Reliance Industries recently started Jio Welcome offer which allowed users to make free voice calls and use free data till December 31. According to the latest updates, the offer is applicable for those who subscribe to this plan latest by December 3 and failure of which will refrain users to take the benefit of free calling and free internet.
The Sector regulator Trai in an order told that according to the regulations, the free services offered by Jio will have a limit of 90 days, which is finishing on December 3. Trai also added, “The revised offer of free services by Reliance Jio has been limited to 90 days i.e. December 3, 2016, and therefore is consistent with the guidelines on promotional offers.”
A Jio spokesperson said when contacted with him that the Jio Welcome offer or JWO consisting benefits of free voice calls and data will be enjoyable by all users up to December 31, 2016. He further added, “But, the JWO will be available to new consumers for subscription till December 3, 2016.”
He also commented that users who will not register for these services till December 3 will be forced to use new offers as well as tariff plans made available by the company. He added, “Jio will continue offering consumer-friendly plans to enhance Data and voice experience of all consumers.”
While commenting on the launch of Jio on September 1, Mukesh Ambani said that free voice calling offer will be valid for lifetime and data charges would be taken at a rock-bottom price after this offer finishes. After the Trai order, the company did not mention the tariff plans that it will charge from users who are subscribing to the services after December 4.
Rivalry operators like Vodafone and Bharti Airtel with the industry body COAI had moved to the regulators for complaining against the new entrant’s scheme of providing unlimited data access and free calls to subscribers till December 31,2016.
They had also approached to Trai that a “tsunami” of “asymmetric” traffic generating from Reliance Jio after offering free data access was disturbing their networks, that leads to increment in call drops. But the Trai examined all the scenarios submitted by them and said, “it is found that the tariff plans filed with Trai cannot be considered as IUC non-complaint, predatory and discriminatory, at present”. It also added that the Authority would always keep their eyes on the tariffs provided in the market by all telecom operators involving Reliance Jio.