Though India is one of the fastest growing economy in the World right now, but when it comes to internet speed, connection quality and cost, India is far behind many first world countries. The average internet speed in India is currently 2.8 Mbps, which is far behind most other countries and in fact the slowest within Asia. This 2.8 Mbps number is an average number while most people has far worse internet connection than the average number. Like for example the internet connection I use is a 2 Mbps connection and most people in my city has internet connection like 512 Kbps or 1 Mbps. Now Mr. Mukesh Ambani (the richest man in India) taken a big step to fix this internet issue in India which their newest venture Reliance Jio.

Though Reliance Jio will start its journey with mobile wireless internet but in the Reliance AGM meeting happened on September 1st 2016, Mr. Ambani said that Reliance Jio is going to provide Gigabit fiber optic connection directly to home users, kind of what Google fiber does in some US cities. This is indeed a super exited time to live in. Now after watching the press release of Reliance Jio yesterday (September 1st 2016) I was so excited and mind blown that I tweeted I’m going to port into Reliance Jio from my current provider Vodafone.

But after watching the press release over and over, I felt a bit weirdness regarding the pricing model of Reliance Jio. No doubt what Jio is offering is extremely jaw dropping stuffs with unlimited free-calling to any network, free sms, no roaming, no blackout days and you pay only for your data which is again the cheapest in the world but the question I was asking myself is that whether Jio is truly going the reduce the monthly phone bill for the average consumers. So, today in this article I’m going to find that out with some basic math and assumptions.

Please note this article may not feel interested to my international audience and I completely understand that. This article is mostly for my Indian readers. Reliance Jio is a company reshaping the entire Indian telecom industry and yesterday they did the official launch. So, as a tech nerd, I really couldn’t help myself to write this article which is a bit different than what I normally post. But I think my Indian readers will like it and if you are an international reader who likes to know how Indian telecom industry is taking a warp speed, then keep reading; otherwise I don’t wanna waste your time on something you don’t care about. Sorry again! 

What base values you are considering as an average consumer?

Now obviously I’m not gonna consider those as average consumer who barely use any internet on their phone instead I’m going to consider users who user their phone for calls (domestic + STD) and use basic internet like doing email, whatsapp, facebook, twitter etc (like myself). So let’s first take a look at what I use my mobile carrier service mostly for:

  • Doing domestic calls
  • Doing STD Calls
  • For ISD calls I mostly use Skype and Google Hangout Dialer (a.k.a Google Voice)
  • Using mobile internet for mostly email, skype, whatsapp, social media and surfing websites

Now as I have WiFi connection at my home and office, most data hungry stuffs like watching YouTube videos, updating apps from Play Store, updating Android OS I do over WiFi. So, 1GB 4G mobile data is more than sufficient for me. Now let’s take a look at what plan I use with Vodafone and how much I’m currently paying monthly for my phone bills (please note that I use Vodafone postpaid plan).

My Current Plan Details
Basic Rental CostRs. 299/-Free 400 min local calls
Friends & Family PackRs. 49/-1 Vodafone local number Unlimited Free
1GB 3G/4G Data PackRs. 250/-
Avg. Monthly STD Call ChargesRs. 20/-
Sub TotalRs. 618/-
Monthly Bill Discount– Rs. 150/-
Total ChargesRs. 468/-
S Tax @14% + SBC @0.50% + KKC @0.50%Rs. 70.2/-
Total PayableRs. 538.2/-

So, now we get the idea of a person’s average monthly bill amount considering he has a plan like I have with one of the India’s most reputable network. But most people don’t have such a flexible plan, again for the sake of the argument we will move forward with this average monthly amount of Rs. 550/-. Now if you are a heavy mobile internet user then your monthly phone cost might touch Rs. 1000/- to 1,200/- on networks like Airtel, Vodafone.

What are the plans Reliance Jio is offering?

Well as per the press release on September 1st 2016, any person can get a Reliance Jio sim card from September 5th 2016 doe Free of cost if he has a 4G enabled device with him. Moreover as a welcome offer Reliance Jio is not going to charge anything to their users till December 31st 2016. So, till that time you can avail Unlimited Free 4G LTE Internet + Unlimited Free Calls + Unlimited SMS + Unlimited Access to Special Reliance Jio Apps (kind of what Verizon provides in USA, but the Jio apps are far superior than the US carrier’s native apps).

Now after from 1st January 2017, users needs to recharge their Jio number with any of the plans released by Reliance Jio or can go in the postpaid mode with the plans available for postpaid. Now let’s take a quick look at the plans relieved by Reliance Jio for their customers.

