Mumbai: Amid high competition in the telecom market with the new entrant Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel - India's largest telecom operator so far - is offering 300 GB of mobile data for 360 days at Rs. 3,999.
Airtel's new plan is listed on the prepaid recharge website. This is identical to Jio's Rs. 1,999 plan, which also gives 125GB data and unlimited voice, SMS and roaming for 180 days.
The first and the second offers are limited to a maximum of 10 and 6 recharges respectively. The unlimited calling, roaming and SMS benefits extend to this plan just like they do in the previous two plans. The plan is priced rather steeply at Rs 3,999 but in the long run the data pack can save you from the trouble of monthly recharge and also save you a little money in comparison to an equivalent monthly recharge. On the other hand, under the Rs 509 plan it offers 2GB data per day with 100 SMS and unlimited calling. Most users fail to consume 1GB of data on their smartphone.
Another combo offer at Rs. 1,999 provides 180 days validity, unlimited local+STD calls with outgoing in national roaming and 100 SMS/day. Days where you end up doing some heavy duty browsing, you will not face any slow speeds. However, Jio's plan will also require another Rs 99 to be paid for the Jio Prime membership. For instance, Jio offers 84 days validity with 1GB data per day and unlimited calls for Rs. 459, and extends the same to 91 days with its Rs. 499 tariff.
There is also another Rs. 999 plan where Airtel is offering 60GB of data for a validity period of 90 days.
If one compares, Airtel's Rs 3999 recharge to Reliance Jio's prepaid offers, Airtel appears to be the better deal.
It came a day after Idea Cellular and Vodafone India announced the sale of 20,000 mobile phone towers to American Tower Corp for 78.5 billion rupees as it seeks funds to fend off Jio, which is owned by India's richest man.