Tariff War: Comparison of Postpaid Plans by Airtel, Idea, Vodafone and Jio

When Reliance Jio launched its postpaid plan, it caused the stocks of both Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel to take a dip. In order to change the Indian postpaid market, Jio introduced an aggressive scheme called JioPostpaid to tackle the postpaid plans from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. As expected, Jio has introduced an aggressive plan of Rs 199 that offers better benefits than incumbent operators at half of the price. Also, the JioPostpaid plan will offer special benefits for international roaming. With so many plans in the market right now, we make a detailed comparison of the postpaid plans by Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and Idea.


JioPostpaid plan at Rs 199
This postpaid plan by Jio offers 25GB of high-speed data. There will also be a Rs 20 charge above the limit of 25GB which will be levied on per GB basis after the exhaustion of FUP. Features like unlimited SMS, short messaging services, free unlimited local and STD calls will be bundled with this plan. Also, users will be eligible to activate international roaming with one click and no cost. The above-listed services will come pre-activated in these postpaid plans.

Airtel postpaid plan of Rs 399
The postpaid plan of Airtel will offer a bit less data of about 20GB with 3G/4G speed. However, it will come with the data rollover facility which means that subscribers of this plan will be able to avail unused data in their next billing cycle. Airtel will also bundle free unlimited local and STD calling and free roaming as part of this plan. Additionally, Airtel will also provide users with add-ons like the subscription to Wynk Music. International roaming activation, however, will be chargeable in this plan and will be billed at the cost of Rs 149 per month.

Vodafone postpaid plan of Rs 399
To counter the sweeping wave of postpaid plans by all the telcos, Vodafone has introduced its RED postpaid plans which come at the price of Rs 399 and offer unlimited local and STD calling with free roaming. In a billing cycle, the users will be able to enjoy 20GB of high-speed data, and there will also be a data rollover facility which will be capped at 200GB, meaning that users will be able to avail up to 200GB of data in the next billing cycle if left unused. A 12-month subscription of Vodafone Play will also be bundled with this plan which users can use to watch movies and TV shows for free. Like the Airtel plan, international roaming will be charged at the price of Rs 149 per month.

Idea Cellular postpaid plan of Rs 389
Lastly, the postpaid plan which Idea Cellular offers will come with 20GB bundled high-speed data along with unlimited local and STD calling and free roaming. This plan will also accompany 300 free SMS per month. Like the other plans above, this plan will also offer international roaming at the cost of Rs 149 per month along with a few additional charges. Speaking of add-ons, this app will come bundled with a free subscription to Idea apps.

With Jio introducing new postpaid plans in the market, the tariff war between the telcos has become even more intense. Apart from postpaid offers, Airtel and Reliance Jio have also announced their offers on the Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular version in very close succession, again hinting towards a solid competition between both the telcos.

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May 13, 2018 2:01 pm 2:01 PM

Banglalink 4G in our area…

May 13, 2018 5:28 pm 5:28 PM

Banglalink must be using low band to provide 4g signals across the border. Generally 4g signals don’t travel long.

How far is the border from your place?

Arif (Kolkata)
May 14, 2018 9:08 pm 9:08 PM

They are using 1800mhz only

May 13, 2018 8:04 pm 8:04 PM

It’s just a kilometre and half… We can see the bangaldeshi tower head (almost half the tower) from our main road… Similarly bangaldeshi people can see our towers too… Even from Bangladesh part they can see our old school that is Kurulia High School…

May 14, 2018 1:49 am 1:49 AM

Are you able to latch on?

May 14, 2018 4:35 pm 4:35 PM

Don’t have a SIM card… But I have used GrameenPhone 3G in our area… Speed fatafati… Will test Robi 3G too within a month…

Arif (Kolkata)
May 14, 2018 9:09 pm 9:09 PM

Haha sounds odd , nevertheless , their data us very costly.

May 13, 2018 8:56 pm 8:56 PM

I read some where that our BSF had installed Mobile jammers along the border & mobile signal stop working some 500 meters before the border.

Government have also made very strict norms & permissions for setting up border towers. It can be a serious security threat.

May 14, 2018 1:50 am 1:50 AM

You are right. This was done to prevent use of foreign networks where their signals are available in Indian airspace.

