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95 per cent hike in “Airtel’s base plan; Separate recharge plan for NE

IT News
Mumbai, Jan 2

“Airtel” has gone in for a 95 per cent hike in its base plan by discontinuing earlier base recharge plan of Rs.23 for pre-paid users in all circles and has replaced it by a Rs. 45 pre-paid plan.
The new price has gone live in all circles with “Airtel” informing subscribers through a public notice. The Rs.45 pre-paid recharge will offer the same benefits as the Rs.23 pre-paid plan. The public notice states that the new Rs.45 Airtel smart recharge will offer local and STD voice calling at 2.5 paise per second, 5 paise per second for national video calls, and 50 paise per MB for data.
SMS tariff is at Rs.1 per SMS for local, Rs. 1.5 per SMS for national and Rs.5 per SMS for international messages. The validity of the new Rs.45 plan is 28 days. These are the same benefits as the Rs.23 pre-paid recharge plan that has now been discontinued.
The notice reads, “This notice is for pre-paid subscribers of “Bharti Airtel Limited” and “Bharti Hexacom Limited” (‘Airtel’) in all service areas. The existing SUK base plan is being discontinued with effect from 29 December 2019.
Further, it will be mandatory to recharge with a voucher of Rs.45 or above, every 28 days to avail services. In case of non-recharge with a voucher of Rs. 45 of above, all services will be suspended post the grace period of 15 days. After the completion of the grace period, if the subscriber fails to do a Rs.45 recharge, then the services will be suspended.
“Bharti Airtel” has also launched its 4G services in the remote Hayuliag, Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh, which is expected to  allow customers in 100 villages across the Hayuliang region to access 4G and HD quality (voice over LTE) (VoLTE). There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or pack benefits.
While it  has already launched platinum 3 G network in AP, Dimapur, Aizwal and Agartla, “Airtel” is also planning to roll out 6000 mobile sites, 3000 km optic fibre in North East including  Assam, 4 G SIMS in Assam, 2 G/3G services in Arunachal Pradesh.
 ”Airtel” has announced separate Recharge plan for the North East with price ranging from Rs. 2 to Rs. 2249. There are 408 plans across 19 pack types. Among 1 GB Per Day Plans, 1.4 GB / Day Combo 3G Data Pack is the cheapest plan priced at Rs. 149 with a validity of 20 days. Among 2 GB plus Per Day Plans, 2 GB / Day Combo 3G / 4G Data Pack is the cheapest plan, priced at Rs. 249 with a validity of 28 days.
Other offers for the North East: Among 28 Day Validity Plans, Easy Recharge has been priced at Rs. 8 with a validity of 28 days. Among 2G Data, Combo Top up 37 Promo Talktime is the cheapest priced at Rs. 52 with a validity of N.A..
Recharge plans in nutshell:  3G Data( 40 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack)-Rs. 7- validity-one day, 4G Data( 40 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack)-Rs. 7- validity-one day, 84 Day Validity Plans( Easy Recharge 32 (Roaming)-Rs. 32-validity -81 days, Airtel to Airtel( Easy Recharge 22)-Rs. 22-validity-5 days, Data (2G/3G/4G)( 40 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack)-Rs. 7-validity one day.
Full Talktime, (Rs. 220 Full Talktime Pack), Rs. 220-validity of lifetime, ISD Rate Cutter ( ISD Pack 36), Rs. 36- validity-27 days, Local Calls Rate Cutter( Easy Recharge 27)-Rs. 27- validity-3 days. Prepaid Plans( Full Talktime Pack)-Rs. 220-validity of lifetime.
Other recharge offers: Easy Recharge plan-Rs. 8-validity 28 days, Easy Recharge 32 (Roaming)-Rs. 32- validity-81 days. SMS, Easy Recharge 2 (SMS)-Rs. 2 –validity-7 days,  STD Rate Cutter, Easy Recharge 17 (STD)-Rs. 17-validity-27 days. Among Top Up, Topup - Rs. 7.47 Talktime is the cheapest plan, priced at Rs. 10 with a validity of Lifetime.

Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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