After a prolonged tariff war that lasted over three years, Indian telecom operators seem to have given up on the race to acquire more consumers and have started to concentrate on becoming profitable. With the telecom space fast approaching saturation point, the only way to do that is by increasing tariffs across the board. All the big three private players in India — Jio, Vodafone Idea, and Airtel announced a hike in their tariffs just a few weeks ago. Airtel, on its part, seems to be still in the mode to attract new customers and retain their new ones with competitive plans and offers. Recently, the company made its INR 349 recharge an overall sweet deal by offering Amazon Prime membership as a complimentary benefit. More recently, Airtel has brought back its popular Rs 558 recharge that was no longer available after the new tariffs were announced.
Airtel 558 Prepaid Plan: What’s new?
The Rs 558 prepaid plan was quite popular among Airtel users who consumed a lot of data on their mobile phones. In its original form, the plan offered 3GB of data per day and had a validity period of 82 days. The refreshed plan includes all the benefits of the earlier plan — including 100 free SMS, free Wynk Music subscription, among others – but curtails the validity period by 26 days. Instead of the older 82-day validity, users will now only get 56 days of validity on the new plan. Chances, however, are high that many users will still opt for this plan — especially the ones that have high bandwidth requirements. Other benefits included with this plan include a premium membership for Airtel Xstream App, a free four-week course on Shaw Academy. Additionally, users can also avail INR 100 worth of cashback on FASTag with Airtel Money.
With the re-introduction of the Rs 558 prepaid plan, Airtel now offers two 3GB/day data plans for its consumers. The other plan that offers 3GB per day is the lower-priced Rs 398 plan that offers these same benefits but has a validity period of just 28 days. To recharge with these new plans, open the Airtel app, and follow the on-screen instructions.