Jio’s new recharge plans can be confusing — here’s how to figure them out
- Jio’s new tariffs have users in a tussle about having to top-up in order to make calls to other numbers.
- Even though Jio has introduced new ‘all-in-one’ data plans, they do not include unlimited calling minutes — only limited IUC minutes at a discounted price.
- Long term plans, exceeding ₹999, aren’t privy to unlimited calling either.
The data recharge plans normally included unlimited local calling. But now users need to use top-up vouchers to cover the ‘ interconnect usage charge’ (IUC) — or calls to other networks. And, even then, the minutes are limited.
The recent changes have left users confused and frustrated unaware that even Jio’s new ‘all-in-one’ plans don’t necessarily include unlimited calling — just unlimited calling to other Jio numbers.
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How are traditional data plans different?
Traditional daily data plans that sell for ₹449 for 91 days, ₹399 for 84 days and ₹349 for 70 days don’t come bundled with any minutes whatsoever. All Jio-to-Jio calls will be free but you’ll need additional balance in order to make calls to under networks. These calls will be charged at 6paise/minute.
Life of #JIO users these days : First recharge monthly to get incoming calls and again recharge balance to make ou… https://t.co/RfS3lvxIoj— Chennai Memes (@MemesChennai) 1574684739000
How can I get free calling to other networks with data?
In case, you don’t want to recharge with balance, Jio does give users to option to top-up their plans with IUC vouchers — ₹10 gets you 124 IUC minutes, while ₹100 can provide 1362 IUC minutes.
Even the long-term plans for ₹999, ₹1999, ₹4999 and ₹9999 don’t have free calling to other networks and need to be supplemented with IUC vouchers.
What do Jio’s new ‘all-in-one’ plans include?
Jio’s ‘all-in-one’ plans don’t actually include everything but are more budget-friendly for people who need to make calls to outside networks.
The cheapest plan at ₹149 includes 300 minutes of IUC calls and 1.5GB of daily data for 24 days.
Once the IUC minutes run out, you will be charged for calls at 6 paise/minute.
Subsequent plans of ₹222, ₹333, and ₹444 — lasting 28, 56, and 84 days respectively — all come with 2GB daily data and 1000 IUC minutes.
How can I protect myself against future price hikes?
Jio and other telecom companies in the market are expected to increase tariffs again after December 1. But Jio — and Airtel — are now allowing users to queue up their data recharges at the current price to activate in the future.
If you’re a Jio subscriber, all you have to do is go into the MyJio app and recharge with any of the plans that you wish to activate at a later date.
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