Airtel, Vodafone Idea new plans launched: comparing hiked prepaid recharge plans

“Airtel and Vodafone have both increased prepaid recharge plans prices by up to 41 percent, and here’s a look at how they compare with each other”

Airtel and Vodafone Idea have both increased prepaid tariff plans prices, which are now applicable for all subscribers across India. The telcos have hiked prepaid recharge packs by up to 41 percent across price segments. Following the revision, Airtel’s new unlimited voice monthly recharges start from Rs 148. This goes all the way up to the Rs 2,398 plan that offers free voice calling, data, and other benefits for a year. Vodafone Idea tariffs have been hiked in a similar fashion, starting with the Rs 149 monthly plan and going up to Rs 2,399 annual recharge plan. Here’s a look at how the new Airtel and Vodafone Idea plans compare with each other in terms of pricing and benefits.

Airtel vs Vodafone Idea new plans with 28 days validity

Airtel and Vodafone Idea both have a bunch of prepaid recharge plans that offer unlimited calling benefits for 28 days in their portfolio. Starting with Airtel, its new Rs 148 plan is bundled with benefits such as unlimited voice calls, 2GB of data for a month, and 300 text messages for 28 days. Airtel Rs 248 plan, meanwhile, provides unlimited calling, 1.5GB of data per day, and 100 SMSes per day for 28 days, while the Airtel Rs 298 plan ships with daily data benefit of 2GB, unlimited calling, and 100 SMS per day.

AirtelValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 14828 days2GB300Yes
Rs 24828 days1.5GB/ day100/dayYes
Rs 29828 days2GB/ day100/dayYes

In comparison, Vodafone Idea Rs 149 prepaid plan offers free voice calls (1,000 FUP minutes for off-net calls), 2GB data for the entire month, and 300 SMSes. The Vodafone Rs 249 plan includes unlimited voice calls with FUP, 1.5GB data and 100 text messages per day; while Vodafone Rs 299 plan has unlimited voice calls with 1,000 minutes FUP for off-net calls, 2GB of data per day, and 100 SMSes per day. All of these prepaid recharge plans are valid for 28 days.

VodafoneValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 14928 days2GB300Yes
Rs 24928 days1.5GB/ day100/dayYes
Rs 29928 days2GB/ day100/dayYes
Rs 39928 days3GB/ day100/dayYes

Lastly, Vodafone Rs 399 plan with 28 days validity offers unlimited calls (FUP of 1,000 minutes for off-net calls), 3GB per day, and 100 SMS/day. The off-net calls are voice calls made to networks other than Vodafone Idea (local, STD and on national roaming). Off-net calls after the free usage quota will be charged at 6 paise per minute.

Airtel vs Vodafone Idea packs with 84 days validity

Coming to new prepaid plans with 84 days validity, Airtel has Rs 598 and Rs 698 recharge packs. The former recharge provides unlimited calling, 1.5GB of daily data, and 100 SMS messages per day, while Rs 698 plan includes unlimited calling, 100 SMS messages on a daily basis and 2GB of data per day for 84 days.

AirtelValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 59884 days1.5GB/ day100/dayYes
Rs 69884 days2GB/ day100/dayYes

Vodafone Idea prepaid packs with 84 days validity similarly start at Rs 599. The Rs 599 plan consists of unlimited voice calls (3,000 FUP minutes for off-net calls), 1.5GB of data per day, and 100 SMS messages each day for the validity. The Vodafone Rs 699 plan includes the same benefits but ups the daily data benefit to 2GB.

VodafoneValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 59984 days1.5GB/ day300Yes
Rs 69984 days2GB/ day100/dayYes
Rs 37984 days6GB1,000Yes

Notably, Vodafone also has Rs 379 tariff to its portfolio. However, unlike other recharge plans that offer daily data, the Rs 379 plan offer only 6GB data for 84 days along with 1,000 SMS messages.

Airtel vs Vodafone Idea packs with 365 days validity

For those interested in yearly packs, Airtel is offering benefits that include unlimited calling, a total of 3,600 SMSes and 24GB of data for 365 days at Rs 1,498. The Rs 2,398 Airtel pack brings unlimited calling, 100 SMS messages for each day, and 1.5GB of daily data allowance for 365 days.

AirtelValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 1,499365 days24GB3,600Yes
Rs 2,398365 days1.5GB/ day100/dayYes

Vodafone Idea, meanwhile, has a Rs 1,499 plan with annual benefits such as free calls with 12,000 FUP minutes, 24GB of data, and a net 3,600 SMSes allowance. With the Rs 2,399 plan, you get unlimited voice calling with 12,000 FUP minutes for off-net calls, daily data benefit of 1.5GB and 100 SMSes per day.

AirtelValidityDataSMSUnlimited calling
Rs 1,499365 days24GB3,600Yes
Rs 2,399365 days1.5GB/ day100/dayYes

Apart from Vodafone Idea and Airtel, Jio has also announced to raise its tariff by up to Rs 40 percent. The telco will be revealing the exact quantum of the hike on or before December 6th so stay tuned for all the updates.

Ashish is one of the youngest members of 91mobiles, and a recent tech geek convert. When he's not churning out articles, you’ll find him watching sports or binging TV shows. He listens to John Mayer when beating Delhi traffic.
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