If you are looking to buy the best-prepaid plans in India, here are the top suggestions for you.  We have carefully picked up and compared the best-prepaid plans for all the major operators in India – JIO, Airtel, and Vodafone-Idea.

Best Prepaid Plans India - JIO, Idea, Airtel, Vodafone

Jio has recently made all calls free from Jio to Non-Jio networks as DOT as reduced the IUC from 6p/min to Zero. Now you can call for unlimited minutes from JIO, Airtel, Vodafone Idea 

Let’s Check out the Best Prepaid Plans in India from JIO, Idea, Airtel & Vodafone.

1) Reliance Jio – Best Prepaid Plan for Data and Voice

JIO Long Validity  and HIGH Data Plans

Jio has got few Long Validity Plans that offer additional benefits when you do a high ticket recharge.  Another benefit of long validity recharge is that you don’t need to recharge again and again. 

Both the Rs. 555 and the 599 Plans are excellent for you as it gives nearly three months of validity, with unlimited calls and also has excellent data benefits. 

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
5551.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
5992 GB Data Per day (Total 168 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
9993 GB Data Per day (Total 252 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 Days
21211.5 GB Data Per day (Total 504 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls336 days
4999Total 350 GB Data (No daily limit), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls360 days

JIO Monthly Plans

The 149 plan is expensive considering we are only getting 24 days of validity and also these 1-month plans are more expensive than the 3-month plans. With Reliance JIO you will have to spend close to Rs. 199 for 28 days as there are no cheaper plans to use just voice calls. 

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
1491 GB Data Per day (Total 24 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls24 days
1991.5GB Data Per day (Total 42 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
2492 GB Data Per day (Total 56 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
2492 GB Data Per day (Total 56 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days

199*3= 597 that is more expensive than the Rs. 555 plan for 84 days. 

Jio Data Vouchers 

Jio also has some data vouchers that you can purchase if you run out of your daily data. 

  • MRP Rs. 11 Get 800 MB of Data, MRP Rs. 21 – Get 2 GB of Data, MRP Rs. 51 – Get 6 GB of Data. 

Here is the link to check the JIO 4G Prepaid Plans so you can explore more.  Next, on our list of Best Prepaid Plans India is Airtel.

You can read more about JIO’s latest Recharges and plans.

Plans are Updating for Airtel and Vodafone Idea. 

Bharti Airtel – Best Prepaid Plan for Data and Voice

Airtel LONG VALIDITY  AND HIGH DATA PLANS

Airtel has a lot of prepaid plans that you can pick from. However, we have shortlisted and handpicked the best value for money plans for you. 

In the offers below, some of the benefits are common like Airtel Xstream Premium for watching T.V shows online, Wynk music, Free hello tune, Free online course by Shaw academy (Validity-1 year), and Rs 100 cashback on FASTag.

Best Long Validity Plans For Airtel

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
5981.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
6982 GB Data Per day (Total 168 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
5583 GB Data Per day (Total 252 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls56 Days
24982 GB Data Per day (Total 730 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls365 days
26982 GB Data Per day (Total 730 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls, Disney+hotstar subscription(1 year)365 days

Airtel MONTHLY PLANS

For those users, who don’t want to do a long validity recharge we have shared plans that are for 28 days (1 month).

These are some same common benefits you will get in these high data plans except Rs 199 recharge because in this recharge you will only get Airtel Xstream Premium for watching T.V shows online, and Wynk music

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
1991 GB Data Per day (Total 24 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls24 days
2491.5GB Data Per day (Total 42 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
2982 GB Data Per day (Total 56 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
3983 GB Data Per day (Total 84 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days

Airtel Additional DATA VOUCHERS 

If you are exhausted your 100% data before renewal then there are two data add-on recharges:

  • Rs 48 –  3GB of 4G data for 28 days.
  • Rs 401 –  30GB of 4G data for 28 days + disney+hotstar VIP subscription for 1 year.

Note – Bharti Airtel is offering plans that are very similar to Vodafone Idea but these are more expensive to Reliance JIO. 

