Prepaid War: Vodafone Launches Two New Voice-Only Plans With 28 Days Validity

By October 16th, 2018 AT 6:21 PM

Lately, Vodafone India is aiming at the basic users with its voice-only tariff plans. After rolling out a plethora of prepaid plans such as Rs 279 and Rs 189, the UK-based telco which recently announced the completion of its merger with Idea Cellular, has now introduced a couple of prepaid plans priced at Rs 99 and Rs 109. The best part of these plans is they come with 28 days validity. While the Rs 99 prepaid plan is a pure voice-only prepaid plan, the Rs 109 prepaid plan comes with a little amount of data benefit. Going by the pricing, Vodafone is taking on BSNL’s voice-only prepaid plan of Rs 99 which comes with benefits valid for 26 days. Bharti Airtel has a combo prepaid plan of Rs 99 which offers benefits for a period of 28 days, although it’s a segmented plan.


Vodafone Rs 99, Rs 109 Prepaid Plans: Benefits and Validity

As the prices of both the plans itself state, Vodafone is aiming them at Jio’s popular Rs 98 plan which is giving its users unlimited calling, 2GB of data and SMS benefits for 28 days. The Rs 99 plan from Vodafone provides a user with unlimited local, STD and roaming calls for 28 days, while the Rs 109 offers 1GB of data as well on top of unlimited calling. Unlike Jio and Airtel, Vodafone is still limiting the voice calls to 250 minutes per day, 1000 minutes per week and a user can make voice calls to 100 unique numbers during the entire validity period.

Both the New Plans are Aimed at Basic Users

With these new tariff plans, Vodafone is aiming at luring basic users who just rely on voice calling, which is the reason why the telco is not giving any data benefit with the Rs 99 and the Rs 109 plan comes with just 1GB of data. But as mentioned, Vodafone is lagging behind Jio and Airtel by limited voice calls on a daily, weekly basis. However, once the telco achieves pan-India VoLTE coverage, it will likely scrap the limit on voice calling.

Vodafone Rs 109 Plan vs Jio Rs 98 Prepaid Plan

While the Rs 99 prepaid plan is a voice-only plan, the Rs 109 comes with a small amount of data which makes it compete with Jio’s Rs 98 plan. With its prepaid plan of Rs 98, Reliance Jio is giving its users 2GB of 4G data, unlimited voice calls without any FUP limit and 300 text messages with a validity period of 28 days. That said, Vodafone is lagging behind in all the three areas as it limits the voice calls, offers 1GB fewer data and doesn’t provide any SMS benefit entirely.

Vodafone Rs 99 Plan vs BSNL Rs 99 Plan

Not only private telecom operators, but Vodafone India is also competing with the state-run BSNL with its new plans. BSNL also has a Rs 99 prepaid plan offering unlimited voice calling to any network in the country, except for those in Mumbai and Delhi circles. But again, BSNL’s voice calling is unlimited while Vodafone has a limitation on the calling.

Idea Cellular Will Likely Launch These Plans Too

In the last two weeks or so, Idea Cellular is launching all the tariff plans which exist on Vodafone’s portfolio, so that they can unify the tariff portfolio for the merged entity Vodafone Idea Limited. In the next few days, Idea Cellular will likely launch the two new plans of Rs 99 and Rs 109 to match Vodafone.

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VodafoneIdea is still uncompetitive and this will be it’s undoing. Till the time it doesn’t remove 250/1000 mins FUP, has at least unlimited 64kbps after data quota, and offers tariffs/plans+benefits closer to Jio, VodafoneIdea will only go downhill and Jio (and even Airtel) will gain at it’s expense.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Let’s see what happens down the line.

Chetan | Bengaluru
Chetan | Bengaluru

OFFTOPIC: look what codec AVOID is using for providing you so called HD volte. It is 2G voice codec, NB_AMR . Narrow band volte codec. Shame on airtel . Jio is providing EVS codec which was released in 2014. It is enhanced voice service codec

Neha Miglani
Neha Miglani

Offtopic reply : Brother, I agree that it is shame on airtel, but I think we also need to consider some points.

1. Unlike Jio, airtel is operating on multiple technologies. 2G,3G, 4G and VoLTE. So, there might be codec compatibility issues. More or less this is not a major hardware issue but just a software path.

Chetan | Bangalore
Chetan | Bangalore

Spectrum carved out by Airtel for 4G is similar in quantum compared to jio then why run volte on low bandwidth codec. I don’t agree with you Neha Airtel knows if they run better codec then calls will drop excessively due to congestion in core network. Let me repeat, folks on this forum are underestimating the asset quality built by jio and Airtel or VOID has no match to its capacity at core network front. Whenever I advocate for jio, somebody will Jump to defend the indefensible

Neha Miglani
Neha Miglani

You don’t need to agree with me, probably I’m not expecting it either. “I don’t owe an explanation to you and likes of you” as well. I’m agreeing EVC is the latest compressor decompressor mechanism which was finalised in 2014 and not doubt about Jio’s voice quality. But, if you are expressing some opinions, they should consider all possible cases and not particular interests. Suppose, if we consider EVC codec on VoLTE Airtel leaving 2G/3G as well. If airtel has this software path just on volte network, a different codec on 2G and a different codec on 3G. Do you… Read more »

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Hi chetan it’s bound to happen. This is not Jio. Tranferring will take time. But even after two years situation remains same I see no reason to stay with Airtel. Right now Airtel is good with Data speeds only. Calling sucks but time. Jio took so many years to set up their network. This Airtel has primitive networks set on 2G/3G/4G. It will take time to change what you are mentioning. You will be able to see good speeds on Airtel but no improvement in this upcoming six months. Voice facility will be all time worse.

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