Cheap data days seem to be history for India as the Telecom operators, in a bid to revive from ailing business days, have revised their respective mobile tariff charges. Collectively, major players including Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL), Airtel, and Jio have revised their plans under the new tariffs.
Under the new tariff, VIL plans will get costlier by 22% to 67% while Bharti Airtel plans will see a hike in the range of 14% to 40%. Also, Reliance Jio will introduce plans with a hike of 40%.
The hiked mobile tariffs will come into effect from December 3 for Bharti Airtel and VIL while Jio plans will get costlier from December 6.
Vodafone Idea Ltd
Vodafone Idea Ltd was the biggest loser in terms of loss incurred by a telecom sector in recent quarters. For the second quarter ended September 30, VIL posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 50,921.9 crore.
This loss includes ₹25,677.9 crores for AGR payments.
To curb the losses, VIL has launched 16 new plans with various validities (2, 28, 84 and 365 days) and prices ranging from Rs 49 to Rs 2,399.
Notably, under the revised plan, for example, a quarterly plan (84 days validity), will now cost approx Rs. 699 which earlier used to cost Rs. 569.
The plans also limit the number of calling minutes for off-net calls. For example, the Rs. 1,499 annual plan, will offer 12,000 minutes of off-net calls, 24GB data, and a total of 3,600 SMSes.
Bharti Airtel’s tariff hike of up to 40% will come into effect from December 3. Airtel’s new plans represent tariff increases in the range of 50 paise per day to Rs 2.85 per day.
“Our new mobile plans offer tremendous value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel’s nationwide 4G network. Airtel will continue to make large investments in emerging technologies and digital platforms to deliver world-class experiences to our customers,” Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer at Bharti Airtel said.
Jio hasn’t revealed details about the new plans just yet. However, a 40% increase in tariff has been confirmed.
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Jio said that its new plans will provide 300 per cent more benefits to users.