Reliance Jio Prime, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea: The Best ‘Unlimited Data’ Offers Compared


  • Reliance Jio is providing 1GB data per day to prepaid and postpaid users
  • Airtel and Vodafone are offering 28GB data for 28 days to prepaid users
  • Idea’s prepaid recharge pack comes with 14GB bundled data

With the launch of Reliance Jio and its free unlimited voice calls, 4G data, and other services, telecom operators have been on the edge, launching plans that bring down the costs of voice calls and data. While Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have launched a number of plans with unlimited calling, they haven’t been as generous as Jio when it comes to free mobile data until now. However, that has changed as well, with the three incumbents coming up with prepaid recharge packs that compete well with the new Jio Prime plans offered by the Mukesh Ambani-backed operator. Let’s take a look at how the new bundled data offers by the likes of Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular compare:

Reliance Jio Prime subscription + Rs. 303 recharge pack

Reliance Jio is providing to Jio Prime customers 28GB of 4G data with the Rs. 303 prepaid recharge pack, which has 28-day validity; Jio Prime postpaid users get 30GB of high-speed data for the billing cycle at the same price. Under this plan, customers who subscribe to the Rs. 99 Jio Prime plan will be able to use 1GB of 4G data per day, and make unlimited free calls.

For those who find 1GB data insufficient, there’s the Rs. 499 Jio Prime recharge pack, which provides 56GB data to prepaid users, with daily cap of 2GB. Postpaid customers get 60GB of 4G data for the billing cycle, with the FUP set at 2GB per day.

Airtel Rs. 345 recharge pack

Airtel is providing the Rs. 345 recharge pack that provides prepaid users with 28GB of high-speed data for 28 days. While the daily FUP is set at 1GB, customers will be able to use only 500MB of data during the day, while the remaining 500MB allotted for the 12am to 6am period. Those who want to skip the restriction of timings can opt for the Rs. 549 recharge pack, which comes with 1GB daily FUP, but no limits based on timings.

The Rs. 345 and Rs. 549 recharge packs come with free calls, but with several caveats. Those who make calls beyond the 1,200 bundled minutes will be charged at 30p per minute (for local and STD calls). Moreover, Airtel has capped the free calls per day at 300 minutes, after which the charges will be 30p per minute. Additionally, calling more than 100 unique users in a week entails call tariff of 30p per minute for the rest of the validity.

For postpaid customers, Airtel will provide free data to customers starting March 13, as per an official communication. However, the company has not announced how much free data the users will get, or other conditions attached. The Airtel subscribers will need to open the MyAirtel app to see how much data they get free as part of the offer.



Vodafone Rs. 346 recharge pack

Vodafone has reportedly launched the Rs. 346 recharge pack that comes with 28GB of mobile data and unlimited free calls. Like rivals, Vodafone is also putting a cap of 1GB on free data consumption, after which the consumer will be charged. In an official statement, Vodafone said, “Vodafone customers are diverse as are their wants. To satisfy these diverse needs and wants, Vodafone offers various segmented propositions. This is one such segmented offering and the offer is valid only till 15 March.”

Idea Rs. 348 recharge pack

Idea is providing users with 500MB of high-speed data with the Rs. 348 recharge pack, along with unlimited free calls; this totals to 14GB of data per month. Users are required to have a 4G handset (but not a 4G-enabled SIM) to avail this new offer from Idea. Not available as an open market recharge pack, the pack is aimed at low-data consumers and is offered to users by Idea executives. You can also check if you are eligible for the offer using the My Idea app.

Reliance Jio Prime, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea: The Best 'Unlimited Data' Offers Compared

Reliance Jio Prime, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea: The Best ‘Unlimited Data’ Offers Compared

Reliance Jio Free Services End March 31. Opting Out vs. Staying In


if, for whatever reason, you’ve decided the Jio life is not for you, it’s also pretty straightforward to cancel your Reliance Jio number. We checked with Jio’s customer care on the phone and confirmed what to do to save you some time. This is what you need to do to cancel your Reliance Jio subscription.

Is your Reliance Jio number prepaid or postpaid?

Although every Jio user we’ve talked to has a prepaid SIM, we’ve seen people in the comments mention using postpaid SIMs. So, step one is to check which one you’re using. It’s easy to confirm.

How to check if your Reliance Jio number if postpaid or prepaid:

  1. Open the MyJio app, and tap the Open button next to MyJio.
  2. Sign in with your Jio number and password, if you haven’t already.
  3. Swipe in from the left side to show the menu.
  4. Tap on My plans

It’ll say Happy New Year Offer on top, and it’s followed by Prepaid recharge in our case. If you’re a postpaid user, it will say Postpaid. Now that you know which one applies to you, let’s move on to the next step.

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How to cancel your Reliance Jio prepaid number

This is pretty straightforward. Take the SIM card out of your phone, and don’t touch it for three months. After 90 days of inactivity, with zero balance, prepaid SIMs are disconnected.

How to cancel your Reliance Jio postpaid number

The only way to end this connection is to call up customer care, or to visit a Jio store, and ask for your number to be disconnected. They will ask for your reasons, and once the request has been accepted, the account should be closed within seven working days. This also works for prepaid Jio numbers if you don’t want to wait 90 days.

If you’re planning on doing this, make the call before April 1 so no charges are attached to your account. Remember, if you are calling Jio care on the phone, be prepared for a long wait before you can speak to someone who can help. The store visits we’ve made have been a lot easier, though it would depend on where the nearest store is for you.

That’s all there is to closing your Jio accounts. Are you planning on sticking around with Jio after the network goes paid? Have you already bought your Jio Prime subscription? Let us know via the comments.


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