Airtel and Vodafone Idea announced steep tariff hike of up to 50 per cent over the weekend, sending shockwaves all over. The new recharge plans, which will come into effect from December 3, are expected to provide much-awaited relief to the telcos dealing with massive losses and declining average revenue per user (ARPU). Come December 6, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio will also join the bandwagon and raise mobile services rates by up to 40 per cent. Vodafone Idea and Airtel have revised its line of recharge packs with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP), indicating the Jio-pioneered Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) regime is here to stay in the telecom industry.
While the prices of most prepaid recharge plans have gone up, the data benefits of daily data packs remain almost similar. Here’s a look at the new prepaid recharge plans of Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance Jio:
Airtel new prepaid recharge plans
Bharti Airtel has now revised ‘unlimited calling’ plans with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP). This essentially means that the users will be charged at 6 paise per minute once they exceed the number of Airtel to other networks calling minutes. Airtel has not specified the exact FUP limit for each plan like Vodafone.
Airtel new prepaid recharge plan of Rs 19, Rs 49 and Rs 79:
Rs 19 plan: Airtel has not increased the tariff in Rs 19 recharge plan and it continues to offer unlimited calling and 150MB data with a new benefit of 100 SMS to the users. This plan is valid for 2 days.
Rs 49 plan: The rate of old Rs 35 plan has now been upgraded to Rs 49 plan now. The new Rs 49 recharge plan offers talk time worth Rs 38.52 instead of Rs 26.66 and 100MB data with 28 days validity.
Rs 79 plan: Airtel has revamped the Rs 65 plan and it now costs Rs 79. Airtel’s Rs 79 recharge plan offers Rs 63.95 talk time along with 200MB data with 28 days validity.
Airtel new prepaid recharge plan of Rs 148, Rs 248 and Rs 298:
Rs 148 plan: Airtel has increased the price of Rs 129 plan to Rs 148 now. It comes with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, 2GB data benefits with 28 days validity.
Rs 248 plan: Airtel has done away with Rs 169 and Rs 199 recharge plans. The telco has introduced single Rs 248 plan. It offers unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day and 1.5GB data per day for 28 days.
Rs 298 plan: Airtel Rs 249 plan has been revised to Rs 298. The plan continues to offer similar benefits as earlier which includes unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day, 2GB per day and Airtel Thanks benefits for 28 days.
Airtel new prepaid recharge plan of Rs 598 plan and Rs 698:
The biggest difference in price hike can be seen in plans which come with a longer validity of 82 days or more. Airtel’s Rs 448 prepaid plan and Rs 499 prepaid plan with 82 days validity will now cost Rs 598 and Rs 698 respectively but with 84 days validity. Both the plans continue to offer unlimited calling with FUP limits, 100 SMS per day. While the Rs 598 prepaid plan offers 1.5GB daily data, Rs 698 prepaid plan offers 2GB daily data along with the Airtel Xstream Premium and other benefits we’ve seen on these plans.
Airtel new prepaid plans of Rs 1498 and Rs 2398:
Rs 1498 plan: Airtel Rs 998 plan, which used to be the most preferred choice of 2G subscribers, is now more expensive and costs Rs 1498. Airtel new prepaid plan of Rs 1498 offers unlimited calling, 3600 SMS, and 24GB data for 365 days along with Airtel Thanks benefits.
Rs 2398 plan: Airtel’s popular annual Rs 1699 plan has been revised to cost Rs 2398 with similar benefits. The telco offers unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day, and 1.5 GB data per day under this plan.
Vodafone Idea new prepaid recharge plans
Vodafone Idea was the first telco to announce new plans for its prepaid mobile services. Vodafone Idea’s new prepaid plans have been revised and introduced with FUP for ‘off-net’ calls. The telco has specified that calls from Vodafone to Vodafone and Vodafone to Idea and vice versa are considered as on-net and will be unlimited and free. However, if the user exceeds calls made to non-Vodafone or Idea network after the free usage mentioned in the plan, these will be charged at 6 paise per min.
Vodafone Idea new recharge plans of Rs 49 and Rs 79:
Vodafone Idea’s Rs 49 plan has replaced the erstwhile Rs 35 recharge plan and will come with Rs 38 Talktime, 100 MB data, 2.5p/sec tariff and 28 days validity. The 79 prepaid recharge will come with Rs 64 Talktime, 200 MB data, 1p/sec tariff and 28 days validity.