Main PlanSSSMMLXLXXLXXXLXXXXL
Maximum Retail Price (Rs.)*191291492994999991,4992,4993,9994,999
Benefits
(i) Local & STD Voice CallAll local & STD voice calls are Free in home and national roaming
(ii) Local & STD Video CallsAll local & STD video calls in home and national roaming will only be charged for data usage
(iii) 4G LTE Free Data100 MB750 MB300 MB2 GB4 GB#10 GB#20 GB#35 GB#60 GB#75 GB#
(iv) 4G LTE Data at Night (2 a.m. to 5 a.m.)Unlimited#
(v) Free WiFi Data (post expiry, WiFi data will be charged Rs. 50/GB)200 MB1.5 GBN. A.4 GB8 GB20 GB40 GB70 GB120 GB150 GB
(vi) Free Local & National SMS100/Day100/Month100/Day
(vii) Subscription of Jio AppsFree Subscription of Jio Apps ( Data used for Jio Apps & other contents available on internet will be uniformly debited against your plan data allocation)
(viii) ISD TarrifsN.A.Discounted ISD tarrifs in 61 countries
(ix) ISD Free MinutesN.A.305080100
Validity – Prepaid (Days)172821282828282828
Validity – PostpaidN.A.1 MonthN.A.1 Month
* The above MRP price will be applicable for Prepaid users only. For Postpaid users these MRP will act as a base rental plan and Govt. Tax (currently 15%) will be charged on top of it.
# With Reliance Jio, you can use 4GB 4G LTE Data per Day after crossing the 4GB Limit, your speed will be throttled to 128Kbps for that day and will reset again on the next day.

So as you can see these are the 10 plans that Reliance Jio will offer to their users. There is no complicated recharge scheme like other current telecom providers in India. But if you look closely you will see the plan of Rs. 19/- and Rs. 129/- will not help most people are those are not monthly plans. The first monthly plan starts from Rs. 149/- which will provide you 300MB data only along with no WiFi hotspot data. So, if you are a very casual internet users just use internet for checking mails, still at a 4G LTE speed 300MB is going to be very less at the end of 3rd week of each month.

Also at the time of press release Mr. Ambani said that the base internet rate on Reliance Jio would be Rs. 50/GB and the more internet you use lesser the price will be. So, if you do the math on this Rs. 149 plan, you will see that the price of 1GB data is becoming almost Rs. 508.58/- which is the double price of what other telecom companies are charging currently.

300MB Data Cost = Rs. 149/-
1MB Data Cost = (149/300) = Rs. 0.4966666666666667/-
1024MB (1GB) Data Cost = (0.4966666666666667 * 1024) = Rs. 508.5866666666667/- = Rs. 508.58/-

Now when you move towards the higher plans and in your calculation include the data offered with 4G LTE + WiFi Hotspot, you will see that the per GB price is really getting down. Like for example on the Rs. 299/- plan, per GB cost is Rs. 49.83/- on the Rs. 499/- plan, the per GB cost is Rs. 41.58/- and on the Rs. 4999/- plan, the per GB cost is coming to as low as Rs. 22.21/-.

Why postpaid users will be charged higher?

Well this is a huge mystery and to be honest to unravel this mystery I started doing all the researches. I don’t know why but Reliance Jio wants to charge more to the postpaid users without any extra facility. Initially I thought the MRP mentioned by Jio will include all taxes for both prepaid and postpaid users but it seems it only include the prepaid taxes and for postpaid you need to pay tax on top of that mentioned amount.

Now, some might argue that for postpaid users Jio is providing the service for full 1 month whereas for prepaid users it is 28 days (4 weeks). I know so I did some basic calculations again to check which one is more profitable to the users. One thing you need to keep in mind before going into any calculation is that for postpaid user 1 month is considered as 30 days whether that month has 31 days or 28 days.

So, if we take the most bang for the buck plan for the postpaid users it will be the Rs. 499/- plan as Rs. 299/- plan is not available for postpaid users and the Rs. 149/- plan is truly not a good plan to have for anyone who use internet on their mobile device even occasionally.

In prepaid the Rs. 499/- plan covers 28 days, so each day cost will become about Rs. 17.82/-. Now hypothetically if you need to increase your plan validity from 28 days to 30 days you need to pay for 2 days extra i.e.  Rs. 35.64/- extra. So, your total price of that prepaid plan will become Rs. 534.64/- (please note the price include all taxes as it is prepaid pricing). Now if you consider the same plan for postpaid users, it will become Rs. 499/- + 15% tax = Rs. 573.85/- (higher than my current average monthly bill)

So, each postpaid user needs to pay roughly Rs. 39.21/- extra (on Rs. 499/- plan) for no good reason. The only extra benefit postpaid users will get is if any postpaid user opt for auto debit of monthly bill using his credit/debit card and at the same time opt for paperless e-Bills then they will get 15% discount on the total bill amount.

