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Airtel Launches 30GB 4G Prepaid Data Pack With 90-Day Validity

To counter the impact of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s (Jio) free calls and data, Bharti Airtel on Friday said it is offering special 4G data packs for pre-paid customers.

However, unlike Jio, they won’t be free and the special 4G data pack will cost ₹1,495 for data for 90 days. A customer can use 30GB of data as part of this deal (for 90 days).

The company also said that its ‘fair usage policy will be applicable’, which means if the 30GB is consumed before the said validity, the speed may become lower by using lower bandwidth (2G).

Airtel's plan actually works out to be in line with the promised Rs. 50 per GB rate that Reliance Jio was announced to be - you're paying Rs. 1,495 for 30GB, which works out to just under Rs. 50 per GB for 90 days, with a usage limit of 30GB, after which you have unlimited 2G usage. On the other hand, with Jio, you can get 20GB of data for Rs. 1,499, which has 28 days validity so not only are you paying more per GB (Rs. 75 per GB) but if your usage isn't that high, then you'll end up paying a lot more on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the newly launched offers, Ajai Puri, Director - Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, "At Airtel, we are focused on providing great value to customers. Customers with 4G handsets generally consume large amounts of data and this proposition is specifically aimed at them. With this pack these customers can stay online round the clock without having to worry about exhausting their data limits or going for frequent recharges."