New delhi sources stated that increase in tariff announced by Bharti Airtel, however, are marginally lower compared to new rates announced by vodafone Idea. The company said in a statement "Airtel's new plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise per day to Rs 2.85 per day and offer generous data and calling benefits and these tariffs will be applicable from tuesday, december 3, 2019".
Furthermore it has announced new plans in "unlimited" category with 2 days, 28 days, 84 days, 365 days validity, which on the back of the envelope calculations show higher price of up to 41.14 per cent. Perhaps customers of both Bharti Airtel and vodafone idea will have to pay a minimum of Rs 49 to stay connected for about a month after december 3. Apparently vodafone idea, Bharti Airtel has also capped outgoing calls that can be made on to network of other telecom operator to 1,000 minutes in case of plans with 28 days validity, 3,000 in 84 days validity plans and 12,000 in 365 days validity plan. Hence beyond this limit, customer will need to pay 6 paisa per minute for outgoing calls.
Moreover highest rate increase of 41.14 per cent has been announced by the company in annual unlimited category plan which will cost Rs 2,398 instead of 1,699 at present and the starting plan with data offering of 1.5 Gb per day with 84 days validity in "unlimited" category will cost around 31 per cent more at Rs 598 compared to Rs 458 at present. Furthermore the company will raise the price of Rs 199 unlimited plan, which offers 1.5 Gb data per day, by about 25 per cent to Rs 248.