4G tariff war: Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone data prices compared

Is Reliance Jio drastically more affordable than existing 4G plans by Airtel and Vodafone? Here's what we found.

Published Date
01 - Sep - 2016
| Last Updated
09 - Sep - 2016
 
4G tariff war: Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone data prices compare...

Reliance has made its big splash with Jio - the LTE network that aims to make mobile data faster, more affordable and more widespread. At the annual general meeting of Reliance Industries Ltd., the announcements on Reliance Jio, its offers and data plan pricing has taken the telecom world by storm. On this note, we take a look at comparative data prices already available for consumers by other notable telecom operators in India - Airtel and Vodafone. Here’s how Reliance Jio’s initial LTE offerings fare, in comparison to existing 4G plans:

Note: We have taken into account Airtel and Vodafone’s Prepaid 4G data plans for Delhi circle. Relevant prices may vary slightly for Postpaid networks and other circles.

 Reliance JioAirtelVodafone
BasicRs. 19Rs. 101Rs. 11
-Data100MB + Unlimited at night + Music & Video streaming1GB45MB
-Validity1 day2 days1 day
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roamingNILNIL
    
Monthly Plan 1Rs. 149Rs. 259Rs. 147
-Data300MB1GB500MB
-Validity28 days28 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + 100 SMS + Music & Video streamingNILNIL
    
Monthly Plan 2Rs. 499Rs. 755Rs. 559
-Data4GB + unlimited at night + 8GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming4GB4GB
-Validity28 days21 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMSNILNIL
    
Monthly Plan 3Rs. 999Rs. 955Rs. 999
-Data10GB + unlimited at night + 20GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming6GB10GB
-Validity28 days21 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMSNILNIL
    
Monthly Plan 4Rs. 1499Rs. 1098Rs. 1499
-Data20GB + unlimited at night + 40GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming3GB + unlimited music15GB
-Validity28 days28 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMSNILNIL
    
Monthly Plan 5Rs. 2499Rs. 1749Rs. 1999
-Data35GB + unlimited at night + 70GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming5GB + unlimited music & video20GB
-Validity28 days28 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMSAll local callsNIL
    
Monthly Plan 6Rs. 3999Rs. 2249Rs. 2997
-Data60GB + unlimited at night + 120GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming7GB + unlimited music & video20GB + 20GB at night
-Validity28 days28 days28 days
-TalktimeUnlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMSAll local calls + STD + national roamingNIL

While we are yet to extensively test how Reliance Jio’s network fares, the prices, along with the combination deals, make for lucrative prospects on overall terms. While Jio's LTE network plans may be similar in pricing slabs of Vodafone and Airtel, the all-encompassing plans give much better value for money. Our initial comparison, meanwhile, suggests that Reliance Jio has the potential to reach out to a wide base of users.

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