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Tariff Wars: Aircel launches 3G booster packs, Docomo lowers 3G rates


Aircel subscribers can now make 1 GB 3G data recharge starting from Rs 24 with a validity of 28 days. For this subscribers will first have to make an initial recharge worth Rs 329 that would give 2GB of 3G data with a validity of 28 days. Within these 28 days subscribers can subsequently make unlimited number of 1GB of 3G data recharges for a lower rate of Rs.24.

Note that the offer is currently available across circles including Chennai, Tamil Nadu Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal, Assam, North East, Bihar & Jharkhand, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. 1GB packs will vary between Rs. 24 to Rs. 41, while the initial recharge will vary between Rs.291 to Rs.329. in these circles.

Airtel also offers the same

Airtel also offers a very similar 3G/4G recharge packs worth Rs 748 (valid for up to 6 months) and Rs 1498 (valid for up to 365 days) that allows users to make unlimited 1 GB data recharges at a lower rate of Rs 51 for up to 1 year or 6 months depending on the initial pack. At that time we had pointed out that these packs do not seem to offer anything new, other than the fact that a user is paying a huge sum for a 1GB data recharge to get a pseudo subsidy on the subsequent lowered 1 GB packs.

Note that Aircel subscribers will practically end up spending more than Rs 24 for 1GB of data, given that the initial pack costs Rs 291. Therefore, in case a user exhausts 1GB data daily, they will have to recharge again, essentially spending Rs 672 (Rs 24 x 28 days).

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Tata Docomo to provide more data at lower rates

Tata Docomo has also introduced a bunch of recharge packs in different denominations bundled with both talk time and data at lower rates. The lower tariff offers are however valid for users in Maharashtra circle. These include:

-Rs 198 pack offers 2GB 3G Data valid for 28 days; while the Rs 298 pack offers 3GB of 3G Data valid for 28 days
-The Rs 299 pack will provide Rs. 200 worth talktime and 2GB of 3G data (1GB of this in the night) valid for 28 days.
– Rs 349 pack that will offer Rs. 200 worth of talktime and 3GB of 3G Data (1GB of this in the night time) valid for 28 days.
-Rs 398 pack will offer Rs 200 worth of talktime and 4GB of 3G Data (1GB Night) with validity of 28 days.
-Rs 499 pack aimed at high-data users will offer Rs 300 worth of talktime and 4GB of 3G Data (2GB in the night) with a higher validity of 56 days.

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