Reliance Jio new plans explained Dhan Dhana Dhan
Reliance Jio on Tuesday announced the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, introducing Rs 309 and Rs 509 plans. This piece is an explainer of the earlier plans of Jio and a comparison with the new one.
The earlier mantra for Reliance Jio was ‘same price more data’ differentiating between its Prime and non-Prime subscriber base however this has now changed to ‘same benefits different prices.’
‘Dhan Dhana Dhan’ offer rolled out by Jio on Tuesday tweaked its plans to include Rs 309 and Rs 509 which would offer 84GB and 168GB respectively to customers for another three months.
While the company made it clear that those who have already availed of its Summer Surprise offer, which now stands cancelled, customers will not be able to avail of this new offer and Dhan Dhana Dhan will be available on customers’ first recharge only.
Image Source: Company website
Difference between Jio’s old and new plans
When the company said in February that it would first start charging its customers on April 1 its prepaid plans (data plans for Prime subscribers) were – Rs 19 for 200MB, Rs 49 for 600MB, Rs 96 for 7GB for 7days, Rs 149 for 2GB, Rs 303 for 28GB, Rs 499 for 56GB, Rs 999 for 60GB, Rs 1999 for 125GB, Rs 4999 for 350 GB and Rs 9999 for750 GB.
Old Plans Comparison
Its postpaid plans (data plans for Prime subscribers) were Rs 303 for 28GB, Rs 499 for 56GB and Rs 999 for 60 GB.
Now, instead of the earlier Rs 303 plan which offered Prime customers 28GB data and non-Prime only 2.5GB data for 28 days the company has now improvised and introduced Rs 309.
Both Prime and non-Prime members can subscribe to the 84GB for 84 days plan (28 days*3 months) the price that Prime customers have to pay was much higher than the price offered to the latter.
This plan would also include unlimited calling and SMSes on local, STD and roaming.
Under the Rs 509 plan, Jio Prime customers would get 2GB per day for 84 days along with unlimited calling and SMSes on local, STD and roaming.
“All unlimited plans with special benefits, exclusively for its Jio Prime members and aimed at encouraging Jio subscribers to live the Digital Life without restrictions – Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan!” Jio said.
While the company has listed the prepaid plans on its website clarity on its postpaid plans, which have not yet been listed by the company is still awaited. Zeebiz will update this story with company comments as and when they reply.
The past year with Jio
When Managing Director Reliance Industries Ltd, Mukesh Ambani launched Jio on September 5 he said that all calls would be free with no roaming charges till December 2016.
However the telecom operator’s plans have been extended, refurbished and modified to comply with the norms of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Department of Telecommunication (DoT).
Here is a timeline of the events since September 5.
Timeline created on Readwritethink.org; Image Sources: Reliance Jio website, ad
On Tuesday April 6, TRAI advised Jio to pull back its Summer Surprise offer along with stopping its extension of the Prime membership subscription that was scheduled to end on March 31.
To this the company replied, “Jio accepts this decision. Jio is in the process of fully complying with the regulator’s advice, and will be withdrawing the 3 months complimentary benefits of JIO SUMMER SURPRISE as soon as operationally feasible, over the next few days.”
Post Jio’s announcement of its new plans, telecom major – Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said that these plans were just an example of ‘old wine in new bottle.’
“We are surprised to see what Jio is doing. It violates the spirit of the Trai directive and essentially continues with a similar plan now masquerading under a different name,” a report by Economic Times quoted Airtel on Tuesday.
Jio has kept the option of customers opting for Jio Prime open by paying the one-time payment of Rs 99 with their first recharge on Jio.
“Considering the special benefits that are available to Jio Prime members, customers who were unable to subscribe to Jio Prime for any reason, can continue to do so by paying Rs 408 or Rs 608 (Jio Prime + recharge price) to avail these benefits,” Jio said.
The company further added, “These plans will be available starting today. Existing Jio customers who have not done their first recharge so far, need to do so by 15 April 2017 to avoid degradation and/or discontinuation of services.”