COAI Asks Trai to Examine Reliance Jio’s Latest Triple Cashback Offer

Cellular Association of India (COAI) today said that telecom regulator (Trai) should examine the latest Triple Cashback offer of Reliance Jio. The Mukesh Ambani led telecom operator recently unveiled a cashback offer under which it is offering 100% cashback on a recharge of Rs. 399 and above.


“If the offer is in the nature of cash back, the question arises as to what conditions attach to receiving the cash back. Is this another way of discounting the service cost,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). “TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) will need to parse these offers to determine if any of this violates their tariff regulations in letter and spirit,” he further added.

RS Sharma, Chairman at Trai responded that the regulator is actively looking into the tariff plans filed by the telecom operators. “We routinely examine the offers and we will continue to do so,” said RS Sharma, as per an ET report.

He also said that regular will come into play if they find out something against the rules. COAI represents the incumbent telecom operators- Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and Reliance Jio. In the past, the new entrant accused COAI saying that it’s favouring the top three telcos.

To recall, Reliance Jio has announced a Triple Cashback offer, under which it is offering up to Rs. 2,599. Customers whoever recharges for a Rs. 399 and above tariff plan will get Rs. 400 vouchers, which can be used for eight recharges divided into Rs. 50. This offer is applicable only to JioPrime customers.

Alongside the 100% cashback offer, the company is also offering instant cashback of Rs. 300 into digital payment wallet apps such as Amazon Pay, Freecharge, Mobikwik, PhonePe, and Paytm. Also, Jio is offering e-commerce vouchers worth Rs. 1,899 such as AJio, Yatra, etc. Jio will be running the offer until November 25.

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November 15, 2017 8:48 pm 8:48 PM

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Kiran Fernandes | Mumbai
November 14, 2017 9:10 pm 9:10 PM

Someone’s gotta 360 noscope Rajan Matthews as he hates Jio from his guts. He hates that Jio is helping the customers, he hates that Jio is being very competitive, he hates that Jio is using competition to kill of his cartel. What a big time loser. Smfh

S Gopal
November 15, 2017 3:13 pm 3:13 PM
TRAI role as slated in their own words is to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition. COAI many would agree is not a poor little old body, rather a big powerful body that speaks primarily on behalf of major stakeholder, that being three major cellular operators. COAI nonetheless have a right to approach the regulator in case they feel their has been a breach in terms of fair competition. It is evident that it is primarily in their own interest, but, they are major stakeholders in the telecom industry… Read more »
November 14, 2017 11:14 pm 11:14 PM

Yes. He should understand JIO like any player evaluates the legality of plañs before rolling out same.

November 14, 2017 9:59 pm 9:59 PM

Rajan shares a very amusing personality among AVOID and Jio group. He is one who is punched from both sides and no body is on his side. Even Avoid too bangs him and makes fun of him. I had seen his speech and interaction with AVOID and Jio during India Mobile congress in pragati maidan. Could make out that he is cartoon among operators…

November 14, 2017 8:44 pm 8:44 PM

Jab b is ranjan matthew k pichhe aag lgti h to maja bahut aata h dekh ke 😀


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