What about prepaid users?

Well, Jio has already providing a great pricing model for their prepaid users unlike the postpaid users, but when you look closely and do some basic math, you will see why Mr. Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India and an excellent business person, because he can play such an amazing number game. So, let’s dig into the prepaid plans. For the sake of this article I’m not going to consider any plans which cost more than Rs. 499/- because honestly most people cannot afford that. The Jio plans which is going to be used by majority of Indians are the Rs. 299/- plan and the Rs. 499/- plans because unless you constantly watch YouTube videos for hours on your phone or do snapchat, multiplayer gaming, downloading huge files, you will never cross the 4GB data limit on the Rs. 499/- plan.

So, let’s take a look at the Rs. 299/- plan which is going to be the most popular Jio prepaid plan in my opinion. Now with this 299 plan you are getting 2GB 4G LTE internet and 4GB WiFi data which is more than enough for average internet users, but the validity of this plan is 21 days and not 28 days like the 499 plan. So, with the 299 plan your each day cost is coming to Rs. 14.24/-. Now if you multiply it with 28 your price will become almost Rs. 399/- and if you calculate a full one month price i.e. 30 days it is coming to Rs. 427/-, just Rs. 72/- lesser than the 499 plan which has double data limit. So, you can see it is nothing but a game of numbers.

So, is going with Jio not a good choice?

Hell no. I never said that. What I’m trying to say here is that Reliance Jio is a great service which is providing super high quality service (both voice + data) at a cost no one would have imagined. But the point is the pricing is not as jaw dropping as we have thought earlier. In fact for some postpaid users might need to pay a little more than what they are currently paying as their average monthly bill. But in return you are getting super high quality voice (the only telecom company that uses VoLTE technology) with Unlimited offering, super high quality true 4G LTE internet, no roaming headache and much more. Also you are getting huge data limit considering your current plans. For example my current average bill amount is Rs. 538/- and with Jio’s 499 postpaid plan I might need to pay Rs. 574/- but I’ll be getting 4GB 4G LTE data instead of just 1GB with my current plan even if I don’t use their WiFi hotspot service.

Mind Blowing

Personally the thing that really intrigued me is the “No Roaming” thing. Most of the time when I go outside of my state I cannot contact my family because of the insane amount telecom companies charge for roaming. So, I’m super excited to port into Reliance Jio, but what about you? Do you really think Reliance Jio is a better choice than the other telecom providers out there?

What about the fiber optic gigabit internet you talked about earlier?

Yes, Mr. Mukesh Ambani has said that Jio will provide super high quality gigabit internet connection through optic fiber directly to user’s house kind of what Google Fiber does in some cities of US, but unfortunately Mr. Ambani didn’t provide any pricing model or time limit for that. I’m assuming this is going to happen at sometime around 2018. So, stay tuned for that if you are interested.

Unbelieving

Mr. Ambani has also said that Jio will provide multiple gigabit internet connection to small, medium or big enterprises. Maybe now the quality of Indian datacenters will change and provide super high quality servers with unparalleled networks.

Will this “unlimited call on any network” will remain forever or it is just a marketing gimmick?

Well, it is hard to tell at this point. I remember back in 2006-07 when Aircel was starting up, they started offering unlimited calling + sms to any network at a Rs. 600/- recharge each month. Back in that time no one thought having internet on their phones. Some cool kids whose parents had a lot of money to space used to have EDGE (2G) on their phone and that was mind-blowing back in those days.

So you can understand people mostly used to call and sms others instead of doing facebook or whatsapp. But after few months of it’s launch other telecom companies started pushing Aircel and they got forced to reduce their offering to Unlimited free for Aircel to Aircel. So, honestly I’m not sure how this is going to play for Jio. Though Mr. Ambani said on stage that Jio will never charge their customers for calls and SMS, but only time will tell whether it’s true or not. One thing Jio has but Aircel didn’t is the backing of the richest person in India who knows how to do business better than anyone else. So, only time will tell.

Some facts about Reliance Jio

I know most people who are reading this article, already knows these stuffs but still if there is someone who doesn’t know, here are a few facts about Reliance Jio:

  • Reliance Jio is a venture of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) it has nothing to do with the current Reliance Telecom’s disgusting service quality. Reliance Telecom is chaired by Mr. Anil Ambani but RIL is chaired by Mr. Mukesh Ambani. So, don’t get lost within the name Reliance Jio is not a child of disgusting Reliance Telecom.
  • Reliance Jio is the only telecom company now in India which uses VoLTE technology which provides far better voice quality and you can use your data while you are on call.
  • If you have a 4G phone and it doesn’t support VoLTE, you won’t be getting the unlimited call benefit as in that case all calls needs to be routed through Jio Join app and when you call your data balance will be deducted. You also need to always keep your internet on otherwise no incoming or outgoing calls will come to your phone. Just like if you call someone over whatsapp or skype. So, to get all Jio features make sure your phone support VoLTE.
  • Reliance Jio is the only telecom network which is build upon the internet protocol technology.  So, whether you call someone or send SMS all done upon the same IP protocol. There is no 2G/3G in Jio’s network and there is also no special frequency/bands for calls, sms and internet. All happens on the same layer. That is why Jio is able to provide such cheap offerings.
  • Jio’s network is fully future proof for 5G, 6G and so on.

