The year 2016 was an outstanding year for the Indian telecom sector, for Reliance had launched their much talked about JIO. This year, post March 31st, JIO recharge will be taking the entire nation by storm. The price, at which the services, were offered was afar from any kind of competition, thus threatening every single telecom provider out there in the country.
Never before any telecom company had offered Internet services for free at 4G speed. Jio revolutionized the Indian telecom industry and almost every mobile phone user wanted to turn into a JIO customer. While this splendid service is coming to an end on March 31st, users will now have to shift to JIO Prime, which is company’s special membership plan for users.
In January 2017, Mukesh Ambani in a press conference announced that JIO would no longer be a free service and would charge users after March 31, 2017. The Happy New offer by Reliance will end by the end of the month and consumers will have to pay not only for 4G data but also for voice calls, and Jio bouquet of services. However, the membership price is kept minimum and users will have to only pay Rs. 99. Last date for enrollment for JIO Prime is March 31.
If rumors are to be believed then over 40 million Jio users have enrolled for the Prime service. But this news is yet to be officially confirmed by Reliance Jio.
With just one day remaining before the start of paid services – JIO Prime, India’s largest telecom operator by volume, the company has urged its sales agents to promote the idea of ‘queuing’ up JIO recharge for a year.
A Jio marketing official had this to say,
“We have been told to encourage users to do recharges for multiple months before the offer period ends.”
The JIO recharge offer period refers to the ‘Buy One Get one’ deal that Reliance had announced earlier this month. Under JIO recharge scheme, anyone who subscribes for the monthly pack of Rs 499 or Rs. 303, that person is eligible to get 10 GB and 5 GB extra data during the 28-day validity of that recharge. From the internal sources we have found out that the company’s software has been provisioned for queuing up these recharges one after the other for later use.
To summarize, if you do 10 recharges of Rs 303 one after the other, you will get the benefit of the first recharge starting Apr 1, the second recharge on Apr 29 and so on for the next 9 months or so. Apart from giving the daily quota of 1 GB or 2 GB, these recharges will also give you the bonus data of 5 and 10 GB.
In case if a user does not do the ‘queuing’ up and opts to recharge for each month then when the validity of the previous recharge expires, the user will not get the bonus data of 5 or 10 GB. It is not clear whether the ‘one plus one’ deal will also be extended beyond Mar 31 when the company extends its JIO Prime Membership sign up period.
Jio, owned by Reliance Industries, is scheduled to wind up its free, trial services at the end of this month. Instead, it has unveiled a special membership called JIO Prime, whose members are eligible to get higher data allocations than others for the same recharge amounts.
It is expected that Jio will manage to convert between 40 to 50 million of its existing 100 million connections into paying subscriptions. This brings us to understand what is JIO Prime
What is Jio Prime?
As we have already mentioned Jio recharge is taking over the free JIO and consumers will have to now subscribe for JIO Prime membership. Actually, this is one of the safeguarded business strategy by Reliance JIO to secure their consumers with a special membership program. The enrollment fee costs Rs 99 per year (for now) and after that you have to take monthly plans to avail free data and voice calls. However, the consumers must know that the subscription is non-refundable and last date of enrollment as announced by the company is March 31. Jio Prime is only valid for existing Jio users or those who get a new SIM activated on or before 31st March 2017.
What does Jio Prime offer?
While the monthly pack of JIO recharge is priced at Rs. 499 and Rs. 303, Jio Prime membership costs Rs. 99 per year. This JIO Prime membership offers their subscribers more data at the same price. For instance, if the JIO recharge – Rs 303 plan provides 2.5GB data and free calls, to the Prime member the same plan offers 28GB 4G data, free calls and unlimited data at the speed of 128kbps in case the 28GB quota gets exhausted. JIO Prime consumers will get total of 10 JIO recharge plans to choose from. These recharge plans start from Rs. 19 and go all the way up to Rs. 9999 offering free voice calls, 4G data, SMSes and Jio services.
How can you avail Jio Prime membership?
You can subscribe to Jio Prime membership via MyJio app, Jio site or can also visit any nearby Jio Store.
Is Jio Prime available for post-paid users?
Yes, Jio Prime membership is also available for post-paid users. However, for post-paid users there are only three JIO recharge plans — Rs 303, Rs 499 and Rs 999.
What happens if you don’t take Prime subscription?
There are other recharge options available apart from Prime subscription. These recharge plans start from Rs. 19 and go all the way up to Rs 9,999. You will get free voice calls, SMSes and fixed amount of 4G data under these offers. In case you run out of data in the middle of the month, you can take a data add on to continue using uninterrupted Internet services. There are five such booster JIO recharge packs: Rs. 11, Rs. 51, Rs. 91, Rs. 201 and Rs. 301.
What is Jio Prime buy one get one free offer?
This is the latest JIO offer for those who sign up for Prime before March 31, 2017. Jio Prime members, who opt for a recharge of Rs. 149, Rs. 303 and Rs. 499, will be given extra data by the company. This means if you recharge for Rs. 149, you will get an add-on worth Rs. 51 which will give you 1 GB additional data. Users, who recharge for Rs 303, will get an add-on worth Rs. 201 free which will give you 5GB of additional data. A recharge of Rs. 499 and above will fetch you a free add-on of Rs. 301 with an additional 10 GB of data. These benefits will be automatically activated by Jio once you recharge your account. It is imperative however, to do a recharge before 31st March, 2017.
Here’s the JIO plan –
Here are the 5 quick updates on JIO recharge and JIO Prime
- Unlimited night data will be not available after 31st March 2017 for all users
- Consumers will have to pay Rs.99 if you purchase a JIO SIM after 3rd March 2017
- JIO Prime users who will recharge their number with Rs.303 will get Extra 5GB 4G data, on recharge of Rs.499 and above they will get 10 GB Extra Data (offer valid till 31st March 2017)
- JIO recharge is now available at Paytm, you can also subscribe for JOI Prime using Paytm. Get discount of Rs.30 on recharge of 303 and more, use code PAYTMJIO. Use code JIOPRIME to get Rs.10 cash back on recharge of 99
- JIO recharge is now also available at Mobikwik.com. Use code PRIME to get Rs.20 SuperCash on recharge of Rs.99
The overall cost of the Jio Prime and JIO recharge is still quite low. JIO users get more data at the same price. Also, in future there might be more special offers for them.