Both Reliance Jio and BSNL are known for their special recharge offerings that keep cropping up from festival to festival. With Diwali around the corner, telecom operators are pushing a number of data and voice-centric STVs. Interestingly, some of these offers carry a year-long validity with special Diwali discounts for their subscribers. The first one to introduce a prepaid recharge plan with 365 days validity is Reliance Jio, and the counter-move comes from BSNL in the form of two annual prepaid plans.
Here, we are comparing the benefits of the yearly offerings from Reliance Jio and BSNL.
Jio 365 Days Validity Prepaid Recharge Plan
Reliance Jio rolled out its annual prepaid recharge plan, priced at INR 1,699 to offer unlimited calling and data benefits. The INR 1,699 prepaid recharge plan offers free local and national voice calls with no FUP limits, unlimited roaming calls along with 100 SMS per day (local and national). The prepaid recharge plan will be valid for 365 days from the day of recharge. As for the data benefits, the plan offers a total of 547.5GB of data for the entire validity period. The data offering comes with a cap of 1.5GB per day. Upon hitting the data limit, the speed will be throttled to 64Kbps. Like most of the high-end Jio plans, this one also gives complimentary access to the Jio apps.
Incidentally, if you own a Xiaomi smartphone, you will be eligible for an additional 1.5GB data on top of the existing data benefit of the INR 1,699 plan. To spice up the promotional offer, Jio is also offering 100 cashback with this annual prepaid plan.
The Jio subscribers who get the INR 1,699 plan activated on or before November 30 will be eligible for 100 percent cashback. The cashback will be provided in the form of 5 coupons, worth INR 500 and INR 200. The customers can redeem these coupons at Reliance Digital on a minimum purchase of INR 5,000. Note that you cannot redeem two coupons at the same time and they expire on December 31, 2018. Interestingly, the 100 percent cashback offer is not limited to the annual prepaid recharge plan. You can avail the offer for all the plans above INR 100.
BSNL Prepaid Recharge Plans with 365 Days Validity
Like we mentioned earlier, BSNL counters the Jio offering with two annual prepaid recharge plan, priced at INR 1,699 and INR 2,099. The annual plan worth INR 1,699 offers 2GB of data on a daily basis, which is more than Jio’s 1.5GB data. However, Jio offers 4G speeds and it will take time for BSNL to get onboard with it. Further, the BSNL plan comes with a higher FUP speed of 80 Kbps on data and offers unlimited calling on national roaming, while the 100 SMS per day benefit remains the same. BSNL is also providing a free Hello Tune to the subscribers for the entire year if they opt for it.
The costlier annual BSNL plan has been priced at INR 2,099 and it offers 4GB data per day, apart from all the unlimited calling, SMS benefits. In fact, the FUP limit on the data also remains the same as the first plan. With this plan, the data offer translates to a total of 1460GB or 1.4TB over a course of 365 days, which is a first for a prepaid recharge plan.
While BSNL has more options with its annual prepaid recharge plans, it is important to note that the subscribers will not be getting 4G speeds initially. The state-run telco has recently received the approval for 4G connectivity, and the deployment will take a while. Jio, on the other hand, has built its entire subscriber base with its cost-effective 4G data offerings.