The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has forced most of us to stay at home. The pandemic has also left most of us to work from home to maintain social distance. To meet the needs of such users, telcos have introduced new plans with increased data.
Here we have listed some of the best prepaid plans from Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone offering a minimum of 3GB daily data with additional benefits:
Jio is currently offering two plans for its customers with 3GB daily data. The Rs 999 plan offers 84 days of validity with a total of 252GB high-speed data (3GB/day) along with free unlimited Jio to Jio calls, 3000 minutes of calling to non-Jio numbers, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps.
Similarly, Jio also offers the Rs 349 plan offering similar benefits as the Rs 999 but with 28-days validity. So you get a total of 84GB high-speed data (3GB/day) along with free unlimited Jio to Jio calls, 1000 minutes of calling to non-Jio numbers, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps.
Airtel also offers a bunch of prepaid recharge plans offering 3GB of daily data. First is the Rs 398 plan that offers 3GB daily data along with 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls. The total validity of this plan is 28 days. The Rs 598 plan also brings 3GB of high-speed daily data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls but is valid for 84 days. There is also the Rs 558 plan that brings 3GB of high-speed daily data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls with a validity of 56 days.
If you have a Vodafone prepaid connection, there are a bunch of 3GB data plans for you. There is the Rs 558 plan that brings 3GB of high-speed daily data, along with 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls with 56 days validity. To get slightly longer validity, the Rs 599 plan brings 3GB of high-speed daily data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls with 84 days validity.
Similarly, the Rs 398 plan brings 3GB of high-speed daily data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls with 28 days validity. There is also the Rs 399 plan that offers 3GB of high-speed daily data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calls with 56 days validity.
It is quite easy to overcompensate these days. Subscribe to more services, apps and platforms than you may otherwise, purely for the work and play requirements. This isn’t just restricted to streaming platforms that include Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video. You may now need a subscription for virtual gym classes to stay healthy. Subscriptions to kids’ education apps. Video calling apps have premium plans too, such as Zoom and Google Meet. Maybe a faster home broadband plan that costs more than before. Maybe even subscriptions to productivity software such as Microsoft 365. More cloud storage perhaps for work. Pressreader app to keep up with the global newspapers and magazines? Need some music on Apple Music or Spotify? The possibilities are endless, and the drain on the pocket is quicker than a pristine stream in the Scottish Highlands.
It may be hard to keep tabs on the subscriptions and before you know it, everything just goes out of hands. That is where an app like Bobby, which is available for the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad, really helps. For starters, what you get is a beautiful layout. And it’s even more beautiful in the Dark Mode—in fact you can choose the slightly lighter Dark More or the darker native Dark Mode of iOS. Some of the features in the app, such as the ability to choose a different icon for the iPhone’s apps list, are part of an optional in-app purchase which is priced at Rs 237. You may choose to not buy this, and Bobby still remains extremely useful because the core functionality works seamlessly.
There are some prelisted subscription platforms and apps on the list, making it easy to choose. These include Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, Google Apps for Work, Audible, LinkedIn, Slack, Playstation Plus, Adobe Creative Cloud, iTunes Store, National Geographic, Microsoft Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, Twitch, Google Drive, WWE Network and more. The list isn’t alphabetically sorted, but you can simply search for what you need.
With Bobby, you can also create new subscriptions for services that may not be available in the listing—complete with colour coding, an icon for easy reference and description, among other details. For each subscription that you save, whether from the pre-defined list or customized, you must feed in the billing amount you pay for that subscription—it can be per month, quarterly or yearly. Whether you choose to enter this pre-taxes or including taxes, is up to you. Then you set the currency for your region, and also set reminders for when the payment may be due. This is a great way to keep tabs on everything you spend on, be it postpaid mobile connections, prepaid mobile recharges, subscriptions, utility bills and more.
Once all this is done, Bobby lists out all your subscriptions and gives you a total monthly bill that you pay for everything you have subscribed to, depending on the amounts you have entered.
