After increasing data tariffs for pre-paid customers in Delhi, Airtel and Idea Cellular have now hiked charges for their post-paid users by around 20 percent in various circles including the national capital.
Post-paid customers of the two operators in the above-mentioned circles will now have to pay Rs 300 for 1GB 3G data, against Rs 250 earlier for the same amount of data usage.
According to the information available on the website of Airtel, it is clear that the data tariff has been escalated in regions like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Idea has hiked charges in Delhi, UP West and Punjab.
A few months back, Vodafone, along with the above mentioned cellular companies, had raised pre-paid tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by upto 47%.
However, there has been no hike in data charges by Vodafone in the post-paid category in Delhi or any other area.
The report also observed that the price war that started with the entry of Jio may shortly come to an end as operators would “move towards the tiered paid data models familiar in the rest of the mobile world’.
“As the price war begins to subside in this maturing market, India’s operators should have more breathing space to focus on other ways to differentiate such as service quality and bundling, as opposed to a race to the bottom on price,” the report said. (IANS)