Beat the potential Airtel price hike with these annual plans

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  • Airtel has hinted at hiking its data prices in the coming weeks.
  • Sunil Mittal has asked subscribers to ‘prepare to pay a lot more’.
  • Airtel users can recharge with annual plans or queue plans before the tariff hike to save some money.
  • Check out the latest news and updates on Business Insider.
Bharti Airtel founder and Chairman Sunil Mittal recently hinted that a big price hike is coming soon and asked the subscribers to ‘prepare to pay a lot more’. If you are currently paying ₹45 per month, you may have to shell out as much as ₹100 once the data prices are hiked.

In a statement, Mittal referred to offering 16GB data at ₹160 as a tragedy, further adding that users should get 1.6GB data at this price or just pay a lot more. This translates to prices of 1GB data at ₹100, instead of ₹10 right now.


Once the price hike takes place, you may end up paying a lot more for the same plans. Keeping this in mind, it may be a good idea to recharge with an annual plan or queuing multiple recharges on your Airtel number to save some money.
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Best Airtel annual plans to save money

PlanValidityDataVoice callsSMSAdditional benefit
₹2,698365 days2GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per dayDisney+ Hotstar VIP
₹2,498365 days2GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day-
₹1,498365 days24GBUnlimited100 SMS per day-

Airtel currently offers three annual plans. The ₹2,698 and ₹2,498 plans are similar, and the only difference is that the former offers one year of Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription along with the plan. The ₹1,498 is for users who do not use too much data.

How does recharge queuing work?

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Airtel allows users to queue multiple recharge packs so that they are activated once the existing plan expires. This will allow you to recharge with multiple 3-month recharges.

Airtel plans with 84 days validity

PlanValidityDataVoice callsSMS
₹69884 days2GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day
₹59884 days1.5GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day
₹37984 days6GBUnlimited100 SMS per day

Alternatively, you can also port out to Reliance Jio or Vodafone Idea if you do not wish to recharge with Airtel’s annual plans. Here are some of the popular plans from Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

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Reliance Jio’s popular plans

PlanValidityDataVoice callingSMS
₹2,399365 days2GB per day12,000 non-Jio minutes100 SMS per day
₹2,121336 days1.5GB per day12,000 non-Jio minutes100 SMS per day
₹59984 days2GB per day3,000 non-Jio minutes100 SMS per day
₹55584 days1.5GB per day3,000 non-Jio minutes100 SMS per day

Vodafone Idea’s popular plans

PlanValidityDataVoice callingSMS
₹2,399365 days2GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day
₹69984 days2GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day
₹59984 days1.5GB per dayUnlimited100 SMS per day

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