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Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

In a move that spells the demise of ultra-low pricing that prevailed in the Indian telecom sector over the past couple of years, Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have all announced plans to increase tariffs this week onwards. While Airtel and Vodafone Idea have already announced new plans that will come into effect from December 3, Jio is yet to reveal the exact details. Jio will increase the prices of its All-in-One (AIO) prepaid vouchers by up to 40 percent from December 6.


Airtel’s tariff hike will come into effect from Tuesday, December 3rd. Post the revisions, the current Rs. 129 pack for 28 days with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, and 2GB of data will cost Rs. 148. Similarly, the plans worth Rs. 169 and Rs. 199 for 28 days have been merged and a new pack of Rs. 248 has been created which would offer the same benefits as the former two, with unlimited calling alongside 100 SMS and 1.5GB of data per day.

According to the company, the 28-day validity plan with unlimited calls, 100 daily SMS and 2GB data per day will now start at Rs. 298 instead of Rs. 249, while the Rs. 448 and Rs. 499 plans with 82-day validity will now cost Rs. 598 and Rs. 698 respectively, but with 84-day validity periods. Also, the price of Rs. 35 validity recharges will now be raised to Rs. 49, the company said. You can check out the complete details for the new recharge plans in the chart attached below:
Airtel new recharge plans.

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

Vodafone Idea

Slapped with a massive tax bill by the revenue department, Vodafone Idea is also hiking the prices of its prepaid services from Tuesday. The company has announced new prepaid plans with 2-day, 28-day, 84-day and 1-year validity periods.

The AIO combo plans start at Rs. 49 with Rs. 38 talk time, 100MB data, 2.5p/sec tariff, and 28-day validity.
Then there’s the Rs. 79 plan with Rs. 64 Talktime, 200MB data, 1p/sec tariff and 28-day validity.

The ‘Unlimited’ packs start at Rs. 149 for a 28-day plan with a total of 2GB data, unlimited voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls) and 300 SMS, while the Rs. 249 plan will offer unlimited voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5 GB/day of data and 100 SMS per day for 28 days.

You can check out the complete list of new recharge plans attached below, but here’s a quick overview of the long-term validity plans:

Rs. 379 voucher with unlimited voice (FUP of 3,000 mins for off-net calls), 6GB total data, 1,000 SMS (84-day validity);
Rs. 599 voucher with unlimited voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls ), 1.5GB/day of Data and 100 SMS/day (84-day validity);
Rs. 699 plan with unlimited voice (FUP of 3,000 mins for off-net calls), 2GB/day of data and 100 SMS/day (84 days validity).

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

Reliance Jio

Finally, Reliance Jio on Sunday also announced plans to increase prices by up to 40 percent but they are said to offer up to ‘300 percent more benefits’ than before. These new plans will be revealed on December 6, 2019, and come into effect the same day.

As is to be expected, the hikes have elicited angry responses from users online, many of whom are blaming the companies of colluding with each other to carry out orchestrated price hikes against consumer interest. It will be interesting to see if there will soon be a formal complaint to the Competition Commission of India in this regard. What are your opinions on the tariff hike across the board? Let us know in the comments below.

Latest jio Plans launched

Reliance Jio recently announced that it will be levying Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) from its users for calls placed to other networks. Along with the announcement, new Jio recharge plans and top-ups were announced along with revised existing plans so that one could purchase IUC minutes along with its standard plans. Now, Jio has announced new All-In-One recharge plans for 2019 that are touted to offer more data and voice benefits over its existing plans. Priced at Rs 222, Rs 333 and Rs 444, the Jio prepaid plans credit 2GB data per day and have a validity of one, two and three months respectively.

Along with free daily data, Jio users will get unlimited free calls to other users on ṭhe Jio network, along with non-Jio FUP of 1,000 minutes. This means that the company is bundling 1,000 IUC minutes with its new All-In-One packs. Additionally, earlier benefits like free SMS and access to Jio’s suite of apps are still available. One thing to note with Jio’s new plans is the ability to extend any of the three existing plans by a month by paying Rs 111. So, as an example, if you have opted for the Rs 333 plan, you can pay an additional Rs 111 to extend the benefits for an additional month.

