Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have increased their mobile charges by up to 42 percent for their customers.
India has a mobile user base of 1.17 billion of which nearly 98 per cent of the subscribers are on pre-paid tariffs.
Vodafone Idea has increased mobile tariffs by 20-30 percent for its pre-paid customers in India. Vodafone Idea has increased mobile phone tariff by 42 percent in certain data plans.
The company has launched 16 new plans with various validities of 2, 28, 84 and 365 days and prices ranging from Rs 49 to Rs 2,399.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched new plans, increasing tariffs by up to 40 percent. The hike in tariff is effective December 6.
Reliance Jio said the plans would provide 300 percent more benefits to users, without providing specifics of the plans.
“Jio will be introducing new all-in-one plans with unlimited voice and data. These plans will have a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks. The new plans will be effective from 6th December 2019,” the company said in a statement.
Bharti Airtel increase mobile tariffs by up to 42 percent, with effect from December 3, by launching new schemes.
Airtel’s new tariff plans increased by 50 paisa per day to Rs 2.85 per day and offer data and calling benefits.
Shashwat Sharma, chief marketing officer at Bharti Airtel said: “Our new mobile plans offer value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel’s 4G network.”
Like Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel will increase its entry level unlimited plan with a year-long validity by about 50 percent to Rs 1,499 from with 24 GB of data in place of existing plan of Rs 998, which comes with 12 GB data usage limit.
The price 365 days validity plan in the same category with daily data usage limit of 1.5 GB per day will cost 41.2 percent more at Rs 2,398 from December 3 instead of 1,699 at present.
Customers of both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will have to pay a minimum of Rs 49 to stay connected for about a month after December 3.
Airtel has capped outgoing calls that can be made on to network of other telecom operator to 1,000 minutes in case of plans with 28 days validity, 3,000 in 84 days validity plans and 12,000 in 365 days validity plan. Beyond this limit, customer will need to pay 6 paisa per minute for outgoing calls.
Airtel increased its tariffs of some plans by 41.14 percent to Rs 2,398 instead of 1,699 at present.
The starting plan with data offering of 1.5 GB per day with 84 days validity will cost around 31 percent more at Rs 598 compared to Rs 458 at present.
The company will raise the price of Rs 199 unlimited plan, which offers 1.5 GB data per day, by about 25 percent to Rs 248.