Airtel tries to pull a Jio, offers free data services to consumers but there’s a catch

Airtel today announced a special offer under which, it will offer free data for 12 months, worth up to Rs 9000, to customers who switch to Airtel 4G. This offer will be available to customer across India starting tomorrow and will close on February 28, 2017.

The 12 months offer is available to any customer with a 4G mobile handset that is currently not on the Airtel network. Any customer, including existing Airtel customers, upgrading to a new 4G handset can also avail this offer.


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But unlike Jio’s 1GB per day offer under the new ‘Happy New Year’ Plan, Airtel Customers will get free 3GB data every month till December 31, 2017. However it’s not completely free, this offer is available with select Prepaid and Postpaid packs prepaid customers will have to pay atleast Rs. 345 for the 3GB data and postpaid consumers can club the offer with any of Airtel’s ‘my infinity plans’. Mr. Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are inviting customers to experience 4G through the year on India’s fastest network. We are seeing increasing penetration of 4G handsets across the country and believe that this attractive offer will provide an opportunity to more and more customers to enjoy high speed broadband on their devices with Airtel.” Also, telco’s spar over prolonged free services from Reliance Jio has already landed in court and with this new announcement of free data services for 4G customers from India’s top telecom operator, looks like 2017 will indeed be a happy year for the consumers.