Vodafone Rs 198 prepaid plan gets a 40% data boost; too little too late?

The new benefits take Airtel head on but can they match what Jio has to offer?

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After Jio announced its Republic Day offers, Airtel was quick to revise its own plans by providing more data in most of its existing offerings. Vodafone, not exactly known for its proactiveness, took its own sweet time, enjoyed the long weekend and has now made a change to one solitary prepaid plan of theirs.

Well, technically two plans, but they both offer the exact benefits and the price difference is just 1 Rupee. I speak of Vodafone Rs 198 and Rs 199 plans. Both now offer 1.4GB high-speed data per day for 28 days, a 40% jump from 1GB that they bundled previously. The plans also include unlimited local, STD and roaming calls along with 100 SMS per day.

Spot the difference!
Spot the difference!

Why Vodafone needs to have two plans with almost the same value and benefits is beyond me. My guess would be either some numerology expert has something to do with it or simply blame that pug who supposedly chases you everywhere in this beautiful world.

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Back to serious business. Comparing these plans with similar offerings from Airtel and Jio reveals that Vodafone manages to tie with Airtel’s Rs 199 plan but Jio’s two plans are a step or two ahead. If you are looking at similar benefits, Jio offers those at Rs 49 lower in its Rs 149 plan with 1.5GB daily data and unlimited calling for 28 days. But in the exact budget of Rs 198, Jio shoots ahead offering 2GB high-speed data per day and unlimited calling for the same duration. Jio too includes 100 SMS per day in both their plans.

As I touched upon earlier, Airtel and Jio have revised some of their higher denomination plans too catering to a varied user base looking for longer validity and more data. Vodafone really needs to react faster and stronger if it wants to stay in the competition. Right now it’s a case of too little too late for them.