Reliance Jio, which has always been in the news, for its supposedly cheap data offering, is now again in the picture with its Rs 1699 prepaid plan. USP of this scheme is that it is an annual validity plan. Without the additional IUC recharges (As mandated by TRAI), the Rs 1699 plan offers truly unlimited voice calling.
Now, with IUC being a key focus of late, this plan requires users to recharge for atleast a minimum of Rs 10. This Rs 10 recharge offers users 124 free IUC minutes. This means that users could make calls to non-Jio numbers for free, for 124 minutes. Every Rs 10 spent would result in additional data of at least 1 GB as Jio states.
The Rs 1699 plan is valid for 365 days flat. It offers 1.5GB data per day. Then, SMS messages are totally free. Jio calls are free as well. At this point in time, this plan competes with BSNL’s Rs 1699 plan that offers free-unlimited calling and 2GB data per day and is valid for 425 days flat. This validity extension is valid for a limited time. Plus, BSNL does not levy any IUC for now.
At this point in time, Jio on its part has been opposing any potential move by the TRAI to extend the zero termination charge (Or Bill-And-Keep BAK) regime. This is set to come into force from 1 January 2020. In case TRAI goes with this date, then from January next year, all outgoing Jio –calls would be totally free and unlimited. However certain incumbent telcos want TRAI to extend the date of implementation of the BAK regime.