Reliance Jio Prime membership subscription to end on March 31: What next?

Jio Prime subscriptions, started April 1 last year, expire on 31 March. Now, with the expiry approaching, it is expected that Jio would make a new announcement sometime soon

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Reliance Jio shook the Indian telecommunication space with the launch of its affordable, data-centric network. After doling out freebies for more than the first six months since the launch, the Mukesh Ambani-owned telecom major introduced Prime membership at Rs 99 with the promise of offering subsidised recharge options and additional benefits for a period of one year.

The Jio Prime memberships, which came into effect on April 1 last year, are valid until 31 March. Now, with the subscription expiry approaching, it is expected that Jio would make an announcement sometime soon.

While there is nothing official yet, it is expected that the company might completely do away with the Prime subscription or offer it as a free service.

Here is what the company offered in the first iteration of the Prime membership:

  • Free unlimited data and voice services for one year at an effective price of Rs 10 per day
  • Special recharge plans with additional data and validity
  • Free VoLTE-based voice calls to any network, even on roaming with no black out days either.
  • Free access to Jio app suite

The Prime membership was initially rolled out as a loyalty programme to retain subscribers as the company moved from free to paid services.
In the first leg, the Prime membership was advertised as a limited period offer. However, as time moved, the company continued offering the membership to get more subscribers. Now, according to Jio’s official portal, there is no mention of services that the company offers to non-prime subscribers. Therefore, it is safe to assume that the subscription based membership program may eventually fade out.

Ambani scion Akash to marry diamantaire Russel Mehta’s daughter Shloka?

Akash, 27, is Mukesh Ambani’s elder son and twin of sister Isha, and older brother of Anant, 22

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Wedding bells may soon be ringing in the country’s premier business family.

According to reliable sources, Mukesh Ambani’s eldest son Akash may soon be betrothed to Shloka, the youngest daughter of Russell Mehta, Managing Director, Rosy Blue India, one of the country’s leading diamond companies. | Today’s Paper

Though both families are keeping the news under wraps for the present, sources in the know indicate a formal engagement ceremony soon, with the probability of a wedding come December.

Akash, 27, is Mukesh Ambani’s elder son and twin of sister Isha, and older brother of Anant, 22.

Shloka is the daughter of Russell Mehta, head of Rosy Blue Diamonds, formerly known as B.

Arunkumar & Co., which is now ranked among the top half dozen diamond companies of India. The family lives in south Mumbai.

Russel is the son of Arunkumar Ramniklal M., one of the co-founders of B Arunkumar & Co., way back in 1960 in Opera House, Mumbai’s hub of diamond business.

The duo is described as among “the most respected diamond business families of India and around the world” by a close family friend.

“Shloka is a very charming girl, extremely cultured and its difficult to say which of the two families is lucky with this upcoming marriage,” said the family friend, requesting anonymity.

Many in close business and family circles have already been unofficially “congratulating” them, but they have been waving them off and asking them “to wait for everything to finalise before we give you a party”.

Coincidentally, Akash and Shloka are alumni of the famed Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS), in the Bandra Kurla Complex here.

After schooling at DAIS, Akash studied at Brown University, a private Ivy League institution based in Rhode Island, and among the most prestigious in the US.

On her part, post-schooling at DAIS in 2009, Shloka left for the US to study anthropology at Princeton University and later completed her Masters in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

While Akash is on the board of Reliance Jio, Shloka is a Director with Rosy Blue Foundation and is a co-founder of ConnectFor, an organisation that helps NGOs get volunteers for various causes.

When contacted, sources from both families declined to comment on the upcoming engagement ceremony or the subsequent wedding, the dates or the venue.

Shloka is the youngest of three siblings of Russell Mehta and Mona, who is a close relative of the controversial diamantaire Nirav Modi.

Forbes India rich list is out: Ambani richest with $38 bn net worth, Premji 2nd

Mukesh Ambani remains India’s wealthiest with a net worth of $38 bn, Azim Premji distant second

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Today’s Paper : Indeed, even as the nation is confronting financial hiccups and the administration confronting reactions from different quarters over its treatment of the economy, the wealthiest individuals in India don’t appear to be influenced. Despite organizations confronting troubles in the consequence of the administration’s demonetisation of high-esteem cash last November and its rollout of the products and enterprises assess (GST) administration in July this year, India’s 100 wealthiest big shots have seen their joined total assets zooming to an incredible $479 billion, up 26 for each penny from $374 billion out of 2016.

As per the Forbes‘ yearly rundown of India’s 100 wealthiest big shots, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani remains the nation’s wealthiest, with a total assets of $38 billion, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji is a far off second on the rundown with precisely a large portion of the riches. His total assets remains at $19 billion.

