Reliance Jio 4G Plan Tariffs – How disruptive would it be for Airtel & Idea?

by Shiv Kukreja on September 2, 2016

in Opinion

Reliance Industries today announced the tariffs of its 4G services during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai. The services, which are to be carried out in the name of Reliance Jio, would be commercially launched on September 5th. Whatever got announced today during this AGM with respect to Reliance Jio, its tariffs and the company’s plans to carry out its operations was extremely exciting for the Indian consumers.

But, it was a very bad day as far as the stock prices of Airtel, Idea, Reliance Communications and even Reliance Industries itself are concerned. Idea stock suffered the most of the brunt and closed down 10.49% at Rs. 83.65. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications was next in line with a fall of 8.99% at Rs. 49.10. While Bharti Airtel, the largest telecom service provider in India, suffered 6.27% fall in its share price to Rs. 310.85, Reliance itself got hammered by 2.91% to close the day at Rs. 1029.20.

So, what made these big companies fall so much in a single day of trading? The answer is – all Reliance Jio services, including voice calling, 4G data usage, SMS services etc. will be absolutely free for all its subscribers for almost four months before they get paid w.e.f. January 1, 2017. Even when these services become paid from January 1, voice calling would remain free across all its plans and there would be disruptive 4G tariffs, which are termed by Mukesh Ambani as the World’s cheapest data tariffs at Rs. 50 per GB of data.

Reliance Jio’s tariffs are termed as disruptive and on the face of it they are truly intimidating for the incumbent telecom players. So, what are the Reliance Jio 4G plan tariffs which have made the existing players to rework their future strategies? Here you have the tariffs the consumers will have to pay to avail Reliance Jio services:

Postpaid Tariff Plans

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Prepaid Tariff Plans

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Base plan of Rs. 149

A consumer will get:

1) 300 MB 4G data

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free 100 local/STD SMS

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 508

Rs. 499 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 4 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 8 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 124.75

Rs. 999 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 10 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 20 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 99.9

Rs. 1,499 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 20 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 40 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 75

Rs. 2,499 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 35 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 70 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 71.4

Rs. 3,999 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 60 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 120 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 66.65

Rs. 4,999 Pack

A consumer will get:

1) 75 GB 4G data + Unlimited 4G data during night

2) Free Unlimited local/ISD voice calls

3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs. 1,250

4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS

5) 150 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

Effective cost per GB of data – Rs. 66.65

Is it really disruptive and will it affect you?

I think an average Indian telecom consumer does not want to spend more than Rs. 300 for its monthly voice calling and data usage. Airtel reported its average revenue per user (ARPU) to be Rs. 196 during its first quarter results in July 2016. As against Rs. 50/GB of data as announced by Jio, the cheapest Rs. 149 data pack would effectively cost you Rs. 508 per GB of data, but also provides you free unlimited voice calling.

As you can check from the plans above, even a Rs. 4,999 plan does not bring down cost per GB of data to Rs. 50. So, tariffs here are presented in a manner which sound music to your ears, but eventually they could end up higher. Incumbent players Airtel, Idea, Vodafone and RCom have sufficient time to act or react to these tariffs. Whether these tariffs would add to the overall growth of the telecom sector or to the woes of its existing players, that is something only time will tell. But, one thing is certain, the consumers here in India are going to enjoy some highly competitive data tariffs in the months to come.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

S.K. September 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Can you please explain in detail your comment, that the Rs 149 base pack for just 300MB (0.3GB) works out to Rs 508 per GB. Shouldn’t it be Rs 149 + Rs 50 for additional 1 GB purchase = Rs 199 for 1.3GB data?
Anyway, this us not much of a saving in DATA pricing as such.
Does the pack price include 15% Service Tax?
Lastly, is there any clarity on Home/Fixed Broadband Plans & Tariff pricing? Please provide more details.

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Shiv Kukreja September 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Hi S.K.,
1. I have mentioned the “effective cost per GB” on the basis of Rs. 149 for 300 MB of data usage. Top-up will neither cost Rs. 508 per GB nor Rs. 50 per GB. Reliance has clarified that it would cost Rs. 250/GB for top-up over and above its announced tariff packages.
2. Applicable taxes will be charged on postpaid plans. Prepaid plans would include applicable taxes.
3. I don’t think they will offer landline services like Airtel landline/broadband.

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S.K. September 2, 2016 at 6:34 PM

But haven’t they said that once we buy the Rs 149 plan, additional purchases would be @Rs 50 per GB? Evidently, R-JIO’s announcements are still unclear!
Regarding home broadband, they have already announced the price of Router @Rs 1999. Further, many buildings in Mukesh Ambani’s posh south Mumbai area have been already made ready with the necessary infrastructure installed. My friend resides in one such building at Gamdevi, Mumbai.
Hence, I asked you about more information on its home broadband services.

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Kris September 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Is it NOT 50 rupees/GB irrespective of any plan?

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Shiv Kukreja September 2, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Hi Kris,
As per the above plan tariffs, it is not working out to be Rs. 50/GB under any of its plans. Probably they will give some clarity on this effective rate of Rs. 50/GB soon.

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Sunil Ghotge September 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Voice too will be carried as data; so will the “free” voice calls not consume the bundled data ? this is not clear. Is there a catch here in “free” voice calls ??
Also, Apps may be free of monthly charges however they will savor data very fast at 4G speeds.
The phone may consume 100-300 MB in a day if data is left always ON (as suggested by Mukesh-bhai)

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Shiv Kukreja September 2, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Hi Sunil,
Reliance Jio has clarified that no charges would get deducted for voice calls using 4G data. I am sure about your other concern.

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nitesh patel September 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM

I have just switched from telenor to bsnl network they are offering 3g unlimited with no reduction of speed for 30 days for rs 1099 and full talk time of rs1200 at recharge of rs 1100 and I have activate this plan through a sms facilities from my phone itself so this way this plan cost me for just 999 I think it is the best plan right know isn’t it dear shiv

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