Reliance Jio, India’s largest and only profitable telco and a part of Mukesh Ambani’s conglomerate, has reduced the validity period of its popular 1,299 annual plan from 365 days to 336 days.

The same plan used to earlier offer unlimited Jio-to-Jio calls along with 24 GB data per day, and 12,000 minutes of free calls from Jio to non-Jio user with 365 days of validity. The plan also included 3,600 free SMSes.

However, now recharge for 1,299 will give a subscriber the same benefits but for 336 days. The plan also offers complimentary subscription to Jio apps.

 Right now, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and BSNL are offering yearly plans with 365 days validity, but they might soon follow the footsteps of Reliance Jio.

HIGHLIGHTS Of Reliance Jio Annual Plans:

  • Reliance Jio reduces the validity of Rs 1,299 prepaid plan to 336 days
  • Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea might soon follow the footsteps of Reliance Jio
  • The new change is already effective across all the circles

Airtel and Vodafone Idea Might Soon Follow Jio in Reducing the Validity

Similar to Reliance Jio, incumbents Airtel and Vodafone Idea have two long-term offerings; Airtel has two yearly plans of Rs 2,398 and Rs 1,498, whereas Vodafone Idea is providing Rs 2,399 and Rs 1,499 annual plans to the users. As the name ‘annual’ itself suggests, they offer validity of 365 days. However, both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea might soon follow Reliance Jio in reducing the validity of annual plans to 336 days.

For the unaware, all the monthly prepaid plans from top telcos (Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Idea and BSNL) have 28 days validity, so Jio is now bringing the trend that 336 days will be equal to a year in the prepaid segment. For example, the Rs 249 prepaid plan from Bharti Airtel comes with 1.5GB daily data, unlimited voice calling and 100 SMSes per day for a period of 28 days. The same plan, if a user recharges for 12 months, will cost them Rs 2,988 and offers an overall validity of 336 days.

Nevertheless, if a Reliance Jio prepaid customer looking for a yearly plan, then he/she is unlucky as they have to perform additional one month recharge on top of the long-term recharges like Rs 2,121 and Rs 1,299.