Airtel Prepaid Pack Price Increase by Up to Rs. 501 From November 26: All Details

Airtel says that the price hike has been introduced to allow the company to run a financially healthy business model.

Airtel Prepaid Pack Price Increase by Up to Rs. 501 From November 26: All Details

Airtel says that the ARPU needs to be at Rs. 200 at least to sustain the business

Highlights
  • Airtel’s base Rs. 79 plan will now cost Rs. 99
  • Airtel’s premium Rs. 2,498 plan will now be priced at Rs. 2,999
  • Airtel will introduce the price hike from November 26

Airtel has announced complete revision in its prepaid mobile tariffs in India. These new tariffs will come into effect from November 26. A minimum price increase of Rs. 20 has been announced on prepaid plans, while some packs see a price hike of up to Rs. 501 as well. Airtel says that this price hike has been introduced to enable a reasonable return on capital that allows for a financially healthy business model. In the past, Airtel has maintained that the average revenue per user (ARPU) needs to be at Rs. 200 and ultimately at Rs. 300.

The most premium Rs. 2,498 Airtel combo prepaid plan will now be priced at Rs. 2,999. It comes with a validity of 365 days and offers 2GB of daily data, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited calling benefits. Similarly, the Rs. 1,498 Airtel prepaid plan will now be priced at Rs. 1,799. It offers the same benefits, with the exception of a total 24GB of data over the period. Also, the Rs. 698 Airtel prepaid plan will now be priced at Rs. 839. It offers the same benefits as the Rs. 2,999 plan, but has a validity of 84 days.

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In addition, the Rs. 598 prepaid pack will be priced at Rs. 719 and the combo plan comes with 84 days of validity and 1.5GB of daily data. Similarly, the Rs. 449 prepaid plan will be priced at Rs. 549, seeing an increase of Rs. 100. The Rs. 399 will now be priced at Rs. 479. This offers the same benefits as the Rs. 719 plan, but its validity is set for 56 days. As mentioned, the new tariffs will come into effect by November 26 on Airtel.in. All the changes in tariff can be seen in the table below:

Current Price (Rs. ) New Price (Rs. ) Validity Benefits
79 99 28 Days 50 percent more talk time of Rs. 99, 200MB data. 1paise/sec voice tariff 
149 179 28 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 2GB data
219 265 28 days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 1GB/ day data
249 299 28 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 1.5GB/day data
298 359 28 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 2GB/ day data
379 455 84 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day,  6GB data
449 549 56 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 2GB/day data
598 719 84 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 1.5GB/day data
698 839 84 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 2GB/day data
1498 1799 365 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 24GB data
2498 2999 365 Days Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/ day, 2GB/day data
48 (data pack) 58 (data pack) NA< 3GB data
98 (data pack) 118 (data pack) NA 12GB data
251 (data pack) 301 (data pack) NA 50GB data
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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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