Jio Brings Back Rs 149, Rs 98 Plans To Counter Airtel’s Price War; But Data Benefits, Validity Reduced
A few days back, Airtel triggered a new price war, by making all unlimited calls to off-network free forever. This means, that all Airtel users will be able to call Vodafone-Idea, Jio and BSNL for free.
This was made to counter Jio’s strategy to charge for off-network calls, which was started last month.
Now, as a response to Airtel’s price war, Jio has decided to bring back the popular Rs 149 and Rs 98 plans, which were removed from December 6th.
How will Airtel respond now?
Jio’s Rs 149 Plan Makes A Comeback
As per Jio’s new planning strategy, users were forced to pay Rs 199 as a minimum plan to get 1.5GB per day.
It seems that users protested, and Jio has responded back.
Rs 149 plan from Jio has made a comeback, albeit with reduced data benefits and validity.
Now, as per the new pricing rule, Rs 149 plan will offer 1 GB of data per day, and validity of 24 days, compared to 28 days earlier.
For 1.5GB per day, users will be asked to pay Rs 199, with 28 days validity.
None the less, despite having less data and validity, this is Rs 149 plan would be now the minimum plan for all users, and this can benefit a lot of users, who have low data usage.
Note here, that for making off-network calls (Jio to Airtel, Jio to Vodafone, Jio to BSNKL), there will be a limit of 300 minutes per month.
6paisa will be charged after that for each minute of off-network call.
Jio to Jio calls will be free forever, along with free 100 SMS.
Rs 98 Plan Also Makes A Comeback
For users looking only for validity, and a little bit of data, Rs 98 would be the optimal choice. This also makes a comeback under a revised pricing strategy from Jio.
For Rs 98, Jio users can get 28 days of validity and 2GB data for this entire period.
While Jio to Jio calls will be free, for making off-network calls, there will be a charge of 6paisa from the start.
Users can opt for Rs 10 plan to get free off-network calls.
It would be interesting to observe how Airtel responds now.