- The tariff hike has increased the plan prices by as much as 40%
- There is also a cap on calling to outgoing networks in the case of Vodafone Idea and Airtel
- Reliance Jio is offering more data to the consumers
The new tariff hike has got every subscriber talking about how much more they would be spending on their prepaid recharges from now on. The two incumbent telecom operators, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, have already introduced their new prepaid recharges which come with increased prices and capped benefits. However, the only telecom operators in the line which is yet to put out its plans with the increased prices is Reliance Jio. The Mukesh Ambani led telecom operator is trailing by three days in its rollout of the new plans, by allowing the people to recharge with long term plans or to queue their recharges before the tariff hike. However, there is one thing to note about the tariff hike on the Reliance Jio prepaid recharges and that is the fact that even with a hike on these recharges, these plans will offer better benefit to the customers in some way or the other. To see how true this holds for the new plans from Reliance Jio, we decided to make a comparison of the same. Here is how the new Reliance Jio plans compare with the new plans from other telcos.
Reliance Jio Offering Less Prices for Same Data
Firstly, talking about the plans which come with one-month validity. Reliance Jio is offering a 1.5GB per day data plan to the users, which costs Rs 199. However, the other telcos, Airtel and Vodafone Idea are offering the same data limit on their Rs 248 and Rs 249 per month plan. Similarly, there is a little difference in the 2GB per day plan as well. While the Reliance Jio plan will be available for Rs 249 per month in this case, the incumbents are charging Rs 298 and Rs 299 per month. There would also be an approximate difference of Rs 50 in the 3GB per day plan too with Reliance Jio offering it for Rs 349 and the other telcos charging almost Rs 400.
The trend also continues for plans which come with longer validity. For example, in the case of three month period with plans which come for 84 or around 90 days validity. In this case, Reliance Jio offers the 1.5GB daily data plan for Rs 555, whereas Airtel and Vodafone Idea are offering comparable data benefits at Rs 598 and Rs 599 respectively. For 2GB daily data limit plans in this validity period, the subscribers will be paying Rs 599 in the case of Reliance Jio and Rs 698 and Rs 699 respectively for Airtel and Vodafone Idea.
Data is Cheap But Calling is Not
So, there is no doubt that the telecom subscribers will be enjoying better data rates on Reliance Jio as compared to all the other private telecom operators. Reliance Jio has been the go-to option for people looking for more data with less cost, and the telco is still living up to this hype. However, although data is something that will cost less for the subscribers, the customers will still need to note that the calling feature would be something that they would have to bear the cost for, in the case of Reliance Jio.
All-in-One Plans are the Solution
Although the other incumbents are charging a little more for these plans, they also come with 1000 minutes of off-net calling in the case of monthly plans and 3000 minutes of off-net calling in the case of three monthly plans. But, that is not the case with Reliance Jio as the telco asks the users to get a new separate IUC talk time voucher with its data plans. But, if the plan is an all-in-one plan, then the subscribers would not have to get a separate IUC talk time voucher. Therefore, if more data is what you’d like to have, then recharging your Reliance Jio number with some of these plans would be the right call.
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.