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Vodafone offers 1GB data, unlimited calls at Rs 199 to counter Jio, but there's a catch

Telecom operators come up with new plans for their customers almost every passing day. This started with the Jio entering the telecom space back in September 2016. To counter Jio's free unlimited calls and data offer, the rest of the telcos - especially Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea started coming up with new value-for-money plans and also revamping the old ones. Adding on to its series of newly announced tariff plans, Vodafone India on Wednesday introduces another plan for its prepaid users. Under the new plan, Vodafone is offering unlimited calls, 1GB data at Rs 199, but then, there are a lot of limitations that come with this plan.

Under the new Rs 199 plan, Vodafone is offering 1GB of data. Yes. But then, the 1GB of data is for 28 days. The new Rs 199 plan by Vodafone comes with a validity of 28 days. That's about the data offer under this plan. Now, coming to the call offers. Under the Rs 199 plan, Vodafone is offering unlimited calls, but then, not literally.

By unlimited calls, we often believe that we can make as many calls for as long as possible to any network. But, that's not happening is this new plan as it comes with a lot of limitations for the customers. Under the new plan, Vodafone prepaid users will be able to make unlimited calls for only 250 minutes in a day - both local and STD and to any network, while the weekly limitation is 1000 minutes.

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So, what happens if you make more than 250 min calls in a day? In that case, Vodafone will charge 30 paise per minute call. There's another limitation. If you make calls to more than 300 unique numbers in a week, Vodafone will charge you 30 paise per minute for the remaining validity.

Vodafone prepaid users who select this Rs 199 plan will also get a free subscription to Vodafone Play along with calls and data offer.

Vodafone's new Rs 199 plan directly counters Jio's Rs 149 plan - under which it offers 2GB of data, unlimited calls to any networks (both local and STD) and unlimited SMS (300 limits per day). However, if you exceed the 2GB data limit - Jio will reduce the data speed to 64Kbps.

Earlier this week, Vodafone announced a new plan under which the telecom operator is offering 1.5GB data per day along with unlimited calls - both local and STD at Rs 349. The plan comes with a validity of 28 days. This plan is limited only for the prepaid users.

This plan directly counters Airtel's Rs 349 plan under which the prepaid users will get 1.5GB of data per day with unlimited (both local and STD calls) and free outgoing national roaming and free SMS with a daily limit of 100. This plan comes with the validity of 28 days.