The world’s most popular high-speed broadband network will start offering free internet in rural areas in India on January 1.
The internet service provider (ISP) has announced a new ‘smart plan’ for its customers that will allow them to buy a basic internet plan that costs only Rs. 1,000 a month.
The ‘simplified’ plan will start on February 1, 2018 and include 2G and 3G internet speeds for Rs. 2,000, as well as 3G and 4G data speeds for only Rs 2,200, the ISP said.
The new ‘basic plan’ will start with 3G speeds and data speeds of 1GB per month.
The SIM card is also available to users who wish to add additional data plans.
However, the ‘simply’ basic plan will not include any of the bundled data plans, such as 1GB data for Rs 2 the Rs. 3,000 plan, the data-free Rs. 5,000 or the 4G ‘data-free’ Rs. 10,000 plans, the service said.
“In the new plan, customers can also choose to have their data usage at its lowest price of Rs. 30 a month, and save up to 25% on all data-related charges,” it said.
This plan is only available in rural parts of the country and is not available to customers in urban areas.
The ISP said the ‘basic’ plan includes a basic data speed of 100Mbps and a 1GB internet data cap.
The 1GB cap is Rs. 7,000 per month, while the 2GB data cap is $3,000.
The SIM card can also be used for unlimited mobile internet plans for Rs 1,500 a month and data rates of Rs 2.50 per GB.
This plan is not valid for users in the urban areas, where the data caps will be higher.
A basic plan also has the same data, data and data-usage limits as the ‘smart’ plan, but users can also add additional plans, for a total of Rs 10,500, the company said.
It is also not possible to buy additional data services for a single SIM card, the same as with the ‘normal’ plan.
The plan will also come with the latest apps and applications.