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

By August 27th, 2016 AT 6:35 AM

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 The company has also withdrawn customised special offer in order to increase data revenue from the circle.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.

Price Existing Benefits New Benefits Changes
Rs 16 100 MB 2G data for 3 days 125 MB 2G data for 3 days 25% extra data
Rs 23 100 MB 3G for 3 days 110 MB 3G for 3 days 10% extra data
Rs 39 150 MB 3G for 5 days 200 MB 3G for 5 days 33% extra data
Rs 98 500 MB 2G for 14 days 550 MB 2G for 14 days 10% extra data
Rs 198 1 GB 3G data for 28 days 1.25 GB 3G data for 28 days 25% extra data
Rs 399 3 GB 3G data for 28 days 4 GB 3G data for 28 days 33% extra data
Rs 697 6 GB 3G data for 28 days 8 GB 3G data for 28 days 33% extra data
Rs 997 10 GB 3G data for 28 days 12.5 GB 3G data for 28 days 25% extra data
Rs 1397 15 GB 3G data for 28 days 18 GB 3G data for 60 days 20% 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.

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Aircel has started ignoring Tamilnadu customers. It is only aircel which charges for 121, 198 at STD roaming rate (Rs.1.15 per minute) during national on net roaming.


Aircel’s web excusive portal for the last 1 year used to offer 12 gb 3g on 993 (odisha circle) while 997 packs which could be availed on any online rc portal, ie paytm freecharge used to provide 10 gb.
993 rc web exclusive offer was available in almost all circles,but the rc was necessarily used to be done through aircel recharge portal.

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