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Now, lifetime validity plan from Airtel
BS Economy Bureau in New Delhi | December 24, 2005 13:42 IST
The ongoing battle between telecom operators for offering the longest validity without having to recharge took a new dimension with Bharti Tele-Ventures, which offers services under the brand Airtel, on Friday announcing the country's first lifetime validity pre-paid package.
This implies: a pre-paid user can continue to receive incoming calls for life after a single recharge, as against the current system of restricted validity, based on the recharge package.
The move is seen as a response to the recent Tata Teleservices's 'Non-Stop Mobile' scheme, which allows a customer to receive calls for two years without buying a recharge voucher.
This offer notched up over a million subscriptions in just 45 days and also saw the company increase its market share in the mobile space to 4.5 per cent in November from a minuscule 1.5 per cent a year ago.
An Airtel mobile user will have to pay Rs 999 for availing the new scheme, following which the user can receive incoming calls free for a lifetime.
This scheme also offers the user full talk time on every future recharge of any denomination. Bharti has also thrown the scheme open to all its existing pre-paid subscribers.
"Considering the record growth of Tata Tele in November, and coupled with the fact that Idea Cellular and MTNL too have come out with similar packages last month, Bharti may have been compelled to respond with a pioneering innovation," said an industry analyst.