Maharashtra mobile subscribers feel the pinch as Airtel and Idea hike tariffs

After Vodafone’s data tariff hikes in Maharashtra circle, Airtel and Idea have also hiked data tariffs in the region.

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Incumbent operators Airtel, Vodafone and Idea dominate in Maharashtra. So the recent hike will have a huge impact on those loyal customers who use these networks.

The three networks have a dominant control over the market in the region and cheaper operators like Aircel and Reliance do not provide 3G services. Hence these frequent data tariff hikes are bleeding the customers’ pockets.

In the recent hike, Airtel has increased cost for 3G packs, and benefits in 2G packs have been drastically reduced. Airtel has also introduced new packs with higher denominations.

Earlier, 1 GB 3G cost Rs 251 but now customers have to recharge with Rs 298 to get the same benefits. Other 2 GB and 3 GB packs will cost more. They have also removed some cheaper 2G Data packs and now 1 GB 2G will cost Rs 199.

Airtel Data Packs with details after revision :
PriceOld BenefitsNew Benefits
Rs 1890 MB 2G Data for 2 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 19New Launched60 MB 2G Data for 2 Days
Rs 23New Launched70 MB 2G Data for 2 Days
Rs 25100 MB 3G Data for 3 Days60 MB 3G Data for 3 Days
Rs 41200 MB 2G WhatsApp data for 30 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 45New Launched180 MB 2G WhatsApp data for 28 Days
Rs 48175 MB 3G Data for 7 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 54New Launched160 MB 3G Data for 5 Days
Rs 98500 MB 2G Data for 14 Days400 MB 2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 99300 MB 3G Data for 14 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 101New Launched250 MB 3G Data for 14 Days
Rs 124625 MB 2G Data for 18 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 125New Launched500 MB 2G Data for 16 Days
Rs 153500 MB 3G Data for 21 Days615 MB 2G Data for 19 Days
Rs 154New Launched470 MB 3G Data for 14 Days
Rs 198New Launched600 MB 3G Data for 21 Days
Rs 199600 MB 3G Data for 28 Days1 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 247New Launched1.25 GB 2G +Unlimited at 2G speed
Rs 2523 GB 2G +Unlimited at 2G speed765 MB 3G Data for 21 Days
Rs 2511 GB 3G Data for 28 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 298New Launched1 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 3511.5 GB 3G Data for 28 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 347New Launched1.25 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 4552 GB 3G Data for 28 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 498New Launched2 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 6553 GB 3G Data for 28 Days2.5 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 698New Launched3 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 7494 GB 3G then Unlimited for 28 DaysPack Withdrawn
Rs 798New Launched4 GB 3G then Unlimited for 28 Days
Airtel has also changed other data packs for heavy users and some packs now have fewer benefits. So do check with Customer care before recharge.

On the other hand, Idea Cellular has hiked upto 45 percent in data tariffs. Idea 3G and 2G users will now have to pay more.

Idea users will have to pay Rs 299 instead of Rs 249 for 1 GB 3G recharge. They have also reduced other data packs benefits and new packs have been introduced at higher prices. Let’s take a look at recent pack details below.

Idea data packs after revision :
PriceOld BenefitsNew Benefits
2G Packs :
Rs 52260 MB 2G Data for 7 Days210 MB 2G Data for 6 Days
Rs 98475 MB 2G Data for 14 Days400 MB 2G Data for 12 Days
Rs 125New Launched512 MB 2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 151750 MB 2G Data for 21 Days600 MB 2G Data for 18 Days
Rs 179New Launched700 MB 2G Data for 21 Days
Rs 1981.25 GB 2G Data for 28 Days1 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 248New Launched1.25 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
3G Packs :
Rs 169650 MB 3G Data for 15 Days512 MB 3G Data for 14 Days
Rs 2491 GB 3G Data for 28 Days750 MB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 299New Launched1 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 4492 GB 3G Data for 28 Days1.75 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 497New Launched2 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 5983 GB 3G Data for 28 Days2.5 GB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 698New Launched3 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Rs 7514 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days3.25 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Rs 8516 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days3.75 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Rs 899New Launched4 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Rs 9517 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days4.25 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Rs 1099New Launched5 GB 3G UL Data for 28 Days
Idea has also changed other data packs for heavy users and some packs with less benefits. So do check with Customer care before recharge.

*Information taken from companies’ websites.

*Do check with Care Executive before opting for any plan or making a recharge.

How do you look at this move from Airtel and Idea do let us know via comments.

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