Also, note if you have a 2G/3G phone then you won’t be getting 2 GB / day or 1.5 GB/ Day of data benefit, but you will get a much lower data benefit. Now, this is interesting since the threat for Airtel, Voda, and Idea is from JIO; And JIO only works on 4G smartphones, all operators are not offering anything to the poor 2G customers.

Here is the link to Airtel – Prepaid – Plans  – You can just change the Circle from Top Right Corner and, can check the Best Offer for your Circle (Look for 250 to Rs 350 MRP for unlimited Offers).

3). Vodafone India – Best Prepaid Plan for Data and Voice

Vodafone Idea is also offering competitive plans that are similar to Airtel in pricing. 
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Vodaphone Idea LONG VALIDITY  AND HIGH DATA PLANS

Below mentioned plans are for quarterly recharge or Annual recharges. The price for the Vodafone Idea recharges is higher in comparison to JIO

One benefit is common in these listed offers: Vi movies and TV access and weekend data rollover.

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
3991.5 GB Data Per day (Total 84 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls56 days
5991.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
7952GB Data Per day (Total 168 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls+ Zee5 premium subscription(1 year)84 days
25952 GB Data Per day (Total 730 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls + Zee5 Premium access (1 Year)365 days

Vodaphone Idea MONTHLY PLANS

In the following offers, users will get Vi movies and T.V access. Except for Rs 199 recharge, in the rest of the recharge offers users also get data rollover support.

MRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
1991 GB Data Per day (Total 24 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls24 days
2191 GB Data Per day (Total 28 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
2491.5 GB Data Per day (Total 42 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days
2994 GB Data Per day (Total 112 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls28 days

Vodaphone Idea Data Voucher PLANS

For data vouchers, but we shortlist the best ones which are given below:

  • Rs 16 in which you will get 1GB for 1 day.
  • Rs 351 in which the user will get 100GB for 56 days.

Vodafone-Idea is offering similar plans and match Airtel in almost all the plans. The data speeds in my experience are good on JIO but it is entirely dependent on coverage in your area. If you planning to do an MNP then must inquire in your area about which service is good.

The data you may get on Google will not be reliable as your indoor coverage of the telecom service provider depends on the tower range in your area. 

Here are the top plans that Vodafone is offering for its customers, you need to change the state you live in to check the price point for the unlimited plans.  Link to Vodafone Idea – Prepaid – Tariff – Plans.

The last operator on our list of Best Prepaid Plans in India is Idea Cellular Ltd.

Summary Table – Cheapest Unlimited Voice Calling and High data Packs – Airtel, Voda, Jio, and Idea

If you see the below pricing table, Reliance JIO is cheaper (than Airtel and Vodafone) by Rs. 45 for the 3-month validity plans and is also cheaper if you are using unlimited plans. 

OperatorMRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
JIO5551.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
Airtel5991.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days
Vodafone Idea5981.5 GB Data Per day (Total 126 GB), 100 SMS per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls84 days

Indian Telecom Industry – Special Note

The Indian telecom industry is all about the mobile internet at the moment. Voice calling has taken a back seat. Moreover, Reliance Jio announced that it now carries 15 percent of the world’s data traffic, making it the only exabyte (1 exabyte = 1000000 TB) network in the world.

Notably, Reliance Jio entered the Indian market in September 2016 and had already grabbed over 400 million subscribers, a major milestone. As a result of affordable rates, the craze for data consumption is increasing in India. Contrastingly, the voice calls have seen a substantial decline.

Furthermore, users are switching to VoIP apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike, etc. for voice calls. For starters, Reliance Jio also introduced new technology to the Indian consumers- VoLTE, which uses data to carry voice calls. Besides, Jio has introduced affordable unlimited combo packs for Indian consumers that are shaping the tariff strategy for all telecom players.

With that said, to match Reliance Jio and its tariff plans, top Indian telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea have launched new plans, offering both voice call and data benefits, in short, ‘combo plans.’

A significant change has happened in the Indian Telecom industry, from Balance Top Up packs, users are now shifting to more affordable unlimited plans.

Also, Read – Prepaid Vs Postpaid Plans – Better Choice In India

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