Recharge Now or Pay More-New prepaid plans for Airtel, JIO, and Vi

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 Airtel announced its price hike on prepaid plans earlier this week with prices for various plans doing up by 20-25 percent. Vodafone-Idea (VI) followed quickly and also announced a price hike for most of its plans with a similar range as Airtel. So far Jio is the only one that has not announced a price hike for its prepaid plans. The New prepaid plans of Airtel, JIO, and Vi will be effective from November 26, 2021, so Recharge NOW OR PAY MORE.

The new rates will affect voice plans, unlimited voice and data plan bundles and data top-up recharges. Based on the plan itself, the new hiked price will represent an increase of around 20 percent to 25 percent. 

The entry-level voice plan by Airtel now sees a 25 percent hike, while most unlimited voice bundles (the plans with unlimited calling and a daily-data limit for speed) will see hikes of about 20 percent.

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Airtel New prepaid plans with prices

Airtel’s new prepaid plan prices now begin at Rs 99 instead of the Rs 79 plan. Meanwhile, unlimited voice bundles now start at Rs 179, instead of the Rs 149 plan, going all the way up to Rs 2,999 instead of Rs 2,498 for the annual plan. Meanwhile, data top-ups are now priced at Rs 58 (3GB), Rs 118 (12GB) and Rs 301 (50GB). Here’s the full list of plans with their new prices.

New prepaid plans for Unlimited calling – 28 days validity

Airtel’s base unlimited calling plan starts at Rs 179 now and also offers 100 SMS per day along with 1GB of data per day. A higher Rs 299 plan offers the same benefits with 1.5GB data per day and for Rs 359 you get the same perks with 2GB data per day.

In comparison, Jio offers a Rs 149 plan (24 days) that includes unlimited calling 100 SMS per day, and 1GB of data per day. The 1.5GB data per day plan (28 days) costs Rs 199, while the 2GB data per day plan costs Rs 249. There is also a Rs 349 pack that offers 3GB of data per day for 28 days.

Coming to Vodafone Idea, the 1.5GB data per day plan (28 days) costs Rs 299, and the 2GB data per day plan with unlimited calling and 100SMS per day now costs Rs 359.

New prepaid plans for Unlimited calling – 56 days validity

For 56 days or roughly two months, Airtel offers two unlimited plans. The Rs 479 plan offers 1.5GB data per day while the Rs 549 plan offers 2GB data per day. Both plans also include unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day.

With Jio, you have the 1.5GB data per day plan at Rs 399 and the 2GB data per day plan at Rs 666. Both plans again include unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS per day.

With Vodafone Idea, you have a 1.5GB per day plan at Rs 479, and a 2GB per day plan at Rs 539. Both offer unlimited calling and 100SMS per day.

New prepaid plans for Unlimited calling – 84 days validity

Airtel offers three plans for 84 days. These are the Rs 455 plan that offers 6GB data total, a Rs 719 plan that offers 1.5GB data per day, and Rs 839 plan that offers 2GB data per day.

Jio offers 1.5GB data per day at Rs 555, 2GB data per day at Rs 888, and 3GB data per day at Rs 999. Vodafone Idea offers 1.5GB data per day at Rs 719 and 2GB data per day at Rs 839. There is also a 6GB total data plan for Rs 459.

Current Price (Rs)ValidityNew Price (Rs)Benefits
Rs 7928 daysRs 9950% more Talktime at Rs 99, 200MB data 1p/sec voice tariff
Rs 14928 daysRs 179Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day,
2GB data
Rs 21928 daysRs 265Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1GB/day data
Rs 24928 daysRs 299Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day data
Rs 29828 daysRs 359Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day data
Rs 39956 daysRs 479Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day data
Rs 44956 daysRs 549Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day data
Rs 37984 daysRs 455Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day,
6GB data
Rs 59884 daysRs 719Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5GB/day data
Rs 69884 daysRs 839Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day data
Rs 1,498365 daysRs 1,799Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 24GB data
Rs 2,498365 daysRs 2,999Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2GB/day data
Rs 48UnlimitedRs 583GB data
Rs 98UnlimitedRs 11812GB data
Rs 251UnlimitedRs 30150GB data

New Perpaid Plans for Data top-ups/ Data booster

Airtel offers three data booster plans at Rs 58 for 3GB, Rs 118 for 12GB, and Rs 301 for 50GB, all with unlimited validity (until your current plan ends).

Jio offers 1GB data at Rs 11, 2GB data at Rs 21, 6GB data at Rs 51, and 12GB data at Rs 101. There are also ‘Work from home’ data boosters with a 30-day validity that cost Rs 151 for 30GB, Rs 201 for 40GB, and Rs 251 for 50GB.

Vodafone Idea now offers 3GB data at Rs 58 with 28 days validity and 12GB data at Rs 118 with 28 days validity. There is also a Rs 298 plan that offers 50GB data for 28 days and a Rs 418 plan that offers 100GB data for 56 days.

Why Airtel increased their Prepaid Plans

We believe that this level of ARPU will enable the substantial investments required in networks and spectrum. Even more important, this will give Airtel the elbow room to roll out 5G in India. Therefore, as a first step, we are taking the lead in rebalancing our tariffs during the month of November. Accordingly, our new tariffs as indicated below will come into effect from November 26, 2021,” the company added.

The move could signal a wave of increased tariffs as companies look at ways to gain profit ahead of the upcoming 5G wave. Rival telecom operator Vodafone has also increased its prices for various plans. We could also possibly see the country’s third major telecom player Reliance Jio increase its prices soon.

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