Aircel starts offering up to 33% extra data to subscribers in Kolkata circle ahead of Jio commercial rollout

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At a time when the top three telecom operators have cut down data tariffs by 67% to counter Jio commercial launch, smaller operators like Aircel have also started responding in the current data war among telcos by increasing data limits by up to 33% and longer validities on existing packs in metro circles like Kolkata.


In Kolkata circle where the Maxis owned firm has nearly 40 million subscribers, it was charging data tariffs similar to Vodafone and Airtel. The company has also withdrawn customised special offer in order to increase data revenue from the circle. But this time around when subscribers have started to migrate to Jio’s unlimited data benefits, the company has followed in the wake of Airtel and Vodafone to cut down data tariff by offering more data in existing packs to its customers.

For example, the company will now offer 250MB extra data on existing 1 GB 3G data pack which costs Rs 198. They have also hiked benefits in mid-range and high range packs, Rs 399 pack which used to offer 3 GB 3G data, now offers 1GB extra, an increase of 33%. Also, those who top up with high value data denominations like Rs 1397 will now get 18 GB data with 60 days validity as opposed to 15 GB data with 30 days validity in the past. For more details about the data tariff changes, do check the chart embedded below.

PriceExisting BenefitsNew BenefitsChanges
Rs 16100 MB 2G data for 3 days125 MB 2G data for 3 days25% extra data
Rs 23100 MB 3G for 3 days110 MB 3G for 3 days10% extra data
Rs 39150 MB 3G for 5 days200 MB 3G for 5 days33% extra data
Rs 98500 MB 2G for 14 days550 MB 2G for 14 days10% extra data
Rs 1981 GB 3G data for 28 days1.25 GB 3G data for 28 days25% extra data
Rs 3993 GB 3G data for 28 days4 GB 3G data for 28 days33% extra data
Rs 6976 GB 3G data for 28 days8 GB 3G data for 28 days33% extra data
Rs 99710 GB 3G data for 28 days12.5 GB 3G data for 28 days25% extra data
Rs 139715 GB 3G data for 28 days18 GB 3G data for 60 days20% extra data and double validity
#Only for Kolkata metro circle

Even though the company is in merger talks with Reliance Communications which would offer Aircel customers 4G services through Jio 4G and Reliance 4G network, the latest move by the company indicates that they don’t want to lose market share to competitors anytime soon. Also, we believe Aircel will come up with data tariff revision in other circles as well.

If you’re an Aircel subscriber, do let us know your views on this tariff revision and experience with Aircel 3G network through your comments.

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