BSNL to offer more data, validity under select prepaid plans

Jio effect: Airtel Rs. 399 plan with 1GB data per day now with 70 days validity

Reliance Jio added 6.1 mn users in November, RCom lost 25.75 mn: Trai

Bharti Airtel, however, continued to remain India's biggest telco with 289.53 million customers, while Mukesh Ambani-led Jio's subscriber base has grown to a shade over 152 million, end-November. The Rs 485 and Rs 666 plans offer 1.5GB of data per day along with above-mentioned benefits. Jio 4G plan 149 is a monthly plan.

Earlier, Airtel has launched other competitive offers to take on Jio's plans.

Airtel's new Rs. 93 prepaid recharge pack is giving a tough competition to Reliance Jio Rs. 98 recharge pack.

Other freebies with the two recharge packs include unlimited calls to any network across India (up to 250 minutes a day, 1,000 minutes a week), no charges for calls on roaming, and 100 SMSes per day. There are no extra charges for calls made in roaming and no restriction on calls (daily or weekly free calling minutes).

The revised BSNL packs of Rs. 186, Rs. 187, Rs. 349, and Rs. 429 now offer 1GB of data per day for 28 days, 28 days, 54 days, and 81 days, respectively. Jio subscribers are also provided with the upgraded Rs. 349 pack that offers similar benefits for 70 days. The Rs. 448 pack now offers a validity of 82 days. As per the plan, one is entitled to receive unlimited local and STD calls. However, Jio's Rs. 199 pack provides 1.2GB 4G data per day while the Airtel's pack gives only 1GB data per day. Interestingly, in Odisha, Rajasthan and Haryana circles, both the Rs. 458 and Rs. 509 plans offer validity of 84 days, which essentially leaves the latter redundant. This is also the Happy New Year 2018 plan of Jio. The validity of Jio's Rs. 398 pack is also 70 days.

The Rs. 458 plan offered 70-day validity till recently, but is now valid for 84 days. The new move appears to be a strategic decision to compete against that is already offering cheap unlimited voice call packs in India.

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