Why Vodafone’s New Postpaid plans are better than Airtel My plan : Our Analysis

Vodafone IN has launched 5 postpaid plans for Karnataka Circle starting this December 2013 for new and existing customers. These 5 postpaid plans are in price segments of 199(/sec & /min), 299 and 399(/sec & /min) respectively and also come with good monthly benefits. My opinion immediately after analyzing these plans is “These Plans are really created with an intention that a general customer should opt for without a second thought to choose from per sec and per minute plans at affordable prices.”

The details of all the 5 plans launched are as below:

Vodafone Karnataka Plans

After observing the price tags 199,299 and 399 of Vodafone, this clearly shows that these plans are launched with an intention to give tough competition to Airtel’s My Plan 199,299 and 299. Now, let us analyze what really these two operators are providing to their customers.

airtel-myplan-vodafone plans

If we observe all the plans and benefits we can conclude:

Pulse: Vodafone is providing per/sec and per/min tariff whereas Airtel’s MyPlan is only having per/min tariff in all the plans. Also Vodafone reduced base rates of calls to 30p, 40p and 50p in some plans.

SMS: Though Vodafone plans lack the flexibility to choose your own sms packs it is giving default sms (Local/STD) for 50paise in all the plans while 199 and 399 plans have free sms benefit included too whereas Airtel is charging base rates as indicated in the table.

Actual Free Monthly Benefits: If we clearly observe Vodafone Monthly freebies all Local or STD seconds/Minutes can be used for all Local or STD calls (Mobile/landline) but Airtel’s MyPlan Freebies can be used only with Mobiles as the freebies clearly state Local Mobile Minutes or STD Mobile Minutes which is a drawback.

Roaming: Roaming tariff is same in both Vodafone’s and Airtel’s plans.

Airtelmyplanreplica

myplan benefit

Conclusion: Vodafone IN plans are value plans a customer can afford whereas Airtel MyPlan plans are completely flexible packages created by you just for you. After all it’s the amount of Calls/SMS or Data used by a user that will give the right value for the money spent. So, in my opinion if you ask me I’ll opt for VF 199 per second plan in lower segment or VF 399 per second plan in higher segment as no plan in Airtel’s myplan even if it is made by me for me is completely satisfying any particular usage pattern because if we observe we are truly getting less value or distributed benefits which do not completely benefit us in any way. I made a best possible attempt to make it very clear which are the best plans to opt for in the form of comparisons and after all in the end everything is based on personal opinion and usage patterns.

If you are a user who is planning to switch to any of these two operators just for good postpay plans  i will say “If you want your conversations to be flexible go for Vodafone Plans, if you want your plan to be flexible go for Airtel Myplan.”

Let me and other users know via comments which plan will you choose from in case if you go for one ?

This Article Was Written By: Srikapardhi

Srikapardhi - Telecom Analyst

An Electronics & Communication Engineer who loves Technology,Music,Arts as well as Nature.

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  • keerthi April 21, 2014 1:43 pm, 1:43 PM

    This analysis is only for non-smart phones. Internet packs are a must nowadays. VF could have included atleast 2G if not 3G. I find airtel 299 better, 270 MB 3G data, 180 local min, 320 STD min.

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  • Ashish March 30, 2014 1:55 pm, 1:55 PM

    Very nice analysis and comparison. Helped a lot. Very good in depth comparison as well as counting different scenarios.

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  • Dr.Chandra Sekaran March 25, 2014 8:04 am, 8:04 AM

    Dear Sir

    One customer representative come and book for unlimited national plan for Rs 1300 .
    but he booked wrong plan. i corrected the plan by phone call , I am getting the bill after correction every month more than 2500 . and 3000 for unlimited plan

    They are sending the bill , i tried to send by sms to get the bill that SMS request is not working for the last four months EBILL Email address is not working please try yourself it is not working for the last four months to get the bill

    I called the customer service they can not arrange to send the bill by Email , I don not know why they sit in customer service could not arrange the bill by email
    Lot of problem is Vodaphone they do not know how to manage the billing system to make it available to the customer for the payment , just they send the totoal amount say 2500 or 3000 for the plan of Rs 1300 unlimited . No one knows how they charge more amount

    Dr.Chandra Sekaran

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  • PRATAP MALI March 7, 2014 11:28 am, 11:28 AM

    i want to get postpaid plan to my mobile which is better………..plans

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  • Sameer February 7, 2014 5:46 pm, 5:46 PM

    Airtel is the best & no.1 network of India, i use vodafone network seeking cost-effective v2v local-1.2p(72p) other local-1.5p(90p) local sms-Rs1 national sms-Rs1.5 international sms-Rs5 So plz get Airtel a2a local-20p other local-30p sms any network 20p THATS DIFFERENCE

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  • vikrant February 5, 2014 10:36 pm, 10:36 PM

    @ Darshan , idea does not give a speed of 5-6mbps , when i called cc they said that they give 100 kbps downloading speed on 3g (haryana). But i don’t know why they are telling a lie as i am receiving 1mbps

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  • srj December 13, 2013 10:28 am, 10:28 AM

    gud netwrk

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  • aman December 6, 2013 11:46 pm, 11:46 PM

    AIRTEL IS BEST throughout the country. Use indian product and help nation.

