Jio discontinues some JioPhone plans after IUC removal, check offers

Reliance Jio
  • All-in-one plans JioPhone’s plans that offered off-network calling at a price of Rs 99, Rs 297, Rs 153, and Rs 594 have been removed from the Jio website.
  • Currently available plans are priced between Rs 75-185 with 28 days validity, unlimited calling, and free access to Jio apps.
  • The move comes after TRAI abolished IUC, after which Jio has made all domestic calls from Jio to any network for free.

Reliance Jio has removed some of its prepaid plans from the website that were exclusive to JioPhone users. The all-in-one plans priced at Rs 99, Rs 297, Rs 153, and Rs 594 have been removed from the website. These plans offered both in-network and 500 minutes off-network or Jio to no Jio calls with data of 3GB, 14GB, 28GB, and 56GB respectively. However, existing plans offer only on-net or Jio-to-Jio calls.

The move comes after the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) abolished the Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC), after which Jio made all national calls free.

The available JioPhone all-in-one plans listed on the Jio website are priced between Rs 75-185. All these plans are valid for 28 days, offer unlimited calls, and a free subscription to Jio applications. The Rs 75 prepaid plan offers 3GB of data and 50 SMS. The Rs 125 prepaid plan offers 14 GB of data and 300 SMS. The Rs 155 prepaid plan offers 1GB of data per day with 100 SMS per day. The Rs 185 prepaid plan offers 2GB of daily data with 100 SMS per day. The development was first reported by Only Tech.

Following the removal of IUC, Jio has introduced changes such as removing supplemental data from regular plans. Before the removal of the IUC, Jio gave 300 to 12,000 minutes of FUP depending on the price of the prepaid plans. The telecom company used to give 1 GB of data for every Rs 10 a user spent on calls. Jio had noticed that he charged customers at a rate exactly equivalent to the applicable IUC charge. The company further noted that while it was implementing the IUC charges, it had assured customers that it would only charge customers for off-network calls until TRAI abolished the IUC charges.

Until Dec 31, 2020, Jio provided 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 50GB, and 100GB courtesy data with recharge talk time coupons priced at Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500, and Rs 1000 in the form of 4G data vouchers that can be redeemed within 90 days of subscription. Users needed to have an active base plan to recharge with these add-on coupons. Since there are now no post-FUP charges, there is also no supplemental data.

Reports in the past have noted that Jio is set to relaunch its low-cost 4G JioPhone feature in Q1 2021. Reliance has now reworked its component supplier base, and the new JioPhone is being manufactured by contract manufacturer Flex.

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