Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Incumbent telco takes free voice calling plan to postpaid users for Rs 549; unlimited calls applicable to all networks
In picture: An employee waits for the customers at a billing counter inside a Bharti Airtel store in New Delhi. [Representational image]Reuters file photo

At a time when Reliance Jio's free voice call offerings over the 4G LTE network has led to an intensive tariff competition with incumbent telcos, it has now come to the fore that leading operator Airtel would offer free voice calling even to postpaid subscribers across India for as low as Rs 549. This tariff plan will reportedly be launched more widely soon.

As per rumour mills, the USP of Airtel's Rs 549 plan (under the ambit of the MyPlan Infinity initiative), applicable to postpaid users, is that apart from offering free voice calling, subscribers would be able to make calls to numbers of even other network operators across the country including Reliance Jio. Airtel's Rs 549 postpaid plan is also said to offer as much as 2GB 4G LTE data, which at least on paper is a bonanza.

Airtel users opting for the Rs 549 plan would also reportedly have the ability to opt for free incoming calls while on roaming for an additional Rs 99. Finally, the tariff plan would also offer as many as 100 text messages in a day along with access to Wynk's Movies and Music services. In case of non-4G postpaid users, the Rs 549 plan lets such subscribers enjoy 1GB non 4G data within their phones.

Apart from the Rs 549 plan, Airtel also reportedly offers the Rs 799 postpaid package that offers 4GB LTE data and 2GB non 4G data, along with all the benefits of the above Rs 549 offering. Almost all leading Indian telcos have begun offering free unlimited voice calls to both their prepaid as well as postpaid users.

[Source: TelecomTalk via Economic Times].