Best Prepaid Plans India – JIO, Idea, Airtel, Vodafone (Dec’17)

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, Idea, Airtel, and Vodafone.

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

Indian telecom industry is all about the mobile internet at the moment. Voice calling has taken a back seat. At the launch event of the Mi Max 2 two days ago, a spokesperson of Reliance Jio announced that Jio now carries 15 percent of world’s data traffic, making it the only exabyte (1 exabyte = 1000000 TB) network in the world.

Notably, Reliance Jio entered the Indian market ten months back and had already grabbed over 125 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 calling. For starters, Reliance Jio also introduced a new technology to the Indian consumers- VoLTE, that 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 Indian Telecom industry, from Balance Top Up packs, users are now shifting to more affordable unlimited plans.

If you’re looking for the best plan in the market, then you’re at the right place.

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

First of all,  Reliance Jio recently announced two new plans of Rs. 349 and Rs. 399. The Rs. 399 scheme replaced the earlier Rs. 309 plan under the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer.

The Rs. 399 scheme gives 1GB data per day, and unlimited voice calls for 84 days. Further, the JIO 309 plan also offers 1 GB data per day, and unlimited voice calls for 56 days. I would suggest buying the Rs. 399 plan that has a better validity and is comparably cheaper.

Another plan, Rs. 349 gives 20 GB data (10GB+10GB) for two months. Jio also announced the same plans for postpaid users. However, the validity is valid for 90 days (Rs. 399) and 60 days (Rs 349) respectively.

These are the best 4G plans available in India at the moment for JIO subscribers. 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 revised plans.

2) Bharti Airtel – Best Prepaid Plan for Data and Voice

Bharti Airtel doesn’t offer plans for all the customers on a pan-India basis. Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone have different MRP’s, in different states, for unlimited plans.

For the typical 1 GB per day data plan and unlimited voice calling these companies are charging Rs. 300 to 350 depending on the Circle (state) you live.

Further, there are also some special segmented offers they continue to offer to most of the subscribers. You can dial *121# from your mobile number of Airtel, Idea or Vodafone to check the balance and also the special offers eligibility.

For instance, for Airtel Delhi customers there is a Rs. 349 Plan that offers – Unlimited All Local & STD calls+1 GB 3G/4G data per day on 4G H/S (1 GB for other Handset) valid for 28 days. (T&C Apply).

For Circles like Haryana, you can get the same benefit for Rs. 349 and for Kolkotta you get it for Rs. 345. So, there is a bit of price point variation, but not more than Rs. 10 in my observation.

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 340 to Rs 350 MRP for unlimited Offers).

There is also another recharge of Rs. 499 for Delhi Circle offering Unlimited All Loc+STD calls + 1.5 GB data for 3G/4G data per day on 4G H/S (2 GB for other H/S) for 28 days.

Also, note if you have a 2G phone then you won’t be getting 1 GB / day or 1.5 GB/ Day of data benefit, but you will get just 1 GB for 28 days or 2 GB for 28 days.

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.

Also, Airtel has introduced individual plans for selected customers such as Rs. 399 pack or the Rs. 698 pack.

Furthermore, All these plans offer unlimited voice calls, but the data benefit will differ based on the pack. For example, the Rs. 399 plan gives 1GB data per day for 70 days, the Rs. 698 plan gives 1.5 GB data for 70 days, whereas the 1198 plan offers 2 GB data per day for 70 days.

Additionally, Airtel has a Rs. 244 plan, gives 1 GB data per day for 70 days and unlimited Airtel to Airtel calls for the said period.

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

Vodafone also has the similar plan that offers 1 GB/ day data, and unlimited Voice calls for 28 days. The price point is again different in different states. Say for example the Vodafone 348 plans offer the same benefit in Delhi while in Haryana you need to recharge with 344 to get the benefit mentioned above.

Besides this plan, Vodafone doesn’t have too many 4G plans. 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 – Prepaid – Tariff – Plans.

But the telecom operator introduced exciting schemes such as Vodafone SuperNight plan of Rs. 29, offering unlimited 3G/4G internet for five hours from 1 AM to 6 AM at just Rs. 29. Also, Vodafone has Super Hour packs starting at only Rs. 15 per hour in different circles. Additionally, they have “Vodafone U” plans that don’t seem to be cheap or worth buying.

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

4) Idea Cellular – Best Prepaid Plan for Data and Voice

Right after Jio and Airtel announcing the savvy data plans, Idea Cellular announced two new plans of Rs. 398, 349 and Rs. 497. The segmented Rs. 398 plan gives 1 GB data per day, and unlimited Idea to Idea voice calls for 70 days (not for all subscribers).

Idea 453 Pack offers 1 GB Per data and UL Voice for 84 Days

For regular users Idea subscribers, there is Rs. 349 or Rs. 348 plan that comes with 1 GB data per day and even offers unlimited voice calling for the 28 days.

You can get this benefit in Gujarat for Rs. 347 and if you are a Maharashtra Idea Customer can get the same benefit for Rs. 348 and for MPCG customers, need to recharge with Rs. 347.

As I have mentioned earlier, the price point varies with the Circle(state) for Idea, likewise Vodafone, and Airtel. JIO has same MRP for all customers and has kept the life simple for everyone.

There is also an open market plan of Rs. 497 offering 1.5 GB data per day, and unlimited voice calls to any network for 70 days for new subscribers.

You can check some of the best Idea plans here.  Don’t forget to update your Circle when checking the latest Plan.

Summary Table – Cheapest Unlimited Voice Calling / 1 GB per day data Packs – Airtel, Voda, Jio and Idea

Comparing Best Prepaid Plans in India

AirtelVodafone Idea JIO
MRP Rs 348 , 1 GB per day data and unlimited Voice Calls for 28 daysMRP Rs 349, 1 GB per day data and unlimited Voice Calls for 28 daysMRP Rs 347, 1 GB per day data and unlimited Voice Calls for 28 daysMRP Rs 309, 1 GB per day data and unlimited Voice Calls for 56 days
Jio is still 50% cheaper compared to other telcos as it offers 56 days of validity compared to 28 days.


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