Everything was moving online even before the Coronavirus pandemic arrived, and that has further increased the reliance on web-based services. We are spending a lot more time in front of one screen or the other—the PC, the tablet, the smartphone and the TV. And chances are, what we see or consume on that screen, is costing us some money either way. And Bobby is a great way to keep track of how much you spend, and perhaps take a stock of the priorities once you’ve listed everything you pay for.
The Rs 98 pack from Vodafone previously offered only 6GB data for 28 days.
Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 1:38 PM IST
Vodafone India has revised its prepaid recharge pack priced at Rs 98, to now offer twice the amount of data in comparison to what it offered before. While the Rs 98 prepaid recharge previously offered 6GB of 4G data for 28 days, it has now been revised to offer double data, i.e. 12GB, at the same price. The move comes after market rival Bharti Airtel updated their own Rs 98 prepaid recharge pack to offer 12GB data to users for a 28-day period, instead of 6GB.
According to reports, the Rs 98 prepaid plan is presently available only in select circles. However, News18 could confirm that the plan is already available in major metropolitan circles such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, which indicates that the double data benefit with the Rs 98 plan may be rolled out as a cross-country plan, soon. With Vodafone and Idea being partner operators now, the revision has also been reflected on Idea’s website, where the Rs 98 prepaid plan is now stated to offer 12GB of data, instead of 6GB.
The Vodafone Rs 98 prepaid recharge pack does not come with any calling minutes or SMS benefits. Hence, it only acts as a data top-up plan that can offer users an additional amount of data on top of a base recharge, which itself may come with integrated data benefits. The Rs 98 pack also does not offer any complementary content benefits such as Zee5 or Vodafone Play, which typically come bundled with many prepaid plans.
The new Airtel Rs 2,498 prepaid recharge plan is now live on the telco’s website.
Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:57 AM IST
Airtel has launched a new prepaid plan for consumers looking for long-term validity. Priced at Rs 2,498 the plan offers a bunch of benefits including 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days. The plan also offers free Hello tunes and anti-virus protection for your smartphone. You also get free online courses for 28 days via Upskill with Shaw Academy.
Apart from the above benefits, customers get unlimited calls to any network, 100 SMS messages per day along with additional benefits like free Zee5 premium subscription, and Airtel Xstream Premium subscription. Customers also get Wynk Music prepaid subscription; and Rs. 150 cashback on FASTag.
Airtel also offers the Rs. 2,398 long-term validity pack which offers a similar validity of 365 days. This prepaid plan offers 1.5GB daily data, unlimited calls, and 100 SMS messages per day. It also offers similar additional benefits as the Rs. 2,498 prepaid plan including the 28-day free Upskill with Shaw Academy online courses. A similar Rs 1,498 prepaid plan also offers 365 days validity with unlimited calling and additional benefits, however, the data benefit is only 24GB in total, and SMS benefits include 3600 messages.
Reliance Jio offers a similar long term prepaid plan priced at Rs 2,399 offering 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days, unlimited calling to Jio numbers, 12,000 minutes of free calling to non-Jio numbers, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps.
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After announcing a new yearly prepaid plan, Jio now has a new 84-day validity plan offering 3GB data per day.
Last Updated: May 15, 2020, 11:34 AM IST
Reliance Jio has announced yet another plan for its prepaid subscribers. Priced at Rs 999, customers get up to 3GB high-speed data per day valid for 84 days. This means a total of 252GB of data for the entire period, which is pretty decent. The company has placed it under its long-term plan high-data category for uninterrupted work from home during the nationwide lockdown.
Along with the data benefit, customers also get free and unlimited calls to Jio and landline numbers. For non-Jio numbers, customers get a total of 3000 minutes. Additionally, the plan offers unlimited SMS and complimentary subscription to Jio apps. Airtel also offers a similar 84-day validity plan offer 2GB of data per day, unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day limit at Rs 698. Vodafone, on the other hand, offers 4GB of daily data and unlimited calling with its Rs 699 recharge.
