Bharti Airtel, Jio, Vodafone Idea hike call, data charges

Ruben Fields
December 2, 2019

As expected, telecom operator Vodafone Idea has hiked its prepaid plan prices.

All four plans offer 1,000 minutes for off-net calls. "New plans will be available across India starting 00:00 hours of 3 December 2019", the company said in a statement. In Plan Rs 79, Rs 64 Talktime, 200 MB data, 1p/sec tariff, 28 days validity.

₹2399: Unlimited voice calls (FUP of 12000 minutes for off-net calls), 1.5 GB/ per day of data, 100 SMS per day.

Highest rate increase of 41.14 per cent has been announced by the company in annual unlimited category plan which will cost Rs 2,398 instead of 1,699 at present.

Bharti Airtel's new plans will cost up to 42 per cent more compared to the price that Airtel pre-paid customers pay at present for plans in the "unlimited" category. For example its bundled pre-paid plans offering unlimited calling and data, that were earlier priced at Rs 249 (28 days validity) and Rs 448 (82 days validity), will now cost Rs 298 and Rs 598 (84 days validity) respectively.

As per the Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's replies in Parliament, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and other telecom companies owe the government as much as Rs 1.47 lakh crore in past statutory dues. The two had reported a combined loss of Rs 74,000 crore for the second quarter ended September 2019 on account of statutory dues arising from the Supreme Court order on AGR.

Airtel's new prepaid plans, effective December 3rd " Airtel's New Prepaid Plans Announced: Pay Upto 42% More From December 3 (Complete List)", 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

Reliance Jio also announced with plans to raise mobile services rates from December 6 onwards.

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Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer at Bharti Airtel said: "Our new mobile plans offer tremendous value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel's nationwide 4G network".

Vodafone Idea annual (365-day validity) plans have a FUP limit of 12,000 minutes for off-net calls made from Vodafone to other networks.

In a statement, the company said that the increase was between 50p/day to Rs 2.85/day, which translates to an increase of Rs 15-Rs 85 per month.

In Vodafone combo plans of Rs 49, there is Rs 38 Talktime, 100 MB data, 2.5p/sec tariff, 28 days validity.

According to industry experts, operators had to increase tariffs so as increase ARPUs by at least 25 per cent to tide over the present crisis. The effective revision in today's context is equal to what a customer would pay for a cup of tea in week on a road side stall, a company official who did not wish to be named said. The company has announced new plans for prepaid product and services with 2 days, 28 days, 84 days, 365 days validity. They all offer unlimited voice calls with an FUP of 3,000 minutes. Then you have Rs 599 plan with 1.5GB daily data and 100 free SMS daily.

Airtel's Rs 248 plan will offer 1.5 GB per day data, 100 SMS and unlimited voice calls for a validity of 28 days, among other features.

The move from both the companies follows the Supreme Court judgement on adjusted gross revenue.

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