Reliance Jio entered the internet service providing space last year and create a disruption in the telecom sector. Blowing the minds of other telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, the free internet offers from Reliance Jio caught the attention of every media channel.
The Jio effect spread like an epidemic across the country and by the end of February this year, the telecom conglomerate hit 108 Mn subscriber base. India had 1026.66 million subscribers by end of February 2016. Urban India has a total of 588.79 million, while rural India has a total of 444.84 million mobile subscribers.
Recently, BSNL the government owned telecom giant, launched some serious plans by announcing three new schemes ranging from ₹333 to ₹395.
The new ₹333 plan is termed as the Triple Ace plan. The plan targets mobile users and offers unlimited data with 3G speed that is capped after 3 GB usage every day and has a validity of 90 days. Get your mathematics right, the total amount of high-speed data provided is 270 GB for 90 days.
While the rates can nothing be called other than disruption being at ₹1.23 per GB, the only drawback appearing is the speed. Reliance Jio and other providers are offering data at 4G speeds which are way faster than the current 3G speed offered by BSNL. Another issue is the network fluctuations with BSNL.
BSNL’s ₹349 plan termed as “Dil Khol Ke Bol” can be looked at as a direct challenge to Jio’s Dhan Dhana Dhan offer which has a 90-day validity too. The benefits include unlimited STD and local calls with a data cap of 2GB per day.
Lastly, the ₹395 plan by BSNL termed as “Nehle pe Dehla” stays valid for 71 days and is the most expensive among the other plans. t has on offer 3,000 minutes free for BSNL to BSNL calls, and 1,800 minutes free for calls to all other networks, besides 2GB data daily at full speed, that is, its 3G speed. The speed in both cases will drop to 80 kbps once you hit the prescribed daily download limit.
Jio, in turn, offers plans priced at ₹309 and at ₹509, both providing unlimited calling, national roaming, and SMSing across India, and 1GB daily data at 4G speed, valid for 84 days for the former and 2 GB data with the same specs for the latter.