The telco had recently launched a new work from home annual plan that offers 2GB of data per day, as well as unlimited voice calls and SMS messages for 365 days, at Rs 2,399. This offers significantly more value than competitors in the Indian telecom space. Similarly priced plans by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea presently offer 1.5GB of data per day. As a result, while Jio’s plan offers 730GB of data through its validity period, other operators offer 547.5GB of data through the same period. This translates to 25 percent more data by Jio, than competitors.
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Prepaid plans with extensive data limits are literally our lifeline right now, as we continue to work from home in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Data plans from Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio are among the most in-demand entities on the internet, since each of us have seen an increase in data consumption as a result of all the conferences, video calls and the likes. Data consumption has seen a massive increase as a large number of people are relying on it for office work as well as keeping in touch with our near and loved ones. Having said that, the telecom operators, of late, have been offering quite a respite by rolling out special recharge packs to help meet our data requirements.
Here is a list of all the best-prepaid recharge packs with their price, data benefits, and validity from Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, and Bharti Airtel.
Best Vodafone-Idea Prepaid Packs
Vodafone has rolled out various plans and all-rounder packs for its customers. The company is offering a prepaid recharge plan with a double data benefit for Rs 299. The pack comes with a 4GB data per day along with unlimited calling, 100 daily SMS for a validity of 28 days. The pack also includes a complimentary subscription to both Vodafone Play and ZEE5. The company also has two offers for Rs 449 and Rs 699 with a validity of 56 and 84 days respectively. It is important to note that both these plans also offer 4GB of data per day along with complimentary subscriptions Vodafone Play and ZEE5 as well.
On the other hand, users needing 2GB data per day can recharge with Rs 149 that has a validity of 28 days. This pack offers unlimited calls, 300 daily SMS, and complimentary benefits to both Vodafone Play and ZEE5.
However, if you don’t need 2GB data as well, then Vodafone also three recharge plan options for Rs 599, Rs 399, and Rs 299 that offer 1.5GB data per day for a validity of 84, 56, and 28 days respectively. These three plans offer 1.5GB Data per day, unlimited calls, 100 daily SMSes and complimentary subscriptions to Vodafone Play and ZEE5. There is a plan for customers who need 1GB data as well for Rs 219 that comes with a validity of 28 days. The pack offers unlimited calls, 100 SMS daily, complimentary benefits to Vodafone Play and ZEE5 as well.
Similarly, Vodafone also has a plan for Rs 379 that also offers 6GB of data, unlimited calls, 1000 daily SMS, and subscription to Vodafone Play and ZEE5 with an 84 days service validity. There are plans for high-end customers as well, with the company offering two prepaid recharge plans for Rs 1499 and Rs 2399. Both the pack comes with 1.5GB Data and 24GB Data per day, unlimited calling, 100 daily SMS for a validity of one year.
Best Reliance Jio Prepaid Packs
Just like Vodafone, Reliance Jio also is also offering a wide range of prepaid plans to recharge their phones with the most popular being for Rs 349 that offers 3GB daily data for a period of 28 days. The pack also has unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day, and a complimentary subscription to Jio apps. If you want lesser data, Jio has a Rs 249 monthly prepaid pack that offers 2GB data that comes with a validity for 28 days. The plan also offers unlimited voice calls to Jio-to-Jio and Jio to Non-Jio FUP of 1,000 minutes. The pack also provides 100 SMSes per day and comes along with a free subscription to various entertainment apps. The Rs 249 has a validity of 28 days. The other plan that offers 2GB data per day is the Rs 444 prepaid plan. The plan offers Jio-to-Jio unlimited calling benefits, Jio to Non-Jio FUP of 1,000 minutes. This prepaid plan has a validity of 56 days and it also provides 100 SMSes per day along with a subscription to various streaming apps. The third plan in line is the Rs 555 plan that offers 2GB data per day, 100smses per day, Jio-to-Jio unlimited calling benefits but it has a validity of 84 days.
