Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea today, announced that they will remove the off-net calling FUP and offer truly unlimited calls from December 7, 2019. The news came from the official twitter handle of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.
Airtel and Vodafone Idea, on Sunday, revealed the new tariff plans for its prepaid users. The new prepaid plans are 14 to 50 percent higher compared to the old prepaid plans. Fair Usage Policy or FUP is applied to all unlimited calling plans to other networks.
After the removal of FUP, users will be able to make unlimited calls to any network without worrying about fair usage policy. This move will help Airtel and Vodafone Idea to retain its customers after the recent price hike. Users who like to talk more may also port from other operators to Airtel or Vodafone Idea.
Airtel also introduced three new prepaid plans. The new prepaid plan offers unlimited calls to any network.
- Rs. 219 plan offers 1GB per day data along with 100 SMS per day and is valid for 28 days
- Rs. 399 plan offers 1.5GB per day data along with 100 SMS per day and is valid for 56 days
- Rs. 449 plan offers 2GB per day data along with 90 SMS per day and is valid for 56 days.
All these plans include free hello tunes and unlimited Wynk music. Rs. 219 plan includes the access to Airtel Xstream app while Rs. 399 and Rs. 449 plan includes the access to the Airtel Xstream app premium.
Recently, Jio also hiked the prepaid tariff rates and introduced FUP to all unlimited plans. It will be interesting to see if Jio also follows Airtel and Vodafone Idea and removes FUP or will continue its current fair usage policy on all off-net calls. Jio prepaid tariff plans are still cheaper than Airtel and Vodafone Idea but removing FUP could prove to be a game-changer.