Airtel introduces free 3 day 2 GB hotspot offer to increase 4G uptake

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Bharti Airtel, the country's largest telecom service provider by subscribers, is offering free 4G hotspot device for trial to its subscribers with door step delivery, a move aimed at increasing the uptake of its 4G services, even as its rival Reliance Jio is reportedly prepares to launch commercial 4G services in select cities.


"4G Hotspot trial- Dare ro return it. Such thrilling network speeds, we bet you won’t return the device," the promotion message posted on Airtel's site reads.

The Airtel offer allows use of 4G services on the Airtel 4G hotspot device for a data limit of 2 GB for a period of three days. The 4G services cannot be recharged or topped-up once the 2 GB data limit has been exhausted within the offer period of 3 days, according to the company website.

Airtel said that subscriber willing to avail the offer will need to give a refundable security deposit of Rs. 2,300 against which he/she will be provided one Airtel 4G hotspot device.

"The offer is not available on any other device other than the Airtel 4G hotspot device," the terms and conditions section on page said.

It added that if the subscriber wishes to continue using the 4G services on the Airtel 4G hotspot device, it will purchase a new connection from Airtel under his/her name.

"On expiry of this 3 days offer, if the subscriber chooses not to continue using the 4G services the subscriber shall immediately return the Airtel 4G hotspot device with its original packing, subject to reasonable wear and tear, along with all its contents, failing which Airtel will be entitled to forfeit, withhold or deduct from the security deposit," the company said.

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