Under the 1.5GB Data/day Packs, Jio has four prepaid plans for Rs 199, Rs 399, Rs 555, and Rs 2121 with a validity for 28, 56, 84 and 226 days. The company also has “Affordable Packs” plans for Rs 129 and Rs 1299 respectively with a validity for 28 and 336 days respectively. The Rs 129 pack offers 2GB of data, Jio to Jio unlimited calls, 300 SMS per day, and complimentary subscription for a period of 28 days. For the other plan of Rs 1299 under the “Affordable Packs”, users will get Jio to Jio unlimited calls, 300 daily SMS, 2GB of daily data, and a free subscription to Jio apps. The pack will be valid for 336 days. Similarly, Jio has one “Long Term” pack for high-end users for Rs 4,999 for a period of 360 days. The pack comes with unlimited Jio to Jio unlimited calls, 100 daily SMS, and 350GB data. The Jio plan comes with 12,000 minutes of calling from Jio to Non-Jio phones. Like all other plans, it comes with a complimentary subscription to Jio Apps. After the 350GB of high-speed data, browsing speed comes down to 64Kbps.
Best Airtel Prepaid Packs
Airtel is offering a pack for Rs 398 with a data validity of 28 days. The pack includes unlimited local, STD and roaming calls, 100 daily SMS etc. If you want lesser data, then the company is also offering a range of prepaid packs for Rs 149, Rs 179, and Rs 298. All these three packs offer 2GB of daily data, unlimited calls and complimentary subscription to ZEE5 and Airtel Xtreme Premium. There is another plan for Rs 349 that also offers 2GB of data, unlimited calls, complimentary subscriptions to Amazon Prime and ZEE5 for a period of 28 days. If you want even lesser, Airtel has two prepaid plans for Rs 249 and Rs 279 that offer 1.5GB of data as well as a subscription to ZEE 5 and Airtel Xtreme as well. Users subscribing to the Rs 279 plan will also get life insurance worth Rs 4 lakh. Airtel also has a prepaid plan for customers needing 1GB of daily data services. The pack which is valid for 28 days, offers unlimited calls, 100 national SMSes per day, and a complimentary subscription to Airtel Xtreme and Zee5. The Rs. 219 is the cheapest plan amongst the other plans that come with 28 days’ validity.
Just like Vodafone and Jio, Airtel also offers packs for its high-end users as well. For instance, there are two packs for Rs 1498 and Rs 2398. The Rs 1498 offers unlimited calling, 3600 SMSes, and 24GB data for 365 days. The Rs 2398 plan offers unlimited calling, 100 SMSes per day, and 1.5 GB per day under this plan that is a revised version of the Rs 1699 plan.
BSNL prepaid users will not be required to do mandatory recharges until at least April 20, as the central government looks to help out millions of individuals, particularly those belonging to a financially lower strata of the society. The move aims to particularly help out members of the working class community of India who primarily earn on a daily wage basis, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been left without income avenues for the foreseeable future. The announcement was made earlier today, by union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Prasad further said that an incentive of Rs 10 will also be rolled out automatically to users of BSNL prepaid connections, so as to aid them in making outgoing calls. The state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s (BSNL) prepaid connection is actively used by millions of users across India, especially among the low data usage segment of Indian consumers. Since the advent of Reliance Jio, those who have moved on to using smartphones from feature phones have migrated to the latter, sparking off a mass transition to a digital services ecosystem in India.
With BSNL’s aid being brought forth by the government in these times of crisis, it remains to be seen if private players such as Vodafone-Idea and Bharti Airtel also attempt to adopt similar steps. India presently faces an unprecedented situation, with the majority section of the country now in lockdown in a bid to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from spreading into the community, therefore creating what may become India’s largest healthcare crisis in recent history.
Vodafone India continues its efforts to increase average revenue per user while maintaining a steady customer share with more new prepaid plans. After introducing limited period double data offer with three prepaid plans across multiple circles, Vodafone India has now launched two new prepaid plans that cater to the low data usage prepaid customers. The two new Vodafone prepaid plans are priced at Rs 218 and Rs 248, and have only been launched in Delhi and Haryana circles, at least for now. There is no word on whether these plans will be around for long, or are limited period plans.
