India's telecom majors have decided to hike their tariffs by around 40%. While the new tariffs announced by Airtel and Vodafone Idea will take effect from midnight of December 3, 2019, Reliance Jio has decided to raise its tariffs from the midnight of December 6, 2019. State-owned BSNL has also announced plans to increase tariffs, but is yet to announce the date for the same.
The move comes after the recent Supreme Court judgment on Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) which has left the telecom majors saddled with government dues of more than Rs 92,000 crore.
Airtel and Vodafone Idea have ended their Rs 169 and 199 plans that offer 1GB and 1.5GB data per day, respectively, for 28 days. Airtel will provide access to its premium content on Airtel Xtream. Jio will be introducing All-in-One plans which will cost 40% higher, but will offer 300% more benefits to customers, the company said.
Vodafone Idea and Airtel customers have time until midnight of December 3, 2019 to recharge at old rates before new tariffs kick in.
Here are all the plans and offers from Vodafone Idea, Airtel, Jio and BSNL
Airtel has scrapped its Rs 169 and Rs 199 plans and will now offer a new plan for Rs 248. Under the new plan, customers will get 1.5 GB data everyday. The plan will have a validity of 28 days. The unlimited call offer now applies only to Airtel to Airtel calls whereas calls to other networks will have a Fair Usage Policy limit. For the plan which allows customers 2 GB data per day, Airtel has increased the price to Rs 298. This plan offers unlimited calling with an FUP limit and 100 SMS per day. These plans also provide exclusive benefits as part of the Airtel Thanks platform, which enables access to premium content from Airtel Xstream (10,000 movies, exclusive shows, and 400 TV channels), Wynk Music, device protection, anti-virus protection and much more. Airtel’s new plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise/day to Rs 2.85/day.
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Vodafone has also scrapped its Rs 169 and Rs 199 plans. The company, instead, is offering Rs 249 plan which offers benefits of 1.5 GB data per day and 100 SMS per day for 28 days. Customers who want more data can opt for the Rs 299 plan which offers 2GB per day and the Rs 399 plan which offers 3 GB data per day.
Reliance Jio has announced new rates with effect from midnight of December 6, 2019. The new tariff, up to 39 per cent higher than before, might pinch your pocket. The company has, however, assured that the new All-in-One plans will come with 300 per cent more benefits, including access to JioTV, JioCinema and JioSaavn, for the user.
Reliance Jio’s tariff hike plan follows rival Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea’s rate-revision announcements earlier.
Here are all details of the new Jio All-in-One plans, applicable from December 6 midnight.
Under the new plan, the Rs 149 package will now cost Rs 199 and offer 1.5 GB of data per day, with a fair usage policy (FUP) limit — non-Jio call limit — of 1,000 minutes, and a validiy of 28 days. By comparison, Vodafone and Airtel are offering their 1.5 GB data plans for Rs 249 and Rs 248, respectively. Jio's three-month plan with 1.5 GB data will now cost Rs 555, a 39 per cent jump over Rs 399 earlier. It will come with an FUP limit of 3,000 minutes and a validity of 84 days.
The price of Jio's 2GB daily data plan has increased from Rs 198 to Rs 249, with a non-Jio call limit of 1,000 minutes. The three-month 2GB plan will cost Rs 599, Rs 151 more than the earlier rate of Rs 448.
Jio has increased its rates for affordable plans, too. The Rs 98 plan with 2 GB of data for 28 days will now cost 129. The rate of a 6GB data limit with 84 days of validity has been revised to Rs 329.
Here is how the new All-in-One plan looks like:
BSNL has also announced its decision to increase tariffs. However, it is yet to announce the date from which the new rates will kick in.
BSNL has introduced two new plans for Rs 999 and Rs 1,999. The Rs 999 plan will offer 250 minutes of free calling every day and will come with a validity of 220 days. But this plan does not include free data or free SMS along with it. The Rs 1,999 plan also has 250 minutes calling limit but it comes with 3GB data every day and Caller Ring Back Tone facility. It also offers free subscription of SonylIve for a year.