There seems to be a new Rs 289 prepaid scheme from Airtel that comes with a validity of 48 days and unlimited benefits. Now, theoretically, the USP of this new initiative is that it is seemingly a mid-range plan with respect to validity and benefits. Also, it seems to be custom-made for people preferring to port out operators on a regular basis. So, using the Rs 289 recharge plan for 48 days could theoretically answer prepaid customers’ requirements as far as utilizing unlimited voice calling and data benefits for relatively shorter intervals of time are concerned.
For the Airtel Rs 289 prepaid scheme, the initiative offers unlimited voice calls, and 1GB LTE data per day, along with 100 free text messages (in a day). As stated earlier, the validity of this scheme is 48 days. Subscribers should also be able to experience unlimited free roaming calls and Airtel states that this plan is applicable to all sorts (and categories) of handsets.
At this juncture, the above offer seems to be a PAN-India one. Hence if you are an Airtel subscriber do check out the official app and recharge channels in case you subscribe to the benefits of the Rs 289 prepaid scheme.
At this juncture, it seems that semi-long and long validity plans could set a new trend as far as the Indian telecom scene is concerned. All major telcos viz Reliance Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and BSNL have already made official 365-day validity schemes targeting prepaid subscribers. Very recently, Vodafone jumped into the long validity fray by coming out with a Rs 1499 plan that is now seemingly applicable to its Mumbai-circle for now; the plan is also slated to be expanded to all of the circles in the near future.
Now, it is worth remembering that even though these long validity plans (along with semi-long schemes) and the short duration plans offering a host of benefits (like unlimited calls and 1GB data per day) in a package has come to the fore only after Reliance Jio’s entry to the Indian telecom scene, these new packs and the package system of offers do not seem to be a result of competition with Jio. In the end, customer benefit should be the only mantra of the Indian telcos; not competition with rivals.