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

Jio users, we have some news for you. And this is an important one  Reliance Jio today announced that it will start charging users 6 paise per minute for calls made to other telecom networks. As you may soon be needing more than your standard Rs. 399 recharge to avail all of the company’s services.

It means if you call someone using with an Airtel or Vodafone SIM then you would be charged at a rate of 6 paise per minute. The new tariff won’t apply to Jio to Jio calls, all incoming calls, and Jio to landline calls. It also won’t be affecting your VoIP calls, i.e. WhatsApp or FaceTime calls.

Why is Jio Charging You Now?

Jio needs to pay money to Vodafone if you’re calling your friend who has a Vodafone number – i.e for an outgoing call to the other telecom operators. This charge is called Interconnect Usage Charge (or IUC) and had been subsidized by Jio for its valuable customers.

Reliance Jio, in an official announcement, says that it had subsidized the IUC charge for users and has been paying it themselves which is more than 13,000 crores over the past two years but Jio is now ending this practice because of TRAI.

Back in 2017, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India decided to eliminate IUC charges, with effect from January 2020. Jio placed faith in the regulatory body and didn’t levy IUC charger on its customers to date. However, TRAI is looking to extend the termination, thus, Jio is looking to now recover some charges to pay out its competitors until IUC is permanently terminated in the coming months.

In its official blog post, the company says, “Jio again assures its 35 crore customers that the 6 paise per minute charge on outgoing off-net mobile calls shall continue only till the time TRAI abolishes IUC, in line with its present regulation.” TRAI has already fixed IUC charges at 6 paise a minute, so that’s exactly what the company is going to charge you going forward.

New Calling Plans Detailed

Jio is now going to charge users to offset the losses. The list of top-up plans, showing how many IUC minutes and data you’ll receive on recharging your Jio number –

Now, if you recharge your Jio number after 10th October, you will have to complete an additional top-up to add IUC calling minutes to your Jio account. 

It’s only when a Reliance Jio user completes this recharge will they able to make outgoing calls to other telecom operators other than Jio. You can save yourself from the top-up voucher in two ways – either call the user on their Jio number or use WhatsApp to call them.

Vodafone Prepaid Users Can Get Amazon Prime Membership for Rs 499: Here’s How

Vodafone Prepaid Users Can Get Amazon Prime Membership for Rs 499: Here’s How

Yes, you heard it right, eligible Vodafone prepaid users can avail the Amazon Prime membership worth Rs 999 for one year at just Rs 499. This offer is valid till June 30, 2019, and it’s only to Vodafone prepaid users, not Idea prepaid customers.

The Youth Offer by Vodafone will avail the Amazon Prime membership to the subscribers between age 18 and 24 at just half the price.

This will not be valid for the postpaid subscribers of Vodafone.

Without the Vodafone U prepaid offer of 50%, a regular Amazon Prime membership would set back the buyer by Rs 999, however, combined with this offer, subscribers of Vodafone prepaid plan would be able to get it for Rs 499.

To avail the offer you will first need to download the My Vodafone app. After downloading the application, you will need to tap on the banner which you see on the front to make use of the offer provided to you. In case you already have the MyVodafone app, and you aren’t able to see the banner, then you will need to update your app once.

Vodafone has also clarified that in case you are already an Amazon Prime member then the offer won’t be of much use to you unless you use it after your current subscription expires.

Also, people in the age of 18 to 24, who are using someone else’s SIM card won’t get the benefit, and they will have to get a new Vodafone SIM in their name along with the eKYC to take advantages of this offer.

You can visit the Official website here:

For Airtel prepaid users can get Amazon Prime 1 month free by recharging 299 rs plan here
Try this trick if you think your phone keeps losing a data connection

Try this trick if you think your phone keeps losing a data connection

I have a trick you should try if it seems like your phone is constantly dropping a data connection. 

Turn off your Wi-Fi. I know, it sounds silly, but let me explain.

