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Airtel’s 4G Advertisements Are Misleading The Customers; ASCI Asks Them To Stop Them

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Airtel 4G Advt

India’s largest telecom provider, Airtel, has been asked to withdraw their 4G advertisements, as they are misleading the customers.

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), which is an advertising governing body, has taken severe note of the way Airtel is projecting their 4G services as the best in the country, without any evidence or proof. ASCI took this decision after an unnamed person filed complains against them.

Airtel has confirmed this news, and have informed that they are working with ASCI to show them technical evidence of their claim. They said, “We are engaging with ASCI to provide them with the technical data in support of our advertising claims and are following the prescribed process to schedule a review of the said issue..”

What Triggered This Notice?

In their print and video advertisements, Airtel has been declaring two statements on a consistent basis: ‘Airtel 4G is the fastest network ever’ and ‘If your network is faster, we will pay your mobile bills for life’. This, as per ASCI guidelines, and ethics of advertisements, is wrong.

First of all, there is no such official calibration done to support the claim that Airtel is the fastest network; and there is no way a consumer can determine whether Airtel is the fastest network or not.

Further, regarding their promise of paying mobile bills for life also seems like a fictional-marketing story to grab more eyeballs. A customer is not aware how to check these claims, and how to contact Airtel regarding free bill payments.

ASCI has given a deadline of October 7th for withdrawing these advertisements.

ASCI I their notice said, “We have advised the Advertiser to withdraw or to modify appropriately the said advertisement before 7 October 2015 or seek a review of the decision. If you continue to see the advertisement after the due date, kindly bring the same to our notice.”

ASCI Taking On Telecom Operators

This is not the first time when ASCI has cracked the whip on telecom operators, pertaining to false claims and over-the-board promises.

In April this year, ASCI said that Idea Cellular’s advertisements for IIN (Idea Internet Network) are misleading. These ads basically showcased how Internet can transform lives in rural areas. In one particular video ad, they have shown bias visuals, which give an impression that all women in Haryana are backward.

Just like Airtel, when Vodafone created advertisements with text: “Share photos 43% faster” and “The fastest 3G network”; ASCI rapped them, and asked them to withdraw such misleading ads.

In case you happen to see any such advertisement, which is misleading, biased, showcases a particular ideology without any proof, then don’t hesitate to complain directly to ASCI.

Here are more details how you can report a bad advertisement.

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  1. pawan says

    Very Irritating Advertisement By Airtel

  2. Sunali Goel says

    Its also misleading in a sense that Airtel is the only operator who has launched 4G service. If they try to compete with 3G then naturally it will download faster than others.
    If this advt was there with 2-3 4G service providers then it may be OK..

  3. genuine says

    worthless – airtel

  4. Suresh says

    Yes very true !! advertisement is very misleading, i am using the Airtel4G , in some area’s it is fine and others area in Bangalore it is worst than 2G, after using 2-3 hours it speed getting slow.. Airtel charged too much for 4G but service is not a better one..

  5. Avinash says

    very true !! advertisement is very misleading, i am using the Airtel4G , in some area’s it is fine and others area in delhi it is worst than 2G, after using 2-3 hours it speed getting slow.. Airtel charged too much for 4G but service is not a better one..

  6. Nilamkumar Patel says

    Thanks, this is very useful information. Mobile companies for many years use various misleading campaigns to attract customers and fool them, also don’t take any moral responsibility when caught in false claims and charge customers in many ways even unethically, this will help other people to lodge compaints against such wrong doings.

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