29/08/2016 4:39 PM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 4:59 PM IST

Airtel Is Offering Data At ₹51/GB Rate But You Have To Pay ₹1468 First

Airtel has answered Jio's mega plan with a cheap add-on pack.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Call it a Reliance Jio effect or price wars. Mobile operators across the country have started slashing data rates. The three-month free data preview offer has forced almost all the carriers to cut down their 3G/4G pack rates.

The new offer from Airtel allows the consumers to add 1 GB of 4G data to their pack at just ₹51. But you have to pay ₹1468 for the first 1 GB of data.

Recently, the government directed the telecom companies to increase the data pack validity to 12 months. Following that Airtel will allow the users to recharge any number of times by paying ₹51.

The smaller six-month validity option is also available. For that, the consumers have to pay ₹768 for the first gigabyte of 4G data. All the subsequent packs of 1 GB data will cost you ₹99.

"These prepaid packs are live in Delhi and will get launched across circles by Aug 31, 2016," Airtel said.

In August all the major telecom companies including Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea slashed their data rates by almost 67%.

Reliance Jio has started the open sale of their SIM cards with 90 days of preview offer. Even though every day there new partnerships being launched anyone with a 4G phone can snag a Jio SIM. Although a lot of customers are complaining that the SIM activation is slow and lethargic.

The company has got a lot of praise for the data speeds it is offering. But when the commercial launch takes place, it has to take care of a tremendous amount of consumers. Jio has requested for additional bandwidth but COAI turned down the request.

There are reports suggesting that Mukesh Ambani might launch Jio commercially on September 1.