What to Expect from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea Cellular in September 2017

By August 25th, 2017 AT 4:10 PM

India’s top three telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea Cellular are under tremendous pressure due to the competitive tariff plans offered by Reliance Jio. However, Reliance Jio is all set to begin its next journey of disruption with the smartest feature phone, the JioPhone.

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With the JioPhone, the newcomer is looking to add more subscribers to its fastest growing subscriber base. At the same time, it’s making the tariff plans further cheaper. The JioPhone has a tariff plan of Rs. 153, which offers unlimited voice calls and 500MB 4G data per day per month. That’s a luring plan for Indian consumers.

The JioPhone is already up for pre-booking and is expected to be delivered in early September. Jio is looking to ship at least 5 million smartphones every week, meaning it will ship over 20 million devices in just one month.

With the JioPhone, the new entrant is putting a lot of pressure on the incumbent operators to come up with something new. Not only the JioPhone, Reliance Jio has changed the landscape of entire Indian telecom industry by introducing various new technologies. Here’s what can we expected from Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular in September 2017.

Bharti Airtel’s VoLTE Service Might Go Live in a Few Cities

Recently, a user from Mumbai claimed that he’s getting VoLTE service on Airtel network on his Xiaomi device. This essentially means that the service is inching towards the official launch. Airtel already confirmed that the VoLTE service will go live in select cities first before the pan-India roll out by March 2018. The Airtel VoLTE service might go live in September itself.

Bharti Airtel’s Rs. 2,500 4G Smartphone

To counter Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel is rumoured to come with an affordable 4G handset which will cost Rs. 2,500, and it may be unveiled next month with a possible sale date around Diwali. The 4G handset from Airtel, however, will run Android OS. Airtel is also looking to offer bundled tariff plans with the device.

Handset Bundled Plans from Vodafone and Idea Cellular

India’ second and third largest telecom operators are aggressively partnering with smartphone brands to offer bundled data plans with some of their phones. For example, Vodafone has partnered with HMD Global and offering 9GB free data for Nokia handset buyers, while Idea Cellular collaborated with Vivo and offering free data to its customers. Both the operators may partner with more brands to offer handset bundled offers.

More Combo Plans

This has become a trend in the Indian telecom market. Almost all the telecom operators are following Reliance Jio and offering voice and data combo plans. It is expected that the prices of these tariffs from the big three operators expected to go down by another 30% to rival the new entrant.

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Chetan
Chetan

OFFTOPIC: Just realised and checked from Airtel that If you change from Post to pre or Vice versa then porting is allowed from the 90 days of pre/post sim activation date and not from network ported date. This is UTTER illogical and non sense rule of telcos. seems like all follow this. Where as TRAI rule says 90 days from Porting In. Telcos r devising their own rule and running scot free from authorities as TRAI still doesn’t know this happing….

Mombasa
Mombasa

This practice is going on from years. And TRAI is not taking action against it.

saket
saket

this is also true in case of vodafone.

My 90 days are getting completed by 28th AUG, then i am porting to JIO with jiophone and Rs153 plan.

Hope they give MNP with jiophone plan.

Chetan
Chetan

I believe new no. And sim will be provided with Jio phone and 153 plan will be levied only on new no. You can’t get 159 plan availed on ported no.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Jiophone users will be getting a sim with the phone and you cant use another sim. So if you port your number to Jio, you will get a jio sim and you can use that in your current 4g phone. make sure it supports bands 3, 5 and 40.

Arena
Arena

It’s not like that,…phone +new sim with blank number, ekyc gets new phone number….like wise during ekyc porting is done with Port code and old number..

Instead of new, Porting kills competition that will add advantage to Jio. No porting can only prove bad to Jio, incase of quality issues.

For jiophone…either ported or new Jio sim……only clause is old Jio sim don’t work for 153 plan.

Arena
Arena

Telecos tweaked it, to the best way they can get. As per trai rule it must be network to network 90 days, they made it as service to service type, 90 days.

Ksbdhthshs
Ksbdhthshs

Airtel have HD calling app for non volte phone

Like jio4gvoice app for jio

@Esmail

Esmail

Not one that I am aware of, so either wait for them to deploy VoLTE of port to Jio and experience HD voice instantly.

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