The telecom war is intensifying between the country’s top telecom players. Now the focus has been on high internet data packs owing to the Internet frenzy and dependency in India. Here is how the high internet data packs between top players compare:
Reliance Jio Rs. 498:
This prepaid plan was revamped recently and offers 3.5GB of 4G mobile internet data per day for the validity period. Once the 3.5GB daily internet data limit is exhausted the speed drops to 64Kbps with no limit on browsing. The plan also offers unlimited voice calls to all telecom operators with no roaming charges as well as 100 free SMSes per day for the validity period, which is 91 days. Users are also provided with access to Jio’s suite of apps with this plan, which includes media, music and TV streaming.
Airtel Rs. 499:
The prepaid plan was launched earlier this year by Airtel and offers 2GB of 3G / 4G mobile data per day for the validity period. The pack also offers voice calls including STD calls with no roaming charges. However, voice calls are capped at 300 minutes per day and a total of 1,000 minutes per week. Beyond this, users will be charged 30 paise per minute for voice calls. It also offers 100 free SMSes per day for the validity period, which is 82 days.
Idea Rs. 499:
Idea’s Rs. 499 plan was launched earlier this year to counter Jio and Airtel. Under this plan, users receive unlimited voice calls including STD calls with no roaming charges on outgoing or incoming calls made to any telecom operator. The plan also provides users with 100 free SMSes per day for the entire duration of the plan. Most importantly the plan offers 2GB of 3G / 4G mobile internet data to its users per day for the entire validity period. The plan has a validity period of 82 days similar to Airtel’s prepaid plan.
BSNL Rs. 447:
State-owned telecom operator, BSNL has also released its own high internet data prepaid plan to take on all the private players. This is the Rs. 447 plan. Under this offering, users are provided with access to unlimited local and STD voice calls. The plan also doesn’t levy any charges on roaming charges, be it incoming or outgoing calls during the validity period. The plan also offers 100 free SMSes per day for the validity period. The plan comes with 3GB of 2G / 3G internet mobile data per day for the validity period. On exhausting the data limit, the internet speed is automatically reduced to 40Kbps with unlimited data browsing. Apart from this, users are given a free PBRT (Personalized background ringtones) as a part of this plan.
By comparing the above plans, it is evident that Reliance Jio’s plan stands out the clear winner when it comes to best value for money. While all the four plans are similarly priced and offer the same benefits with regard to SMSes and voice calls, the difference is when it comes to mobile data limit. Reliance Jio offers 500 MB data per day more data than its closest competitor, which is BSNL. Apart from this, it also offers access to its complementary apps, which is an added bonus.