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A look at Reliance Jio’s new tariff pack, post TRAI intervention

Reliance Jio has launched a set of new tariff packs, after India’s telecom regulator TRAI recently asked the telco to pull down its earlier ‘Summer Surprise Offer’, which offered 3 months of free data and calls as complimentary on the first recharge. The new pack termed as ‘Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer’ provides two different usage plans for Prime and non-Prime customers, but frankly, the new plan does not differ much when compared to the previous plan. Here’s how:

Under the previous Summer Surprise Offer, subscribers on Jio Prime making their first recharge of Rs 303 or higher, would get extra 3 months complimentary services wherein data usage is capped at 1GB or 2GB. After the 3-month period, the initial pack would get activated.

The new pack seems to be providing the same three-month usage but at an initial fee of Rs 309 or Rs 509. The new pack is valid for 90 days and not 28 days in case of the Summer Surprise offer.

What the new pack is offering

For Prime Customers, Jio will provide:
-A Rs 309 pack which gives unlimited calling, SMS and unlimited data with an FUP of 1 GB per day after which speeds are throttled down. The pack will be valid for 3 months from the date of recharge.
-A Rs 509 plan which gives unlimited calls, SMS and unlimited data with an FUP of 2GB per day, valid for 3 months from the date of recharge. Note that a Jio user will have to pay Rs 99 to avail a Prime membership

For non-Prime customers or customers who haven’t opted for the Prime package, Jio will provide the same free data and unlimited calls at a higher price of Rs 408 and Rs 608, respectively with a validity of 3 months. Note that users will not be able to avail these free offers without making their first recharge, preferably before April 15th. After this, Jio will revoke the new packs.

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What about users who already opted for Summer Surprise pack?

Note that after TRAI intervened, asking Jio to pull down its earlier offer, Jio continued to provide the Summer Surprise offer for a brief while, and even requested users to sign up for it. Rival telco Vodafone had also complained to TRAI in a letter raising this discrepancy. The 3-month complimentary offer promised under the ‘Summer Surprise’ recharge is still valid for those who already paid for it, Jio clarified when MediaNama inquired.

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