The recharge and top-up plans provided by all the three telecom operators come in more or less the same validity period, that is, monthly, three-month basis and yearly. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The recharge and top-up plans provided by all the three telecom operators come in more or less the same validity period, that is, monthly, three-month basis and yearly. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone Idea: New recharge plans compared

  • The surge in most of the plans provided by the three major telcos are in the average range of 15-47%
  • While Airtel raised its tariffs by up to 50%, Vodafone Idea also hikes rates by up to 42% and Reliance Jio increased the rates by up to 40%

Country's three major telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio recently announced tariff hikes for their prepaid customers. Owing to the announcement, Airtel and Vodafone Idea have already revised the recharge plans while Reliance Jio will revise the plans from tomorrow, 6 December, 2019.

The surge in most of the plans provided by the three telcos are in the average range of 15-47%. While Airtel raised its tariffs by up to 50%, Vodafone Idea also increased the price of the earlier tariffs by up to 42%. Reliance Jio, had announced a hike in tariffs by up to 40%, but also introduced a brand new plan to provide customers 300% more benefits in its latest 'All-in-One' plans, according to the company's statement.

The recharge and top-up plans provided by all the three telecom operators come in more or less the same validity period, that is, monthly, three-month basis and yearly.

Here is the break-up of some of the major plans provided by the three telecom operators.

Reliance Jio latest 'All-in-One' plans:

249 monthly plan: Unlimited calls, 2GB data per day and 2000 minutes for Jio to non-Jio calls with 28 days validity.

349 monthly plan: Unlimited calls, 3GB data per day, unlimited Jio-Jio calls and 3,000 minutes for Jio to non-Jio calls with 28 days validity.

599 three-month plan: Unlimited calls with 2GB data per day and 3,000 minutes of free calls from Jio to non-Jio users with a validity of 84 days.

2,199 yearly plan: This plan comes with 1.5GB data per day, unlimited calls and 12,000 minutes for Jio-non Jio calls with 365 days validity.

Apart from these there are several JioPrime benefits provided to the customers such as 600 plus shows including more than 100 HD channels in JioTV, access to Norton’s Mobility Security Suite in JioSecurity, access to complimentary 5GB cloud storage in JioCloud and much more.

Airtel latest plans:

248 monthly plan: For this plan, Airtel has clubbed two plans of 169 and 199 into this one. This new plan gives you unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day and 1.5 GB of data every day for 28 days.

298 monthly plan: Surging the price of this plan from 249, this new plan offers unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data per day with a validity of 28 days.

598 three-month plan: Unlimited calls with 1.5 GB data and 100 SMS per day for 84 days.

698 three-month plan: Unlimited calls with 2 GB data and 100 SMS per day and carries a validity of 84 days.

Among Airtel's yearly plans, the costliest plan sees a surge of 699. The 1699 yearly plan now costs 2398 with the same benefits provided. The new price will have the same benefits of unlimited calling with 1.5 GB data and 100 SMS per day for 365 days.

Besides the plan benefits, you also get access to Airtel XStream Premium content, Wynk Music subscription, free Hello Tunes and anti-virus mobile protection.

Vodafone Idea latest plans:

249 monthly plan: Unlimited Voice (FUP of 1000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5 GB/day of Data, 100 SMS/ day, 28 days validity

399 monthly plan: Unlimited voice (FUP of 1000 mins for off-net calls), 3 GB/day of Data, 100 SMS/ day, 28 days validity

379 three-month plan: Unlimited Voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls), 6 GB data, 1000 SMS, 84 days validity

599 three-month plan: Unlimited Voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5 GB/day of Data, 100 SMS/day, 84 days validity. The same plan was offered by the telecom for 458 earlier.

Apart from this, there is also a 699 recharge for a validity of 84 days added to the prepaid recharge schemes that provides unlimited voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls), 2 GB data and 100 SMS

1,499 yearly plan: Unlimited Voice (FUP of 12000 mins for off-net calls), 24 GB data, 3600 SMS, 365 days validity. This plan has seen a significant rate hike of 500. The same benefits were provided to the prepaid consumers for a much less price of 999. However, the telecom major increased the data usage limit from 12 GB to 24 GB.

Earlier in the week, Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel’s market capitalization had risen by 12,300 crore after the two telecom majors finally hiked their respective tariffs. However, after Jio’s tariff hikes, the gains for the week have fallen to around 5,600 crore.

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