Airtel slashes 2G data rates by 90% in India

Vodafone cut down the prices of its 2G data rates from 10p/10kb to 2p/10kb – as much as 80 per cent, for both its prepaid as well as postpaid subscribers and has first rolled it out in Karnataka, UP West and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh circles. Airtel on the other hand reduced the Volume Based Charges (VBC) on its recharge vouchers for 2G data usage of three denominations to just 1p/10kb from 10p/10kb.

Airtel recharge vouches of ₹22, ₹25 and ₹125 carry a free download limit of 125 MB for five days, 150 MB for seven days and 1 GB for 28 days respectively. After the free usage limits are exhausted users will now be charged just 1 paisa per 10 KB Airtel said in a press release. Further, as a bonus, validity of ₹22 and ₹25 recharge vouchers has been increased to 30 and 90 days respectively.

“Looking at the increasing number of mobile internet users in both urban and rural areas, the reduction in rates is further going to boost the usage of mobile internet,” the press release read.