Reliance Jio racks up 100 million subscribers but ends freebies
Feb 21 2017 by Anna Nguyen
Post-March 2018, Jio prime members would be able to avail the same benefits for another year at Rs 303 per month tariff plan, he added. To reward the 100 million subscribers who took "a leap of faith" and joined the Jio network over the last two months, Ambani announced a special membership plan designed for these users, called Jio Prime.
In the speech, Mukesh Ambani claimed that users on Jio consumed more than 100 Crore GB of data traffic per month. jio users also ended up using 200 Cr voice and video minutes a day. In contrast, in the plans announced by the company during its 1 September launch, such high data usage plans were priced at Rs1,499 per month and above. Mr Ambani mentioned that after March 31, Jio will match each and every plan that other operators are offering or will offer at the same rate but with 20 per cent more data. This means that 7 customers were added to their network every second for the past 170 days.
Apart from this, there's a new "JioPrime" membership, which allows the customers to enjoy unlimited data for just Rs. 303 per month.
The competition from Jio is very stiff; and has most of the existing telecom companies on its knees.
The share prices of Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular declined by 2.6 per cent and trading at Rs 365.9. Starting April 1, all new subscribers and over 100 million existing users will have to pay for the data they are consuming.
However, there is one way a user can redeem himself - by buying the Reliance Jio 4G SIM before March 31, 2017.
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As the flagship data plan of JIO is coming to end in March 2017, the company has revealed their tariff plans and other services. So, even if you are not a Reliance Jio user right now, you can still get unlimited mobile data at Rs. 10 per day for another year. You will have to make a one-time payment of Rs 99 on or before 31st March, 2017 to activate the membership.
Jio will continue to work on its network quality and aims to double its data capacity soon for improving the data speed and user experience. With the announcement, Ambani kept the promise of providing cheap data services and free voice calls to people all across the country.