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

By Souvik Das | Published 01 Sep 2016
4G tariff war: Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone data prices compared
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  • Is Reliance Jio drastically more affordable than existing 4G plans by Airtel and Vodafone? Here's what we found.

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 Jio Airtel Vodafone
Basic Rs. 19 Rs. 101 Rs. 11
-Data 100MB + Unlimited at night + Music & Video streaming 1GB 45MB
-Validity 1 day 2 days 1 day
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming NIL NIL
       
Monthly Plan 1 Rs. 149 Rs. 259 Rs. 147
-Data 300MB 1GB 500MB
-Validity 28 days 28 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + 100 SMS + Music & Video streaming NIL NIL
       
Monthly Plan 2 Rs. 499 Rs. 755 Rs. 559
-Data 4GB + unlimited at night + 8GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming 4GB 4GB
-Validity 28 days 21 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMS NIL NIL
       
Monthly Plan 3 Rs. 999 Rs. 955 Rs. 999
-Data 10GB + unlimited at night + 20GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming 6GB 10GB
-Validity 28 days 21 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMS NIL NIL
       
Monthly Plan 4 Rs. 1499 Rs. 1098 Rs. 1499
-Data 20GB + unlimited at night + 40GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming 3GB + unlimited music 15GB
-Validity 28 days 28 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMS NIL NIL
       
Monthly Plan 5 Rs. 2499 Rs. 1749 Rs. 1999
-Data 35GB + unlimited at night + 70GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming 5GB + unlimited music & video 20GB
-Validity 28 days 28 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMS All local calls NIL
       
Monthly Plan 6 Rs. 3999 Rs. 2249 Rs. 2997
-Data 60GB + unlimited at night + 120GB via JioNet hotspots + Music & Video streaming 7GB + unlimited music & video 20GB + 20GB at night
-Validity 28 days 28 days 28 days
-Talktime Unlimited local + STD + national roaming + unlimited SMS All local calls + STD + national roaming NIL

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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