Mobile calls, data to get expensive from December 3

Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Jio to Hike Mobile, Data Tariffs by up to 40%

Amid the ongoing telecom crisis, key telecom operators - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and even Reliance Jio have announced an increase in tariffs of prepaid plans on December 1.

After Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio also announced new tariff plans with up to 40 per cent increase in prices.

Reliance Jio on Sunday said it will soon introduce new all-in-one plans with revised tariffs.

Vodafone Idea - the first off the block on Sunday - announced hikes in mobile calls and data charges from December 3, coming in the backdrop of its highest quarterly loss of Rs 50,922 crore amid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR).

₹149: User will get unlimited voice calls (FUP of 1000 minutes for off-net calls), 2 GB data, 300 SMS.

The Rs. 1,499 plan, with 365-days of validity, offers 12,000 minutes of off-net calls, 24GB data, and a total of 3,600 SMSes. In Rs 299 Plan - Unlimited Voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls), 2 GB/day of Data, 100 SMS/day, 28 days validity and Rs 399 Plan, there is Unlimited Voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls), 3 GB/day of Data, 100 SMS/ day, 28 days validity.

These new plans are estimated to be costlier by upto 42% compared to earlier packs. Prices of new prepaid plans start at Rs 19 with 2 days validity, and go all the way up to Rs 2,399 offering 365 days validity.

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Airtel's Rs 2,398 plan will offer 1.4 GB per day data and unlimited voice calls for a validity of 365 days, among other features.

The company has also launched unlimited packs with 28 days validity.

Customers of both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will have to pay a minimum of Rs 49 to stay connected for about a month after December 3.

Airtel raised prices across its plans.

Reliance Jio has announced a hike in mobile tariffs by up to 40% to applicable from December 6. All the updated Vodafone Idea plans have FUP limit of 1,000 minutes on off-net calls (Vodafone to other networks).

Though Jio did not provide more details about its new plans, it claimed that it was "determined to strengthen the telecom sector" and that it will take measures, including "appropriate increase" in tariffs, in a manner "that does not adversely impact data consumption or growth in digital adoption" and sustains investments. The Mukesh Ambani-led company, however, said that customers will get up to 300 percent more benefits under the new plans and it will offer fair usage policy for outgoing calls from its subscribers on the network of other telecom operators.

The government is now not considering any proposal on waiver of penalties and interest on outstanding licence fee based on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), or on extending the timelines for telecom companies to pay up their statutory dues. Notably, the telco will also charge for off-net calls after the free usage in the plan is exhausted. "Customers can avail their benefits by just selecting the plan best suited to their specific needs and continue to enjoy seamless connectivity across India", said the company in a release.

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