The data war continues. It all started with the coming of Jio, back in September 2016 and its free and unlimited 4G data and voice calling services. Soon after Jio was introduced, it shook up the completely telecom space and gave sleepless nights to its competent with its free services. However, to counter attack Jio and its offerings, other major telcos like – Bharti Airtel and Vodafone also introduced several value for money plans to retain their customer base. In regards to that, Vodafone India has now come up with a new plan under which the new prepaid subscribers will get 1GB of 4G data per day for a period of 70 days.
Vodafone’s new prepaid plan is called First Recharge Coupon (FRC) 244. First, as mentioned earlier, this is only for the new Vodafone prepaid users, the ones who have recently got a new 4G SIM card. Coming to the plan now. It offers up to 1GB of 4G data to the subscriber, for a span of 70 days. Not only that, under the plan, users will also get unlimited STD and local voice calling facility, but there’s a catch. The voice calling is restricted to only with the Vodafone network. This is a major drawback of this new plan by the telecom operator. The plan can be taken up for Rs 244. This is what this new plan offers.
It is noteworthy that this offer is limited only for the first recharge. What does that mean? This means that the users subscribing to this new Vodafone plan will get 1GB of 4G data every day for 70 days only for the first recharge. So, that is, after the first 70 days, if the subscriber decides to opt for a second recharge the validity of the plan will come down to 35 days. The tariff plan is available only for certain regions and the tariff may vary in different areas.
Meanwhile similar to the Vodafone’s Rs 244 offers, Airtel also comes up with one. Bharti Airtel under its Rs 244 plan offers 1GB data per day for 70 days, and unlimited STD and local calls. However there’s a catch. There seems to be a limit of 300 minutes of free Airtel to Airtel calls daily, and 1200 minutes of free calls on the network per week.
That’s about the new subscribers. Vodafone India has also introduced a much similar plan for its old customers as well. For the old ones, the telecom major has come up with Rs 346 plan under which they will offer 1GB of 4G data per day and voice calls to any network for 56 days. But, there’s also a catch. The voice calling facility is limited. The subscribers will be able to make only 300 minutes – which is around 5 hours per day, and 1,200 minutes per week. So, the plan doesn’t really offer ‘unlimited’ voice calling service to its users like the Jio Rs 349 tariff which offers the same data but ‘unlimited’ voice calls to any network for 56 days. And after crossing the daily FUP, the internet speed will drop down to 128 Kbps. There are some plans by other telcos like – Jio, Airtel and Idea that seems to be much more effective than these Vodafone plans that come with some many limitations. Let’s take a look.
As mentioned, the first is the Rs 349 prepaid plan by Jio which offers 1GB of 4G data and unlimited voice calling to any network for 56 days. Reliance Jio recently revamped most of its tariff plans. Earlier the Rs 349 plan used to offer the same service for 28 days only. After crossing the daily FUP, the internet speed will drop down to 128 Kbps. The revised plan obviously seems much better. Then there’s Airtel. Bharti Airtel offers 1GB of data per day along with unlimited calls to any network for 28 days at Rs 349. Earlier the daily FUP of this plan was 1GB, now Airtel seems to have revised and increased it to 2GB.
There are some other plans by these telecom operators which are also among the best one. Offers more service in less money. One such plan is Jio’s Rs 309 plan (which is now revised) offers Jio Prime users with 1GB of 4G data for 56 days. The subscribers will also get unlimited voice calls (no terms and conditions applied). The same plan before it was revised offered similar service for 28 days only. Then there’s another Rs 509 plan by Jio. Under this plan, subscribers will get 84GB of 4G data for 84 days with a daily FUP of 1GB. Along with the 84GB data, the plan also offers unlimited voice calling facility. After crossing the daily FUP, the internet speed will drop down to 128 Kbps.
Apart from Jio, Airtel has also come up with several exciting offers for its users. Bharti Airtel recently announced Project Next — a digital innovation program aimed at transforming customer experience across all of its services and touch points. Under Project Next, Airtel will revamp its stores, launch mobile handset protection schemes. Not only that, Airtel will now transfer unused mobile data to next month for postpaid users. Meanwhile, Airtel has also extended its ‘Monsoon offer’ for another 3 more billing cycles. Under the scheme, the telecom operator offers up to 30GB of free 4G data to the post-paid users for consecutive 3 months.
Coming back to Vodafone’s new Rs 244 and Rs 346 plan. The new Vodafone 4G SIM card holders will also get 5 per cent cash back on recharging from My Vodafone app. The cash back will be redeemed in the form of talk time. Now, it’s on you decided which plan suits you the best as per your requirement.