- Vodafone was previously missing out on add-on connections, which it has now introduced
- Airtel has done away with low-value postpaid plans except for a few circle-specific offerings
The biggest challenge for the telecom operators in India right now seems to be profitability and revenue. These telecom operators, except for Reliance Jio, have been making various efforts, launching new plans making pricing changes and more to breathe back life into their financials. In May, we saw some pretty significant changes in one of the most revenue generating offerings from the telcos – the postpaid plans. Vodafone which provides the RED postpaid plans to its customers and Bharti Airtel which offers the Infinity postpaid plans, both have revised their offerings to suit the market needs. Now the subscribers are left wondering, which one they should go for, to which we would recommend that you read our take on the same.
Bharti Airtel Revised Postpaid Plans
Firstly, Bharti Airtel has made some massive changes to its postpaid plans, including the removal of Rs 399, Rs 649, Rs 1,199 and Rs 2,999 plans from its portfolio. Although the telco is still offering circle specific postpaid plans of Rs 349 and Rs 399 in select circles for the subscribers, the nationwide offerings from the telco include the Rs 499, Rs 749, Rs 999 and Rs 1,599 postpaid plans which offer 75GB, 125GB, 150GB and unlimited data benefit to the users respectively. Some of these plans also offer various benefits like multiple add-on connections, free Netflix subscription, free Amazon Prime subscription, Airtel TV Premium membership and more. These plans also bundle free unlimited local, STD and roaming calls along with SMS.
Vodafone Revised Postpaid Plans
On the other hand, Vodafone has introduced a slightly different change to its plans. Instead of doing away with the old plans and letting only a few remain on the shelves. Vodafone has revised the benefits which it was offering as part of its postpaid plans. The major difference between the Vodafone postpaid plans and the Airtel postpaid plans was that the former one wasn’t offering add-on or multiple connections for family or spouse so that subscribers could club their bill into one. However, with the latest change in postpaid plans, Vodafone has taken care of that.
Now, Vodafone offers Rs 399, Rs 499, Rs 598, Rs 749, Rs 899 and Rs 999 postpaid plans to its subscribers. Except for the first two plans out of these all, every other plan offers multiple connections ranging from two connections to five multiple connections in total. As part of this new offer, each connection gets their individual data offering, unlimited calling and the plans also bundle additional benefits like movies and TVs on Vodafone Play app.
Out of the two telcos we discussed above, although both offer equally attractive benefits to the subscribers, Vodafone’s postpaid plans are the ones that come off to be a more economical choice. The telco also offers more flexibility and range to the consumers, whereas the Airtel postpaid plans have a limited selection of postpaid plans. Still, if you would like to have benefits like free Netflix and Amazon Prime, then it is possible that you could be attracted more towards the Airtel postpaid plans, however, speaking in overall terms, the Vodafone postpaid plans seem like a right choice for the customers right now.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.