Wednesday, 07 December 2022

Airtel, Vi, Jio Users Can Now Port Out With Any Prepaid and Postpaid Plan

Airtel, Vi, Jio Users Can Now Port Out Without minimum Prepaid Plan

TRAI has directed Vi, Jio, and Airtel to allow customers to port out with any postpaid or prepaid plan. The event comes after Jio, a complaint to TRAI, said that VI new tariffs do not allow users to port out its network since the entry-level plans do not have SMS benefits. Users can move to a rival telco through Mobile Number Portability (MNP) while retaining the old number. Users are required to send an SMS first from their current service operator, after which a request is initiated it will take four to five days.

The regulator stated regulation Four of the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2009, and said that it "provides that every Access Provider shall enable in entire network, Mobile Number Portability to all user, both postpaid and prepaid and shall, upon request, provide the same on an unbiased and fair basis."

Jio wrote to TRAI, Earlier this month, complaining that VI new tariff structure restricts entry-level customers from porting their mobile number from its network. Last month, VI increased its prepaid tariffs up to 25 percent. VI increased the entry-level plan with 28 days validity to Rs 99 from Rs 75. However, the entry-level program is not added with the SMS service.

"Jio has complained to TRAI that VI new tariff limit people opting for low-value plans from porting their mobile number as outgoing SMS facility is not given in the entry-level plans of VI,"

Airtel Vi Jio Users Can Now Port Out With Any Prepaid and Postpaid Plan 1Twitter image: @airtelindia

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PTI had quoted a source as saying. Jio's complaint highlights that Vodafone idea Limited provides SMS service in plans priced at Rs 179 and above. Airtel, Jio, and Vi announced their tariff hikes in late November. The telcos had noted that the hike would help their average revenue per user (ARPU). Jio stated that it continues to provide the lowest tariffs despite the 20 percent increase in tariffs.

Jio also recently updated its website and added the streaming benefit to three revised prepaid plans. Until now, Jio's website showed streaming benefits with its Rs 601 prepaid plan. The prepaid plan offers unlimited calls with 3GB daily data and 100 SMS per day. It comes with an additional 6GB of data and one year of access to Disney+ Hotstar.

The telco has included Disney+Hotstar benefit with prepaid plans priced at Rs 799, Rs 1066, and Rs 3119. The Rs 3119 prepaid plan from Jio is an annual plan and gives 365 days validity, 2GB daily data with additional 10GB data. And it offers unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS per day, and Jio apps.

Prepaid plans priced at Rs 799 and Rs 1066 are 2GB daily data plans with 56 days and 84 days validity. Both programs give 2GB daily data, unlimited calls, and 100 SMS per day. Both programs provide Disney+ Hotstar Mobile benefits. The Rs 1066 plan offers an additional 5GB of data access to Jio apps. Additionally, Jio will also give Disney+ Hotstar benefits with its Rs 659 prepaid plan, which offers 1.5GB data for 56 days of data.