Reliance Jio’s entry in the data tussle intensified the battle in the telecom sector. Other operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc. have taken to aggressive pricing offering data to its customer base. Here’s a quick comparison between the major network service providers, to help you decide which one to choose.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 300 to Rs 400
Airtel Rs 399 Plan
Airtel’s Rs 399 postpaid plan offers unlimited local and STD calls along with 10GB of data per bill cycle. Only outgoing roaming calls are charged at 80p/minute for local roaming and Rs 1.15/minute for STD. The best part about Airtel postpaid plans is that they offers data rollover. Unused data is added to the next month’s bill cycle and users can accumulate a maximum of 200GB data.
Jio Rs 309 Plan
Reliance Jio’s competing plan starts at Rs 309. The Jio Rs 309 plan offers free unlimited local, STD and roaming calls. Subscribers also get 30GB of 4G data with the plan, limited to 1GB per day. Also included are 100 free SMSes per day and unlimited access to Jio apps. So Jio offers better calling and data benefits compared to Airtel, but post the 1GB per day limitation,4G speeds on the plan will be downgraded to 64Kbps. Users will have to pay a security deposit of Rs 400 to subscribe to the plan.
Idea Rs 349 Plan
Idea Cellular’s entry-level postpaid plan is priced at Rs 349 and brings with it unlimited calling, except for outgoing roaming calls which are chargeable. There are no free SMSes and the plan offers a sad 1GB of data per month. However, Idea is running a promotion and will give users 4GB of bonus data per month for 12 months. So the total data users can expect from Idea’s Rs 349 postpaid plan is 5GB per month.
Vodafone India does not have any postpaid plans in this category.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 400 to Rs 500
Airtel Rs 499 Plan
At Rs 499 per bill cycle, Airtel offers unlimited calling, except for outgoing roaming calls. Users are further entitled to 20GB of 3G/4G data for the billing cycle. Again, unused data can be rolled over to the next month.
Jio Rs 409 Plan
At Rs 409, Jio postpaid users can expect unlimited calling, including STD and roaming, 20GB of data for the bill cycle with no daily data restriction, free 100 SMSes per day, and access to Jio apps. Users will have to pay a security deposit of Rs 500 to subscribe to the plan.
Idea Rs 499 Plan
At Rs 499, Idea offers unlimited calling, including STD calls and free incoming roaming. Outgoing roaming is chargeable at standard rates. You also get 100 free SMSes per day and 5GB 3G/4G data per billing cycle. As part of a promotional offer, Idea will give subscribers extra 1GB of data per day for 12 months with this plan.
Vodafone Rs 499 Plan
Vodafone’s Red Rs 499 Unlimited plan competes with the rest by offering unlimited calling, except for outgoing calls while roaming. The plan comes with 5GB data per billing cycle, and as a Welcome Gift for plan activation, Vodafone is offering subscribers 10GB additional data per month for a period six months. Subscribers will also get 100 free SMSes with the plan.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 500 to Rs 600
If you are looking for a plan between the Rs 500 to Rs 600 range, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone’s Rs 499 plans come pretty close. However, the incumbent operators have no other plans in this range. The only operator offering postpaid plans in this range is Reliance Jio.
Jio Rs 509 Plan
At Rs 509, Jio postpaid subscribers can get unlimited calling, including outgoing calls on roaming. There’s 60GB of 4G data on offer with a limit of 2GB per day, 100 SMSes and access to Jio apps. Users will have to pay a deposit of Rs 600 to subscribe to the plan.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 600 to Rs 700
Airtel Rs 649 Plan
Airtel’s Rs 649 plan offers unlimited calling, including outgoing roaming and STD calls. Users get 30GB of data per billing cycle, which is rollable to the next month.
Reliance Jio does not offer any plans in this range
Idea Rs 649 Plan
Going neck-to-neck with Airtel when it comes to pricing, Idea also offers a Rs 649 plan. Apart from unlimited calls, including free outgoing roaming calls, the plan offers 8GB of 3G/4G data per billing cycle, along with free 100 SMSes. There’s also 1GB of daily bonus data up for grabs with this pack, taking the total amount of data on offer to 38GB.
Vodafone Rs 699 Plan
At Rs 699, Vodafone is giving subscribers unlimited calling, including free incoming and outgoing calls on roaming. Data is capped to 8GB per billing cycle, with an additional 10GB bonus data each month for six months as a Welcome Gift.100 SMSes will be free with the plan.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 700 to Rs 800
Airtel Rs 799 Plan
For a rental of Rs 799 per month, Airtel offers unlimited calling (national, STD and roaming) with 40GB of 3G/4G data which can be rolled over to the next bill cycle.
Jio Rs 799 Plan
Subscribers of Reliance Jio’s Rs 799 plan will have to shell out a security deposit of Rs 950. The plan offers unlimited calling to any network, 90GB of data per month with a cap of 3GB data per day. 100 SMSes per day will be free with the plan and users will also have access to all Jio apps.
Idea Cellular has no plans in this category.
Vodafone India has no plans in this category.
Postpaid Plans From Rs 800 to Rs 1,000
Airtel Rs 999 Plan
All calls, (national, roaming and STD) are free on Airtel’s Rs 999 postpaid plan. There’s also 50GB of data on offer with Airtel’s roll-over guarantee.
Jio Rs 999 Plan
The most expensive plan in Jio’s postpaid category is the Rs 999 plan. This gives subscribers the benefit of free calling, 60GB of data with no daily limits, 100 SMSes and unlimited access to Jio apps. Users will have to pay a security deposit of Rs 1150 to opt for the plan.
Idea Cellular has no plans in this category.
Vodafone Rs 999 Plan
At Rs 999, Vodafone’s Red Unlimited plan offers 15GB of data per month with an extra 10GB/month for six months as a welcome gift. All calls are free, along with 100 SMSes. Those looking to subscribe to higher Vodafone plans should note that they come with free Netflix subscriptions – RED 1299 & RED 1699 – 2 months subscription, RED 1999 – 3 months subscription, RED 2999 – 12 months subscription.
So those were some of the best and most popular postpaid plans from leading telecom providers in India. We will update the list as and when fresh plans are announced. For now, take your pick and choose wisely.