Prepaid Plans India Compared – JIO, Airtel, VIL, BSNL

If you are looking to buy affordable prepaid plans in India, we have got you covered.

I have carefully picked up and compared the value-for-money prepaid plans for all the major Telcom Operators in India – JIO Vs Airtel Vs Vodafone-Idea Vs BSNL.

As you are most likely aware that all three private telecom players have increased the tariffs from December 2021.

The Government of India-owned BSNL seems to be the cheaper option in the market currently. But let’s explore how cheap it is compared to other players?

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

Let’s start with the monthly plans that offer a good amount of data and unlimited voice calling.

Comparing Monthly Recharge Plans

CompanyMRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
BSNL1872GB per day (Total 56GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day28 days
Jio2992GB per day (Total 56GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day28 days
Airtel3592GB per day (Total 56GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day28 days
Vodafone-Idea3592GB per day (Total 56GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day28 days

BSNL has the most affordable monthly recharge plan, as seen above. BSNL is charging only Rs. 187 for the 2GB per day data for 28 Days validity.

Whereas, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea now offer the most expensive monthly recharge plans. Infact, the price is almost double than BSNL.

Notably, all plans in the table provide similar benefits – 2GB/day of data, unlimited calls, and 100 SMS/day.

Comparing Quarterly Recharge plans

CompanyMRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
BSNL4992GB per day (Total 180GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day90 days
Jio7192GB per day (Total 168GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day84 days
Airtel8392GB per day (Total 168GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day84 days
Vodafone-Idea8392GB per day (Total 168GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day84 days

If you are planning to do a long validity recharge the above plans are best suited for you.

BSNL offers a cheap quarterly recharge plan too. Additionally, it provides more validity than others.

Infact, BSNL quarterly recharge plan is available for nearly 50% discount than Airtel or VIL plans.

Comparing Long validity plans

CompanyMRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
BSNL14982GB per day (Total 730GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day365 days
Jio28792GB per day (Total 730GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day365 days
Vodafone-Idea28991.5GB per day (Total 730GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day365 days
Airtel29992GB per day (Total 730GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day365 days

Airtel has the most expensive plan for long validity, while the Jio and Vodafone-Idea plans have nearly identical prices. In the Jio case, the user gets 2GB of data/day; however, the Vi users get 1.5GB of data/day.

BSNL once again leads the pack in terms of affordability and is offering similar benefits as private companies at a fraction of the price.

Comparing High data PLANS

CompanyMRP (Rs.)BenefitValidity
Vodafone-Idea5013GB per day (Total 84GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, Disney + Hotstar(1-year access)28 days
BSNL5995GB per day (Total 420GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day84 days
Airtel5993GB per day (Total 84GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, Disney + Hotstar(1-year access)28 days
Jio6013GB per day + 6GB extra (Total 90GB), unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, Disney + Hotstar(1-year access)28 days

BSNL is offering a crazy high 5GB data/day with 84 days validity at just Rs. 599.

All three private players are pretty expensive if you have a higher data requirement.

Vodafone-Idea is the cheapest among the three and offers 3 GB /Day data at Rs. 501 for 28 days validity and 84 GB total data.

Concluding Thoughts

From the above comparison, we are getting a clear idea that after the tariff hike by private players BSNL is the cheapest option in the market.

Notably, it is offering similar benefits at 50% of the price charged by other telecom operators.

Also, you may like to check out the best postpaid plans from all telecom operators.

However, you must check the quality of the BSNL network in your area before porting out to BSNL or getting a new sim card from the state-operated telecom player.

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Author: Kanuj Sharma

I am the founder and editor at Candytech, started the website in 2014. I like reviewing new gadgets & writing articles. Besides, have worked for 9 years in Telecom; academically, a Mechanical Engineer and MBA. Follow me on Twitter or Subscribe to our Newsletter to stay in touch.