- Hathway offers a Rs 399 plan with unlimited data and 50 Mbps speed
- Airtel's V-Fiber broadband plans with appreciable benefits start at rs 1,099
As we are coming closer to the days of the launch of Reliance Jio GigaFiber, the broadband sector is heating up with the competition. The effect of Reliance Jio GigaFiber is visible even before it has launched commercially as the telecom operators and the broadband service providers are gearing up by tweaking their prices to make their plans more competitive in terms of pricing. Two other major broadband service providers in operation right now are Hathway Cable and Datacom and Airtel V-Fiber. While the former uses its massive last-mile connectivity of TV connections to extend fibre services to its customers, the latter is Bharti Airtel’s fibre broadband win. As such, there is the question which pops up, if the wait of Reliance Jio GigaFiber is still on, and these two broadband service providers are options, then which one should the subscriber choose. Here is a detailed wind-up on which operator you should choose.
Different Approaches to Pricing Broadband Plans
The major difference between the two broadband service providers is how they price their services. While Hathway Cable and Datacom goes for a predatory pricing technique, Airtel V-Fiber has a different approach. Hathway has decided to cut the prices of its broadband plans to make them more attractive and affordable. However, when it comes to Airtel, the company has decided to bundle lots of freebies with the plan to make it worth buying for the customer.
Hathway’s Affordable Plans
Also, Hathway has introduced a new plan for its subscribers in almost all the circles that it operates in and this plan comes for Rs 399. This plan stands out from the rest of the plans being provided by other ISPs since it offers unlimited data at Rs 399 and that too for 50 Mbps. Subscribers have to pay the Rs 1,999 deposit upfront after which they have to pay a monthly rental of Rs 399 simply. What’s worth noting is that although the plan offers a sweet deal when it comes to speed and data, there are no added benefits in this plan.
Airtel V-Fiber Bundling Lots of Additional Benefits
As opposed to Hathway which is betting on affordability, in order to get the best benefits in Airtel V Fiber, the subscribers will have to spend at least Rs 1,099 per month to avail the benefits of the plan. Under the Airtel Thanks scheme, subscribers will be able to get subscriptions to services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, ZEE5 and Airtel TV Premium. The cheapest plan to offer these benefits includes the Rs 1,099 plan, which offers 300GB data at 100 Mbps. The users get three months of Netflix subscription and a yearly Amazon Prime subscription. The Airtel plans also come with a data carryover feature.
Which One to Go For?
In case you can wait for a few weeks to get a broadband connection, then it would be our suggestion to go for Reliance Jio GigaFiber which will also get you a subscription to Jio Home TV which will offer 600 channels too. If you need to have a connection now and affordability is your priority, then Hathway Broadband would be the more obvious choice, but in case you would like to have lots of content subscription then Airtel V-Fiber has the most attractive plans.
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