- Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel are offering unlimited calling to their subscribers
- Reliance Jio charges 6 paise per minute IUC in some cases
- Reliance Jio is offering data at cheaper costs
The prepaid telecom subscribers right now are scrambling for new recharge plans as all the popular prepaid portfolios from private telecom operators have been revamped. The subscribers of Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel who had not recharged before the tariff hike, will now have to pay up to 40% more for almost same benefits thus bearing the brutal hit of the tariff hike. However, the telecom operators are also trying hard to make the offerings more affordable for subscribers with more benefits. Some of the most popular prepaid plans from Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel remain the ones which come with daily data offering. However, those are not the only prepaid plans which these telcos offer to their subscribers. There are also other offerings which are more focused towards calling and can be very cheap options for the customers. The plans that come to mind are the Rs 129 and Rs 98 prepaid plan from Reliance Jio, and in the case of Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, it can be the Rs 149 prepaid plan. Here is how these offerings compare.
Bharti Airtel Rs 149 Prepaid Plan Benefits
Firstly, let’s take a look at the Rs 149 prepaid plan from Bharti Airtel. This plan by Airtel is suited for the subscribers who are more likely to use calling than data. As for the benefits, this plan ships 2GB data for the entire validity period of 28 days. Also, the subscribers get 300 SMS in this time period. Other additional benefits in this plan include access to Wynk Music app and Airtel Xstream app as well. The major benefit in this plan is in terms of calling, as the subscribers get to enjoy unlimited calling to absolutely any network and there are also no caps.
Vodafone Rs 149 Prepaid Plan Benefits
Coming to the Vodafone prepaid plan of Rs 149, the benefits of this plan are the same as what the above mentioned Bharti Airtel prepaid plan offers. This plan ships 2GB data for the entire validity period of 28 days, and in this period, the subscribers also enjoy unlimited calling. There is also the 300 SMS benefit in this entire month.
Reliance Jio Rs 129 and Rs 98 Prepaid Plan Benefits
Against these two above-mentioned plans, Reliance Jio has got the Rs 129 prepaid plan for its subscribers. Now, the question that you might be thinking about is why the Rs 129 prepaid plan costs Rs 20 less, even while it ships almost equal benefits. If you are unaware, the Rs 129 prepaid plan also offers 28 days of validity and 2GB data for the entire validity period. But, the catch comes in the area of calling. While Reliance Jio offers unlimited Jio to Jio calls, there is a cap of 1,000 minutes in the case of non-Jio calls. This plan also offers 300 SMS during this period.
Another iteration of this plan is the Rs 98 prepaid plan which ships the same data, 2GB, for the entire validity period of 28 days. There is also the 300 SMS benefit. But even though there is unlimited Jio to Jio calls for the subscribers, there is no calling benefit for the subscribers wishing to dial to other networks. Hence, with this plan, the subscribers will have to get an additional talk time voucher if they want to make non-Jio calls.
How Do These Prepaid Plans Compare?
With this comparison, you can see that the reason why the Rs 149 prepaid plans are worth the extra Rs 20, is because they offer truly unlimited calling without any caps to all networks. That is not the case with Reliance Jio Rs 129 and Rs 98 prepaid plan. However, for Reliance Jio subscribers only looking for data, these plans might definitely come handy.
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