Airtel, Vodafone-Idea Stops All Free Offers For Pre-Paid Users; No More Extended Validity
As per the reports, the telcos have decided that they are not going to extend the validity of their tariff plans anymore since people can step-out now and recharge any of the prepaid plans from a local store.
Why Would This Happen?
Currently, many areas of India which come in the Green and Orange zones are relaxed from the strict lockdown rules.
Also, the small stores are opening up again too.
So, the telecoms have decided not to extend the validity of their tariff plans anymore as now people can recharge any of the prepaid plans from their nearby store.
According to Rajan Mathews, the Director-General of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the needs of both the rural and urban areas are been addressed after the activation of common service centers.
Where COAI represents telcos such as Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, and Reliance Jio.
Which Locations Are Now Active for Helping People Recharge?
Apart from the activation of common service centers, there are also small Kirana stores, ATM’s, and other vendors who are available to help people recharge.
Further, Telecom operators feel like all of this is more than sufficient for people to get their SIM cards recharged.
That is why telcos have decided not to extend the validity of tariff plans anymore.
Recently, Vodafone Idea advised people living in the UP-West to recharge their prepaid plans with the help of more than 6,500 outlets available to them such as kiranas and medical stores if they can’t do it online.
How Telecom Industry Working With The Government To Help Keep Recharge Locations Open?
Earlier, when the Indian government implemented the lockdown, within a week telcos had announced that they are going to extend the validity of their prepaid customers’ plans to April 14 which was later extended even further to May 3.
While telcos such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel credited Rs 10 extra Talktime into their prepaid customer’s account for free.
During the same time, Reliance Jio gave its subscriber base 100 minutes of free Talktime.
Currently, telcos are working with the government for keeping all the recharge outlets and locations active so that people don’t face any difficulty in recharging their SIM cards.
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