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All three major carriers in India — Vodafone-Idea, Airtel, and Reliance Jio — have announced price hikes across their prepaid plans. The new tariffs see prepaid prices in India increased by up to 50%. The revised prepaid plans from Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and Airtel came into effect in the first week of December, 2019.

Vodafone-Idea and Airtel have revised prices for unlimited prepaid plans with two days, 28 days, 84 days, and 365 days of validity. There is literally a Rs. 1 difference between prepaid plans from the two competing telcos. However, Airtel is also bundling free subscriptions to Airtel Xstream and Wynk music with its plans. These plans have no FUP on calling, which means subscribers can make unlimited voice calls to all networks without incurring extra charges.

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio has updated its one month, two month, three month, and 12 month prepaid plans. The company has also introduced separate affordable plans with 28, 84, and 365 days validity. Jio calls these All-in-One plans and they are almost 25% cheaper than prepaid plans from Airtel and Vodafone-Idea.

Here’s how the revised prepaid plans from Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and Airtel compare on paper.

Jio Vs Vodafone-Idea Vs Airtel: New prepaid plan comparison

Vodafone-IdeaPlan BenefitsAirtelPlan Benefits
Rs 149Unlimited voice calls
2GB of data
300 SMS
28 Days validity
Rs 148Unlimited voice calls
2GB of data
300 SMS
28 Days validity
Rs 249Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
28 Days validity
Rs 248Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
28 Days validity
Rs 299Unlimited voice calls
2GB data per day
100 SMS per day
28 Days validity
Rs 298Unlimited voice calls
2GB data per day
100 SMS per day
28 Days validity
Rs 599Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
84 Days validity
Rs 598Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
84 Days validity
Rs 699Unlimited voice calls
2GB data per day
100 SMS per day
84 Days validity
Rs 698Unlimited voice calls
2GB data per day
100 SMS per day
84 Days validity
Rs 1,499Unlimited voice calls
24GB data per month
3600 SMS
365 Day validity
Rs 1,498Unlimited voice calls
24GB data per month
3600 SMS
365 Day validity
Rs 2,399Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
365 Day validity
Rs 2,398Unlimited voice calls
1.5GB data per day
100 SMS per day
365 Day validity

Airtel combo plans, more unlimited plans

Airtel’s combo recharges include plans for Rs 49 and Rs 79. Both come with 28 day validity. The Rs 49 pack gets Rs 38.52 talk-time and 100MB data, while the Rs 79 pack brings Rs 63.95 talk-time and 200MB data.

Airtel has also added three more unlimited prepaid plans as a response to Reliance Jio’s new All-in-One plans. Take a look at the table below.

AirtelPlan Benefits
Rs 21928 Days Validity
1GB data/day
100 SMS/day
Unlimited calling
free Hello Tunes Unlimited Wynk Music
Airtel Xstream app
Rs 39956 Days validity
1.5GB data/day
100 SMS/day
Unlimited calling
free Hello Tunes Unlimited Wynk Music
Airtel Xstream app
Rs 44956 Days validity
2GB data/day
90 SMS/day
Unlimited calling
free Hello Tunes Unlimited Wynk Music
Airtel Xstream app

Vodafone-Idea combo plans

Vodafone-Idea offers Rs 49 and Rs 79 prepaid recharge combos with 28 days validity. The Rs 49 plan from Vodafone-Idea provides Rs 38 talk-time and 100MB data. The Rs 79 Vodafone-Idea voucher gives Rs 64 talktime and 200MB of data.

The company also added two new unlimited prepaid plans following in Airtel’s footsteps. Here’s how they stack up:

Vodafone-IdeaPlan Benefits
Rs 21928 Days validity
1GB data/day Unlimited voice calls 100 SMS/day
Rs 44956 Days validity
2GB data/day Unlimited voice calls 100 SMS/day

Reliance Jio All-in-One prepaid plans

Meanwhile, here is how Reliance Jio’s new All-in-One prepaid plans stack up:

Reliance Jio All-in-One prepaid plansPlan Benefits
Rs 9828 Days validity
2GB data
300 SMS
FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 12928 Days validity
2GB data
1000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 14924 Days validity
1GB/day
100 SMS/day
300 minutes of FUP calling to non-Jio networks
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 19928 Days validity
1.5GB/day
1000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 24928 Days validity
2GB/day
1000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 32984 Days validity
6GB data
3000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 34928 Days validity
3GB/day
1000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 39956 Days validity
1.5GB/day
2000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 44456 Days validity
2GB/day
2000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 55584 Days validity
1.5GB/day
3000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 59984 Days validity
2GB/day
3000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 2,199365 Days validity
1.5 GB/day
12,000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls
Rs 1,299365 Days validity
24GB data
12,000 mins FUP for voice calls on non-jio numbers
Free Jio-Jio calls

The revised prepaid plans from Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone-Idea can be purchased from their individual apps and websites. Airtel prepaid users can check for the new tariffs on the Airtel Thanks app, while Vodafone-Idea users can head to the My Vodafone or My Idea apps. Jio users can check the MyJio app or visit the plans website to check for revised tariffs.

We will keep updating this article as and when the three Indian telcos revise their prices or offer better prepaid plans. Until then, let us know your operator of choice and the reasons for it in the comments section below.