Happy New Year everyone!
Reliance Jio’s “Happy New Year Offer” is still attracting new subscribers despite the fears of being stopped by TRAI on complaints of other telecoms led by Airtel.
Jio has made the New Year even merrier by launching two new Data Booster Packs along with ISD calls pack and SMS pack.
The Happy New Year Offer entitles Jio subscribers to avail free services on Reliance Jio Network for an extended period of 3 months till 31st March 2017.
Under the offer, Jio subscribers can claim free 4G LTE data(daily 1GB high speed… 128 kbps afterwards), free Jionet WiFi, Unlimited Voice calls(Local/STD/Roaming to any network), Unlimited SMS(limited to 100/day by TRAI). Happy New Year Offer also provides premium subscription of Jio apps like JioMusic, JioTV, etc for free.
In a move to compensate for the reduced data offerings from 4GB(under Welcome Offer) to 1GB, Jio has introduced two new data packs namely “Data Pack 51” and “Data Pack 301”.
Data Pack 51, as the name suggests is available for Rs. 51 and offers 1GB 4G LTE data with a one day validity. Data Pack 301 can be activated for Rs. 301 and offers 6 gigabytes of 4G LTE data valid for a period of 28 days.
Even if it doesn’t sound so compelling after all those free offers but when you compare the plans from Airtel or even Vodafone then you may be able comprehend and appreciate these two offers from Jio. Vodafone offers 5GB 4G data for Rs. 697 valid for 28 days while Airtel offers an even costlier pack of 4GB data for Rs. 755. These data plans are a welcome move and may even force the other operators to bring down costs and may prove to be a blessing for non-Jio users also.
The ISD pack, available for Rs. 501 offers a talk-time of Rs 435.65 valid for making ISD calls only. This pack expires after a period of 28 days from activation. The ISD call tariffs vary from Rs. 5/min to Rs.550/min for different countries. The exact tariffs can be checked on Reliance Jio website(or just click here).
For Rs.201 Jio users can also activate the SMS pack which will add a balance of Rs. 175.1 usable for sending Local, STD as well as international messages. This pack is also valid for 28 days only. Under the current tariffs, Jio charges 85p/SMS for Local/STD messages while Rs.5/SMS for ISD messages.
These packs can be easily activated using the MyJio app. Just follow the following steps:
> Find(install) and go to the MyJio app on your Android, iOS or Windows device. Login to your Jio account. Be sure that the Jio SIM is present in your phone.
> Click on the MyJio tab.
> Select the Recharge option.
> Choose the Browse Plans tab. You can see two sections, one “Combo” and the other “Booster”.
> The data plans are listed under Booster tab while the SMS and ISD call plans are under the Combo tab.
> Select the plans you want to activate.
> The payment can be made through any of the listed methods like Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking as well as JioMoney.
One thing that even the strongest critics must have understood by now is that Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is not an easy cat to bell. It’s gonna be in the game for far longer than anticipated and may even emerge as the market leader after all this chaos ends. The ultimate winner is going to be the Indian consumer whether or not a Jio subscriber.
On a personal note, I still consider Jio a startup that needs to move fast, break fast but also solve the issues faced by it’s ever-growing subscriber base. The other telecom operators despite being costlier are far more stable and reliable. Even after complaining multiple times, I haven’t been able to get a decent connection in my home and neighborhood. So, for me Jio remains just another freebie that will be treated like a trial account which gets abandoned as soon as the trial period ends.
Please share your experience and views on Jio services in the comments section below. Do you like these new packs? Will you continue using Reliance Jio after 31st March(if the free party ends)?
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