Some Clarifications

I’ve tried to gather as much details as possible at the time of researching about this article, but still there might be a few mistakes here and there. If any Jio employee is reading this article and find something to share about, please feel free to drop those thoughts in the comment section below.

Conclusion

Reliance Jio has truly started a revolution in the Indian Telecom industry. Though the offerings by Jio seems too good to be true, but if they really keep this momentum, my assumption is by the end of next 2 years more than 85% Indian smartphone users will be customer of Reliance Jio. But if they started providing bad service and customer support continuously after 6 months or so, then Reliance Jio will become another company like Aircel or Reliance Telecom, which people rarely use. But looking at the business record of Mr. Mukesh Ambani, I really don’t think that is going to happen.

I know currently some people are facing some issues with getting new sim and activation over Jio, but I really don’t blame Jio for that. India has the second largest population the world and if most people started applying for Jio sim at the same time, it is really takes time to process all those data. But this problem may retain for next 4-6 months. After that the actual test of Jio’s service quality will begin.

No matter what, one thing is very clear that with Jio, you may get a lot of benefits with super high quality data and voice service, but your monthly phone spending will remain same if not increased a little bit in some cases.

Feedback

So, I’ve shared my thought about Reliance Jio and my worrying too. But what about you? Are you excited about Reliance Jio too? Do you going to get a new sim of Jio or port into it like me? Are you happy with your current telecom provider? Have you used Jio, what is your experience so far? Will you recommend Jio to others, if not then why? Do you think migrating to Jio is really going to reduce your monthly phone bills? I would love to your opinion on these matters and carry on this conversation the comment section below.

Also if you want you can connect with me over twitter with my twitter handle @iSaumya. I’m looking forward to hear your thoughts on this and if this small piece of code helped you anyway. 🙂

Published by Saumya Majumder

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49 Comments

  1. What I dont understand is, why would you keep recharging with 149 over and over? (From your calculation, it is apparent)

    If you use as little as 1GB. You can let the bill come as 250/GB.
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    For the rest 724MB, you can use your balance. And the bill will be 325.75 Rs. That isn’t too much. Moreover, as you mentioned.
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    I think this is at par if you include the free voice calling and sms (it is not strong as of now, but call drops are likely to reduce)
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    Pushing for UL J2J will be worse for other telcos. It is 2016 and nit 2006. Potential Jio consumers all have smartphones. Each and every one. And other carriers don’t want to lose them (they are HV customers) if they offer UL J2J only soon Jio will be the raging thing among the youth (unfortunately the “cool kids” with lots of money are the real thing for companies)
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    Cause whatsapp call can become obsolete as it will consume data and jio calls won’t consume any.
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    Moreover, a few points that you have mistaken.
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    1. Reliance offers LTE and brands as “True 4G”, but ITU specifies that only LTE-A and WiMax-A are true 4G. Because LTE does not adhere to the ITU 4G specification but surpasses the 3G spec. So, it was something like 3.9G (as HSPA+ is 3.75G) but marketing industry pusuaded ITU to include LTE as 4G.
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    2. Jio must use some sort of packet inspection (at least SPI or at even DPI as well). Because Voice call is routed over IP, so, to bill them, reliance must inspect the packets (hint: all packets) to distinguish a voice and data packet (this does violate net neutrality so they had to brand it as VoLTE and not VoIP). This can enable them to track user’s usage patterns.
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    3. With a SPI/DPI in place, they might be selling the user info (in)directly to companies and get revenue return. It is basically a Free Basics without hurting the net neutrality (Jio apps, which work only on Jio does significantly violate net neutrality). I know these two Reliances are different but Reliance does share a good relationship with facebook. So, I find backing of facebook to be present here.

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    • Hi,
      first of all thanks for the brilliant insight comment on this topic. Here are a few clarification in reply to your comment:

      why would you keep recharging with 149 over and over?

      I won’t. In fact I don’t think anyone will. But the reason I’ve included this in my calculation is because in the AGM, Mr. Ambani said that the starting price of Jio data will be Rs. 50/GB and the more data you use, lesser the price will be. Now this plan is not following that Rs. 50/GB rule; just wanted to show this to people.

