Telecom operators in India are introducing new prepaid plans in tandem to compete with each other and at the same time to increase their subscriber base. In the process, Bharti Airtel has introduced a prepaid recharge of Rs 398 which takes on Jio’s Rs 398 and Rs 349 prepaid plans. Furthermore, this new prepaid plan from Airtel competes with its own Rs 399 plan that’s offering 1.4GB data per day for 70/84 days. While the Rs 399 recharge is a segmented plan, the Rs 398 recharge is an open market plan valid across all the 22 telecom circles in the country. Overall, the Rs 399 prepaid recharge from Airtel ships with 1.5GB data per day, which in turn, becomes 105GB of data for the validity period of 70 days. On the other hand, Jio’s Rs 398 recharge plan gives a tad better data benefit at 2GB every day for the same validity period of 70 days.
Bharti Airtel Rs 398 Prepaid Recharge: Details and Benefits
Airtel has launched this Rs 398 prepaid recharge recently and it comes with benefits of 1.5GB daily data, unlimited voice calls to any network across the country and 90 SMS per day, not 100 SMSes. Same as Reliance Jio, Airtel’s also providing unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls within India and there’s no limit on how many calls you want to make. Vodafone Idea is limiting the voice calls to 250 minutes per day, 1000 minutes per week and it allows only voice calls to 100 unique numbers during the validity period.
Also, the SMS benefit provided by Airtel is also valid across the country.
How Does the New Rs 398 Recharge Differ from Existing Rs 399 Plan?
For a long time, Airtel is offering a prepaid plan of Rs 399 which comes with a validity of 70 days and 84 days. Yes, it’s a segmented offer and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get the Rs 399 plan for 84 days, and if you’re unlucky, it’s just 70 days. So for the 70-day validity users, the Rs 398 recharge is a better one.
The Rs 399 recharge from Airtel gives unlimited voice calls, 1.4GB of daily data and 100 SMS per day, while the Rs 398 recharge is offering 1.5GB data for all. The data benefit is clearly better on the newly launched prepaid plan.
Airtel Rs 398 Recharge vs Jio Rs 398 Prepaid Plan
On the flip side, we have the tariff leader Reliance Jio offering a similarly priced plan of Rs 398, but which telco has the upper hand? Well, it’s Reliance Jio itself. Jio’s Rs 398 prepaid plan fall under the company’s 2GB daily data tariff plans, while Airtel’s plan falls under the 1.5GB daily data plans. With its Rs 398 prepaid plan, Jio is giving 2GB data per day, unlimited voice calls without any capping and 100 text messages every day for 70 days.
The Mukesh Ambani-owned telco also has a Rs 349 prepaid plan which gives 1.5GB data per day along with unlimited voice and text messages. And it’s valid for 70 days from the date of recharge. Jio is charging Rs 49 lesser than what Airtel is charging to provide the same plan, but that’s how the industry is working right now.