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    • pavan December 10, 2013 12:05 pm, 12:05 PM

      Acha. Thanks for your suggestion.

      Reply
    • prasad mayya December 18, 2013 8:25 pm, 8:25 PM

      best for what ??? call or sms or data ???
      yesterday i got an offer 25Rs 125MB+125MB …. 1st 125MB is valid for 5 days only ….2nd 125MB is valid for 30 days”….. so i called cc to confirm ….. they said we can use 1st 125MB for 5 days ….. for next 125MB we can watch videos only …. browsing charges apply ….. anyone can say this is an offer ???

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  • rikkuartz December 6, 2013 2:08 am, 2:08 AM

    I just called vodafone customer care bangalore…they are saying its not currently available for existing customer.. maybe after one week it will be available they said.. so next week i will change my plan to 399!

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  • Shiv December 5, 2013 11:38 pm, 11:38 PM

    So there you go. Clearly Vodafone is in a lot of pressure. Here in Mumbai where they have 900 mhg…they don’t have any high rental plan….as with lower rentals they smartly look at higher ARPU. However Airtel offers better plan across county..higher rental segment. Just praying for Airtel to win 900 mhg in upcoming auctions. Vodafone strategy and product team can’t be so bad with their foresight. Trust me…Reliance and Airtel have seriously dented big time into Vodafone’s highend users. Still they don’t learn.

    I seriously feel….we surely are on the path of west countries…may be better than them…with unlimited calls and data for fixed amount.

    Data in times to come…is going to drive telecom sector. Airtel and Reliance are smarter…and have aggressively started executing their business plan.

    Your views pls Bafna ji.

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    • SS December 6, 2013 12:34 am, 12:34 AM

      Okay with airtel but not with your study on reliance. Please take a note that the entire india knows how dishonest reliance is. People scare to join reliance postpaid because of unfair policies.

      Let me tell you that among the three, vodafone has the highest revenues and profit followed by airtel and reliance.

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      • Shiv December 6, 2013 1:19 pm, 1:19 PM

        I agree with your feedback regarding Reliance…however, if you go through the data and their figures how many iPhone bundled scheme they have sold…you would be dumbstruck. In my peergroup, I have 7 of them buying the phone and porting to reliance, and happily using it also. “Unlimited” is big attraction. and trust me, my peer group members bill used to be more than 3000 a month with Vodafone. I too wanted the scheme and went to their store twice, but stock was out.

        Similarly with Airtel. They have across the country acquired big high ARPU clients with their 1599 and 999 clients, which I am sure makes a lot of sense. There are people, who are using Vodafone in Mumbai just for the sake of 900 Mhg connectivity, and have Reliance/ Airtel as their secondary number for calling/ Data purposes.

        As far as billing issues/ wrong balance deductions are concerned, this is with all the providers, and I have off late learnt to live with it.

        Also, SS, for your last point, Vodafone has the highest ARPU clients, only in Mumbai. May be post Jan/ Feb 2014 auctions if they donot improve their plans….things might change.

        With constant poking on radiation and tower issues, network problems have also now creeped in with Vodafone, in Mumbai, Like all other service providers. This is purely my own experiance.

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        • Shiv December 6, 2013 3:05 pm, 3:05 PM

          and Lo!! Mr Bafna just wrote…Reliance are having pending orders of around 50000 Units of iPhone.

          Point made SS. This is what I was talking about.

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  • Dani December 5, 2013 11:12 pm, 11:12 PM

    above comparison on which Circle ( eg. Mumbai , Maharashtra, Delhi ) pl. specify

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    • Srikapardhi December 5, 2013 11:22 pm, 11:22 PM

      It is clearly indicated in red at the beginning – Vodafone IN has launched 5 postpaid plans for Karnataka Circle and the comparison is between plans of Karnataka circle only.Thx

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  • Darshan Malu December 5, 2013 10:44 pm, 10:44 PM

    Idea providing better plan than this in maharashtra circle
    169rs rental 350loc+std min and 100sms free
    and
    at *121# u get 3G offer 125rs 1gb with speed 5-6mbps and in. 2g 126rs 2gb and I am finding same offrr since months and activating it every month so its not a trial plan…

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  • Xyz December 5, 2013 9:53 pm, 9:53 PM

    @ Srikapardhi
    since both r pan india so why Karnataka Circle only other circle review or analysis if possible

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  • SS December 5, 2013 9:02 pm, 9:02 PM

    I think vodafone postpaid plans are much better than that of airtel. Airtel, in the name of my plan has ruined its better postpaid plans which a user like me would surely opt for.

    Well, not only for karnataka but up east also has awesome plans in vodafone and seeing the tariff hike in prepaid, postpaid seems to be a better option.

