Jio Claims Airtel’s Ads Misleading



In a new face-off, telecom operator Reliance Jio has alleged that Bharti Airtel is violating tariff rules by issuing misleading offers and arbitrarily discriminating among its own customers subscribing to the same plan. Reliance Jio has demanded highest penalty imposed on Bharti Airtel by telecom regulator TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) alleging that the two plans of Airtel – priced at Rs. 293 and Rs. 449 respectively – are being marketed in a misleading manner. It said that Airtel’s advertisements of these offers are an attempt to lure prospective subscribers making them believe that they will be provided 1 GB data per day for 70 days.

“However, the subscribers who do not satisfy Airtel’s dual criteria, will be provisioned only 50 MB data and post that, they will be charged the exorbitant data tariff of Rs. 4,000 per GB,” Jio said. Under the said plans, Airtel is offering unlimited local and STD calls along with 1 GB of mobile internet per day for 70 days to customers with 4G handsets and 4G SIM. In case of Rs. 293 plan, unlimited calling is limited within the Airtel network.


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