When Jio announced their path-breaking unlimited voice calling plans three months back, incumbent operators were in for a jolt. Either they followed suite for perished. Indian Telecom space is now seeing real repercussions of Jio plans now. Last week Airtel announced their unlimited calling plans with bundled data for a price starting Rs. 149. Idea Cellular followed with identical plans and couple of days later Vodafone did it as well!
With Big 3 operators announcing unlimited calling plans, smaller operators do have any option, but to announce plans that better, otherwise they risk erosion of their market share quickly!
Aircel, telecom operator with over 90 million mobile subscribers in India has now announced plans that are priced lower than Airtel, Idea and Vodafone – and at the same time offer more free data benefits.
Aircel made an official announcement of 2 new pre-paid plans called RC 13 and RC249, both of which offer unlimited local and STD calling across networks.
RC13 offers customers with Unlimited Local and STD calling across all networks with a validity of one day. Aircel customers will get unlimited calls from Aircel to Aircel (Local & STD) and Aircel to Others (Local & STD) and stay seamlessly connected.
RC249 is a unique product offering the benefits of unlimited calling and unlimited data with a validity of 28 days. Here, customers will get unlimited calls (Local & STD) across all networks, 500MB of 3G data and Unlimited 2G data usage. Additionally, 4G handset users will enjoy extra 1.5GB 3G data.
If you do not take Jio’s free offers into consideration, these plans are probably the best voice and data proposition in the industry.
Here is a comparison of unlimited voice calling plans offered by various networks
|Telecom Operator||Prepaid Plan Price||Offering|
|Airtel||Rs. 349||Unlimited Local/STD calls to any operator in India. The data benefit includes 1 GB 4G data, and 50 MB data for those using “basic mobile phones”. 28 Day validity.
|Idea Cellular||Rs. 348||Unlimited Local/STD calls to any operator in India. The data benefit includes 1 GB 4G data, and 50 MB data for those using “basic mobile phones”. 28 Day validity.|
|Vodafone||Rs. 350||Unlimited Local/STD calls to any operator in India. The data benefit includes 1 GB 4G data, and 50 MB data for those using “basic mobile phones”. 28 Day validity.
|Aircel||Rs. 249||Unlimited Local and STD calling across all networks. Unlimited 2G Data. 500MB of 3G data. 28 Day validity
|Jio (after existing free offers end)||Rs. 149||Unlimited VoLTE Local and STD calling across all networks. 300MB of 4G data. 28 Day validity|