Airtel Rs 199 Prepaid Recharge Revised to Offer 2.8GB Additional Data

Bharti Airtel has made a change to its open market prepaid recharge of Rs 199 after a long time. The Rs 199 prepaid recharge from Airtel which used to offer 1.4GB data per day for 28 days is now providing 1.5GB data per day for the same validity period. This essentially means that Airtel is offering 2.8GB more data than earlier with the Rs 199 plan. That said, Airtel’s offering is still way lower than Jio’s offering as the new entrant is shipping 2GB data per day with the Rs 198 prepaid plan. Overall, Airtel’s Rs 199 prepaid plan now comes with 42GB of 4G data, whereas Jio is already shipping 56GB of 4G data with its Rs 198 plan. Vodafone Idea is also expected to make the same change to its Rs 199 prepaid recharge very soon.


Airtel Rs 199 Prepaid Recharge: What Does it Offer?

Talking in detail about Airtel’s Rs 199 prepaid plan, it’s an open market plan available to every Airtel prepaid user in all the 22 telecom circles of India. Making changes to open market plan isn’t something we have seen from Airtel in the past, but with the competition heating up, the telco is forced to do. To recall, Airtel introduced the Rs 199 prepaid plan earlier this year when Jio came up with its 1.5GB daily and 2GB daily data plans. While Jio gave a masterstroke to Airtel by shipping 2GB data per day, Airtel is now trying to catch up with Jio, but it’s still way behind.

The Rs 199 prepaid recharge from Bharti Airtel now comes with 1.5GB daily data (42GB for the entire validity period), unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice calls along with 100 SMS per day for 28 days.

Same as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel is also providing unlimited voice calls without any daily or weekly FUP limit. On the other hand, Vodafone Idea is limiting the voice calls to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week.

Airtel Rs 199 Prepaid Plan Vs. Jio Rs 198 Prepaid Plan

As noted, Reliance Jio has a lineup of plans offering 2GB daily data limit and the Rs 198 recharge is a part of them. Jio is providing 2GB data per day, unlimited voice calling and 100 SMS per day for 28 days. The data benefit becomes 56GB for 28 days which is 14GB better than what Airtel is providing, so clearly Jio is still ahead of Airtel.

Earlier, the Rs 199 prepaid plan from Airtel offered 1.4GB data per day and the overall data benefit was 39.2GB, but now, it has been upped by 2.8GB to a respectable 42GB.

Other Airtel Prepaid Plans With 1.5GB Daily Data Benefit

It seems like Airtel is created a new lineup with 1.5GB daily data benefit. To recall, the telco already introduced a prepaid plan of Rs 398 which is an open market one and ships 1.5GB data per day for 70 days. Now it has revamped the Rs 199 plan. Other Airtel plans such as Rs 209, Rs 399, Rs 448 and Rs 509 still shipping 1.4GB daily data itself. It will be interesting to see if Airtel revises these plans as well in the near future.

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December 17, 2018 10:17 pm 10:17 PM

So far as per sc order to trai to handover spectrum to jio…. Is band 3,5,40 available to jio from Rcom in mumbai and Maharshtra? .. @Esmail @nikhil need views … As far Airtel is that concern…I saw airtel got upper hand nowadays.. jio chocked ..But their fraud policies leads to tension to common users…..Airtel too adding new sites in maharshtra and mumbai too .

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 18, 2018 2:15 am 2:15 AM

In Mumbai, Jio currently has 10Mhz in band 5,5Mhz in band 3, 30Mhz in band 40. This is simply not enough. At the end of next auction,Jio will have 15Mhz of band 5,10Mhz of band 3,50-60Mhz of band 40(depending upon what Airtel buys in this circle). Airtel is already good with 10Mhz of band 40 in this circle and they have 30Mhz in band 40. If Jio buys out all spectrum in band 40 in next auction,nobody can come close to Jio in this circle.

December 18, 2018 7:36 pm 7:36 PM

It mean airtel lacking in spectrum but they have not that load like jio..That’s why airtel works near train stations as well… And vodafone is close to airtel… the tussle is between Jio and airtel only.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 19, 2018 1:55 pm 1:55 PM

Airtel has deployed spectrum on band 3 only at most places. As you showed in the screenshots of tarangsanchar. The sams is cass in Pune. At most of The locations,it’s just 10 Mhz and Not 20Mhz. Still speeds are blazing fast. Without CA. Let’s see what happens in 2019. With Vodafone-Idea willing to deploy band 41, load on Jio will reduce too. Airtel/Vodafone-Idea should give double data to attract customers till next auction happens. Jio cannot provide Great speeds till 2020 March for sure. Let’s see what happens.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 18, 2018 2:10 am 2:10 AM

At this moment,Jio has 5Mhz of each in band 3/5 and 30Mhz in band 40. This is not enough. At the end of next auctions it will be 10Mhz in band 3 and 5 and 60Mhz in band 40.

Airtel is close to finish as it don’t have sub-Ghz spectrum in this circle. But Airtel might grab 10Mhz in band 40 in this circle. Airtel can afford this much only right now.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 18, 2018 2:07 am 2:07 AM

@Idea88 , Idea is best bet by the end of next year inMaharashtra circle. 10Mhz of band 8,15Mhz of band 1,10Mhz of band 3,10Mhz of band 40,30Mhz of band 41. All this for LTE. Will give best experience for LTE. Also they might add 5Mhz in each band 3/1 and 10Mhz in band 40/41 in future auctions.

Rajnish | Agra
December 17, 2018 3:33 pm 3:33 PM

If netmonster is showing correct data, then Poco F1 supports 3CA 😐

Rajnish | Agra
December 17, 2018 3:20 pm 3:20 PM

Just 5 Mhz bandwidth on Band 40? Is this the reason I am getting poor speed on Band 40. Or this app netmonster is showing fake data?

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 17, 2018 6:17 pm 6:17 PM

How much bandwidth Airtel have in your circle for band 40? It’s pathetic from Airtel not yet deployed while 20Mhz.

Rajnish | Agra
December 17, 2018 9:24 pm 9:24 PM

Airtel and Jio both have 20 Mhz.