It is well known by now that the official launch of Reliance Jio sent a chill down the spine of the already-established telcos like Idea Cellular and Airtel, and that the latter have started reducing the cost of many of their flagship offerings. Now, in another similar development, Idea and Airtel are likely to offer increased free data value with their respective data rate cutter packs.
According to TelecomTalk, both Idea Cellular and Airtel have decided to offer increased free one-time data at the same cost. Airtel users subscribing to the Rs 1,498 4G data pack would now be able to consume as much as 6GB of data, which is significant when compared to the earlier 1GB free 4G data limit.
Also, every extra GB of the 4G data consumed under the revised plan would cost between Rs 51 and Rs 57, based on individual telecom circles. The validity of this Rs 1,498 data rate cutter pack would be one year, as opposed to the earlier 90-day validity period.
Besides Airtel, this revised tariff is also said to be applicable to Idea Cellular. Apart from the Rs 1,498 data rate-cutter pack, both Idea and Airtel are also rumoured to have revised their Rs 749 data pack.
With the revision of the Rs 749 data pack, subscribers can now reportedly use 3GB worth of free data (1GB was the earlier limit) valid for 28 days. After exhaustion of the free data limit, every subsequent GB of data would cost between Rs 100 and Rs 102, based on telecom circles. The overall validity of this rate cutter pack is six months.
Tariff plans of this GigaFiber fibernet service have now surfaced and may appeal to customers, with the figure of Rs 500 for 600GB worth of data for 30 days. The Reliance Jio fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband internet service would be offered for testing to users in Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles, under the Jio GigaFiber Welcome Offer similar to the Jio 4G Welcome Offer for smartphones. The reported Jio GigaFiber broadband Welcome Offer is said to get officially rolled out in the near future.