Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) offer many affordable data plans for both prepaid and postpaid customers. Out of the four, Vi is the only service provider that doesn’t offer broadband connections. Airtel recently surpassed Reliance Jio and Vi when it comes to new subscribers for the month of October and added over 3.67 million mobile subscribers. All four have a variety of data plans. We look at one of the most most affordable data plans Airtel, Jio, Vi, and BSNL have to offer in India.
Airtel affordable monthly prepaid plans
Airtel offers a Rs. 149 prepaid plan that comes with 28 days of validity. You get 2GB data with this plan, unlimited calls, and 300 free SMS. After exhausting 300 SMS that have a maximum 100 SMS per day limit, you are going to be charged Rs. 1 for native and Rs. 1.50 for STD per SMS. Also, after exhausting the 2GB data limit, you are going to be charged Rs. 0.50 per MB. This prepaid plan also offers extra benefits like free Hello Tunes, and a subscription to Wynk Music and Airtel Xstream.
Next up is a Rs. 179 plan that comes with unlimited calls, 2GB data, 300 SMS, and 28 days of validity. The same SMS charges and data tariff will be relevant after you exhaust the limits. Extra benefits include Rs. 2 lakh life Insurance, free Hello Tunes, and Wynk Music and Airtel Xstream subscription.
Airtel affordable postpaid plans
Airtel postpaid plans start from Rs. 399 and this will get you unlimited calls (native + STD + roaming), 40GB data for the month with rollover up to 200GB, and 100 SMS per day (native + STD + roaming) after which you’ll have to pay Rs. 0.10 per SMS. Airtel Thanks rewards with this plan include one-year free access to Shaw academy and Juggernaut books, subscriptions to Airtel Xstream and Wynk Music. Customers can also add more circle of relatives connections at Rs. 249 per connection for steady plan (unlimited calls + 10GB data + 100 SMS per day) and at Rs 99 for a data-only SIM.
Airtel Postpaid Platinum Plan costs Rs. 499. It includes unlimited calls (native + STD + roaming), 75GB monthly data with rollover up to 200GB, and 100 SMS per day (native + STD + roaming). Airtel Thanks rewards include free Amazon Prime membership for one year, handset protection, Shaw academy lifetime access, Juggernaut books membership, and subscriptions to Airtel Xstream and Wynk Music.
Reliance Jio affordable prepaid monthly plans
Starting at Rs. 199, Jio offers numerous affordable prepaid plans for its customers. Jio Rs. 199 prepaid plan will get you 42GB of complete data with a limit of 1.5GB per day, after which the speed will be reduced to 64Kbps. You get unlimited voice calls and messages (maximum 100 SMS per day), and a 28-day validity. You also get a complimentary subscription to Jio apps.
The Rs. 249 prepaid plan is another affordable prepaid plan from Jio that comes with 28 days of validity. You get 56GB of complete data with access to 2GB per day at high speeds. You also get unlimited voice calls and messages (maximum 100 SMS per day), and a complimentary subscription to Jio apps.
Reliance Jio affordable postpaid plans
Jio postpaid plans start from Rs. 199 and this includes 25GB complete data at high speeds after which you are going to be charged Rs. 20 per GB. You also get unlimited voice calls and SMS (100 per day), in addition to a complimentary subscription to Jio apps.
Next is the postpaid plus plan that costs Rs. 399 and brings 75GB of high-speed data after which you are going to be charged Rs. 10 per GB. There could also be 200GB data rollover. You also get unlimited voice calls and messages, in addition to a complimentary subscription to Jio apps.
Vi affordable monthly prepaid plans
The Vi Rs. 149 prepaid plan comes with unlimited talk time, 3GB of data, and 300 SMS, with 28 days of validity. You also get access to Vi Movies and TV. Vi could also be offering additional 1GB data on recharges done via the Vi app or the website. With the Rs. 219 plan, you get unlimited calls, 1GB data per day, and 100 SMS per day. The validity is 28 days and you get access to Vi Movies and TV. With online or app recharges, you get 2GB of additional data.
Vi affordable postpaid plans
Vi offers a Rs. 399 postpaid plan that comes with 40GB data with 200GB rollover and 100 free SMS per month. You also get a subscription to Vi Movies and TV. There could also be a Rs. 499 plan that comes with 75GB data and 200GB rollover. You also get 100 free SMS per day and extra benefits include one year of Amazon Prime, one-year membership of ZEE5 Premium, in addition to a subscription to Vi Movies and TV.
BSNL affordable prepaid monthly plans
BSNL offers a Rs. 187 prepaid plan that comes with a 28-day validity. It is known as BSNL Voice_187 plan and includes 250 minutes per day (native + STD) with native and national roaming. Relating to data, BSNL offers unlimited data with this plan but the speeds will be reduced to 80Kbps once you cross 2GB in a day. You also get 100 SMS per day and free Personalised Ring Back Tone (PBRT).
Next is a BSNL Rs. 247 prepaid plan that lasts for 30 days and includes unlimited free voice calling. You also get unlimited data with high-speed browsing for up to 3GB after which the speed will be reduced to 80Kbps. There are 100 free SMS per day and free PBRT.
BSNL affordable postpaid plans
The Rs. 199 postpaid plan from BSNL offers unlimited calling (250 minutes per day) on-net voice and 300 minutes off-net. It includes 100 free SMS per day, 25GB data with up to 75GB rollover. Another affordable plan from BSNL is known as ‘Ghar Wapsi’ and it costs Rs. 399. It includes unlimited voice calls (250 minutes per day) on any network, 100 free SMS per day, and 70GB data with up to 210GB rollover. Both these plans have an activation charge of Rs. 100.
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