The honeymoon period for telecom subscribers seems to have come to a halt as the three top private telecom giants: Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Jio on Sunday, December 1 announced pre-paid tariff plans with a hike of 40-50 per cent in their rates.
Talking about Bharti Airtel, the revised prepaid plans will come into effect from Tuesday, December 3.
These plan costs are ranged between Rs. 19 and Rs. 2,398 which offer benefits such as unlimited voice calling support.
“Airtel’s new plans represent tariff increases in the range of 50 paise a day to Rs 2.85 a day and offer generous data and calling benefits. Airtel also provides 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,” the telecom company said.
|Old Plan Price (Rs.)||Old Plan Validity (in days)||Old Plan Benefits||New Plan Price (Rs.)||New Plan Validity (in days)||New Plan Benefits|
|19||2||Unlimited Calling, 200MB Data||19||2||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS, 150MB Data|
|35||28||Rs. 26.66 Talktime, 100MB Data||49||28||Rs. 38.52 Talktime, 100MB Data|
|65||28||Rs. 130 Talktime, 200MB Data||79||28||Rs. 63.95 Talktime, 200MB Data|
|129||28||Unlimited Calling, 300 SMS Messages, 2GB Data||148||28||Unlimited Calling, 300 SMS Messages, 2GB Data|
|169 or 199||28||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 1 GB/ Day||248||28||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS/ Day, 1.5GB/ Day|
|249||28||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 2GB/ Day||298||28||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS/ Day, 2GB/ Day|
|448||82||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 1.5GB/ Day||598||84||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 1.5GB/ Day|
|499||82||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 2GB/ Day||698||84||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 2GB/ Day|
|998||336||Unlimited Calling, 3600 SMS Messages, 12GB Data||1498||365||Unlimited Calling, 3600 SMS Messages, 24GB Data|
|1699||365||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 1.5GB/ Day||2398||365||Unlimited Calling, 100 SMS Messages/ Day, 1.5GB/ Day|
The cheapest option – Rs 19 Airtel prepaid plan offers unlimited voice calling benefits, 150MB data and 100 SMS messages per day for of two days. The same plan has till now offered 200MB data allocation.
The Rs 249 plan, which offered unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data a day, would now cost Rs 298. The Rs 448 and 499 plans for 82 days would now cost Rs 598 and Rs 698 for 84 days.