Reliance Jio’s free services are ending with the end of March 2017 and a few days back the company announced its Jio Prime membership alongwith new tariffs that’ll be applicable following the end of the Happy New Year offer.
The Prime membership makes users eligible for special offers, which won’t be available to non-prime users.
One of the tariffs announced for Jio Prime members is priced at Rs.303 for 28 days (Pre-paid) and has been making a lot of buzz as it gives a total of 28GB data for the month — translating into 1GB data per day at a nominal cost of Rs.10.
Non-Prime members will receive 2.5GB of data for 28 days if they recharge with the Rs.303 tariff.
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How to Get Jio Prime Membership
The Prime membership can either be obtained via the MyJio app or by registering at a nearby store which deals in Jio sims before March 31, 2017.
Following are four simple steps to obtain Jio Prime membership via the mobile app.
Open the MyJio app and swipe left to access the Menu.
You’ll find the Jio Prime option at the top of the menu.
Click on it and you’ll be served with two options — ‘Get Jio Prime’ and ‘Gift Jio Prime’.
If you want it for yourself, tap on the ‘Get Jio Prime’ option and make the payment.
If you can not find the Jio Prime option at the top of the menu, visit the Play Store and ensure that your MyJio app is updated.
Jio subscribers will be able to make local/STD calls and send up to 100 SMS per day for free, and if they wish to make international calls or send international SMS, several top-up options are available.
Pre-Paid Jio Tariff Plans
A total of 10 tariff plans has been announced for Jio subscribers which will have to be availed after the free services end at the end of this month — either with or without the Prime membership.
The cheapest plan starts at Rs.19 for 200MB (Prime members) and 100MB (non-Prime) data with a single day of validity and the most expensive plan costs Rs.9999 which will be valid for 360 days and provide 750GB of data for Prime members and 200GB data alongwith 30 days of validity for non-Prime.
Eight other packs, including the popular Rs.303 pack, are available for Jio subscribers — needless to say, Prime members reap the data benefits.
Post-Paid Jio Tariff Plans
Post-paid members have three options to choose from after the free services end. If you’re a postpaid user and opt for the Prime membership, then you’ll be billed at the end of the current billing cycle but your membership will be activated right away.
The new tariffs announced for Jio postpaid subscribers cost Rs.303, Rs.499 and Rs.999.
The Rs.303 plan gives a Prime member 30GB of data for one billing cycle with the FUP capped at 1GB per day, while a non-Prime member receives merely 2.5GB data.
The Rs.499 plan gives a Prime member 60GB of data for one billing cycle with the FUP capped at 2GB per day, while a non-Prime member receives merely 5GB data.
The Rs.999 plan gives a Prime member 60GB of data for one billing cycle with the no FUP cap, while a non-Prime member receives 12.5GB data.
Add-on Data (Boosters)
In case you run out of data in the middle of your current tariff or billing cycle, Reliance also gives you an option to add data to your pack without recharging again.
There is a slight variation in the ‘booster’ data packs available for Prepaid and Postpaid customers.
Reportedly, the Jio Prime membership will only be available to the first 100 million subscribers opting for it and if Reliance can deliver better connectivity in the urban areas, then populating the available Prime membership won’t take long.
Although the Jio Prime membership offer sounds interesting, the only way for Reliance to ensure that they retain the 100 million subscriber base that they’ve garnered in a little less than the past six months — and add several million more to it — is by offering a steady network, both for calls and internet.