Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone-idea: Comparing the new and updated unlimited prepaid plans

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated Aug 13 2019
Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone-idea: Comparing the new and updated unlimited prepaid plans

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We compare the best, unlimited plans from Vodafone-idea, Reliance Jio and Airtel.

The three telcos have been revamping their offerings for some time now.

This is an updated comparison between all the best prepaid plans by the three telcos.

The Indian telecom sector is now ruled by the top three telecom operators, Vodafone-idea, Reliance Jio and Airtel. The three players keep trying to outdo one another by adding more consumers. One way to do that is to come up with special offers and introduce new prepaid and postpaid plans that are more lucrative than their rivals. While Vodafone-idea still retains its top spot in terms of subscriber count, it rapidly announced new plans in a bid to keep ahead of the competition. Additionally, Reliance Jio moved up to take the second spot away from Airtel in India's telecom market. Here, we compare the best prepaid plans by all the three big telcos, but before recharging, do check if they are available in your circle.

Prepaid plans under Rs 200 

Since those who have prepaid cellular connections tend to go for less expensive short term recharges, the three telcos offer a slew of plans to select from in this price range. Vodafone-idea has plans priced at Rs 121, Rs 129, Rs 139, Rs 159, Rs 169, Rs 178, Rs 189, and Rs 199. Out of these plans, only the Rs 129, Rs 139, Rs 169 and Rs 199 packs offer unlimited calling for 28 days. Both, the Rs 129 and Rs 139 plans come with 2GB 4G/3G data with unlimited calling, while the Rs 169 and Rs 199 plans from Vodafone-Idea offer unlimited local and STD calls with free roaming, along with 1GB and 1.5GB 4G/3G data per day, for 28 days. 

In the same price bracket, Jio has a prepaid recharge priced at Rs 149 that offers 1.5GB data per day over a 28-day validity period. That makes it a total of 42GB data for 28 days. There are also two more plans priced in the same range. There are Rs 98 and Rs 198 prepaid plans that offer 2GB data for a month and 2GB data per day for a month, respectively. So essentially, the Rs 198 plan from Jio gives users a total of 56GB data for the month. With the Rs 98 Jio plan, subscribers get 300 free SMS for the validity period, while with the Rs 198 prepaid plan one can send 100 free messages per day. 

Airtel offers three recharge options under Rs 200. The first one is priced at Rs 129 and come with 2GB data, unlimited calls and 100 SMS per day for 28 days, while the Rs 169 prepaid plan from Airtel offers 1GB 4G data per day with unlimited calls and 100 daily SMS for 28 days. Then, the last prepaid recharge under Rs 200 by Airtel is priced at Rs 199 and it credits 1.5GB daily data to a user, along with unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day for 28 days. 

Prepaid plans between Rs 200 - Rs 299

Vodafone-idea has two plans in this price segment. The first one is priced at Rs 209, while the other one costs Rs 255 and with both recharge, users get to avail 1.6GB and 2GB data per day respectively, for 28 days. Additionally, free national voice calls with roaming is valid on both the plans, along with 100 SMS per day. Jio, on the other hand, offers only one plan in this category, which is priced at Rs 299 and offers 3GB daily data with unlimited calls and 100 SMS per day for 28 days. Airtel also has one plan priced at Rs 249 here and it comes with 2GB data and other benefits as the Jio’s Rs 299 plan. 

Prepaid plans priced between Rs 300 - Rs 500

There are numerous prepaid plans to choose from between Rs 300 and Rs 500, no matter which of the three telecom operator’s service you use. Vodafone-Idea subscribers can go for Rs 399, Rs 349, Rs 396, Rs 458, or Rs 479 prepaid packs. With the Rs 399 plan, one gets 1GB 4G/3G data per day, unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day for 84 days. Those who want more data for lesser time can recharge with the Rs 349 plan from Vodafone to avail 3GB data per day, along with free unlimited calling and 100 sms for 28 days. The Rs 396 prepaid plan comes with 1.4GB daily data for 69 days, while the Rs 458 and Rs 479 packs will credit 1.5GB and 1.6GB 4G/3G data per day for 84 days.

Jio also has a slew of recharge options to select from in this price range. The telco offers unlimited free calling and 100sms per day with every plan mentioned here. The telcos’ Rs 349, Rs 399 and Rs 449 recharge plans offer 1.5GB data per day for 70 days, 84 days and 91 days, respectively. If one wants 2GB per day, they can go for the plans priced at Rs 398, Rs 448 or Rs 498, which have a validity of 70 days, 84 days and 91 days respectively. 

Airtel has four prepaid plans over Rs 300 and under Rs 500 and all of them offer different amounts of data and come with varying validity. The telco also offers free calling and 100 SMS per day with all plans in this range. Airtel's Rs 349 prepaid plan credits 3GB data per day for 28 days, while the Rs 399 pack offers 1GB data with a longer 84-day validity. The Rs 448 plan offers 1.5GB data per day for 82 days, while the Rs 499 plan will get you 2GB 4G data for 82 days. 

Prepaid plans between Rs 500 and Rs 1000

Vodafone-idea users have six plans to select from, all offering unlimited free calling and 100 SMS per day, in this price segment. There’s the Rs 509 pack, which offers 1.5GB of daily data for 90 days. With the Rs 511 and Rs 569 pack, one gets to avail 2GB and 3GB of high-speed data per day respectively, for 84 days. Then, there are the slightly higher priced Rs 529 plan that offers 1.5GB daily data for 90 days, while the Rs 549 plan credits 3.5GB data per day for 28 days. Finally, there’s a Rs 799 pack that has a 28-day validity and 4.5GB daily data. 

In the same segment, Jio offers 4GB per day a 5GB data per day plans priced at Rs 509 and Rs 799. Both the options come with 28-day validity. There is also one long term plan by Jio priced at Rs 999, which bulk credits 60GB 4G data to a user’s account for 90 days. 

Airtel has four recharge options in this price segment, all with different data and validity benefits. The Rs 509 plan credits 1.4GB daily data for 90 days, while the Rs 558 plan features 3GB of daily data for 82 days. With Rs 597 recharge plan, one will get to avail 6GB of data for 168 days, while the long validity 336-day plan of Rs 998 will credit 12GB of data. 

Prepaid plans above Rs 1,000

Limiting choices but keeping it simple, both Vodafone-idea and Airtel have a single prepaid plan priced above Rs 1,000. Both the telcos offer a Rs 1,699 plan with which one will get to use 1GB data per day for 365 days. This plan comes with the benefits of unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day. On the other hand, Jio offers 1.5GB daily data for 365 days with its Rs 1699 prepaid recharge. Jio also offers a long term packs priced at Rs 1,999 that credits 125GB data to a user’s account for 180 days. 

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