From Rs. 255 For 1 GB Of Data, Now Airtel & Several Other Telecom Operators Offering 500 MB Of Data For As Low As Rs. 28.

There was a time when 1 GB of data used to cost a mind-boggling Rs. 255, if you had to get it from one of the top telecom operators in the country. Times have changed now, however. Today, thanks to the bundling of data, voice and SMS benefits into a single package, data costs have now come down to as lows as Rs. 1.5 for 1 GB.

In view of these turn of events, the top three operators, Bharati Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are now offering 500 MB of data to its users, for prices as low as Rs. 28, with a validity of up to 28 days. Earlier, the validity too used to be as low as a week or two. Some telecom operators are even offering 1 GB of data at rates as low as Rs. 50. This is part of the telecom operators open market plan.


The target customers are those kinds of people who use their smartphones just for reading emails or checking WhatsApp messages. The data benefit also caters to 2G as well as 3G or even 4G users. Some plans on offer by Idea Cellular are priced at Rs. 29, in some circles.

Indian Telecom Operators Offering 1 GB Of 4G Data Under Rs. 50

In case 500 MB of data will not suffice, not to worry. Telecom operators like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have also come up with 1 GB of data for Rs. 50. In addition, Airtel and Vodafone users can now avail their Rs. 49 prepaid plans.

These plans offer 1 GB of 2G, 3G or even 4G data within a prepaid plan of Rs. 49 and a validity of up to 28 days. And as far as Idea cellular is concerned, it too has a prepaid plan of Rs. 53 on offer, giving out 1 GB of data with a 28-day validity. Airtel is offering these plans as open market, and Idea cellular and Vodafone are offering theirs as open market ones to only prepaid customers.

From a whopping Rs. 255 plans for 1 GB of data, we certainly have come a long way

If we think about it, just two years back, in 2016, we used to pay a lot, like Rs. 255, for 1 GB of data. If we start thinking in those terms, we certainly have come a long way in just two years, because now, we can get the same amount of data for as low as Rs. 50. That is almost about one-fifth of what we used to pay earlier.

Reliance Jio’s entry into the telecom industry has introduced certain drastic changes with regards to the pricing strategies of the data plans. While what Jio has done must be appreciated, nonetheless, other telecom operators are also pricing their own data plans head-to-head with Jio. And we will continue to see a reduction in the prices of data plans in the months or even years to come.