Airtel has rolled out a new plan to counter Reliance Jio’s Rs. 149 plan. The Airtel prepaid plan for Rs. 199 and Rs. 178 is out to counter Jio. With 1GB data and unlimited voice calling benefits, the Airtel plan is similar to that of Reliance Jio.
With a validity of 28 days, the Airtel Rs. 199 plan will be valid for all prepaid users. New users will be able to avail similar benefits at Rs. 178 on their first or second recharge. The Airtel offer is available with 4G/3G/2G speeds.
Airtel Rs. 199 plan vs. Reliance Jio Rs. 149 plan
The Airtel Rs. 199 plan is basically Airtel’s answer to Reliance Jio’s Rs. 149 prepaid plan. So here is a direct comparison stating the benefits you will get from both these plans.
Starting with Airtel, you are getting 1GB of 4G/3G/2G data along with unlimited local and STD calls. There’s no mention of any free SMS with the pack so we can consider that SMS will be charged as usual. The Airtel Rs. 199 plan is valid for 28 days and comes with certain terms and conditions.
The ‘unlimited’ voice calls in Airtel are somehow limited under a condition. You can avail the ‘unlimited’ local and STD calls under Airtel Rs. 199 plan only for 300 minutes per day or 1200 minutes per week. Also, the same plan is available for new customers at Rs. 178, which can be availed on first or second recharge. You can recharge your Airtel number here.
Coming to the Reliance Jio’s Rs. 149 plan, you get 2GB 4G data and unlimited voice calling for 28 days. The Reliance Jio plan is not only offering truly unlimited voice calling but giving twice the data compared to Airtel plan and that too at lower rates. Earlier this week, Reliance Jio had updated its Rs. 149 plan to offer unlimited data.
On the up-side, Airtel is now working on the phased application of their VoLTE services which are presently active in Mumbai. With a nation-wide rollout planned for next year, there are chances that Airtel might cut calling and data charges to as low as that of Reliance Jio.