Airtel is reportedly offering 1GB of high-speed data to select users for free of cost. This free data has been doled out on recharge of special plan, wherein users are getting more data than promised. This additional free data is not rolling out for all users, and Bharti Airtel is offering it to random users, intimating them via a text message. The additional data that is being offered comes with a validity of three days only. This is similar to what Reliance Jio has been offering to its prepaid subscribers. Last month, the telco was spotted offering free 2GB daily data to select users.
OnlyTech forum member DJ Roy reported of this free Airtel data first. The Airtel subscriber recharged their prepaid account with Rs. 48 data pack and got a total benefit of 4GB of data through this recharge. The promised data amount with this pack is 3GB, and the additional 1GB was provided by Airtel for free. The telco sent Roy a message to inform the subscriber of the extra 1GB of data added to their account for free. Airtel warned the user that the validity of this 1GB data is just for three days and it has been rolled out on a trial basis.
Furthermore, a separate recharge of Rs. 49 Smart Recharge Pack again reportedly triggered the addition of 1GB free data on a trial basis from Airtel. The Rs. 49 pack originally offers 100MB of data and Rs. 38.52 talk time to its subscribers. The 1GB data addition was again intimidated via and SMS message to the subscriber and this data was credited with a validity of just three days.
This free data benefit is being rolled out to users randomly, and not all users may get this additional 1GB data credit on recharge of new plans. It seems like Airtel is offering the benefit for recharges of the lower-priced plans, but it could also show up for high-end recharges as well.
In any case, this free data credit program by Airtel is very similar to Jio's exercise of offering free 2GB daily data to select subscribers. Jio was spotted offering the additional high-speed data benefit on a daily basis with a validity of four days.
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