      I think this is at par if you include the free voice calling and sms (it is not strong as of now, but call drops are likely to reduce)

      Yes. This is something Mr. Ambani himself has addressed in the AGM. This is again not Jio’s fault. This is the incumbent networks playing unfairly to stop Jio’s success. On the other day I’ve tried to call a person from my Vodafone no to Jio (the person use Jio); it took 4 tries before the call was connected. Incumbent networks are making sure people cannot do incoming or outgoing calls on Jio to other network. But I’m pretty sure as soon as they start losing chunk and chunk of user base from tomorrow (Sept 5th) they will understand what a bunder they have done and will fix the interconnection issue. I’m pretty sure if Jio can play well and keep their customer service quality high (not possible for next 7-8 months) then in next 2 years other network will only earn money from these interconnection as they would have lost almost everything.

      It is 2016 and nit 2006.

      Yes, and this is what make me hopeful. I certainly don’t want happend to Aircel back in those days happens to Jio. Yes, it is not 2006 and in this 10 years India has changed a lot. Sometime I cannot compare these times anymore. Back in those days no normal person can think of having a 35K smartphone on their pocket, but now they does. Back then Rs. 5,000/- phone considered to be a very high priced phone. Time truly has changed.

      Reliance offers LTE and brands as “True 4G”, but ITU specifies that only LTE-A and WiMax-A are true 4G.

      Yes I completely agree with you on this. But the reason I wrote that is because I tried to simplify the things for the basic readers. But is you are 100% right. But again the 4G service quality Jio is providing is way better than any other competitors (like airtel and vodafone). Also I’m pretty sure that if Indian Govt. sell the LTE-A frequency spectrum in bulk, Jio will be the first company to implement it. So, it’s entirely not Jio’s fault.

      Jio must use some sort of packet inspection

      Yes I got your point, but I don’t think that is what happening here, especially for those users who has a VoLTE enabled phone. VoLTE is not a marketing gimmick, it is very real. You can learn more about VoLTE here. Though VoLTE also work on the IP layer but due to VoLTE technology I don’t think there is any special kind of each packet detection involved.

      But is the problem will arise for those users who doesn’t have a VoLTE enabled phone. They have to use Jio Join app to make calls and in this case the entire calling thing will be done over data and your data balance will be deducted for that. Now this you can call VoIP and yes in this case the packets needs to be inspected to check if it’s a VoIP or general data call. But again VoLTE is very real and not marketing gimmick.

      This can enable them to track user’s usage patterns. With a SPI/DPI in place, they might be selling the user info (in)directly to companies and get revenue return.

      You see for any business to excel it is very important to gather as much user metadata which can then passed into various analysis system to understand whether the users are happy or not, with with thing they are having most problem, if someone is leaving, why they are doing it etc. Infact this is not something new with Jio, all companies do it one way or another. Ask yourself if your current telecom company is not tracking your behavior how they provide you with the special promotion offer just for you? If you make too much phone call, you get special offer regarding call rate promos. If you have a 2G phone and use internet on that, then you get discounted 2G plans. Same for 3G and 4G. How do they do that if they don’t track you?

      Personally I don’t think that tracking basic user metadata is bad as it helps to get closure and improve the service quality of the business. Infact Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook everyone tracks their user. It’s a key part of any digital business. Even when you visit any website 99.9999% of them use Google Analytics on them to track your engagement and behaviors. When there was no internet and people used to go to retail shop, the shopkeepers used to track them manually and give them special promotion/discount/services etc. Now everything become online so things happen in background.

      However it is never good to sell any user data and I don’t think any big companies do it. All big companies gather data to help them analysis their user base better not to sell them as most data these systems collects are metadata.

      Fun Fact: There was a bollywood movie released on February 5, 2016 named “Ghayal Once Again” which depicted the future of Reliance Jio and these tracking thing. But again as it was a movie it just oversaturated everything. You can watch it for fun if you want 🙂

      Jio apps, which work only on Jio does significantly violate net neutrality

      Yes it is indeed very true. In fact you can only use the Jio Apps if you are over any Jio 4G or WiFi network. You cannot access this with your own WiFi which is not Jio. So, technically it is truly violating net neutrality as the definition suggest “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites”.

      But I think why no one is exposing this is because this OTT services is not any service that people are currently using like facebook, flipkart, amazon etc. Instead these are their own service which will work in this way. So, if you don’t like it stick with your existing apps/services that you are currently using. As Jio is not throttling the speed for other comitative apps. In that regime they are very transparent.

