Ever since its merger completion with Idea Cellular, Vodafone India has been launching new plans every now and then to lure the smartphone users. Unlike Jio which has a feature phone in the form of JioPhone, Vodafone doesn't have any such, and to concentrate on its existing 2G customers who're still using a feature phone, the telco has introduced a Rs 597 prepaid recharge. The plan, which is valid for both feature phone and smartphones users comes with benefits of 10GB data, unlimited voice calling and 100 SMS per day. For smartphone users, it's valid for 112 days, and for feature phone users, it ships with 168 days validity. Idea Cellular is yet to launch this prepaid plan and Jio's Rs 98 prepaid plan for six months also costs the same.
Vodafone Rs 597 Prepaid Plan Benefits
Talking about the benefits offered by the plan, users will get unlimited local, STD and roaming calls within India, 10GB of 4G/3G data and 100 SMS per day for 112 days. Sadly, Vodafone is limiting the voice calls at 250 minutes per day, 1000 minutes per week and the calls can only be made to 100 unique numbers during the entire validity period.
As mentioned above, the validity for smartphone users is 112 days, and for feature phone users, the same benefits can be availed for 168 days.
Vodafone Rs 597 vs Airtel Rs 597 Prepaid Plan
Airtel was the first operator to launch the Rs 597 prepaid plan. Airtel is offering this plan for prepaid users in some circles, and it offers unlimited voice calls without any FUP limit, 100 SMS per day and 10GB data for 168 days. While Vodafone is offering the same plan for 112 days for smartphone users, Airtel is providing the same for 168 days. It's unknown whether Airtel has any special validity for feature phone users. Airtel's Rs 597 prepaid plan is also valid in select circles like Vodafone.
Vodafone Rs 597 Plan is Valid Across all 4G Circles
As seen with some other tariff plans launched recently by Vodafone, this new Rs 597 plan is also valid in the company's 4G circles. For example, Vodafone introduced a Rs 159 prepaid plan offering benefits of 1GB data per day, unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS per day for 28 days is also being launched in only the company's 4G circles.
Vodafone is Aiming at Voice-Calling Users With This Plan
First and foremost, this plan from Vodafone is aimed at voice-calling users. For instance, Vodafone did not launch a single prepaid plan under Rs 1,000 with validity over 100 days. But this Rs 597 plan offers benefits for 112 days for smartphone users and for feature phone users, it's the best bet.
Vodafone Takes on Jio's Rs 594 JioPhone First Recharge Plan
For the unaware, Reliance Jio recently started its JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer, under which the telco is giving a JioPhone at just Rs 501 for users exchanging their old working feature phone. Also, at the time of availing the feature phone offer, Jio has set a mandate that customers should recharge with Rs 594 plan, which gives benefits for six months. Vodafone's Rs 597 plan for feature phone users takes on the same recharge plan from Jio.
Vodafone Launches 1.5GB Daily Data Plans
In recent times, Vodafone has been aggressively launching new prepaid plans every now and then. The country' second largest telco recently unveiled three plans of Rs 209, Rs 479 and Rs 529, offering 1.5GB daily data, unlimited voice calls with a cap and 100 SMS per day for 28 days, 84 days and 90 days respectively. It also introduced segmented prepaid plans such as Rs 189, Rs 279, Rs 168 and so on.