Ever since the Jio disruption in 2016, India had the lowest tariff rates globally. Well, all good things must come to an end. All major telcos in the country have raised tariffs by 15-47%. Vodafone Idea and Airtel, which are the worse hit by the advent of Jio, were the first to levy higher voice and data charges. But soon Jio also followed the suit.

Here’s a breakdown of how much you’ll have to pay more once the new plans are active.

Reliance Jio: New Plan changes

Jio new plans

Soon after Vodafone Idea and Airtel came up with their tariff changes, Reliance Jio introduced its “All-in-one” or AIO plans. New Jio plans are expensive by up to 39 percent, with offer benefits of up to 300%. If you go overboard, you’ll be charged 6p/min on all Off-net calls above the free usage limit. The plan specifics are listed down below.

Prices Benefits Validity (days)
Rs. 98 + Rs. 10 IUC Top-Up recharge 2GB, 300 SMS 28
Rs. 129 2GB, UL Voice (FUP of 1000 minutes for off-net calls), 300 SMS 28
Rs. 149 2GB/day, UL Voice (FUP of 300 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 24
Rs. 199 1.5GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 1000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 28
Rs. 249 2GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 1000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 28
Rs. 329 6GB, UL Voice (FUP of 3000 minutes for off-net calls), 1000 SMS 84
Rs. 349 3GB/day, UL Voice (FUP of 1000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 28
Rs. 399 1.5GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 2000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 56
Rs. 444 2GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 2000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 56
Rs. 555 1.5GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 3000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 84
Rs. 599 2GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 3000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 84
Rs. 1,299 24GB, UL Voice (FUP of 12000 minutes for off-net calls), 3600 SMS 365
Rs. 2,199 1.5GB/ day, UL Voice (FUP of 12000 minutes for off-net calls), 100 SMS/day 365

It also underlines the new changes are meant to strengthen the telecom sector and will take relevant measures to bolster the data consumption and digital growth in India.

Bharti Airtel: New Plan changes

Airtel new plans

Tl;dr: Similar to Vodafone Idea, Airtel will undergo a hike of up to 40% with validity periods of 2 days, 28 days, 84 days and 365 days applicable from December 3, 2019.

Airtel users can make unlimited calls to any network and there is no more 6p/min charge for crossing the FUP limit.

Price Plan Benefits Validity (days)
19 UL Voice, 200MB data, 100 SMS 2
49 Rs. 38.52 TT, 100MB data 28
79 Rs. 63.95 TT, 200MB data 28
148 UL Voice, 300 SMS, 2GB data 28
219 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 1GB/day 28
248 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day 28
298 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day 28
399 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day 56
499 UL Voice, 90 SMS/day, 2GB/day 56
598 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day 84
698 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day 84
1498 UL Voice, 3600 SMS, 24GB 365
2398 UL Voice, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day 365

 

Three new “Truly Unlimited Plans” were recently added to this list viz. Rs. 219, Rs. 399, and Rs. 449.

Shashwat Sharma, CMO, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel will continue to make large investments in emerging technologies and digital platforms to deliver world-class experiences to our customers”.

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Vodafone Idea: New Plan changes

Tl;dr: Hike up to 40% with validity periods of 2 days, 28 days, 84 days and 365 days applicable from December 3, 2019.

Just like Airtel, Vodafone Idea users don’t have to pay the 6p/min charge for crossing the FUP limit. Hence the calls are truly unlimited to any network.

Combo Vouchers
MRP (Rs) Product Benefit Validity (days)
49 Rs. 38 TT, 100MB data, 2.5p/sec tariff 28
79 Rs. 64 TT, 200MB data, 1p/sec tariff 28
Unlimited packs
149 UL Voice, 2GB data, 300 SMS 28
249 UL Voice, 1.5GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 28
299 UL Voice, 2GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 28
399 UL Voice, 3GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 28
379 UL Voice, 6GB data, 1000 SMS 84
599 UL Voice, 1.5GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 84
699 UL Voice, 2GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 84
1499 UL Voice, 24GB data, 3600 SMS 365
2399 UL Voice, 1.5GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 365
Unlimited Sachet
19 UL On-net Voice, 150MB data, 100 SMS 2
First Recharges
97 Rs. 45 TT, 100MB data, 1p/sec 28
197 UL Voice (FUP of 1000 mins for off-net calls), 2GB data, 300 SMS 28
297 UL Voice (FUP of 1000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 28
647 UL Voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5GB/day of data, 100 SMS/day 84

Following the new announcement, Vodafone India said, “It remains committed to playing its role in actualizing the vision of Digital India by offering world-class digital experiences to cater to the evolving needs of its over 300 million customers.”

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Anyhow, things definitely took a turn for the worse for the customers but the writing has always been on the wall – the tariffs weren’t sustainable and have been gradually increasing every few months. This could have other implications such as –

  • The burgeoning telecom war will pick up more steam but for luring customers with better services. The focus will be on entertainment-based content, which will benefit the creators of these.
  • The Telecom sector is likely to benefit in terms of revenue generation. After all, the losses incurred up until now must be recovered.
  • The usage of data/internet for content consumption will be more deliberate.
  • As an aftereffect of the above point, some users may switch to VoIP calling services such as Whatsapp and Facebook messenger for making calls.

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