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Airtel, Jio offer free calling for low-income subscribers

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In lightof the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, telco majors Airtel and Jio announced that they will be giving free calling services to low income subscribers using feature phones. "As a one-time gesture, Airtel will give the Rs 49 pack FREE of cost to over 55 million low income customers. The pack offers a talk-time of Rs 38 and 100 MB data with a validity of 28 days," Airtel said in a press release on Sunday. People buying a Rs 79 pack will get twice the call minutes and data than the plan usually offers. Airtel billed these concessions as "benefits worth Rs 270 crore". The company said 55 million subscribers would benefit from the move. The move closely followed a similar announcement by Jio, which said on Friday that it "will provide 300 free minutes of outgoing calls…

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