Vodafone vs Airtel Postpaid Plans With Multiple Connections: Which One to Choose For Your Family?

Airtel and Vodafone are two companies offering add-on connections on their postpaid plans which is one of the essential feature for family postpaid users

Highlights
  • Bharti Airtel plans with add-on connections start at Rs 749
  • Vodafone's plans with multiple connections start at Rs 598

Vodafone followed on the footsteps of Bharti Airtel and made a massive revamp to its postpaid plan portfolio. Although Vodafone postpaid plans were shipping everything that a consumer might need, they did not come with one perk which the Airtel plans offered, and that was of multiple connections. However, with one quick revamp, now Airtel and Vodafone postpaid plans are providing add-on connections which allow family members to club their bills into one. There are other benefits to the add-on connections apart from saving a few bucks. It is worth noting that Airtel and Vodafone, both are offering add-on connections only in their higher end plans. Here are all the details you need to know about multiple connection plans from Bharti Airtel and Vodafone for your family.

Vodafone Airtel Postpaid plans

Airtel Postpaid Plans With Add-on Connections

Although Bharti Airtel’s postpaid plan options begin with the Rs 499, that is not the one you can opt for your family. The add-on connections start on Airtel postpaid plans with the Rs 749 plan. This plan by Airtel is suitable for a small family of two, as it offers one regular connection along with one data add-on connection. The data available with this plan is 125GB with data rollover. There are also unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day, 3 months of Netflix, ZEE5, Airtel TV Premium, handset protection, and 1 year of Amazon Prime.

Next plan offering add-on connection with Airtel is the Rs 999 plan which offers three regular connections and one data add-on connection, making it fit for bigger families. The total data is 150GB per month with data rollover. This plan also offers unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day and other additional benefits, which are the same as mentioned above.

Vodafone Postpaid Plans With Add-on Connections

In Vodafone’s postpaid portfolio, the multiple connection options start at Rs 598, and this plan offers two multiple connections. It is worth noting that Vodafone’s multiple connections operate differently than Airtel’s as Vodafone subscribers get separate data offerings. For example, in the Rs 598 plan, the primary number will get 50GB data, whereas the secondary plan will get 30GB data. All the secondary connections in Vodafone offer 30GB data per month to the subscribers. Further, the Rs 598 plan also provides additional benefits like Vodafone Play, Amazon Prime, Mobile Shield, ZEE5, mobile insurance and more.

The next plans with multiple connections include the Rs 749 and Rs 999 postpaid plans, which offer 3 connections and 5 connections respectively. While the Rs 749 postpaid plan offers total data of 120GB, the Rs 999 plan offers 200GB of data. As you would expect, the plans come with 2 secondary and 4 secondary connections each getting 30GB data per month, in addition to unlimited calling and other additional benefits like Amazon Prime membership, mobile insurance, ZEE5, Vodafone Play and more.

Verdict

While Airtel was the first one to introduce the plans with multiple connections in the market, it seems that Vodafone has beaten Airtel in its own game. Due to the reduction of the number of plans in Airtel portfolio and Vodafone offering more choices to its customers, the Vodafone postpaid plans seem like an ideal choice for families. Also, the structure of Vodafone plans with primary and secondary users and separately allocated data make these plans more attractive.

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.

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Kaushik IMA

I hate to say it, but Vodafone is shaping up to be the best postpaid offer right now.

Chetan
Chetan

What kind of offers you are talking about?

Spiderman
Spiderman

How do I keep my Prepaid Mobile No active by not recharging it ? I do have Idea and Vodafone Nos with me. How long I can keep these nos without recharging with any plan or active recharges as recommended by the operators? Does porting to Bank is the cheapest option for maintaining these nos?

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Spiderman
Spiderman

*porting to BSNL

Thamilan daa
Thamilan daa

Simple.

Keep the main balance below Rs.20 so that the auto deduction does not occur. Recharge with Rs.23 or something for each number (only service validity of 28 days* will be credited) once within 90 days from the date of expiry of the outgoing calls.

* means : make one chargeable outgoing call of 10 seconds during this period. This is applicable even if you recharge with 2 years validity BSNL freedom plan because according to the TRAI rule, one chargeable transaction has to be made once every 90 days in order to keep the SIM active.

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