Should you shift to Jio's new tariff plans?

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on October 22, 2019 Published on October 21, 2019

Migrating the new plan would mean getting extra data at ₹1 per GB.

Reliance Jio has launched three new tariff plans at ₹222, ₹333 and ₹444 offering voice and data bundled. All three plans offer 2GB data per day with 1000 minutes of voice calls to non-Jio subscribers. While the ₹222 is valid for one month, ₹333 is for two months, and ₹444 is for three months. Voice calls to other Jio users will be free.

Jio currently offers plans with 1.5 GB per day. But users will have to purchase a separate voucher for making voice calls ever since the operator started charging for voice calls at six paise a minute. For 1000 minutes of voice calls, Jio users on this plan will have to pay an additional ₹80. Migrating the new plan would mean getting extra data at ₹1 per GB.

When compared to the existing 2GB data per day plan, the 3-month 2GB per day pack will now cost only ₹444 instead of ₹448. Even here, users would have to pay an addition ₹80 for making voice calls under the existing plan compared to 1000 minutes bundled with the new plan. The two-month plan will be now at ₹333 against the earlier cost of ₹396.

According to calculations by Credit Suisse, the new plan (Rs444 with 84 days validity) is 7 per cent lower than the potential tariff that would have come post factoring IUC fee (Rs479 with 84 days validity) . "However, for the 28 days validity plans, the new plan (Rs222) is 49 per cent more expensive than the current plan of Rs 149. We do not think that Rs 222 plan is likely to see lot of traction as the customers can get additional 315 minutes of off-net calls (based on current traffic pattern) by paying Rs 25 without need to pay additional Rs 73 for 1,000 off-net minutes. We would highlight that the new plans provide daily data allowance of 2GB per day versus the current popular plans which provide 1.5GB data daily," Credit Suisse said in a research report.

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Published on October 21, 2019
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