- All-in-one prepaid plans bundle IUC minutes as well
- Reliance Jio charges IUC as 6 paise per minute
- The plans go as high as Rs 555
Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are two telecom operators in the industry right now which are locked in a tough competition. These two telcos have been in a tough competition courtesy of the services they offer, and the highest level of competition has been in the cases of prepaid plans by both these telcos. A while ago, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel both used to offer very resembling prepaid plans to their subscribers which were very much alike. But, then Reliance Jio had to make a new drastic decision of bringing the IUC charge for its subscribers. This IUC charge of 6 paise per minute is charged from the Reliance Jio subscribers on making outgoing calls to other networks. Now to get this new change going, Reliance Jio firstly introduced the IUC talk time vouchers, but then also introduced the all-in-one prepaid plans which bundle data, IUC minutes, Reliance Jio calls, SMS and other benefits as well. However, even with the launch of these all-in-one plans, Bharti Airtel has prepaid offerings which go against these offerings and can act as a replacement for the same. Here are the plans that we are talking about.
Rs 149 All-In-One Prepaid Plans and Airtel Replacement
The first all-in-one prepaid plan of Rs 149 from Reliance Jio finds competition in the Rs 169 prepaid plan by Bharti Airtel. While the Rs 149 prepaid plan comes with 24 days validity and offers 1.5GB data per day to the users, the Rs 169 prepaid plan, is although a little highly-priced, but it comes with proper 28 days validity and offers 28GB data with no IUC charges whatsoever. This means that the subscribers can make unlimited calls, whereas, the Rs 149 prepaid plan offers 300 minutes of IUC calls.
Rs 222 All-In-One Prepaid Plans and Airtel Replacement
The Rs 222 prepaid plan by Reliance Jio offers 28 days of validity along with 2GB data per day benefit, 1,000 IUC minutes of calls and other benefits. This plan can be replaced by the Bharti Airtel prepaid plan of Rs 249, which although costs Rs 27 more, it offers the same 2GB data benefit but also ships a unique benefit of Rs 4 Lakh Term Life Insurance Cover from HDFC Life, and 4 weeks of free course on Shaw Academy which justifies the higher price. Apart from this, there is obviously no IUC on this plan.
Rs 333 All-In-One Prepaid Plans and Airtel Replacement
The Rs 333 prepaid plan by Reliance Jio can be replaced by the Rs 349 prepaid plan by Airtel. While the Rs 333 prepaid plan offers 56 days validity and 2GB data per day, the Rs 349 plan differs a little and offers 3GB data per day for 28 days. There is also the Shaw academy and other Airtel Thanks benefits with this plan for Airtel users.
Rs 444 All-In-One Prepaid Plans and Airtel Replacement
For the Bharti Airtel users, a good competition for the Rs 444 prepaid plan is the Rs 448 prepaid plan. In case of Reliance Jio, the plan offers 84 days validity, and ships 2GB data per day along with 1,000 IUC minutes. In the case of Airtel, the Rs 448 prepaid plan offers 1.5GB data per day for 82 days, but the benefit of this plan is totally uninterrupted, unlimited calls to any networks without any additional costs.
Rs 555 All-In-One Prepaid Plans and Airtel Replacement
Lastly, for the replacement of the Rs 555 prepaid plan, the Airtel users will have the choice of Rs 499 prepaid plan, which costs Rs 56 less than the Reliance Jio plan and offers very similar benefits. The Reliance Jio plan offers 84 days validity with 2GB data per day, whereas the Airtel prepaid plan offers 2GB data per day for 82 days. As for calling, Reliance Jio offers 3,000 IUC minutes to its subscribers, while Airtel plan offers unlimited calling.
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