There is no denying that the arrival of Reliance Jio has created a churn in the Indian telecom sector. While the consumer has benefitted from the ever plunging data costs and free calls, existing telecom companies themselves have been barely able to fend off the onslaught from Jio. Incumbents like Airtel and Vodafone were forced to lower their data prices to match and even exceed what Jio was offering to its users. It is, however, pertinent to note that most of this action took place in the prepaid segment where most of the Indian users are. While there were postpaid plans from Jio, none of them was as attractive as their prepaid counterparts. That was until now. Jio recently announced the launch of its new Jio ‘Zero Touch’ postpaid plans that would go live from May 15, 2018. In this article, let us take a closer look at what the Jio ’Zero Touch’ plan has on offer to its customers.
Jio ‘Zero Touch’ postpaid plan details
The new Zero Touch plan from Jio gets its name because the company claims that the customer is not required to separately activate various services like voice, internet (data), SMS and international calling once he shifts to this plan. International call prices range from as low as 50 paise a minute to Rs.6 per minute depending on the country you are in. The highlight of the offer is the base Rs.199 plan about which we will talk in detail now.
Jio Zero Touch Postpaid Rs.199 plan
The Jio ZeroTouch postpaid Rs.199 plan offers consumers unlimited free calls and SMS (capped to 100 SMS’ a day) and 25GB of mobile data. If the consumer consumes all 25GB of data within the billing period, instead of throttling the speed as observed in other prepaid plans, the user will be charged at a flat rate of Rs.20 per GB. As mentioned earlier, this plan also comes with pre-activated international roaming. Users will also be able to roam internationally without paying any additional security deposit. International roaming rates -depending on the country you are in could range from as low as 50 paise per minute. The company has also talked about a 2-2-2 plan for roaming internationally wherein the customer will be charged Rs,2 per minute for voice calls, Rs. 2 Per MB for data and Rs. 2 per unit on international roaming. The Rs. 2 per unit services – for voice, data and SMS – are available in as many as 33 countries that include the US, the UAE, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands. There are 42 other countries that include Australia, China, Russia, Germany, Kuwait, Myanmar, South Korea and Spain where subscribers will need to pay Rs.10 per minute for calls and Rs. 10 per MB for data and Rs. 10 per unit for SMSes. The consumer can either choose to buy an international roaming pack or continue without opting for any pack depending on the kind of usage he expects.
Reliance Jio Postpaid International roaming packs
Currently, Reliance Jio has on offer three brand new international roaming packs. The lowest priced pack has been priced at Rs.575 and comes with a validity of just one day, while the second pack is worth Rs.2875 and has a validity of seven days. The most expensive pack is the Rs.5751 pack that has a validity of 30 days.
Both the Rs.575 and the Rs.2875 packs offer 250MB of data usage per day while the Rs.5751 pack offers a total of 5GB of data for the entire 30-day period. The packs also offer unlimited voice calls and SMS with the pack. Post the exhaustion of their data quota, the speed will be capped to 64 Kbps on all these plans.
How to subscribe to Jio Postpaid
Both new and existing users can switch to Jio Postpaid. The company has also confirmed that users on other networks can use MNP to port to Jio and retain their old number. For new users, all they need to do is to walk into any Jio store with an Aadhar card, and they will be able to get a SIM card in a very short time-span. Existing Jio prepaid users can simply open the MyJio app and select the “change plan” option to switch to Jio Postpaid.’