With the deadline for free services set to expire on 31 March, Reliance Jio is providing its subscribers with a cost-effective alternative in the form of Prime membership. Users can activate Jio Prime membership by paying a one-time subscription fee of Rs99.
Post this, users will get to select a prepaid plan, which will bundle 4G data, free voice calls and text messages. To activate the plan, you need to open the MyJio app (which is free on Android and iOS) and log in with your Jio number. Once you are logged in, open the Menu page and tap on Jio Prime. It will take you to the payment page where you can pay with your credit card, debit card or online banking.
The Reliance Jio plans start at Rs19 and goes up to as much as Rs9,999. The plans are divided into three groups—Booster, Hero and Extras—which are further subdivided into sachet plan, monthly plan and long-term plan. Prime members will get some additional benefits compared to regular subscribers if they subscribe for any of the plans.
We take a look at the top plans and what Prime and non-Prime members will be getting from them.
Hero pack: Offers plenty to Prime users
The two key monthly plans in the Hero pack cost Rs499 and Rs303, with 28 days of validity each. Basic offerings such as free voice calls, 100 SMSes per day and complimentary access to Jio apps for 28 days are similar in both the plans for Prime and non-Prime users. What changes is the amount of 4G data being offered. The 4G data available to a non-Prime user in the Rs499 plan is 5GB. It will be valid for 28 days without any daily cap. Prime members will get 2GB of 4G data every day, which means they get 56GB of data in 28 days. The only limitation here is that their internet speed will be reduced to 2G speeds if they go over the 2GB limit in one day. The Rs303 Plan offers 2.5GB 4G data to non-Prime users, valid for 28 days, while Prime users will receive 1GB 4G data every day for 28 days.
The long-term plans in the Hero pack includes a Rs999 plan, which offers 12.5GB of 4G data with 30 days of validity to non-Prime users and 60GB data with 60 days of validity to Prime users.
The Rs4,999 plan under this offers 100GB 4G data with 30 days’ validity to non-Prime users and 350GB 4G data with 180 days’ validity to Prime users. The highest plan costs Rs9,999 and it offers 750GB 4G data with a one-year validity to Prime users and 200GB data with 30 days validity to non-Prime users.
Booster: For emergency
Booster offers two data plans for both Prime and non-Prime users. The Rs301 plan offers 6GB 4G for 28 days, and works over and above your existing tariff plan. The same conditions apply with the Rs51 plan which offers 1GB 4G data, also with 28 days’ validity, and is an addition to your standard tariff plan. These packs are optional, and you may choose to carry on with 2G speeds in case you overshoot the data limit for any particular day or the monthly limit.
Extras: For cost-effective international calls
This one is meant for both Prime and non-Prime users looking for a cost-effective international calling plan. For Rs501, it offers talktime worth Rs435. The catch here is that it can only be used for ISD calls, and has a validity of 28 days.