The Domestic Roaming War in India continues

Most MNOs have seen themselves forced to update their data plans in order to compete with Jio, but instead of announcing them publicly, they offer them only to some specific customers.


Ever since Jio burst into the scene with its disruptive pricing and unlimited data offers, all other telecom operators have been desperately slashing prices/introducing new packs left, right and centre. The situation has become exacerbated ever since Jio introduced its Prime service a few weeks ago which offers existing subscribers the opportunity to continue with their daily unlimited data cap. As a result, all major operators have been forced to come up with new and updated plans in a bid to compete with Jio.

Last week, we saw Airtel, Idea and Vodafone introduce new prepaid plans offering unlimited daily data and voice calls and now it seems Airtel has also updated their ‘myPlan Infinity’ postpaid plans to offer more data.

Earlier, the cheapest ‘Infinity’ plan was the Rs 549 plan which offered 3GB of 4G data along with 100SMS/day, unlimited local/STD calls to any operator and free incoming roaming calls. Now the Rs 499 plan offers the same with the Rs 549 plan seeing a data bump to 4GB.

Airtel has also updated the other plans with more data – The Rs 799 plan now offers 6GB of data, Rs 999 offers 8GB of data, Rs 1199 offers 11GB of data and Rs 1599 offers 16GB of data.

At the rate companies these days are introducing new offers, it is very possible that Airtel changes these plans again in a few days.

Plans north of Rs 799 also offer unlimited roaming calls, both incoming and outgoing. All plans also come with a free subscription to Airtel’s music and movie streaming services – Wynk Music and Airtel Movies.

At the rate companies these days are introducing new packs and dropping old ones, it is very possible that Airtel changes these plans again in a few days. No one can be sure as to what plans are available at a given date.

Instead of announcing plan changes publicly, companies are discreetly introducing new offers and plans directly to customers. What makes the situation even more confusing is the fact that some of these plans are only offered to selected customers, and not all.

Airtel also recently introduced a Rs 345 prepaid plan, which offers 28GB of 4G data (1GB/daily) and unlimited voice/calls with a validity of 28 days.

The catch here is that out of the 1GB daily data cap, only 500MB is available during the day and the rest 500MB can only be consumed between 3 and 5 am at night.

Source: India Today in TECH