Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea: We explain the ‘free unlimited data’ offers

Airtel and Vodafone are now offering 28GB data for 28 days as a challeng to Reliance Jio. We decode these offers

Written by Shruti Dhapola | Updated: March 6, 2017 3:17 pm
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If you’re a smartphone user, who is primarily dependent on their mobile phone for internet, it’s party season. Reliance Jio declared a data war offering 28 GB + 5GB extra data for users who sign up for their Prime membership by paying Rs 99, which is a one-time fee. Of course, rivals Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are also tackling this threat.

Currently it is possible to get 1GB data per day if you’re on these networks, but with terms and conditions applied. We decode what’s happening in this free data madness where 28 GB for the month at less than Rs 400 now seems the norm in prepaid.

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Reliance Jio

Now let’s start with player that is responsible for this. Reliance Jio has gotten some of us used to the idea of 1GB free data per day. For those who juggle three phones, and have a wired broadband line with 150 GB data per month, this 1GB data per day doesn’t necessarily mean anything special.

But in India, not everyone has broadband at home. Reliance Jio has essentially given people, who might have been using lower-end smartphones with limited internet data, the access to 4G internet and a total of 1GB 4G data per day at no cost.

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The way to continue to this free data party: Pay Rs 99 per year, become a Jio Prime member. Then get a Rs 303 recharge, which will allow the 1GB per day limit (after you cross this limit the speed is reduced to 128Kbps). Apparently Jio is now also offering 5GB extra data for the plan, though the official website doesn’t mention this yet. Jio has a booster pack for 5GB of data is worth around Rs 201.

Even without the 5GB extra data, Jio’s offer of 28GB 4G data for 28 days at Rs 303 for prepaid customers, and 30GB data for postpaid users in this same price band is a killer deal.

Also read: Reliance Jio Prime plans: A quick comparison with Airtel, Vodafone

Though remember it comes with terms and conditions; there’s an FUP of 1GB per day, you can’t carry left over data to the next cycle, and also Jio is restricting hotspot capabilities with Prime to just one device.

Vodafone

Vodafone has a similar offer where you can get 28GB data at Rs 342 or Rs 346, which are part of ‘Welcome Back Offers’. The deal: 10GB data, voice calls of up to 300 minutes per day for Rs 346. The other offer of Rs 342 has 28GB of data per month with FUP of 1GB per day. Additionally, every customer who recharges with these plans will be whitelisted, and can then continue with the same plan for the next 11 months.

In a statement to IndianExpress.com, Vodafone had this to say “Vodafone customers are diverse as are their wants. To satisfy these diverse needs and wants, Vodafone offers various segmented propositions. This is one such segmented offering and the offer is valid only till 15 March.

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We couldn’t find these plans in the MyVodafone app or even on the Vodafone website when you’re going for a recharge, at least not in the Delhi NCR circle. But in the Mumbai circle we found this one plan for Rs 356, which has 1GB data per day. The plans details are: 1GB day data + extra 1GB night data, validity of 28 days, and no talktime.

Even if you are not be able to find the 28GB offer on your Vodafone network, remember that for those with a 4G connection and smartphone, Vodafone is giving extra data.

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In September, Vodafone had announced a free data plan offering up to 10 GB 4G data at the price of 1 GB plan. So a Vodafone customer with a new smartphone will get additional 9GB of 4G mobile broadband usage when they go for any plan, which has more than 1 GB data as the base.

In our case, we’ve seen been this on a Vodafone prepaid where a Rs 459 pack ends up 9GB data on a 4G smartphone.

Airtel

Airtel has joined the fray as well. The prepaid recharge is a Rs 345 plan which promises 1GB of 4G data per day, along with free local, STD calls. But there’s a condition on how to use this 1GB data: 500MB during the day, 500MB during the night. The time limit is March 31 for customers to sign up, and again just like Vodafone, this recharge will apply for the next 11 months once the deadline is up.

On the Airtel recharge website, we saw this offer reflected for Airtel numbers in the Delhi and Tamil Nadu circle. The number needs to be on a 4G smartphone with 4G internet activated for this offer to show.

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Details are: unlimited local and STD calls, along with 28GB data for 28days. The data is divided as daily 0.5GB day and 0.5GB for night (12AM-6AM). Airtel has not officially commented on the offer, though it looks like some of these schemes and incentives with extra data have been around for some months.

In October, Airtel has announced a new data offer for all its customers who got a new 4G-enabled smartphone, where they could claim 10GB 4G data at Rs 259 recharge. Users could try out this recharge a maximum of three times within 90 days to avail the offer.

Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular offering unlimited voice and 500 MB of data a day for 28 days at Rs 348. However, this is not an open market offer, and Idea Cellular users will need to check if they are eligible on the MyIdea app. Also Idea Cellular is offering this to customers with low data usage, in order to encourage them to use more internet.

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    Aminul hoque.
    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:06 am
    Reliance jio netwark is very bad and very slowly net .im ignore this jio sim.
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      Ako
      Mar 5, 2017 at 4:04 am
      Congratulations jio lt;br/gt;👍👍👍👍👍👍 100% well done lt;br/gt;Because of jio others network also offer free.... Like Airtel the rocket expensive also comes do and other too lt;br/gt;Thanks jio 😀👍💚💝💗💛💜 love jio
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        Masroof Mir
        Mar 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm
        bakwaas hai yeh jio
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          Monty
          Mar 20, 2017 at 10:40 am
          My telecom circle is Maharashtra. I have Idea, Vodafone, BSNL and airtel sim card with all gold numbers. Recently i converted my Vodafone from Post to Prepaid for 346 offers. But could not find it on their site and on app. Obviously that offers was not for me as it is a segmented offers for selected customers. Then sad on this i Ported my other no to air tel for their offer of 345. again here this offers was not for me as it is a segmented offers for selected customers. Again same with Idea offer of 348. So i wanted to tell u that Jio offers is for all customers. Any one get this offer on recharging 99 and 303. But other telcos not giving this offer foe everyone , Only ullu banawoing. So eventually recharged with BSNL 339 offer.lt;br/gt;JIYO AUR JINE DO. For today only JIO and BSNL have offers open for all. Think how much other telcos looted us
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            A
            Mar 4, 2017 at 9:47 am
            15 GB , 155 Rs , free calling 150 minutes per day will be big success.....
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              Abhishek
              Mar 4, 2017 at 11:24 am
              I am already using Jio mobile number in Mumbai for data as it is free till 31st March 2017 along with my Vodafone number in my dual sim 4g Volte mobile phone. Now I decided to stop using my Jio number completely and convert my Vodafone number to Jio through mobile number portability. When I visited the Jio gallery they informed me that I have to generate a new bar code to convert my Vodafone number to Jio from my mobile phone. However I have already generated a bar code earlier to get my previous Jio number which I have decided to stop using. Also I don't have a spare phone in which I can generate a new bar code. I am facing the same issue in my dad's, mom's and wife's number too where I want to convert their vodafone numbers to Jio but can't generate a new bar code as all of us have been using jio free sims. Now I don't have any other option but to stick with Vodafone after 31st March 2017 as I don't want to give up my Vodafone number which I have been using since many years as I can't generate a new barcode for JIO which is compulsory in JIO for MNP. I hope JIO will come up with a solution for this.
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                Sheetal
                Mar 5, 2017 at 6:50 am
                hey this is sheetal...can you send 4 codes to me?lt;br/gt;Email : -
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                  Ashok dutta
                  Mar 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                  Jio is not available at remort village as I found at a village 22km away from Burdwan West Bengal,so I dislike a connection which is only available at city .
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