Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have just announced their respective minimum prepaid recharge plans which will come with 28 days of validity and users won’t be able to avail the free incoming calls benefit after the validity expires. You might have received an SMS from these companies stating that it is now mandatory for you to recharge your prepaid connections with any of these prepaid recharge plans from either Airtel or Vodafone if you want to continue to avail the services from these telcos despite having sufficient balances in your account.
The introduction of minimum prepaid recharge plans from Airtel and Vodafone means that a subscriber of either of these carriers has to opt for a minimum recharge of Rs. 35 in order to avail incoming calls as well as the benefits of the plan itself. On the other hand, once the validity of this plan (28 days) expires, the user won’t be able to receive incoming calls. The same is the case with Airtel and Vodafone’s Rs. 65 and Rs. 95 prepaid recharge plans which come with better benefits but with the same validity.
Now, Airtel has launched a new Rs. 23 minimum prepaid plan which comes with the same validity and this will further intensify the competition between these two telcos. Here, we compare the minimum prepaid recharge plans offered from Airtel and Vodafone to see which telco is offering its subscribers the best value.
Airtel vs Vodafone: Rs. 35, Rs. 65 and Rs. 95 minimum prepaid recharge plans
The Rs. 35, Rs. 65 and Rs. 95 minimum prepaid recharge plans from both Airtel and Vodafone offers the same benefits and the Rs. 35 minimum prepaid recharge plan comes with a talk time worth roughly Rs. 26, 100MB of data, while outgoing calls (local and STD) are charged on the basis of the base tariff, meaning 1 paisa per second, or 60 paise per minute.
On the other hand, the Rs. 65 and Rs. 95 prepaid plans from Airtel and Vodafone come with a talk time worth Rs. 55 and Rs. 95, respectively while outgoing calls are charged at 1 paisa per second and 30 paise per minute, respectively. The Rs. 95 minimum prepaid recharge plan will also offer 500MB of data.
Airtel Rs. 23 minimum prepaid recharge plan
The Rs. 23 recharge pack has been launched as an extended validity pack under the ‘Smart Recharge’ lineup and all this plan will do is extend the validity of your current plan by an additional 28 days. There will be no data or free calling benefits, however, local and STD voice calls on the network will be priced at 2.5 paise per second while local SMS and national SMS will be charged at Re. 1 and Rs. 1.5, respectively.