Vodafone India has rolled out a new tariff plan to its prepaid users in the country. Guess what, the telco has launched the cheapest plan with 84 days validity, beating Jio and BSNL. If you look at the scenario a six months ago, Vodafone stands last in the list of operators launching new tariff plans, but now, it has been the frontrunner. Now with Vodafone launching this new plan, we might see the plan from Idea Cellular as well as both the parties have already merged and formed Vodafone Idea Limited. By now, you must be wondering what this new plan offers, right? Well, it might disappoint the heavy data users out there, but this plan from Vodafone is purely aimed at voice calling users.
Vodafone Rs 279 Prepaid Plan: Benefits and Validity
As mentioned above, this plan from Vodafone India is purely aimed at voice calling users. We should not call it heavy voice-calling users because Vodafone is still capping the calls to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week. The new Rs 279 prepaid plan from Vodafone offers unlimited voice calls with a cap as mentioned above and it even provides a user 4GB of 4G/3G data. The best part, however, is the validity of the plan which is 84 days.
Vodafone Launches the Cheapest Prepaid Combo Plan With 84 Days Validity
Now this is the most interesting aspect of the new Rs 279 prepaid recharge from Vodafone as it comes with 84 days validity. So far, no telecom operator in India launched a prepaid plan with 84 days validity under Rs 300, but Vodafone has changed that now. Besides the Rs 279 plan, Vodafone is offering benefits for 84 days with its Rs 399 prepaid recharge, although only for some users, while the Rs 448 plan from the telco gives benefits of 1.4GB data per day, unlimited voice and SMS to every user for 84 days.
At the moment, this plan from Vodafone is available in only some circles such as Karnataka, Mumbai, among others. It’s not available in circles such as Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, where Vodafone has no 4G coverage.
Telcos Concentrating on Voice Calling Users
Since the arrival of Reliance Jio, it has been all data-centric plans. Right now in the industry, a user can avail 1.5GB daily data for 28 days at just Rs 149, courtesy of Jio. Incumbent telcos also followed the suit soon after as more subscribers inclined towards Jio’s offerings. But since the day Vodafone Idea announced they are operational, we have seen a slight change in the industry as the newly merger entity rolled out Active Recharge plans with talk time and data bundled, following both the telcos individually came out with voice-only plans, and now, we have this new Rs 279 recharge, again aimed at voice calling users. But to not leave its users behind, Vodafone has added 4GB of data benefit to this plan.
Does Launching Voice Heavy Plans Make Any Sense for Telcos?
At the moment, the Indian telecom industry is all about data-heavy plans. Operators such as Reliance Jio, BSNL and Airtel are focusing on launching new tariff plans aimed at data-centric users, but it seems like Vodafone Idea is working on a different strategy altogether. The Rs 279 plan from Vodafone makes complete sense as it comes with 84 days validity, but plans with lesser validity make no sense to the consumers in the current scenario.