      But again though as per the definition of Net Neutrality, Jio Apps are a complete violation, but the sape approach is taken by telecom companies of other first world countries too where Net Neutrality is constitutionally ammended like US. In US, Verizon, AT&T does the same thing with their customers. Provide their own app suite which can only be assessed on their network only. But I think they reason no one shout about them in US is because these apps are pathetic and people with if they can delete it from their phone. But that is not the case of Jio Apps as they are simply amazing with great contents.

      Besides all these I still don’t know why postpaid users needs to pay more without any extra benefit over prepaid users.

      Thanks again for your comment. 🙂

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    • Yes packet inspection is happening but it has nothing to do with VoLTE. Packet inspection is being done to throttle your net speed if jio finds you are torrent downloading or downloading updates from play store.
      It reminds me of the old days when Reliance (rcom) had blocked microsoft website with many anti virus websites just because lots of users were downloading the updates.

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      • This is strictly against Net Neutrality. Because after you get an internet pack you can do anything with it. But personally I think the throttling is happening due to the free welcome offer and Jio network hasn’t fully completed yet. It will take till March 2017. I think after Dec 31st when most people will throw their Jio sim because it isn’t free anymore; then the there will be no throttling (my personal assumption).

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        • Most new broadband providers are throttling the internet (but mostly for torrents). About Jio, I don’t think it has nothing to do with introductory offer. Let me explain what’s happening. If you do speedtest it will show you full speed. Now start downloading something big from play store. As you cross couple of hundred of MBs, your speed will be downgraded to 2G speeds. Now do the speedtest again, it will still show you the full speed that it showed you earlier. See here, Jio has segregated the data packets which are used for speedtest and play store. Play store packets are restricted and speed test packets given the priority because Jio servers know they are destined to speedtest servers.

          This experience is shown in many youtube vids.

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          • Yes I know and I’m well aware of this issue. Personally I don’t think it’s Jio’s fault if we look into it from a business perspective. A normal speed test generally consumes 10-50MB of data. That is not a big data amount so no need to throttle. But when people get free stuffs they try to juice it up till the last droplet. So, if most people starts downloads big games around 2-5GB, the network will get down and others will not get any speed whatsoever.

            Think of it this way, if this wasn’t a free offer, most people would have went with either the Rs. 499/- plan or lower costing plan. So, they never would have thought of downloading 2GB game over LTE, even in USA still people can’t think downloading Asphalt over LTE. But only a few people who can afford Rs. 4999/- plan may download it over LTE. So, the number of users who constantly eating huge bandwidth will gets much lower, hence the network can be used by everyone at full speed.

            But now it’s not possible. That’s the root of the problem. As soon as it become a paid service you will see the difference. It’s simple math.

            Hope this clear things off.

          • You also need to consider other side of the coin. The need of the high speed net connection like 50Mbps is only meant for downloading (or uploading) something substantial. Because let’s face it, 99% of the websites can’t even operate beyond 5mbps so it doesn’t matter what your net connection is.

            I have two broadband connections, one is 100mbps and the other is 2mbps. If you are not using cached services like Youtube, netflix or torrenting something then you wouldn’t even any difference between them.

            If Jio can’t allow sustainable downloadable speeds then calling it 4G is a gimmick.

          • I completely agree with your point, but I think you didn’t get my point clearly. You see what I tried to meant is that after the free offer is gone and most user will leave Jio anyway as it is not free, then there will be no need for throttling as you are using data that you are paying for. Whether you use Rs. 499/- plan or Rs. 4999/- plan. Because if they throttle your speed, it’s Jio’s loss. Because as soon as you run out of your free limit, you need to pay extra (Rs. 50/GB for WiFi or Rs. 250/GB for 4G LTE) to get more data. So, more big things you download the more profit they will make.

            But now most people are jamming the network by constantly downloading big stuffs even if they don’t need it, just for fun. So, without throttling it’s not just Jio make more loss, moreover the network may get down due to this unnecessary load. But after the paid plan starts that will not happen, as most people within Rs. 499/- plan won’t think about downloading asphalt over LTE, unless it is the last day of recharge and still 3GB data left.

            Hope you get my point this time.

  2. Nicely explained.. Thanks!

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  3. Plan 149 unlimited at night
    and for postpaid users there is 15% discount.

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  4. Do we need to recharge with Rs.149 for every 28 days to get the free voice calling? I am not concerned about the data, 300 MB is sufficient as I use Wi-Fi most of the time.

    do we need to keep the Data On (in smartphone) to receive the incoming call on a VoLTE phone?

    Thank you.

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  5. A nice elaborate post. Other than the pricing aspect, what I more concerned on is, how will telemarketers be dealt with?
    In this current situation, even with paid voice / SMS, a consumer is bombarded with with telemarketing calls and SMS’s. TRAI’s DND has not not helped. And subscribers are a frustrated lot.
    And now with free Voice / SMS, the issue will increase manifold (cant even put a number).

