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Bharti Airtel Short Term or Long Term Prepaid Plan: Which One Should You Go For

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Bharti Airtel has prepaid plans which offer 28 days, 82 days and even 365 days validity. Here is an analysis of which is the most cost-effective option

Bharti Airtel has one of the most robust prepaid portfolios across all telecom operators. Also, it is true that with the latest shift in the subscriber base of the telecom industry, the Sunil Bharti Mittal led telco is going to hold to the high-paying customers more. The telco has prepaid plans which start from as low as Rs 23 for the Smart Recharges and go as high as Rs 1,699 for the long term prepaid plans.

However, there is a divide in the approach of how subscribers opt for prepaid plans. While some prefer to recharge every month or every quarter, others like to do a recharge which lasts them six months or in some cases, even a year. But when you go through both of these options, which one of these two is the more cost-effective one? Let’s check it out.Bharti Airtel

Rs 1,699 Prepaid Plan by Bharti Airtel

When it comes to long term plans and specifically annual prepaid plans, Bharti Airtel has the Rs 1,699 prepaid plan which is very popular. The popularity of the plan is owing to the figures in the pricing which all the other telcos have used as well. There is also Rs 1,699 prepaid plans by Reliance Jio, BSNL and Vodafone Idea. The Rs 1,699 prepaid plan by Airtel offers 365 days validity, and it ships 1.4GB data with Norton Mobile security for a year, Airtel Xstream subscription, Wynk Music, and a free four-week course on Shaw Academy. The per GB cost in this plan comes out to be Rs 3.34 per GB.

Want to Recharge Every Month? Here is the Calculated Cost

If you were to take the method of recharging, again and again, you would have to go for the Rs 199 prepaid plan which offers 1.5GB data per day with 28 days validity. This means that you would have to recharge 13 times in a year with a per GB price of Rs 4.7. This means that if you were to compare the long term plan then, you’d approximately be paying Rs 496 more for the same amount of data. For just a little more amount of data throughout Rs 365 days, you would pay Rs 2,587 or Rs 888 more than the Rs 1,699 prepaid plan.

The Special Case of Rs 499 Prepaid Plan

However, if you look closely, there is a prepaid plan in the Airtel portfolio which offers an even lower per GB price, and it is the Rs 499 prepaid plan. Now, the per GB pricing is not drastically different, and it comes out to be Rs 3.04. But still, if you would like to have the best economical option, you can go for recharging your number four times in a year. It is also convenient for subscribers who would like a switch of plans in between the year.

This plan offers 2GB data per day, and it comes with 82 days’ validity with all the similar benefits mentioned above. The thing with this plan is that although you pay about Rs 300 more over the year, you also enjoy about 200GB extra data in the period.

Rs 299 Prepaid Plan With Extra Amazon Prime Benefit

For subscribers who do not mind shelling out a little more for better benefits, there is the Rs 299 prepaid plan which offers 2.5GB daily data with 28 days validity, and it also offers a subscription to Amazon Prime. This plan comes with a slightly higher per GB cost which is more than Rs 4 per GB, and that is why it deserves a separate mention. However, some subscribers might find it worthy given the special benefit. It is worth noting that all the plans mentioned here come with unlimited calling benefits and then also all offer subscription to Airtel Xstream app and Wynk Music.

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