Vodafone Idea (Vi) announces price hike on prepaid, postpaid plans from July 4 after Airtel, Jio hike tariffs


Vodafone Idea (Vi) on Friday announced it is hiking the prices of its mobile tariffs in India. The beleaguered telecom operator followed rivals Reliance Jio and Airtel, which announced higher prices for their prepaid recharge plans and postpaid plans on Thursday and Friday, respectively. All three carriers are trying to increase their average revenue per user (ARPU) while boosting profits and offsetting spending on 5G network infrastructure over the past few years.

Vi prepaid recharge plan price hiked

Just like Airtel and Reliance Jio, customers opting for prepaid recharge plans from Vi will soon have to shell out more to get the same data and calling benefits as their existing plans. It is worth noting that Vi’s most expensive annual recharge plan offers lesser daily data allowance than Airtel and Jio, but is Rs 100 cheaper.

According to the operator, all plans offering daily data facility (except Rs 299 plan) offer unlimited data between 12 midnight to 6 am and weekend data rollover.

To stay competitive with its biggest rivals, Vi has had to keep its prices at par with their recently updated tariffs. Airtel on Friday announced that it has to ensure that its ARPU is above Rs 300 so that the telecom operator can recoup the spending on 5G networks and ensure that the carrier makes adequate profits.

old price new price Data Allowance Validity(days)
179 199 2GB 28
459 509 6GB 84
1799 1999 24GB 365
269 299 1GB per day 28
299 349 1.5GB per day 28
319 379 2GB per day 30
479 579 1.5GB per day 56
539 649 2GB per day 56
719 859 1.5GB per day 84
839 979 2GB per day 84
2899 3499 1.5GB per day 365
19 (data add-on) 22 1GB 1
39 (data add-on) 48 6GB 1

Vi postpaid plan price hike

Customers with postpaid plans will also have to pay an additional amount every month once the revised tariffs come into effect. The Rs 401 plan with 50GB data will soon be priced at Rs 451, while the Rs 501 plan with 90GB monthly data will be priced at Rs 551. Both these plans offer unlimited data usage at night as well as access to some over-the-top (OTT) services.

Similarly, family plans with two and four lines are also going to get expensive, according to the operator. The price of the two-line plan (70GB data for the first number and 40GB data for the second number) will increase from Rs 601 to Rs 701. The four-line plan (140GB data for the primary number and 40GB data for the secondary number) is currently priced at Rs 1,001 and will cost Rs 1,201 when the new tariffs are implemented.

Vi price hike effective from July 4

The operator has not yet updated these new prices on its website, just like rivals Airtel and Jio have done. According to Vodafone Idea, the new prices for Vi prepaid recharge plans will be effective from July 4. Prepaid customers will see the updated prices when they recharge their phone numbers after that date, while postpaid customers will see the new plans when their next monthly bill arrives.

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