Bharti Airtel is now offering its customers unlimited data on prepaid recharge offers even after they exhaust their daily data. This is because Airtel has increased the after FUP speed limits for its prepaid subscribers to 128Kbps. This puts the Bharti Airtel in line with Reliance Jio and BSNL, who have FUP speeds with 128kbps that make data plans work as unlimited plans, though at reduced speeds.
Airtel’s prepaid users who recharge with Rs 199 and above will get speeds of 128Kbps even after they exhaust their daily data. Under the old system, if a user exceeded their daily limit of allotted data, they would have to would have to wait for the next day to continue using internet services free of cost or get another data pack to continue browsing for the same day. To give an example, the base Rs 199 prepaid pack comes with 1.4GB daily data, but if this was exhausted the user could not continue to browse. However, the new post-FUP speeds mean they will continue to get internet, but at lower speeds of 128Kbps.
Thanks to Airtel’s latest move, the end of a data plan does not mean the end of free internet connectivity. Instead the speed will be reduced to 128Kbps. To give another example, Airtel’s 249 plan, which offers 2GB data per day, will now operate at speeds of 128Kbps when the 2GB data limit ends. However, the speed will be restored the next day when the data limit is reset to 2GB since the plan offers this on a daily basis.
Among various competitors in the telecom operators’ circle, Reliance Jio was the first to introduce FUP services. Initially, these were available at a speed of 128Kbps, made available for most prepaid plans. Currently, though, this speed has reduced to 64Kbps. BSNL also maintains FUP speeds of 128Kbps for specific prepaid offers. For Airtel, users can expect these services on most prepaid data plans, such as those worth Rs 199, Rs 249, Rs 349, Rs 399, Rs 448 and above.
Airtel is facing increasing competition from Jio which has been slashing data prices across the board. Competition with Jio is also the reason why both Airtel and Vodafone are offering plans with longer validity and up to 3GB data per day in some cases.