Reliance Jio Raises Tariff But Still 25% Cheaper Than Rivals
As expected, Reliance Jio has increased its tariff up to 40%. However, the new tariff plans are almost 25% cheaper when compared to the offerings of the incumbent telecom operators. As per the press release, the new plans will range from ₹199/month to ₹2199/year.
The new tariff unveiled by Reliance Jio Infocomm includes unlimited Jio to Jio calling and daily 1.5GB data instead of 2GB. It is to be noted that the new tariff plans would come into effect from 6th December. Till then, one can queue up advance recharge plans.
Though the Jio portal suggests you to purchase 4 advance recharge plans, you can consider a double-digit number too. Personally, I made a queue of 10 recharge plans that accounts for 840 days of validity.
The New Jio All-In-One plan:
Though the Reliance Jio has hiked its tariff plans up to 40%, the company boasts that it has passed on the benefits of up to 300%. This is mainly due to the inclusion of 3000 non-Jio voice calling minutes in the pack.
Leaving it aside, let us discuss each and every plan being offered by Reliance Jio in the prepaid segment.
Jio Unlimited Packs with 28 days Validity
The most popular ₹149 that offered daily 1.5GB data for 24 days is now revised as ₹199 with daily 1.5GB data, 1000 non-Jio minutes and 28 days validity. If you compare this with Airtel’s 249, Reliance Jio’s offering is still 25% cheaper. Those who are looking for more data can opt ₹249 and ₹349 plans that offer 2GB and 3GB data respectively. All these packs will offer 1000 non-Jio minutes of voice calling.
Jio All-in-One Prepaid Plan Data Benefit non-Jio Voice Calling Validity ₹199 Daily 1.5GB data 1,000 minutes 28 Days ₹249 Daily 2GB data 1,000 minutes 28 Days ₹349 Daily 3GB data 1,000 minutes 28 Days
Jio Unlimited Packs with 56 days Validity
Similarly, if you consider Jio’s All-in-One Plan with 56 days validity, it now offers 2000 non-Jio minutes at ₹399. The ₹444 voucher will now offer 2GB daily data and 2000 non-Jio minutes.
Jio All-in-One Prepaid Plan Data Benefit non-Jio Voice Calling Validity ₹399 Daily 1.5GB data 2,000 minutes 56 Days ₹444 Daily 2GB data 2,000 minutes 56 Days
Jio Unlimited Packs with 84 days Validity
The most popular Jio All-In-One plan ₹444 that offers unlimited Jio-Jio calling and Jio to Non-Jio FUP of 1000 minutes, 100 SMS/day and 2GB data/day with a validity of 84 days will now offer unlimited Jio-Jio calling and Jio to Non-Jio FUP of 3000 minutes, 100 SMS/day and 1.5GB data/day with a validity of 84 days but at a price of ₹555.
Those who are looking for daily 2GB data, unlimited Jio to Jio calling, and 3000 Jio to Non-Jio FUP minutes have to shell out ₹599.
Jio All-in-One Prepaid Plan Data Benefit non-Jio Voice Calling Validity ₹555 Daily 1.5GB data 3,000 minutes 84 Days ₹599 Daily 2GB data 3,000 minutes 84 Days
Jio Long Term Plans:
The long-term plans are also revised in a similar fashion. The ₹2199 pack will now offer 1.5GB daily data, unlimited Jio calls, and 12000 non-Jio voice call minutes with a validity of 365 days.
Jio All-in-One Prepaid Plan Data Benefit non-Jio Voice Calling Validity ₹2199 Daily 1.5GB data 12,000 minutes 365 Days
Affordable & Economical Plan from Reliance Jio:
By reviewing all the plans offered by Reliance Jio, one can easily conclude that ₹555 All-in-One prepaid plan is a must-go plan for moderate data users. This has a validity period of 84 days. As said earlier, the benefits include daily 1.5GB data, unlimited Jio calls, 3000 non-Jio minutes.
If you are using fewer data and more voice calls then 329 plan would be an economical option. In this ₹329 plan, you will be getting just 6GB of data and 3000 non-Jio voice calling minutes with a validity of 84 days. Moreover, the ₹50 discount voucher makes it a value for money pack.
Jio All-in-One Prepaid Plan Data Benefit non-Jio Voice Calling Validity ₹129 2GB data 1,000 minutes 28 Days ₹329 6GB data 3,000 minutes 84 Days ₹1299 24GB data 12,000 minutes 365 Days
Starting October, you might be aware that Jio has started charging voice calls to the rival networks at the rate of 6 paise per minute. In similar lines, both Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel has rolled out FUP policy where the subscriber would be charged 6 paise per minute for the calls made to rival networks.
With a subscriber base of 335 million, Reliance Jio has announced a profit of ₹990 crores in October. Shockingly, the combined losses of Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel is around ₹74000 crores for the same period.
Considering the recent hike in tariff, the telecom sector could make a good comeback from the debts. Hope this would improve the telco’s Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). However, the established giants Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India are facing adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues over ₹89000 crores to the GoI.