Idea and Airtel slashing rates for their data packs

Reliance Jio Infocomm seems to have spurred a data war. The competition between telecoms is getting intense, with companies like Idea and Airtel slashing rates for their data packs. In what seems to be a retaliation to ‘soon-to-be commercially launched’ Reliance Jio’s 4G services, Internet packs offered by other companies have become cheaper.

Idea slashed its data pack charges second time in a week on Monday, when it announced a promotional 67 per cent reduction in 3G and 4G data tariffs for prepaid users. The move comes as rival Airtel unveiled revised rates for its 3G/4G data packs, giving users an increased data benefit of up to 67 per cent. Idea had earlier announced up to 45 per cent more data benefits on sachet packs below 1 GB.

According to reports, Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G services could launch in August. The company is offering free voice-services bundled with data. Both data and voice service is free for the first 90 days. The speed-tests we conducted on Reliance Jio 4G SIM have given us pretty good results, with average download speeds of 15-18 Mbps in Delhi.

Let us take a look at how what other telecoms are offering in terms of data packs and tariffs in Delhi/NCR:
Vodafone 3G/4G (28 days validity)

1GB – Rs 255
2GB – Rs 455
3GB – Rs 655
5GB – Rs 855
6GB – Rs 955
7.5GB – Rs 1097
9GB – Rs 1255

Airtel 3G/4G (28 days validity)

3GB – Rs 455
5GB – Rs 655
6GB – Rs 755
7GB – Rs 855
10GB – Rs 989

Idea 3G/4G (28 days validity)

2 GB – Rs 349
5 GB – Rs 649
10 GB – Rs 990

Aircel 3G/4G (30 days validity)

2GB – Rs 399
3GB – Rs 599
4GB – Rs 799
5GB – Rs 995
2GB – Rs 1399
10GB – Rs 1849

Airtel has the advantage here at Rs 989 when it comes to 10GB 3G/4G prepaid data plans with Idea very close at Rs 990 for 10GB. Vodafone’s 9GB pack costs Rs 1,255, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as the company has not announced any price-cuts on its data plans as of now.

Airtel, again offers a good deal with its 3GB data pack costing Rs 455. The competition remains tough for Vodafone and Aircel as their tariff seems to be the highest at the moment. We can’t say if this data war will lead to users changing their operators; but the competition sure is getting more intense day by day.