Telecom network operator Bharti Airtel has quietly upgraded some of its existing prepaid plans to compete with Reliance Jio. Techook has spotted a few changes that reflect some new benefits. The changes occur for the better with a couple of existing prepaid plans like Airtel Rs 349 and Airtel Rs 549.
Starting with Airtel Rs 349 plan, it provides unlimited calls (local, STD and roaming) in addition to 2800 local and national SMS (100 SMS per day). Even better, users can leverage up to 56GB of 4G data valid for 28 days. However, there’s a daily FUP limit of 2GB for data.
Airtel Rs 549 plan, on the other hand, has similar benefits to offer i.e., free local, STD, roaming calls and 100 SMS per day. The only difference being, it offers 84GB 4G data with a validity of 28 days. As a result, users can enjoy up to 3GB of high-speed data per day.
Airtel Rs 349 plan has now doubled the data benefits for its prepaid customers. Earlier, it used to offer 4G data with a limit of 1GB per day. Similarly, Airtel Rs 549 plan’s 4G data limit has been bumped up by 1GB per day from 2GB daily to the current benefits of 3GB per day.
Thanks to that, Airtel has a winner on their hands with the Rs 549 plan. A similar plan from Jio costs 45% higher at Rs 799. So at least for now, Airtel seems to have a clearly better offering in the 3GB daily data plans. The ongoing tussle between Airtel and Jio may have influenced the former to bring something new and exciting out of their existing plans, but at least they are making the latter think, finally. It will be interesting to see how Jio responds to this minor setback.