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Tariff wars: Vodafone & Airtel launch 4G data offers to counter Jio


Vodafone India will offer an additional 9 GB of 4G data as a promotional offer for subscribers who make 1GB 4G data pack recharges above Rs 250 up to 31 December 2016, reports TelecomTalk. The offer will however be valid only for new 4G smartphone users whose devices have not been registered on the Vodafone network in the past 6 months, the report added.

What’s disappointing is subscribers in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata circles cannot use the promotional 9GB data if there is no 4G network coverage. If the network switches back to a lower 2G/3G mode, usage will be billed from base tariff account or another 2G/3G pack in case the user has one active.

In addition, subscribers in Uttar Pradesh (West), Uttar Pradesh (East), Haryana, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu , Maharashtra & Goa, Assam, North East states, Rajasthan circles can use the promotional 9GB data only in night-time from 12 AM to 6 AM, limited to 4G handsets only. The company has also partnered with Hungama and HOOQ to offer free subscription to its services up till 31 December 2016.

How useful is the offer?

Vodafone says “With this offer, we are encouraging new 4G handset users to enjoy the Vodafone SuperNet experience to the fullest and explore the wonders of the internet in a truly worry-free manner.” However, we are not sure how many users would be awake from 12AM to 6AM to “experience wonders of the Internet.” Additionally, we’d like to point out that users in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata who do not have 4G coverage in their areas, will never be able to use this promotional 9GB data that Vodafone is offering.

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Existing prepaid and postpaid users will have to register their new 4G smartphone with a 10-digit OTP—because the offer is valid only on new devices and the SIM needs to present on the new device for the offer to be active. So an existing user whose smartphone is already registered on the network will not be able to avail the promotional offer. Vodafone’s promotional offer is aimed at new smartphone buyers and will not actually stop its subscribers from porting to Jio or getting a new Jio SIM.


Airtel counters Jio by offering 4G data at Rs 50 per GB for new users

Bharti Airtel on the other hand has launched a ‘special data pack’ costing Rs 1495 that offers 30GB of 4G data for 90 days for existing users, reports TelecomTalk. After the user exhausts the 30GB limit, they will get unlimited Internet at 2G speeds. The pack is currently live in Delhi and will be rolled out to more circles in coming days, added the report.

New users will have to pay 1 rupee less— Rs 1494—for the same pack. This means a new Airtel user is effectively paying 20 paise less ‘per GB’ when compared to what Jio is offering—Rs 50 per GB, as announced during launch. New Airtel users are paying Rs 49.8 per GB if they are charged Rs 1494 for 30 GB.

Other updates on new tariff packs:
Airtel launches 3G booster packs to extend data validity
– Idea cuts data pack tariffs while Airtel increases data amount for prepaid users

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