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  6. Yes I’m a Vodafone subscriber (till now) and I’ve activated DND too. so I generally don’t get those crappy calls, but sometimes I do also get some calls from idea, airtel etc. But they are very rare.

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  7. You shouldn’t have counted Wi-Fi Data as it’s a useless gimmick like night unlimited.

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  8. If some one recharge Rs 19.00 which is smallest plan of JIO. Can he/she make unlimited calls during the month ?

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  9. You end paying more if you use Jio. It’s quite evident. On the other hand if you can do a 1GB data recharge & use office/home wifi then your usage will not be above 250 rupees including calling people. Everybody Whatsapps each other these days and only in certain situations we use voice call. I don’t spend more than 230 per month on docomo in Bangalore with 1GB data recharge and 30/40 bucks talktime. Even this 1GB recharge is not every month as I always have access to home/office wifi.

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  10. I am exited about jio I have got a sim which gives internet for free for their testing purposes! (who doesn’t want free)

    I am currently happy with my bsnl 3gb prices and their average speeds 139/gb for 14days validity may be I will port into jio once I can trust it! or when it can be used in 2g or 3g also as turning on 4g doesn’t leave you with loots of battery left and you can’t use phone for calls without 4g, but reliance is trying to soon fix it but pairing up with bsnl

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/bsnl-rjio-ink-intracircle-roaming-pact/article9100280.ece

    but the I think jio is doing the right thing by creating competition, it’s a win win for both consumers and sellers as companies are making deals 🙂
    http://zeenews.india.com/internet-social-media/reliance-jio-impact-vodafone-bsnl-join-hands-customers-to-benefit-the-most-know-how_1928782.html

    also best thing I heard is bsnl is trying to go cheaper than the jio 🙂 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/BSNL-plans-free-voice-cheaper-package-than-Jio/articleshow/54455720.cms

    I would love to get a 1gb/s broadband connection but wouldn’t want to spill out more than 2/2.5k per month for it, hoping for a cheaper pricing, as I am sick and tired of the 10mbs speed and reliance is already out testing the speed at 100mbs which is 10 times faster than my current one, I wish I get this preview offer 🙂
    http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/reliance-jio-ultra-fast-fiber-speed-tests-begin-3050687/

    you didn’t speak about the jio apps, I got positive review about them but I think they are to much costly as around 1k per month! also they are only available on jio network, I am not sure if they can do that (combining two things/different products should be illegal according the consumer court)

    you didn’t talk anything about privacy, as they are mining a lot of our data! http://fortune.com/2016/08/31/mukesh-ambani-telecom-startup-jio/
    http://in.reuters.com/article/reliance-telecoms-jio-idINKCN11611V
    I wish it respects our privacy, but at that high speed I can use vpn or tor much easily 🙂

    thank god that they created it other wise we would have been struck in 2gb and 1mbs speed forever if it was for jio 🙂

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  11. also when you were replying I thought that here was inline reply feature in disqus but found out that you are just copying my text and adding a pre tag 😛

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  12. Well, technically speaking packet inspection is essential for any IP based network. Also you are right, even with a non-internet based phone, location triangulation is still possible. So, to be off the grid, it’s best to detach yourself from any possible electronic device.

    With any new technology, there is always a positive and negative side of it. It’s up to us how we should implement it.

    Anyways coming to the Jio Apps thing, I will not make any comment on whether they are good or bad or worst, but as I stated earlier, I’m extremely confused with the plan they have posted on their website, especially regarding the Jio Apps. It feels like they are free if we recharge any of those recharge amount. At least that’s what make me feel.

    Maybe we will know more about it in 2018 as we all know till 31st Dec 2017, those apps are free. Not sure what they are going to do with them after that time, if the mass people didn’t accept it that way.

    Generally speaking all carrier apps has history of not being popular and crappy all around the world. Not sure if Jio’s Apps can break that trend. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/623429aa4e30d48abc60f58aa7482d10e753bc52de53ec10e164c7442f92d2f1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48e0c34b94540d97a87912b908488813fc4c02ca06de385411acd6d757e61c46.jpg

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    • we need to wait more time so that they can decide the pricing maybe 😛

      it might be necessary to inspect packets but I am not sure to what extent they might use them! before I used to trust other network providers but I am afraid that other operation follow the trend of jio!

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      • Trusting the phone carriers? lol never. Just like any other business they will also try to stay on top of the competition and maximize the profit as much as possible, at any extent , regardless of what carrier it is.

        BTW, just saw your deleted comment and unfortunately disqus don’t support Markdown (yet).

