Reliance Jio brings in new offer for Prime members; Airtel sees red

Airtel calls it ‘old wine in a new bottle’

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Barely a week after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) asked Reliance Jio to withdraw its complimentary offer, the telecom operator on Tuesday announced a new plan of 1 GB 4G data for three months at Rs 309 for its Prime members.

Rival Airtel, however, dubbed it as a case of “old wine in a new bottle.”

Announcing its new offer, Jio said under the Rs 309 plan, it would provide “unlimited SMS, calling and data (1GB per day at 4G speed) for three months on the first recharge”. For Rs 509, the company is offering unlimited SMS, calling and double the data (2GB per day) for three months on the first recharge.

“Considering the special benefits that are available to Jio Prime members, customers who were unable to subscribe to Jio Prime for any reason can continue to do so by paying Rs 408 or Rs 608 (Jio Prime and recharge price) to avail these benefits,” said Jio in a statement.

The benefits of the plan would be available right away. Jio customers who have not got their first recharge, need to do so by 15 April.

Objecting to the offer, incumbent Bharti Airtel hoped that the “authority (Trai) will act against this provocative disregard of their direction”.

“We are surprised to see what Jio is doing. It violates the spirit of the Trai directive and essentially continues with a similar plan now masquerading under a different name. This is a classic example of old wine in a new bottle,” an Airtel spokesperson said.

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Stating that the industry was in a “very weak” position and “continues to bleed”, Airtel said the financial impact that telcos are seeing does no good to customers, in the long term.(readmore…)

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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.

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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…)