Vodafone has just launched 2 new prepaid plans in India that go head-to-head with similar ones unveiled by the likes of Airtel and Reliance Jio. One costs Rs 158, while the other goes for Rs 151. Both appear to be available only in Kerala, but could eventually make its way to other circles soon.
Starting with the cheaper Rs 151 SuperPlan, Vodafone is offering unlimited local, STD and roaming calls within India, along with 1GB of 3G/4G data for 28 days. It should be kept in mind that calling is restricted to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week. There’s no mention of free SMSes.
The closest Airtel plan is a Rs 93 one which gives away 1GB of data, 100 SMSes per day, and unlimited calls for a total of 28 days. Better yet, Vodafone subscribers could pay Rs 7 more and avail the new Rs 158 SuperPlan. This particular scheme serves up the same unlimited calls, but promises 1GB of 3G/4G data per day.
To put this in perspective, the Rs 151 deal nets customers 1GB of data and the Rs 158 one grants them 28GB of data. That’s a huge difference, and it’s not clear why Vodafone didn’t price the pair better so that there’s more of a gap between the two rather than just Rs 7.
As for Reliance Jio, the telecom operator has a Rs 149 deal in place which gives away unlimited calls, 100 SMSes on a daily basis, and 1.5GB of data everyday for 28 days. Consumers would effectively get 42GB of data to play around with, more than what Vodafone has to offer.