Airtel Vs Reliance Jio Vs Vodafone Vs Idea: Best prepaid plans compared

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Dec 18 2018
Airtel Vs Reliance Jio Vs Vodafone Vs Idea: Best prepaid plans compared
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We previously compared the best-prepaid plans under Rs 500 and here, we revise and add some higher priced recharge options.

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The telecom landscape went through a major rehaul since Reliance Jio entered as a competitor. Major telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone-Idea are constantly revamping and introducing new services and recharge plans to get ahead of each other. The winner ultimately is you, the consumer. However, with more choice, comes more confusion. The prepaid recharge plans by every operator ranges across a wide range of price points and while we have done a comparison of best-prepaid plans under Rs 500, this article will go further and take into account the highest prepaid plans the telecom companies have to offer. Do note that we have also included unlimited plans that come with unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day, unless stated otherwise. The plans also differ from one telecom circle to another, so we suggest you double check with plans available in your circle before recharging.

Prepaid plans under Rs 200 

There are a slew of recharge options under the Rs 200 mark. It seems like the unlimited recharge options are quite prevalent in this segment since the telcos keep adding more data to their offerings. Jio has an unlimited plan priced at Rs 149, however, the other competing telcos have introduced their competing plans at Rs 199. Jio’s Rs 149 prepaid recharge comes with 1.5GB per day over a 28-day validity, which sums up to 42 GB of total 4G data. Vodafone, Idea and Airtel recently updated their unlimited prepaid plans priced at Rs 199 and instead of 1.4GB daily data, they now come with 1.5GB of data per day, with a validity of 28 days. However, only 3G/2G speeds are offered on the Idea network. 

Jio also features a Rs 199 and Rs 99 pack. While the Rs 199 plan features 2GB 4G data per day with a validity of 28 days, the Rs 99 plan offers 2 GB of data over the total validity period of 28 days. Do note that all the Jio recharge plans come with complimentary access to the company’s suite of apps like Jio Music, Jio TV, Jio Cinema and the likes. 

Prepaid plans from Rs 200 - Rs 299

All telecom operators in our list offer quite similar plans in the Rs 200 - Rs 300 price range. Vodafone has two plans in this range priced at Rs 209 and Rs 255, under which users get 1.5GB and 2GB of daily 4G/3G data respectively, with a 28-day validity. On the other hand, Airtel’s unlimited plan is priced at Rs 249 and it offers 2GB daily data for 28 days. Idea has Rs 227 and Rs 295 prepaid plans, which have a validity of 28 days and 42 days respectively. The Rs 227 plan comes with daily data and users gets to avail 1.4GB of data per day, however, the Rs 295 recharge credits 5GB of data for the entire validity period. 

Jio has a Rs 299 prepaid plan that offers 84GB of overall data (3GB daily data) for 28 days and it seems to be the best value for money option amongst the list. The telco also has a Cricket pack that comes with 2GB data per day, with a validity of 51 days, however, there is no free voice or SMS offerings.

Prepaid plans between Rs 300 - Rs 500

Reliance Jio’s Rs 349 prepaid plan credits 105 GB of data (1.5GB per day) for a validity period of 70 days. There are two more plans that come with 1.5GB data per day and are priced at Rs 399 and Rs 449, but with a slightly longer validity of 84 days and 91 days respectively. The telco also offers three 2GB daily data packs at Rs 398, Rs 448 and Rs 498, which are valid for 70 days, 84 days and 91 days respectively. 

Airtel has three plans in this price segment, and two of them offer the same amount of data benefits but with varying validity. The Rs 399 and Rs 448 prepaid plans by Airtel come with 1.4GB of data per day but with a validity of 70 days and 82 days respectively. There’s also a Rs 499 recharge, which credits 2GB daily data into an Airtel user’s account, with an 82-day validity. 

Vodafone has also introduced quite a number of plans in this price range. There is the Rs 349 unlimited prepaid pack that offers 3GB daily 4G/3G data for 28 days, along with the Rs 399 plan, which offers 1.4GB data every day with a validity of 70 days. Finally, Vodafone has a pack priced slightly higher at Rs 479 and one gets to avail 1.5GB of daily data for 84 days. 

Coming to Idea, two of its plans in this segment cost Rs 309 and Rs 345 and come with 1GB of data per day. Do note that the latter pack doesn’t offer free SMSes. There is another plan with 1GB daily data, which is priced at Rs 392 and comes with an extended validity of 54 days. Additionally, Idea telco has two plans priced at Rs 398 and Rs 449 for availing 1.4GB daily data, with 70 and 82 days of validity respectively. Finally, Idea users can recharge with the Rs 499 pack to avail 2GB daily data for 82 days. 

Prepaid plans priced at Rs 500 and above 

In this price range, Jio has a Rs 1,699 prepaid plan that comes with a one year validity and offers 1.5GB of daily data. For those who want more data, there is the Rs 509 and Rs 799 packs that come with 4GB and 5GB of data per day and a same 28 day validity. Jio also has some long term recharge options that don’t offer daily data but credit all of it at once to the consumer’s account. The Rs 999 plan by the telco comes with 60GB of total data and a validity of 90 days. Then, there’s the Rs 1,999 recharge that credits 125 GB data for 180 days. One can also go for the Rs 4,999 and Rs 9,999 recharge plans that offer 350GB and 750GB of data for 360 days. 

Airtel has two full talktime top up plans priced at Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000, which come with outgoing validity of 28 days. The telco also offers an international roaming pack for Rs 3,998, under which the user gets to avail 500 incoming minutes, 5GB data, and 500 local minutes to place calls to India. 

Vodafone has a prepaid plan priced at Rs 509, which comes with 1.4 GB 4G/3G data per day for 90 days. There are also Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 full talk time recharge plans. Idea has a Rs 509 unlimited plan that offers 1.4GB daily data for 90 days. Same as Airtel, Idea also offers full talk time recharge plans priced at Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000.

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