Airtel Hits Tariff War In Kolkata In Big Way

Airtel Hits Tariff War In Kolkata In Big WayAirtel, Kolkata’s 2nd largest mobile operator after Vodafone heats up price war of the metro. While Kolkata got two new operators earlier in this month – Tata DoCoMo and Idea Cellular, Reliance brought Simply Reliance plan (call/sms over India @ 50p) and Airtel told they are not following this tariff competition, this STV is just a out of magic box.

Airtel launched a Special Tariff Voucher priced at just Rs 41, which offers  all local calls (mobile and landlines) at 50p/min and tariff validity is for 1 year (365 days).

Tariff war is too hard for Airtel that just 6 months before Airtel Kolkata came up with Rs 102 recharge to offer all local calls @60p for 6 months. The offer is just mere 6 months old and Airtel launched new STV with lower price & tariff with longer validity !

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  • Agni January 21, 2010 11:02 am

    Airtel’s best way to survive n tha market is to introduce cheaper internet plans,else airtel is finished.

  • jacob November 12, 2009 1:42 pm

    yaa…reliance cdma offers good services…and network problems are almost nil…

  • Partha October 30, 2009 11:43 am

    @Rahul
    Have U ever used Reliance CDMA? I think no. Its much better than Vodafone and Airtel. In kolkata Reliance CDMA offers the best call rates also…

  • Rahul October 27, 2009 3:50 pm

    Airtel network much better Relince

  • Rahul October 27, 2009 3:47 pm

    Airtel 41 plan is good..
    But Relince roming 50p min plan is much better

  • atanu October 26, 2009 2:22 pm

    kaushik :Aircel can not stay long in Indian Market. its my prediction.

    new offer form MTS(in kolkata/rob circle)

    MTS launch Msever 95 card,
    all local call @ 1paise/2sec
    all std call @ 1paise/1sec
    valid for lifetime.

  • kaushik October 26, 2009 2:11 pm

    VODAFONE NEW BONUS CARD IN KOLKATA
    RECHARGE WITH RS 53 TO GET ALL LOCAL CALLS @ 49 PAISE
    VALIDITY 1 YEAR

  • Anuj October 24, 2009 7:21 pm

    @ S.J.B,
    No, its flat 50p/min local from first minute or call of the day itself. Same type of vouchers are available in almost all circles with price ranging from 40Rs to 50Rs & offers local calls at 50p/min from first minute or call itself and are valid for 1 years..

  • S.J.B October 24, 2009 7:01 pm

    I guess the first call of the day is charged at normal rate, Isn’t it?

  • Agnivo October 24, 2009 5:29 pm

    Nice offer, the network stability I get with Airtel and local calls @ 50p is a definitive plus… even if its valid for 1yr not lifetime like simply reliance.

  • RDB October 24, 2009 3:15 pm

    @Anuj
    among last 3 operators in kolkata, i find MTS has good ntwrk for calling, though sms to/frm bsnl/smart/aircel bengal circle are often failed !
    bt while i can call a mbl @ 30p/min and sms cost is 50p. i wud prefer calling !

  • Anuj October 24, 2009 10:41 am

    @Hemendra
    I agree with you & I have said that time to time. Infact I believe low tariffs are good & needed but if companies do start neglecting network issues as a result of low tariffs, then its absolutely bad for us as in emergency cases we might loose in big way..

  • Hemendra October 24, 2009 10:32 am

    Why everyone is talking about tariff, what about the network? Is tariff the only factor for considering a brand?

    Both Airtel and Vodafone network have a good network, while all others who are just playing on price front, have poor network.

    Start looking at total offering from a brand and not just price. Price at cost of quality of service should be ‘no’ ‘no’

  • Saptarshi Roy October 24, 2009 12:57 am

    Debopratim Roy :
    Total bakwaas from airtel regarding the offer..they are in calcutta circle since 1995 along with command then…..still they cant come out with some trend setting offfers…..Dhakkan kahika!!

    Very true Debopratim. Airtel could have done a lot because they had only one competitor then – Command. But one small correction, in 1995 Kolkata had Spice Telecom which metamorphosed to Airtel. Remember the ‘Ria Sen ‘ ads of Spice Telecom in Kolkata (I’ve got Spice)? They used to sell ‘Magic’ pre-paid cards which Airtel continued. Command on the other hand used to sell “Yes” pre-paid cards. Good old days when a single local call used to cost a fortune and people used to glare whenever they used to see someone carry a mobile. One more input, though the Command series started with 98300 and Spice’s 98301 because Modi Telestra’s Command Cellular got their license first, still as per records, Spice rolled out their service before Command could. The then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Jyoti Basu, made the very first mobile call.

  • Suchisuvra Sen October 23, 2009 11:35 pm

    @kaushik
    BSNL ke baremai e bolna nehi chaihai.They are already bakwas.But they have best bb service.

  • kaushik October 23, 2009 9:50 pm

    agar airtel bakwaas hain to BSNL kya hain ?

  • Debopratim Roy October 23, 2009 9:43 pm

    Total bakwaas from airtel regarding the offer..they are in calcutta circle since 1995 along with command then…..still they cant come out with some trend setting offfers…..Dhakkan kahika!!

  • Anuj October 23, 2009 5:37 pm

    Duane :
    SJB, ANUJ…. compare APPLES TO APPLES … .Mahrashtra cannot be compared to Kolkata! Also this is a segmented base offer which is not available to all customers.

    No man, of course I am comparing SJB’s statement with Airtel Maharashtra. As he said that All other operator except Reliance are offering local calls to 50p/min from second minute, I said that Airtel Maharashtra is offering that from first minute itself. See my first post below this article for more details.

  • Duane October 23, 2009 5:28 pm

    SJB, ANUJ…. compare APPLES TO APPLES … .Mahrashtra cannot be compared to Kolkata! Also this is a segmented base offer which is not available to all customers.

  • Anuj October 23, 2009 3:12 pm

    S.J.B :
    In maharashtra only Reliance is giving all local calls @ 50ps without any condition.. rest all Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Aircel charge normal rate for the first call..

    No man! Airtel is offering 50p/min to local calls from first minute itself. Be right with your information!

  • S.J.B October 23, 2009 2:34 pm

    In maharashtra only Reliance is giving all local calls @ 50ps without any condition.. rest all Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Aircel charge normal rate for the first call..

  • Suchisuvra Sen October 23, 2009 2:24 pm

    Retailer are giving it at 15……..

  • Fahad October 23, 2009 11:54 am

    Vodafone wil come out with a big bang …like what he had offered in j&k named jumbo pack of 47 with one year validity which offrs all local/std @ 50p

  • kaushik October 23, 2009 11:44 am

    what is vodafone doing in kolkata ? why they are silent in response to Airtel and Reliance

  • kaushik October 23, 2009 11:43 am

    this is an old news

  • Vineet October 23, 2009 10:52 am

    Airtel has same plan.stv@49 valid for 365days in bihar circle.

  • Anuj October 23, 2009 10:39 am

    Good going Airtel! Same type of voucher is newly introduced infact you can say that modified from earlier one in M&G circle. In M&G, with RC 45, Airtel is offering all local calls (including calls to Mumbai circle) @ 50p/min with validity of 365 days. Earlier same voucher was offering local calls @ 60p/min with validity of just 90 days.
    This modified RC 45 is one of the cheapest offering among established GSM operators in circle & comes on the heels by tough nationalwide competition by Reliance & inter circle competition by Vodafone for second place after Idea cellular.