The Vodafone Rs 218 prepaid plan offers ‘truly unlimited’ local and national phone calls (no interconnect charges or limit), 100 SMS messages per day and subscriptions to Vodafone Play and Zee5 along with the recharge, for a period of 28 days. The key factor here is data, and the new Vodafone prepaid plan offers 6GB of 3G/4G data for the 28-day period. This means that the plan will offer about 220MB of data per day, which is not ideal for high data consumption users, or those without a stable home/work Wi-Fi connnection.
The Rs 248 plan has similar call, SMS and entertainment offerings, as well as validity period. However, it offers slightly higher amount of data, at 8GB for the period. While this does mean that users will get slightly higher average daily data of about 293MB, it is still not ideal for users without a Wi-Fi hotspot at hand, and only suits basic users who need the mobile data for communication apps and basic internet searches.
The two new plans are at the other end of Vodafone’s limited time double data plans, which offer 3GB data per day at Rs 249 for 28 days, Rs 399 for 56 days and Rs 599 for 84 days. Going forward, it remains to be seen if the steadily diversifying prepaid plan offerings help Vodafone-Idea claw back from its presently precarious position of heavy losses and a steadily decreasing customer count.
Vodafone India has been plunged into turbulent times, with a Supreme Court mandate enforcing a Rs 57,000-crore penalty towards adjusted gross revenues (AGR), to be payable to the government of India. While the operator has spoken out about its present condition to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), it also appears to be making active alterations to its list of prepaid offerings in the country. Now, Vodafone India has started offering double data benefit with a select few prepaid recharge plans, namely the Rs 249, Rs 399 and Rs 599 plans. The double data plans are now listed on the Vodafone India website, and can be availed by any prepaid user in circles where the plans are valid.
Beginning with the Rs 249 plan, Vodafone India previously offered unlimited calling, 100 national SMS messages per day, and 1.5GB of data per day. Now, while the previous benefits remain intact, users will get 3GB of data per day, for the validity of 28 days. This brings the total data offering of the plan up to 84GB in total. The Rs 399 plan offers the exact same benefits, but is valid for 56 days and therefore offers total data of 168GB now. Lastly, the Rs 599 plan, which also offers the exact same benefits, is valid for 84 days, and will hence offer 252GB of total data to users buying it. So far, there is no word on how long will this offer remain.
With its double data benefit, the average cost of data per gigabyte in India comes to Rs 3. In a recent filing with the DoT, Vodafone-Idea has not only requested for a time span of 18 years (with a three-year tax, interest and penalty-free phase) to pay off its AGR dues to the government, but also called for some key reforms to the established tariff in the telecom space. The operator has called for users to be charged a minimum monthly connection fee of Rs 50, while it wants calls to cost at least 6p per minute, and each gigabyte of data to cost Rs 35.
Vodafone India has making revisions to its list of prepaid recharge plans on an almost everyday basis. After introducing the Rs 499 prepaid recharge plan that offers 1.5GB data per day for 70 days, Vodafone India is now looking at the base end of prepaid packs — the Rs 129 plan, to be specific. The prepaid pack previously offered 2GB of data for 14 days, along with other perks. Now, while the data benefit of 2GB remains the same, Vodafone now allows users to use the pack for 24 days, making it particularly beneficial for low data users. The revised Rs 129 prepaid recharge pack has been rolled out, and is now available in select circles such as Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The Vodafone Rs 129 prepaid recharge pack offers unlimited calling for the period of 24 days, along with 300 SMS messages during the period, and 2GB of 4G data. This roughly gives 85MB of data per day, which in today’s data-driven smartphone usage does not account for much. However, it should be enough for users such as students who are almost always connected to Wi-Fi networks at home or college, or low-data users who occasionally use data for services such as WhatsApp. Interestingly, the basic plan also comes with access to Vodafone Play and Zee5, which can be accessed even on Wi-Fi.
For users with higher data consumption, Vodafone has a Rs 199 prepaid plan which makes much more sense. For Rs 199, users get access to 1GB of data per day as well as 100 SMS messages per day, along with the other calling and content benefits on offer across all Vodafone plans. The Rs 129 plan is hence targeted solely at low data users, but for those who fit the bill, the longer validity of the plan should make it an interesting offer to avail.