Airtel has announced “a special 4G data pack that offers free data for 90 days”. In the Delhi circle, the pack is priced at Rs. 1,495 for existing prepaid users, and Rs. 1,494 for new users on their first recharge.
Commenting on the offer, Ajai Puri, Director – Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “At Airtel, we are focused on providing great value to customers. Customers with 4G handsets generally consume large amounts of data and this proposition is specifically aimed at them. With this pack these customers can stay online round the clock without having to worry about exhausting their data limits or going for frequent recharges.”
Airtel’s new 4G pack is only available in the Delhi circle currently, but will be launched across other circles over the coming days. The pack will however, include a FUP (Fair Usage Policy) that will force the user to browse the Internet at a reduced speed after using up 30GB of data over the 90 days period.
Airtel’s plan actually works out to be in line with the promised Rs. 50 per GB rate that Reliance Jio was announced to be – you’re paying Rs. 1,495 for 30GB, which works out to just under Rs. 50 per GB for 90 days, with a usage limit of 30GB, after which you have unlimited 2G usage. On the other hand, with Jio, you can get 20GB of data for Rs. 1,499, which has 28 days validity so not only are you paying more per GB (Rs. 75 per GB) but if your usage isn’t that high, then you’ll end up paying a lot more on a monthly basis.
Reliance is currently offering the ‘Jio Welcome Offer’ giving users unlimited 4G Internet until December 31, with a 4GB data cap per day – exceeding this limit will bring the speed down to 128Kbps. Users on the Jio network also get unlimited local, STD calling and do not have to pay extra while roaming.