After keeping mum for the last few months over the tariff plans and official launch of the Reliance Jio, Reliance finally broke the silence today. Mukesh Ambani finally revealed the much-anticipated tariff plan details of the Reliance Jio at the Reliance AGM today and trust me, it’s not disappointing.
Let us break out the whole details of the revealed plans for you. For starters, Reliance won’t be charging anything for voice calls at all. Although, this might come as a pleasant surprise and something new but this is what telecom operators have been doing in western countries for some time now.
Mukesh Ambani said, “Pay for only one service – either voice or data, not both. World over, operators charge only for data, voice and messaging are essentially free. All voice calls for Jio customers will be absolutely free.”
Reliance will be only charging you for the data and that too it is essentially charging almost one-tenth of what’s its competitors are currently charging. Reliance is offering super-fast 4G internet at basically 5 paise per MB which converts to around Rs. 50 per GB. For hard-core users, there are expensive packs which offer 4G data for as low as Rs. 25 per GB. Here are the tariff plans:
Although frankly admitting, the Rs.149 plan offering just 300MB of data doesn’t seem attractive at all, but rest of the plans are indeed very attractive. The Rs.499 plan offers 4GB of 4G data plus unlimited 4G data at night for a period of 28 days. The plan also offers 8GB of data access from Reliance Jio’s upcoming network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Thus for Rs.499, you’re getting 12GB of data plus unlimited data at night hours. This converts to around Rs. 42 per GB which is indeed very good. The rate further diminishes as you go on opting for higher plans. The most expensive Rs. 4,999 pack gives you around 225GB of data including the Wi-Fi usage, which converts to around Rs.23 per GB. Seven plans have been introduced now and all of these are prepaid plans. There is yet no news regarding the postpaid plans.
Mr Ambani said, “Current market practice is to charge for data a base rate between Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 10,000 – Jio will have a base rate which is 1/10th of this. Our data plans go even further with an effective rate of 5p/MB or Rs. 50/ GB.”
He further announced that there won’t be any roaming charges by saying, “Put an end to all voice call charges for all voice calls that are domestic.” Reliance won’t levy any roaming charges on any calls made on any network. This is really applaudable. As a special gift to the students, Reliance Jio is offering 25 percent extra data on the tariffs. All they have to do is to show a valid Student ID proof while signing up for Jio.
Apart from this, Mr Ambani announced that the Jio services will be available for absolutely free as part of the ‘Jio welcome offer’, starting 5 September till 31 December so that users can try it out. This will also include access to all the Jio Premium apps.
So, don’t wait anymore and grab your own Reliance Jio SIM as fast as you can. Hurry.