Here are the top 10 richest Indians by net worth on Forbes annual list of India’s 100 richest tycoons:



IMC 2017: Sunil Mittal and Mukesh Ambani in sync to make India a digital society

Idea Cellular MD emphasised that about 900 million Indians use 2G networks for connectivity and spend Rs 80-100 a month

Sunil Mittal, Mukesh Ambani

IMC 2017 : The first edition of the India cellular Congress, that kicked off on Wednesday in Delhi, turned out to be a showstopper as the two biggest opponents in the telecom enterprise — Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani and Bharti leader Sunil Mittal — shared the same level and spoke in similar language to make digital India a achievement tale. while Ambani and Mittal cited every other as “desirable buddy” and bonded on stage, the target audience, which includes government and enterprise representatives, watched in wonder. Reliance Jio and its “predatory pricing” turned into saved at the side for some time. |Today’s Paper

The common subject for which the 2 industrialists agreed to return to the identical platform turned into their backing of government’s signature campaign virtual India, to attach every citizen of the u . s .. The fierce opponents admitted that to serve the 1.3 billion human beings of India, who are going to devour and use digital media, absolutely everyone has to paintings together.

Ambani said, “We must damage silos and forge partnerships. No corporate, nor the government, can do it on my own. together, we can acquire the inconceivable.”

The perspectives of Ambani discovered an echo in Mittal’s speech. He generic that even though they compete head-on, organizations need to collaborate and share infrastructure. “you have a high Minister and a government this is dedicated to the use of virtual structures to serve the society, and this aggregate offers me wish that India will become one of the main telecom markets at the globe. truly, as Mukesh (Ambani) mentioned, one of us can’t do it by myself, we all should come together. even as we compete head-on for the benefit of customers, we need to collaborate among ourselves, use not unusual towers, not unusual fibre, submarine cables,” Mittal said. | Readmore…

Jio ends its Summer Surprise scheme after Trai order

All customers who have already subscribed to the offer would continue to be eligible for it


Complying with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai’s) advice, Reliance Jio on Thursday withdrew its Summer Surprise offer. Announced last week, the scheme promised to provide complimentary services to every Jio Prime member for three months starting April 1.

The company confirmed complying with Trai’s advice. Under the scheme, all Prime members making their first recharge payment of Rs 303 (or higher) would have got three months’ complimentary services in addition to the benefits of their purchased plan.

All customers who have already subscribed to the offer would continue to be eligible for it, the company said.

Jio started billing customers from April 1. The company claimed about 72 million users had subscribed to its Jio Prime service.

The complimentary offers by Jio in the past have been a bone of contention with rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. The two companies appealed to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against Trai’s clean chit to Jio’s free offers

The TDSAT last month asked Trai to clarify whether Jio had informed it and its subscribers of the two free offers — “Jio Welcome Offer” and “Jio Happy New Year Offer” — being “distinct”.

Trai had approved Jio’s free voice calling and data plan on its mobile services, claiming it was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines on promotional offers. The issue of Jio’s promotional offers disrupting the telecom market and adversely impacting the government revenue from the mobile operators in the form of spectrum usage charge was flagged by the then telecom secretary J S Deepak.

He had asked the regulator to restrict the period of “promotional tariffs” offered by telecom companies.

At present, such offers could stretch to 90 days and had, according to Deepak, hit revenue to the tune of Rs 800 crore. (readmore…)

Jio Prime membership: Cashbacks, other offers & discounts: Know everything

Reliance Jio has been offering incentives and schemes to retain its subscriber base in India


Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been offering free voice calls, SMS, app services and high-speed 4G data to its subscribers since its launch last year. And, now that the Reliance Jio ‘Happy New Year’ offer is coming to an end on 31 March, 2017, the company is offering perks to secure as many subscribers as possible by offering membership plans and other benefits under which the subscribers can retain their Reliance Jio connection and continue to access and enjoy its services at an affordable price tag.

To continue taking the Reliance Jio benefits post 31 March, the subscribers need to recharge the Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99. This recharge enrolls the subscriber to Reliance Jio Prime membership aka “unlimited maza continue hoyenga” plan. Post recharging with Rs 99 Prime membership plan, the subscriber needs to do the monthly recharge as well but will get the Prime membership benefits.


Here is how to get Reliance Jio Prime membership for free

Step 1: Recharge your Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99 for Prime Membership; On successful recharge, the user gets Rs 50 cash back

Step 2: Make another recharge of Rs 303 that will get you an add-on worth Rs 201 for free with an additional 5GB of 4G data; On successful recharge the user gets Rs 50 cash back

With both the cash-back the user saves Rs 100 (read more…)