Reliance Jio has unveiled prepaid and postpaid data plans for its Prime as well as non-Prime members. Enrollment for the Jio Prime membership has already started, and will go on till March 31. Users will need to pay Rs 99 as subscription fees and recharge with one of the Jio Prime packs for getting Jio Prime membership. For prepaid users, the minimum recharge amount is Rs 149. Reliance Jio will be a paid service starting April 1.
For customers, who decide to come onto the Jio network on or after March 3, they will have to pay the subscription charge upfront (Rs 99) while taking the connection. Customers can register for Prime membership via MyJio app or Jio.com or walk in to an offline Jio store.
The company will keep optimising its data tariffs to offer 20 per cent more value to its customers compared to rivals. The move is aimed at attracting more users on the Reliance Jio network, which has 100 million customers currently.
So now that Jio Prime data tariffs are out, would it make sense to opt for this? What are rivals like Vodafone and Airtel offering around data? We take a quick look.
Reliance Jio is offering more benefits to its Prime members at the same tariff as compared to non-Prime members. The prepaid plans for Jio Prime members start at Rs 19 and go up to Rs 9,999. Postpaid plans, on the other hand, start at Rs 303 and go up to Rs 999. On Jio, Voice calls, roaming, SMSes and access to Jio apps worth Rs 10,000 is free for all Jio members.
Jio’s Rs 19 plan gives users access to 200MB of 4G data. The validity is one day. The Rs 49 plan for Prime members has a validity of three days and offers 600MB of 4G data.There’s a Rs 96 plan, which offers 7GB data, but has an FUP of 1GB per day, and the plan is valid for seven days only.
FUP refers to Fair Usage Policy used to describe bandwidth caps; if you exceed FUP for the day, then your speed is slashed to 128Kbps.
The next one on the list is the Rs 149 plan, which offers 2GB data. Additionally, users will get access to 100 free SMSes. Validity is 28 days.
However, at Rs 303, users will get 28 GB data at 4G speeds. The FUP is 1GB per day with a validity of 28 days. Jio’s Rs 499 plan has a validity of 28 days. It gives access to unlimited data (total of 56GB) at 4G speeds. In this plan, the FUP is higher at 2GB data per day.
The Rs 9,99 plan for Jio Prime members has a validity of 60 days. It offers 60GB worth of 4G data. Jio’s Rs 1,999 plan for Jio Prime members has a validity of 90 days. It offers 125GB of data in the plan.
Jio’s Rs 4,999 plan for Jio Prime members has a validity of 180 days. It offers 350GB data. Finally the Rs 9,999 plan has a validity of 360 days. It offers unlimited data capped at 750GB.
Jio’s Rs 303 plan offers a total of 28GB 4G data with an FUP of 1GB per day. The postpaid plans will be valid till the bill cycle expires. Jio’s Rs 499 plan has 56GB of data with 28 days validity and an FUP of 2GB per day. Finally there’s a Rs 9,99 plan for Reliance Jio Prime members in the postpaid section, which offers 60GB data in total, but with no FUP.
Airtel has ‘myplan Infinity’ plans, which offer free unlimited calling. The plans start at Rs 799 and also includes 100 local + STD messages free per day. The data limit is 2GB for 3G/4G data for the whole month. The plans also include free subscription to Airtel’s Wynk Music + Wynk Movies.
Airtel’s Rs 1,199 plan has similar benefits, but with a higher 5GB data limit. The Rs 1,599 plan offers 10GB of 3G/4G data, while there’s a Rs 1,999 plan with 15GB of 3G/4G data. Airtel’s Rs 2,999 plan gives 30GB of 3G/4G data with similar free voice calls, 100 local+STD messages etc.
So while Airtel has a lot more plans, the amount of data is still restricted, and you’ll need to pay extra in order to get some more data.
Vodafone’s Rs 1,299 plan offers 3000 minutes of local + STD calling and around 8GB of data. The Rs 1,699 offer unlimited calling for postpaid users, 500 (local + STD) messages and 12GB of data. It is followed by Rs 1,999 plan with similar details, except it has 16GB of data.
So Vodafone’s plans also follow a similar pattern, where the data offered is still less compared to Jio, which has plans offering 56GB worth of data for Rs 499 in the postpaid segment.
So who has the edge?
Reliance Jio Prime offers the cheapest 4G data plans at the moment, especially if you consider the Prime membership which has 56GB of data offer for Rs 499 for postpaid and prepaid users. In case of Vodafone, users on prepaid need to purchase a separate talktime and internet pack. The internet packs with most value for money, especially in 3G/4G segment will start at Rs 400 plus, though Vodafone is doubling data for users.
The same is the case with Airtel, where talktime and internet packs are separate. Again with Airtel, you’ll be paying more than Rs 250 to get close to 4GB of data. Jio is technically making voice calls, SMS charges redundant and putting the focus on data.