Telecom stocks fall after Reliance Jio cuts tariffs

Reliance Jio Republic Day offer

Jio launches Republic Day offer; unlimited data at Rs 98 for 28 days

In addition, all existing 1 GB per day packs will be enhanced to 1.5 GB per day and 1.5 GB per day packs to 2 GB per day. As you all may know that recently the company reduced the price of nearly every single plan and now they are in a very interesting mood. As a result, industry leader Airtel revealed its Rs 399 plan that gives 70GB data with a validity of 70 days, across all circles in the country.

On the occasion of the Republic Day, the company has introduced a plan exclusively for JioPhone users which will allow them to avail free voice calls and unlimited data (1GB at high speed) for 28 days at a price of only Rs 49. In comparison, Airtel's plan offers 1GB daily 3G/4G data, with validity of 28 days. Now Jio has announced yet another offer ahead of Republic Day.

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Also, the Rs 98 plan will offer 2x more validity. Notably, JioPhone users can take advantage of other plans from the company if they need more validity or data on their feature phones.

The JioPhone is now available for Rs 1,500 which will be refunded to customers after three years.

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Earlier, under the "Happy New Year offer", Jio had reduced cost of data per GB to Rs 4. The tariff of Rs. 2.7 per GB data is about 99 per cent lower compared to Rs. 249-259 per GB charged by established big operators till August 2016 - before commercial launch of Jio services. Airtel, on the other hand, offers 1GB daily data, and validity of 84 days, up from 70 days that it used to offer before. These plans are Plan 198, Plan 398, Plan 448 and Plan 498.

Reliance Jio entered India's highly-competitive telecom market in late 2016 and disrupted the space with free-voice and cut-price data plans, forcing rivals to match its tariffs and dragging their margins lower.

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Recently, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India and Bharti Airtel announced cashback offers on their 4G smartphones, which brings down the effective price of the devices to under Rs 1,000. Airtel's Rs. 448 prepaid plan likewise offers 100 SMS every day. The legitimacy of this arrangement is 91 days.

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