Airtel has recently hit the headlines again. This time with its ₹93 recharge plan, providing prepaid customers with a validity of 28 days in addition to the 1GB data in total. With this, the plan also lists unlimited voice calls on local, STD and roaming along with 100 SMS per day free.
Though not specified, this plan is regarded to counter the Republic Day 2018 offer by Jio specifying 28-day validity with the ₹98 pack for prepaid customers, making it the cheapest recharge till date with the month-long validity to offer.
Now, this ₹93 prepaid recharge scheme for the prepaid customers is trying to match up to the Jio offer with its ‘unlimited’ local and STD calls, free calls on roaming, 100 SMS messages per day, and 1GB of 4G/ 3G data for the entire 28-day validity period. Further, the ‘unlimited’ calls are limited to 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week, same as other packs the telco offers. Also, once the daily or weekly limits are exhausted customers would be then charged at 10 paise per minute. Buyers are enabled to call a maximum of 100 unique numbers in a 7-day period, and if this number exceeds, the call tariff would then become 10 paise per minute for the remaining validity period.
However, it needs to be remembered that the 28-day validity represents a substantial increase over the 10-day validity that the Airtel pack has arrived with till now. The rest of the details of the pack remain the same as before.
But, even after providing such benefits, Airtel has lacked in the case of bundled data. The Mukesh Ambani-promoted company is giving subscribers 2GB of 4G data for ₹98, up from 1GB. This is almost twice the high-speed data the country’s biggest operator is offering with its ₹93 pack. However, the bundled SMS messages with the Jio recharge are capped at just 300, while Airtel users would be getting only 100 SMS messages per day, referring to 2,800 for the entire validity.