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        • well as I mentioned before I use bsnl and I generally trust them as they are gov based companies and I feel that bsnl don’t have the resources to data-mine our data 😛 I agree with you about trusting the phone carriers 😛

          I first misread blockquote as backqote and tried it as in markdown 🙂

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          • LOL true. I used to have BSNL broadband, landline and mobile. At the time of my engineering I had a good fortune to visit BSNL’s network office and to witness what kind of technology they use. From that day I never ever used BSNL. They uses so ancient system, that I couldn’t take it. Literally they don’t have even the system power to mine your data. Disgusting company with disgusting service and technology.

            In this 21st century as an engineer myself there is literally no ways to keep your privacy as you used to do 10 years back. So, I’m more happy to use a superior company with top notch technology and quality service even if they mine my data to improve their service. Hell even out Govt. is taking our fingerprint, retina scan for Aadhar card and then giving access to those data via API keys so that the process like eKYC can be done. R.I.P privacy.

  13. Seems to be attractive. The concept of mobile to all was bough tonly by reliance. Now also we expect a raring business of them and competitors have no way except to reduce their tafiff

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  14. How it come to know that my connection is post paid or prepaid as the sim card of jio was given with LYF mobile . The shop keeper only taken my aadhar No. and thumb impression.

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  15. Now this article is not complete and doesn’t consider many basic things that Jio offers. Below are important points to note.

    Rs. 149 plan gives 300 MB of 4G data + 3 hours of unlimited data every day.
    What about the free Movies / TV / Music that they give? Don’t they count for something?
    If your usage exceeds 300 MB, use the data add-on which costs Rs. 151 for 1 GB 4G data! The amount of 508, which you calculated is ridiculous! Obviously the amount per GB will get reduced for higher data packs as with all operators.
    Billing cycle / validity is 28 days, which is common for almost all providers (Airtel, Vodafone, Idea & BSNL). Heck they started reducing to 21 days from 28 days! Airtel and incumbent players are notorious for reducing the validity of rate cutters silently.
    If you are roaming, no other provider gives a rate cutter for roaming outgoing calls. Sure, there is a free incoming rate cutter but for outgoing calls the least being charged (even with costliest booster) is 80 ps / min.
    Jio gives the freedom roam anywhere without worrying about same operator number porting or roaming of any kind. Truly this is the one India plan in common sense, where there is no notion of STD or landline whatsoever!
    SMSs are also completely free. No STD no nothing!

    In my case Jio reduces my bill by almost half! Below is the breakdown:

    18 (28 days) + 475 (90 days) + 190 (28 days) => Airtel only SMS booster + A2A 10ps & A2O 30ps + 1GB 3G/4G
    Per day = Rs. 0.65 (SMS) + 5.30 (Call booster) + 6.80 (3G Internet) = 12.75 / day.
    I spend Rs. 357 / month whether I talk on phone or not.
    Any calls that I make gets charged at 10ps if it’s Airtel and 30ps if it’s non Airtel. On average I talk about 30 mins. 14 hours / 840 mins per month = 84 Rupees for Airtel. 2 hours / 240 mins per month = 72.

    Per month (28 days) approx I spend = 357 + 84 + 72 = 513.

    If I start using Jio, I don’t give a shit about any rate cutter. I just worry about data and pay Rs. 149. For a month if usage is high, I put a data add-on for 1 GB (151) or 2 GB (251).
    If I use:
    300 MB = Rs. 149.
    1.3 GB => 149 + 151 = 300.

    Per month I save more than 200 rupees plus no headaches of add-ons expiring, Airtel silently reducing the validity of each booster!

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    • I Agree with you in most of the cases. Jio have making changes to their plan slighthly. So, yes when I wrot this article, I run my calculation based on the data present at that time. BTW, I’m personally a Jio user. I’ve ported my Vodafone SIM to Jio recently and using it on daily basis before writing a review article. Based on the current process your calculation is right. Anyways one thing you have missed is the point 2.

      The Jio Apps like Movies, TV, Music is free til Dev 31st 2017. After that if you wanna use them you need to pay for that. So, it’s technically free only for a certain time, not forever. Also as per Jio website (when I write the article, the 1GB topup worth ₹250/-, maybe they have reduced it now).

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      • Cooool. I didn’t notice when the article was published. Yes regarding point 2, you are correct. But I think Jio will certainly extend it (may be a year or more or until more ppl get into Jio). One exciting aspect is that the free movies/music work even in non Jio network like I was able to view movies/songs in ACT Fibernet WiFi. So technically we should be able to get content for free using WiFi and only when roaming we can use 4G data to see these.

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  16. Indeed its truly a revolution in the Indian Telecom industry. And users are rapidly switching to JIO and its good that India is getting developed by such kinda projects…..
    Thanks for sharing

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