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No stay on Jio free offer; TDSAT asks Trai to re-examine issue

No stay on Jio free offer; TDSAT asks Trai to re-examine issue

Such attractive plans by telecom operators are an effort to stave off Reliance Jio, which is providing 4G data at throwaway prices under its Jio Prime offers. Few of the reports were assuring that BSNL is going to offer 2 GB data a day with unlimited calling at Rs 339.

BSNL customers under the new scheme will also get 25 minutes of free call to other network everyday and after that they will be charged 25 paisa for minute long phone call. This service was to conclude by the end of 2016 which was however extended with a fresh marketing tactic named as "Jio Happy New Offer' and extended another 90 days".

On February 23, the telecom tribunal had asked the regulator to submit all documents pertaining to Reliance Jio's free offers and specify whether the tariffs were a regular plan, base plan or a special tariff voucher.

BSNL offers double the data compared to Jio.

In its interim appeal, Airtel had sought a stay on Trai's approval to Reliance Jio to continue with the free services.


Airtel late last week, announced that they will be offering its postpaid customers free data starting March 13.

Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September past year, and in December, extended the freebies till March 31, 2017. Airtel has recently launched a Rs. 345 prepaid recharge pack which provides 1GB of data per day, with the data being divided into tow chunks of 500 MB each, one for the day and the other chunk to be used between 12 am and 6 am.

Citi Research, a part of the Institutional Group, which also comprises the Citibank, says that all the incumbent telecom operators have moved to meet the Jio challenge, in various degrees, though Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have been behind Airtel in aggressiveness.

The post-paid users can get upto 30 GB free 4G data through MyAirtel app. In this offer, Airtel is giving data for 3 months with a monthly cap of 10 GB.


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