The telecom war doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. It all started from the time Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio entered the telecom space back in September 2016 with its free and unlimited data and calling facility. The free services definitely wooed the customers, and in no time Jio garnered millions of consumers. This indeed started giving sleepless nights to other telecom majors in the industry. To counter Jio’s services and strategies — telecom operators — especially Airtel and Vodafone started to bring in new ‘value-for-money’ plans and revamp the old ones with the motto to provide more at a cheaper price.
New tariff plans are introduced almost every passing day, and very recently, Airtel and Vodafone announced two new plans and both are priced at Rs 199. Similarly, to counter Jio’s 149 plan, Airtel also introduced Rs 149 plan. So, which of the aforementioned plans are better? Which one should you opt for? Let’s find out.
Airtel Rs 199 plan
It is a couple of days ago that Airtel introduced this offer for its prepaid users. So what does it offer? Under the Rs 199 plan, Airtel offers unlimited local and STD calling facility, and 1GB of data with a validity for 28 days. When we tried to check the MyAirtel app, this plan was listed under the bestselling prepaid packs category. Under this plan, customers will be able to receive unlimited roaming incoming calls, but then it seems charges will be applied to the roaming outgoing calls. You’ll also get unlimited local and national SMS benefits.
Vodafone Rs 199 plan
Like Airtel, Vodafone also offers a Rs 199 plan to its prepaid users. Under this plan, consumers will get 1GB of 4G or 3G data along with unlimited local and STD calling facility will the validity of 28 days. But, the unlimited calls come with certain limitations. It doesn’t literally offer ‘unlimited’ calls. Under the new plan, Vodafone prepaid users will be able to make unlimited calls for only 250 minutes in a day — both local and STD and to any network, while the weekly limitation is 1000 minutes.
So, what happens if you make more than 250 min calls in a day? In that case, Vodafone will charge 30 paise per minute call. There’s another limitation. If you make calls to more than 300 unique numbers in a week, Vodafone will charge you 30 paise per minute for the remaining validity. Alongside the data and call offers, this plan also offers a free subscription to Vodafone Play to the customers.
Comparing the two plans, both Airtel and Vodafone offer almost the similar benefits to its users. Although there are slight difference in the calling facility, as there a lot more limitations when it comes to Vodafone’s Rs Rs 199 plan. Airtel’s plan also has some limitations but are comparatively a little lesser than Vodafone.
Airtel Rs 149 plan
Now coming to the Rs 149 plan by Airtel — which the company apparently introduced to take on Jio’s Rs 149 plan. Under the Rs 149 plan, Airtel is offering 300MB data along with unlimited local and STD calls with a validity for 28 days. But then, there’s a catch. 4G handset users opting for this plan will get 300MB data, while other handset users will get only 50MB.
Jio Rs 149 plan
Jio revamped its tariff plans back last month – at the time of Diwali. It revamped its Rs 149 plan as well. After the revision, Jio’s Rs 149 plan now offers 4.2GB of 4G data along with unlimited local and STD calls. The plan comes with a daily FUP limit under this plan is 0.15GB.
Comparing these two plans, Jio seems to offer better services compared to Airtel. The data offer by Airtel is much lesser than that of Jio’s — considering the fact both the plans are priced the same. So, if considered from the data point of view, Jio’s plan makes more sense. But if calls are your priority, then both the telcos are good enough as both offer the same service when it comes to calls.