AU(Airtel User)
May 14, 2018 1:03 am 1:03 AM

Kunal Debu should report about it to dot or trai.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 13, 2018 10:50 pm 10:50 PM

What’s the best service in Vapi and Adjacent area?Jio/Vodafone/Idea?

May 14, 2018 7:04 am 7:04 AM

Vodafone is the best followed by jio & idea.

Voda has the most dense set up of towers . None of the area is left uncovered.

Move Some kms outside vapi & airtel /bsnl just go off on internal roads. Idea & jio work in patches. Jio is erecting it’s own new towers at few locations. But they are slow . Some towers are ready over three months , but BTS still not mounted.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 14, 2018 1:27 pm 1:27 PM

Has Band 41 deployed by Vodafone in Vapi?What about Band 40 by Airtel?

May 14, 2018 7:39 pm 7:39 PM

No idea of voda band 41 but airtel has deployed band 40 through out.

AU(Airtel User)
May 14, 2018 1:06 am 1:06 AM

Cheap chinese brands dont support CA so you cant fully use jio in vapi or valsad.
voda idea are third class networks so basically you can use anything except airtel. Dont bring your crap chinese brands over airtel network cheap devices should stay out of airtel.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 14, 2018 1:28 pm 1:28 PM

You stay with what’s best for you!!!!!!Don’t advice me what’s best for me!!!!!

Kaushik IMA
May 14, 2018 2:04 am 2:04 AM

Too bad AU Airtel after Tata and Telenor acquisition now has poorest handset quality and lowest proportion of 3G/4G users of any network in India.

Airtel is not a bad network but yes their back end team is incompetent compared to any other Telco.

Their backend can be very easily subverted to provide n benefits to any

Of course, technical support is not do good either.

Tbh it’s still better than BSNL/MTNL but not as good as VOID OR JIO.

May 13, 2018 10:30 pm 10:30 PM

That’s may be at some very important areas… Like Petrapole border in West Bengal (Asia’s largest land port) where Indian operators doesn’t work but BD operators work flawlessly…

May 13, 2018 12:37 pm 12:37 PM

Airtel showing its 3G network as 4G
Here is the screen shot

AU(Airtel User)
May 13, 2018 9:04 pm 9:04 PM

And Max thought he had a 4G device but getting 3G speeds dumb, first see what you say here on tt. There are Many dumbs and bimbos here on tt who don’t know what they say.

May 13, 2018 5:10 pm 5:10 PM

It is 3.75G

May 13, 2018 3:11 pm 3:11 PM

Thats not airtel is showing. Your mobile is showing as 4g. The network type you are getting is DC(which is very advanced mode of 3g) and is considered as 4g by tech world.

Rhishav (Kolkata)
May 13, 2018 1:53 pm 1:53 PM

This is DC-HSPA on airtel. On Samsung phones it shows as 4G.

sougata das
May 13, 2018 9:57 am 9:57 AM

Don’t worry, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea will introduce new plans very soon to counter Jio… Just wait n watch

May 13, 2018 1:34 pm 1:34 PM

Y introduce very soon

Y not before jio rs199 plan…….

Y jio only giving shocks to AVOID

Y cannot AVOID group
air….., vod…., ide……..
Challenge Jio before their announcement

Jio modified it’s prepaid traffis several times since it strt market

Every time jio only challenge by offering more and more

Y even a single STROKE air….., vod……, Ide… not given to Jio

For me this shows
Jio more customer friendly

Avoid more and more money friendly

May 13, 2018 9:51 pm 9:51 PM

correct one Speeedd

AU(Airtel User)
May 13, 2018 5:28 pm 5:28 PM

Jio is more aligned towards customers, Airtel also tries but they don’t have capacity to provide so much data.
Vodafone bik gya hai and idea third class hai.

May 13, 2018 5:13 pm 5:13 PM

Speeed. Prove that the international roaming packs of jio offers more benefits than airtel and vodafone.

May 14, 2018 8:33 am 8:33 AM

Ru a Maths teacher or any physics lecturer? Always ur question starts with “prove that”

Priyansh Singh
May 14, 2018 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

+1 Gurru ji

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 14, 2018 12:52 am 12:52 AM

Why sudha what’s the matter?