Vodafone has launched a new log term prepaid plan of Rs 597 to compete with its rivals like Reliance Jio, BSNL, Idea, and Airtel in India. The prepaid plan comes with a long validity of 168 days which is the longest validity period offered by the company for plans below Rs 1000.
It may be recalled, the Airtel had also launched a similar plan of Rs 597 earlier with similar benefits. Vodafone has probably launched this plan to take on Airtel which is one of its main rivals in the country. However, one downside of the Vodafone plan when compared to Airtel is that it comes with a daily and weekly FUP limit on calls. This means the calling facilities offered in this plan is not truly unlimited unlike plans of other telecom operators.
Coming to the benefits offered by this plan, the feature phone users will get a longer validity period of 168 days while smartphone users will only get a validity of 112 days. Subscribers will get unlimited local/STD and roaming calls facility in this plan with 100 SMS messages per day and 10GB of 3G/4G data for the entire validity period. However, users can only make 250 minutes of free calling per day and 1000 minutes a week. The calls can be made only to 100 unique numbers during the entire validity period.
This Vodafone plan is available in a pan India basis and users of 3G mobiles will also get the same benefits. Going by the facilities offered by this plan, it can be deduced that it is intended for users who make a lot of calls every day without too much priority on data.
Notably, Vodafone also launched an array of prepaid plans of various denominations in the past few weeks. Some of the plans include Rs 209, Rs 549 and Rs 799 which all offer different validity periods with varying amounts of data.