It is a coincidence that country’s two topmost telcos Airtel and Vodafone Idea announced a steep hike in pre-paid plans on the same day. The hike hovers around 40%. With this, it signals an end to the era of affordable mobile and data charges. The new rates will be effective from December 3.
The announcement from Vodafone followed by Airtel came on Sunday. The hike in tariff plans for mobile and data fall in the range of 15% to 40%. Jio is also following them up. It will announce revised rates of unlimited plans effective from December 6.
Airtel’s Revised Prepaid Packs
In a statement by the Chief Marketing Officer, he confirmed that “Our new mobile plans offer tremendous value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel’s nationwide 4G network. Airtel will continue to make large investments in emerging technologies and digital platforms to deliver world-class experiences to our customers.”
The comparison between the existing and the new plans clearly translates the hike to a stupendous 42%. The newly released plan offers an increment in the range of 50 paise/day to Rs 2.85/day with a promise of enhanced services by the giant. The maximum hike is applicable for the annual, unlimited plan only.
Apart from revising the rates, Airtel has launched new combo plans having new validity. The only differentiating factor is the offer of Airtel XStream and Wynk Music on plans (Combo, Unlimited calls and fixed per day data) which are priced more than Rs 169. The hike announcement from Airtel comes after 4 years.
Vodafone Idea’s Revised Prepaid Packs
Vodafone Idea in a statement confirmed, “New plans will be available across India starting 00:00 hours of December 3, 2019.” The latest pre-paid tariff rates when compared with the existing ones brought up a 42% extra for both voice and mobile data. The new rates will be applicable for existing short term and long term plans.
The annual ‘unlimited’ prepaid plan has witnessed an increase of 41.2% whereas the starting combo plan has been hiked by 31%. In case you are opting for the minimum combo plan then be ready to face 25% increment.
Additionally, brand new unlimited plans with daily FUP of data for 2 days, 28 days, 84 days, 365 days validity have been released. But they are also expensive, almost by 42%, if calculated individually.
Reliance Jio is yet to announce its new tariffs but it has confirmed that they will also follow the suite and be priced 40% higher. But it has guaranteed that the consumers will gain with 300% more benefits.
“Jio will be introducing new all-in-one plans with unlimited voice and data. These plans will have a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks. The new plans will be effective from December 6, 2019,” said Jio customer.
The steep hike has been the result of the biggest quarterly losses reported by Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to the tune of ₹50,922 crores and ₹23,045 crores respectively.