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  • sai charan kv December 5, 2013 8:42 pm, 8:42 PM

    i want to get postpaid plan to my mobile which is better
    AIRTEL,BSNL,IDEA,VODAFONE

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    • Darshan Malu December 5, 2013 10:40 pm, 10:40 PM

      Go for !dea as idea provides cheapest postpaid tariffs….dont even think of BSNL postpaid it is the costliest….if idea 3g is not present over there then u may go for Vodafone or Airtel…
      But for postpaid BSNL is the costliest while coverage of 3g in BSNL is very wide in maharashtra atleast and 3g data tariffs are cheapest comparing AVOID grp with literally no false billing
      but calling very costly

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      • fun2tell December 6, 2013 2:29 am, 2:29 AM

        @darshan i dont think that you have ever used BSNL postpaid, dont spread false news that BSNL postpaid is costliests. In South India BSNL coverage is good, but in North India coverage issue is there.

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        • Darshan Malu December 6, 2013 12:19 pm, 12:19 PM

          I have used it
          Actually when i compared bsnl postpaid with idea in maharashtra
          Bsnl 225rs plan gives nly 12000sec calling with 150mb free while idea gives in rs 249 plan 30000sec free + 500mb data + 300sms and frree calling within grp so i feel idea is cheapest for postpaid segment if u feel i m wrong then plz elaborate u r thinking

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          • fun2tell December 7, 2013 2:39 am, 2:39 AM

            @darshan If u check idea website 249 plan has 500 Local/STD Min & 50 Local/STD SMS & 150 MB (2G) Data and per minute billing, but BSNL gives 9000 Sec Local / 3000 Sec STD +150 SMS + 200MB 2G/3G data free. Also BSNL 175 Plan has great deals too. Hope now don’t tell BSNL is costliest, and Idea’s coverage is soo good in Bangalore that in ADITYA Birla’s Office there is no signal coverage, and their employees are taking Vodafone, Airtel or BSNL connection.

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  • Shiv December 5, 2013 7:16 pm, 7:16 PM

    why Vodafone has done this only in Karnataka??

    Mr Bafna, can you pls confirm whether in Karnataka or B’lore Vodafone has 1800 MHG license? I feel so. Airtel offers better plans, across country. Make my plan is crap…but their existing postpaid plans like 999 with 4GB 3G or 1599 with 10000 Mins local/ STD/ Roaming/ 8GB 3G data plans are much better.

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    • Sanjay Bafna December 5, 2013 7:49 pm, 7:49 PM

      Yes, Vodafone has GSM spectrum – 1800 Mhz band for Karnataka circle

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      • Shiv December 5, 2013 11:39 pm, 11:39 PM

        So there you go. Clearly Vodafone is in a lot of pressure. Here in Mumbai where they have 900 mhg…they don’t have any high rental plan….as with lower rentals they smartly look at higher ARPU. However Airtel offers better plan across county..higher rental segment. Just praying for Airtel to win 900 mhg in upcoming auctions. Vodafone strategy and product team can’t be so bad with their foresight. Trust me…Reliance and Airtel have seriously dented big time into Vodafone’s highend users. Still they don’t learn.

        I seriously feel….we surely are on the path of west countries…may be better than them…with unlimited calls and data for fixed amount.

        Data in times to come…is going to drive telecom sector. Airtel and Reliance are smarter…and have aggressively started executing their business plan.

        Your views pls Bafna ji.

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      • prasad mayya December 6, 2013 8:35 am, 8:35 AM

        therefore vodafone coverage is worst in my place ….. they installed tower for every 3km…. but no coverage inside home …. i have checked around city …..

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        • Vodafone India December 6, 2013 11:13 am, 11:13 AM

          Hi Prasad,

          We will be happy to help resolve your concerns at the earliest. Kindly share your current and alternate contact numbers
          Regards,
          Vodafone Customer Care

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          • prasad mayya December 18, 2013 8:30 pm, 8:30 PM

            where ??
            i bought vodafone sim today ( only vodafone has good internet speed in gsm with no disconnection and best offers ) ….. but problem is with their signal….. i am just 1km from tower … no inside signal … either i have to go outside or terrace…..

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  • guru December 5, 2013 6:21 pm, 6:21 PM

    Thanks for the comparison I myself will opt for 1500 minutes 399 plan its soo much worth the money given

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  • TANMOY PAUL December 5, 2013 5:39 pm, 5:39 PM

    Everything is OK.. but Vodafone doesn’t provide networks coverage like how Airtel provides. So Airtel Leads.

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  • raj December 5, 2013 5:33 pm, 5:33 PM

    hate postpaid..use Prepaid

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  • harman December 5, 2013 5:31 pm, 5:31 PM

    great comparison! absolutely fantastic hope Vodafone brings similar plans to Punjab

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  • spiderman December 5, 2013 4:07 pm, 4:07 PM

    Airtel has 3G in KA, where as Vodafone doesn’t.

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  • Xyz December 5, 2013 3:11 pm, 3:11 PM

    @ Srikapardhi
    plan told by u for vodafone & airtel is for Karnataka Circle so is it useful for other circle user

    Reply
    • Srikapardhi December 5, 2013 6:21 pm, 6:21 PM

      Seems you are interested to have myplan analysis on Pan India Basis?

      Reply

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