UPDATED: June 21, 2021 13:26 IST
Airtel and Jio have introduced new no daily data limit prepaid plans that give unlimited calling and daily SMS benefits. Earlier this month, telecom companies Airtel and Jio introduced new bulk data plans with no daily data limit for users. Jio has introduced five prepaid plans in this category with 15, 30, 60, 90 and 365 days validity. Airtel has introduced one plan with bulk data benefits and 60 days validity. TRAI had suggested that earlier that the telcos should offer 30 days validity as it received complaints from consumers who said they feel cheated because of 28-day validity plans as they have to get 13 recharges done per year.
After introducing the new prepaid plans, Jio suggested TRAI issue an advisory to telecom companies to offer at least one prepaid plan voucher (PV), special tariff voucher (STV) and combo voucher (CV) with 30-day validity to address consumer complaints around the 28-day packs.
Under Rs 500, Jio has made available plans priced at Rs 127, Rs 247 and Rs 447 that give 12GB, 25GB and 50GB data for 15, 30 and 60 days respectively. These plans come with unlimited calls and access to Jio apps. Airtel brought in a new prepaid plan priced at Rs 456 that gives bulk data and unlimited calls. The plan offers 50GB data for 60 days validity with unlimited calls and 100 SMS per day. This means that users will not have a daily data limit with this plan and can use data as per their requirements.
After the exhaustion of data, users will be required to pay 50 paise per megabyte Re 1 per local and Rs. 1.5 per national SMS message. The additional benefits of this plan include access to Prime Video Mobile Edition, free hello tunes, Wynk music, Airtel XStream Premium, and Rs 100 cashback on Fastag. Airtel is also giving a segmented offer on its Rs 199 prepaid plan. TO select users it is giving 15GB daily data along with 35 days validity.
Coming to more user-oriented benefits, Jio has launched JioFiber broadband plans starting from Rs 300 per month which are now available for semi-annual and annual booking. The ISP is also giving a 4K set-top-box at no extra cost. However, the terms and conditions of Jio note that the one-time refundable amount for devices and advance towards installation services of Rs 1000 will be refundable only if service is discontinued in the 30-day trial period upon return of devices in working condition. These postpaid Jio fibre plans are claimed to have no upfront entry cost. The terms also note that the truly unlimited plans have a commercial use policy of 3300 GB. For plans priced above Rs 999, Jio will give access to 15 OTT apps.