Airtel on Wednesday revised its prepaid recharge portfolio by discontinuing the affordable Rs. 49 plan and replacing it with a Rs. 79 options. The amendment will be effective from Thursday, July 29 on a pan-India basis. Rupee. 49 airtel prepaid recharge plan Rs. 38.52 talk time, 100MB data and 28 days validity. Last week, Airtel revised its postpaid plans for both retail and corporate customers and discontinued Rs. 749 family postpaid plan.
With the new update, Airtel users will no longer be able to get Rs. 49 prepaid recharge plan that was available with a validity of 28 days. Instead users will have to opt for Rs. 79 plan as the most affordable option.
Rupee. 79 Airtel prepaid plan comes with benefits including Rs. 64 talk time, 1 paisa per second local/STD call rates, 106 minutes of outgoing calls and 200MB data. These come with a validity of 28 days.
Airtel has discontinued its cheapest monthly prepaid recharge plan just a few months after offering Rs. 49 recharge for free and double the benefits of Rs. 79 plan. The move was announced in May to assist customers amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country and was said to benefit 55 million low-income users.
Apart from increasing the base tariff of its prepaid network, Airtel last week revised its postpaid plans and offered Rs. 999 plan is the lowest family postpaid plan for retail customers. The telco discontinued the earlier Rs. 749 family postpaid plan as a part of the amendment.
Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea) followed in the footsteps of Airtel also revised its postpaid plans for its retail and corporate customers. Unlike Airtel, Vi has Rs. 49 prepaid plan at Place Which comes with Rs. 38 talktime and 100MB data for 28 days. However, the operator is likely to follow its New Delhi-based counterpart soon and bring in similar modifications in the coming days.