Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Best available recharge plans

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The new plan of Airtel comes with 28GB 4G data.

Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, has launched several recharge packs for its prepaid customers ranging from Rs 8 to Rs 399.

In a bid to counter Reliance Jio's latest offers, telecom major Airtel has launched a series of new data and voice call plans for its prepaid customers starting as alow as Rs 5. However, it isn't available for all. However, Airtel is now offering 10% cashback for this plan, if paid via Airtel Payments Bank.

Rs 8 plan: Local and STD calls for 30 paisa Under the Rs 8 plan, Airtel subscribers will be able to make local and STD calls at 30 paisa per minute for a period of 56 days. There are 2 sachet offers for Rs 54 and Rs 24 with validity of 7 and 2 Days, respectively. According to Jio, users only pay for the data packages, voice calls and text messages along with their full bouquet of apps are complimentary and unlimited.

At a time when other telecom operators charged users hundreds of rupees every month for making calls over their networks, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio entered the telecom sector with a bang, promising unlimited voice calls using its state-of-the-art VoLTE network.

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Airtel to Airtel unlimited calls (local + STD), along with 2G 4G data for 28 days. The only difference is that Jio plan doesn't have the 1GB FUP limit under this plan.

"Free voice (calls) becomes a reality in India". This is one-time pack and only valid if you swap your old Airtel sim with the new 4G sim. This plan comes with the unlimited calls and STD Vodafone to Vodafone (V2V) calls. After Jio announced its Dhan Dhana Dhan offer of Rs 399 for 84 days offering 1 GB 4G data per day, Airtel has also revamped its data offerings. It also has the biggest 4G network coverage in the country.

Others include 899 for 3.5 GB per day and Rs 648 for 2.5 GB per day. Now India is number 1 in mobile data consumption and well on its way to becoming number 1 in mobile broadband penetration, in the coming months. Both Vodafone India's and Idea Cellular's average download speed saw a dip in July 2017, while Airtel's download speeds are marginally increased.

Extending the validity from 360 days to 390 days, this plan now offers 780GB data as opposed to 750GB data keeping the per day data to average about 2GB.