Bharti Airtel has announced new prepaid recharge options for its users in India, in line with the confirmation earlier that the company would be increasing tariffs in December. The new Airtel recharge packs are replacing similarly priced recharge options that were available till now. This comes after Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) has announced the new prepaid tariff plans which become applicable from December 3, and there are significant changes for prepaid mobile users to wrap their calculations around. Reliance Jio have confirmed that they will be announcing all new all-in-one mobile tariff plans that will be effective from December 6, with unlimited voice calls and bundled data as well as additional benefits for users.
Airtel’s new recharge options are priced upwards of Rs 19 and go all the way up to Rs 2398, depending on the validity period and the benefits that you are looking for.
The unlimited usage packs are priced upwards of Rs 148 now—it was Rs 129 earlier. This neatly takes us to the matter of the new Rs 148 pack, which has a validity of 28 days and bundles unlimited calling, 2GB data for the total validity period and 300 SMS. This replaces the Rs 129 pack which offered the same benefits, but did not have the Airtel Xstream, Wynk Music and Hello Tunes benefits which are now available.
Next up is the Rs 248 recharge option. This has a 28-day validity period with unlimited calling, 1.5GB data per day and 100 SMS per day. Airtel is bundling the Airtel Thanks benefits of Airtel Xstream Premium streaming service, subscription for Wynk Music, free Hello Tunes and anti-virus mobile protection suite subscription. This new Rs 248 recharge is replacing two recharge packs in effect—the Rs 169 pack (1GB data per day) and the Rs 199 pack (1.5GB data per day).
Airtel says the Xstream Premium subscription gives users access to more than 10,000 movies as well as the ability to stream Live TV and news. In fact, the Airtel Thanks benefits that also include subscription for Wynk Music, free Hello Tunes and anti-virus mobile protection suite subscription are available for all unlimited calling packages priced upwards of Rs 248.
The new Rs 298 recharge pack replaces the older Rs 249 recharge option, while retaining the same configuration of unlimited voice calls, 2GB data per day and 100 SMS per day, with the 28-day validity.
Airtel has added the new Rs 598 plan which replaces the Rs 448 plan. The new plan also offers unlimited calling, 1.5GB data per day and 100 SMS per day, with the validity now at 84-days instead of 82-days earlier.
The other 82-day validity pack that has been upgraded to 84-day validity is the older Rs 499 plan which now costs Rs 698 instead. This includes 2GB data per day, unlimited calls and 100 SMS per day.