It is apparent that telecom companies realize that data is the new oil and the best data plans are what will keep them ahead of the game. During this festive season, almost all leading telcos like Reliance Jio and BSNL have announced Diwali Dhamaka Offer and most of it has to do with data plans.
A report released by Nokia MbIT 2018 said that mobile data usage in India jumped 144 per cent (YoY) to 2,360 petabytes, with average consumption per user in 4G broadband reaching 11 gigabyte per month in December 2017 placing India ahead of UK, South Korea and France. This means that an Indian subscriber consumed 7.4GB of data per user per month on their mobile devices over mobile networks alone, said a report on the Economic Times quoting the Nokia survey.
Affordable Internet and smartphones is leading to increased data usage and causing Indians to incline towards the telcos that offer the best data plans. Let us take a look at some of the best Diwali Dhamaka offers and other data plans announced by telecom companies.
BSNL Diwali Dhamaka Offer
BSNL takes the cake when it comes to offering the best data plans under the Diwali offers. The BSNL Diwali Dhamaka Offer has two plans for Rs 1699 and Rs 2099 for prepaid mobile customers. Unlimited data with a cap of 2GB per day is being offered for a period of one year under the Rs 1699 plan and the Rs 2099 plan gives a total of 1460GB of data, which amounts to nearly 4GB data per day. This plan has already come into action and BSNL customers can opt for the same as of now. The plans mentioned above come with unlimited calling as well.
Reliance Jio Diwali Dhamaka Offer
Reliance Jio had announced its Diwali Dhamaka Offer before BSNL and unlimited voice and data up to 547 GB, which amounts to 1.5GB of high speed data per day, is being offered for a period of one year. Apart from data plans Reliance has announced a slew of offers for Jio users such as 100 percent cashback in the form of Reliance Digital Coupons for new and existing customers for select prepaid plans of Rs 149 and above. The offer is valid for a recharge performed of Rs 149, Rs 198, Rs 299, Rs 349, Rs 398, Rs 399, Rs 448, Rs 449 Rs 498, Rs 509, Rs 799, Rs 999, Rs 1699, Rs 1999, Rs 4999 and Rs 9999 plans.
The coupons provided under the cashback, can be redeemed by consumers at any Reliance Digital Store with a minimum purchase value of Rs 5000 on any item sold by Reliance Digital Store before 31 December 2018. However, Hard Disks of Seagate, Western Digital, Sony and Lenovo, smartphone of Samsung and Xiaomi, and Samsung tablets are exempted from this offer. Also, Jio Phone 2 will be available on an open sale as part of Reliance Jio’s Diwali Dhamaka Offer from 12pm on 5 November.
Although not for Diwali, Vodafone recently introduced the Rs 597 plan, aimed at feature phone users. Vodafone is offering unlimited calling, with 10GB 3G/4G data and 100 SMSes per day. The plan is valid for 112 days for smartphone users, while for new feature phones the plan is valid for a period of 168 days.
Airtel recently announced Rs 119 prepaid recharge pack, which includes 2GB of 4G/3G data, unlimited voice calls without FUP limit and 300 SMS with a validity period of 28 days. While this plan is only applicable to selected users, the remaining consumers who recharge for the same amount will receive 1GB of high-speed 4G/3G data, unlimited voice calls and 300 SMS with a validity period for 14 days, says a report on TimesNowNews.
To use data, one needs a smartphone and Airtel had announced Rs 2,000 cashback for Airtel customers on the purchase any 4G smartphone before 31 October 2018. The cashback was being credited to the particular customer’s account in the MyAirtel mobile app, in the form of 40 digital coupons worth Rs 50 each.