Following TRAI’s recommendation, Airtel and Jio have come up with prepaid plans with a postpaid-like construct. That is to say, the prepaid plans will be valid for exactly a month, whether the latter has 30 or 31 days. This way you don’t have to remember the next recharge date as is the case with traditional packs. The recurring recharge cycle with Airtel and Jio monthly packs, which are priced at Rs 319 and Rs 259 respectively, will fall on the same date every month. Here’s a quick comparison of the Rs 319 Airtel tariff with the Rs 259 Jio tariff to see which monthly recharge plan offers better value for money:
Airtel Rs 319 plan benefits
In this recharge plan, you will get up to 2 GB of mobile data per day for a period of one month. This will translate to either 30 days or 31 days (28/29 days in February). So you will be getting around 60-62 GB of mobile data in total. Apart from this, you will also get unlimited calling and up to 100 outgoing SMSes per day. Once you have sent over 100 SMSes, standard rates will be charged. Also, Once the data cap of 2 GB is exhausted, your internet speed will be limited to 64 kbps.
In addition to the above benefits, Airtel users will also get access to Amazon Prime Video (Mobile Edition) for 30 days (applicable only once per user), 3 months of access to Apollo Circle, and free online courses from Shaw Academy, Rs. 100 cashback on delivery of FASTag, access to Wynk Music, and free HelloTunes.
Jio Rs 259 plan benefits
As for the Rs 259 Jio recharge plan, you are getting 1.5 GB of mobile data per day for a period of one month. This will translate to either 30 days or 31 days (28/29 days in the case of February). So the total data you would be getting in this plan would be around 45-46.5GB. Once the data cap of 1.5 GB is exhausted, your speed will be limited to 64 kbps.
Along with mobile data, you will also get unlimited calling, 100 free outgoing SMSes per day, and access to a bunch of subscription services such as JioCinema, JioCloud, JioTV, and JioSecurity.
Benefits-wise, the Airtel Rs 319 recharge plan looks better than Jio Rs 259 plan. You get a bunch of complimentary benefits such as a Prime Video mobile edition access for first-time users, Rs 100 cashback on FASTag, and a Wynk Music subscription, along with 2GB of data per day, with the Airtel recharge plan.
However, if you are not a heavy data user and not into the complimentary subscription, the Jio Rs 259 monthly recharge plan makes perfect sense. The 1.5GB data/ day should be more than enough for lite browsing and scrolling through social media apps and more.