Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Reliance Jio withdrawing 'Summer Surprise' offer according to TRAI order

Reliance Jio withdrawing 'Summer Surprise' offer according to TRAI order

Late yesterday, when everything's going well, TRAI issued a statement on Reliance Jio stating that the new entrant has pulled back its Jio Summer Surprise offer, to everyone's surprise.

A day after the cancellation of Reliance Jio Summer Surprise offer, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said that sector regulator asked the operator to end the complimentary service as it did not comply with the regulatory framework.

The statement added the company would accept the decision.

Reliance Jio rolled out the Jio summer surprise offer on March 31 when the deadline to subscribe to Jio Prime ended.

Under the Summer Surprise plan, Jio Prime members making their first recharge payment of Rs 303 or higher would have gotten complimentary free data services for three months until July. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has advised, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to withdraw this offer. Announced last week, the scheme promised to provide complimentary services to every Jio Prime member for three months starting April 1.

"This extension will provide the necessary breathing room for users to avoid service disruption during the transition from free to paid services". If it was prior to the announcement, you are entitled to the Summer Surprise benefits. This brings in some relief to rival telcos like Airtel, Vodafone and others, who've been struggling to combat Jio's lucrative plans.

So, if you are a Prime user but have not done the Rs. 303 or higher recharge, do that quickly to avail the offer. We're still not sure what exactly went wrong between the two authorities, we'll update the article once we get an official word.

Reliance Jio was launched commercially in September.

Such directives have in the past few months affected Jio's offer based tactics, but this time again the damage may have already been done as Jio recently announced that its paying user base has reached 72 million.

Other plans include Rs 999 which will offer 60GB (12.5 GB for non-prime) of 4G data with no daily cap and a validity of 60 days.

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