Reliance Jio has been taking the telecom industry on a ride with their lucrative offers. Mukesh Ambani-led Jio  surprised all its users by extending their free service period to March 31, 2017. The telecom industry was taken on a stir as competitors tried to match the affordable and beneficial plans offered by Jio. Various telecom providers came out with their own version of free and low-cost plans to retain their customers. Bharti Airtel and BSNL have also offered some very attractive New Year data plans to give tough competition to Reliance Jio’s Happy New Year Plan. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio users migrated from ‘Welcome Offer’ to ‘Happy New Year Offer’: Here is what has changed.Also Read - Jio and Google Cloud To Work on 5G Technology. All You Need To Know

The expiration of Reliance Jio’s welcome offer on December 31, 2016, was followed by its latest plan named, Happy New Year offer which continues its free calling plan and also provides 1 GB data free per day. Following this move, Indian government-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) launched its version of New Year Plan. This plan offers unlimited local and national calling for one month with 300 MB data. This plan is available to all the customers at Rs 144 and will be available for six months, i.e. until June 2017. ALSO READ: You can soon order Reliance Jio SIM cards online on Snapdeal! Also Read - 5G in Mumbai: Reliance Jio Begins Trial. Why It is Important

Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel, which has been giving tough competition to Reliance Jio also came up with a plan which offers 12 months of free 4G services for those who switch their service provider to Airtel. This plan is available for Airtel 2G and 3G users who are planning to upgrade their plans to 4G as well as external users switching to Airtel. While the telecom giant is not offering free calls and data like Jio, they have introduced a plan that will give users free calling and 4 GB data. Airtel prepaid users can avail this offer by choosing the Rs 345 data and calling pack which will give the users unlimited free local and national calls and 4GB data (1GB data in the plan and 3GB free data). Also Read - Reliance Jio Constructs Largest International Submarine Cable System Centred on India

The below chart gives a comparison of the benefits offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel and BSNL under the Happy New Year Plans.


On comparing the plans laid out by these service providers, it is evident that Jio is the master of free plans. According to reports, Reliance Jio is estimated to have 100 million users by the end of March 2017. However, it is known that the users will reduce once Reliance reveals their actual data plans. The New Year plan for BSNL is economical but the free data offered is very less according to the average data usage. The plan provided by Airtel seems to be the best offer for the long run as it offers sufficient data as well as free calling for a nominal amount.

Reliance Jio came into existence a few months back and had transformed the internet usage. Their free data and call plans made video calls a common affair and made us all accustomed to the users continuously using up data on Youtube, App stores and everywhere possible. The war of the telecoms to garner a larger customer base has been an action packed event since then, and these new and attractive offers prove that the customers will finally have good and economic options.