB of data bundled along. Also, there’s a Rs 4,999 plan with 180 days validity and 350GB of bundled data, and a mammoth Rs 9,999 plan with 360 days validity and bundled data of 750GB.

As is the case most of the time, the detail is in the fine print. To each his/her own. Let us know what works best for you – the Rs 303 or the Rs 499 plans with daily download limits, or would you prefer the higher plans without daily data restrictions? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

LG G6 Hands On and First Impressions

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: March 6, 2017 4:59 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Best Sellers