Airtel has now launched the Rs. 169 prepaid recharge pack in the open market, in order to combat the stiff competition from Reliance Jio, Vodafone, and the other telcos. The new budget pack offers 28 days of validity, and 1GB of 3G/4G data per day to its subscribers. This is in addition to unlimited national calls and 100 SMS messages per day benefits as well. This unlimited combo recharge is now live on the Airtel website and app, and is available in an open market manner.
The new Airtel Rs. 169 unlimited pack offers 1GB of data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited national calls as well. The validity of this new recharge pack is at 28 days, and is live on the Airtel app and the website as well. This new recharge pack comes soon after Vodafone launched the Rs. 169 pack last week in India. Vodafone also offers 1GB of data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited calling for a validity of 28 days. Both these recharges offer 28GB of data benefit for the validity period.
However, Vodafone has an FUP for free calling limited to 250 minutes a day and 1,000 minutes a week. Post the cap, users have to pay 1.2 paise per second or Re. 1 per minute depending on the user's pack. After the 1GB data cap, the speed will be throttled down, but Vodafone will also charge 50 paise per MB for further browsing. On the other hand, Airtel has no limit to its free calling benefit.
The two recharge packs from Airtel and Vodafone look to compete with Reliance Jio's Rs. 149 pack that offer true unlimited calling, 1.5GB of 4G data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, and a validity of 28 days. The total data benefit with this pack is 42GB, much more than what the other two telcos currently offer.
The Rs. 199 Airtel recharge was also recently revised to offer 1.5GB data per day for 28 days. This brings a total of 42GB of data benefits throughout the validity period. Also, this is 2.8GB more than the previous Rs. 199 recharge that offered 1.4GB data benefits for the same 28-day validity. The pack includes unlimited local, STD, and roaming voice calls as well as 100 SMS per day. It also comes bundled with Airtel TV Premium to offer originals, movies, and trending TV shows on ZEE5 at zero additional cost.