Here's the scenario: you're walking down the street trying to find directions in Google Maps or streaming music when suddenly Google Maps won't load and the online music's stops streaming. It happens to all of us.

There's a chance you've simply wandered out of a data coverage area, but it's becoming rare now that wireless networks pretty much blanket India in high-speed data. Instead, it's more likely that your phone has latched on to some open wireless network that's not providing any service, even if your phone thinks it is.

There's a reason this happens: sometimes your wireless network, like JIO, might have free Wi-Fi hotspots all over a city. It can be convenient if you're using a laptop, but sometimes your smartphone will automatically connect to those networks even if your regular cellular connection has a faster connection.

Apple released a fix for this in iOS 11, which was supposed to prevent iPhones from connecting to poor Wi-Fi networks, but I've found that this can still sometimes happen on Android and iPhones alike. Sometimes it's good if the Wi-Fi signal is solid, but usually, it just gives me a slow or terrible connection. Here's how to fix it.

On an iPhone:

Open Settings
Select Wi-Fi
Scroll to the bottom and turn on 'Ask to Join Networks.'

This will force your iPhone to alert you if it's going to join a Wi-Fi network first. You can also simply swipe down from the top of an iPhone X (or up from the bottom on any other iPhone) and turn off Wi-Fi manually.

On Android:

Open Connections
Tap Wi-Fi
Select Advanced
Turn off "Smart network switch"

The trick can vary on Android since some phones have different menus than others, but you want to try to follow these steps. A function on Samsung phones, called "smart network switch," is supposed to prevent your phone from connecting to poor Wi-Fi, but again it can sometimes be a little wonky. I keep it off.

Or, as with an iPhone, you can just turn off Wi-Fi manually by dragging down from the top of the screen on your Android phone and tapping the Wi-Fi icon.
Almost every time I do this I find that I have a cellular connection again and I can get back to using maps, surfing the web or listening to Spotify. Give it a try if you've ever had a similar problem.


BSNL is ready with its Internet Telephony (VOIP) Service

BSNL is ready with its Internet Telephony (VOIP) Service with brand name “WINGS” to the customers. This service using Mobile Numbering scheme is being provided using IP based access network of IMS NGN Core switches. To use the service, a customer needs to install a SIP client (soft app) on any of its smart devices (laptop/smart mobile handset/tablet etc) having internet which will act as SIP phone to make and receive calls from anywhere in India and abroad with any party (landline/mobile). The subscriber uses its parent IMS core and IP access network of any location for the voice service through BSNL “Wings”.

Attractive Tariff plan:-
BSNL is offering unlimited FREE Audio/Video calling for one year at one-time activation. The customer has to activate the Services (one time in life) at Rs. 1099/-.

WINGS Service soft launch is from 4th July 2018.

New Connections booking is proposed to start and willing customers will be waitlisted for service with immediate effect in all Telecom Circles of BSNL.

New connections of Wings will be made available w.e.f. 1st August 2018 on first come first serve basis.

Key offerings of ‘WINGS’ service are:-

  • There are some areas where mobile coverage is not good thus poor speech quality but internet available by any means including Wi-Fi. Using Wings service using Internet service of any operator, the customer will be active and make/receive calls.
  • Wings service APP is easily configurable on Smartphone/Laptop/Notebook by simply downloading SIP Client (Soft App).
  • Wings Customer can make calls using any of the Internet Connection like broadband / Wi-Fi / 3G / 4G data network of any operator.
  • Wings can be provided over Internet Leased Line customer not having a normal voice.
  • Supports Video calling facility (from “Wings” to “Wings”).
  • Free Mobility on PAN India basis
  • The customer can use the existing address book for Mobile while calling.


One time Registration chargeRs. 1099/- 
2Fixed Monthly ChargesNIL
Installation and Activation ChargesNIL (No Instruments/Handset by BSNL) 
4ISD/Deposit for (Outside INDIA Territory Calling)2000/- 
5Call ChargesFree to any network for One year in India
International calls as per existing landline tariff(MOU basis)