Airtel announces 20-25% hike on prepaid plans

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Bharti Airtel announced it was raising prepaid tariffs by up to 25% with effect from November 26, reasoning that the move had been necessitated by the need to increase mobile revenues so as to safeguard the business’s financial health.

The new rates will affect voice plans, unlimited voice and data plan bundles and data top-up recharges. Based on the plan itself, the new hiked price will represent an increase of around 20 per cent to 25 per cent. In tariffed voice plans, the new rate is Rs 99, against the current Rs 79 – which works out to an increase of 25.3 per cent. This comes with 28 days validity and benefits like 50 per cent more talk time worth Rs 99, 200MB data, 1p/sec voice tariff.

In the unlimited voice bundle, Airtel’s plan priced at Rs 149 will now be Rs 179 with a validity of 28 days and benefits such as unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB data; even as at the top end the Rs 2,498 plan has been hiked to Rs 2,999 and comes with 365 days for unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day and 2 GB/day data.

For data top-ups, the Rs 48 plan would now cost Rs 58, offering 3 GB data; while the Rs 98 plan has been increased to Rs 118 with 12 GB data. Airtel has also announced a tariff hike in Rs 251 data top-up plan, which will now cost Rs 301 with 50 GB data.

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