The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ordered Jio to withdraw their Summer Surprise offer, subscription for which was due to end on 15 April. Jio has accepted the terms and is abiding by the decision.
Reliance JioJio is in the process of fully complying with the regulator’s advice, and will be withdrawing the three months complimentary benefits of Jio Summer Surprise as soon as operationally feasible, over the next few days.
RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI added that the telecom regulator has advised Reliance Jio to stop “complimentary” service offer as it was not in accordance with the regulatory framework.
RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAIWe examined it and found that it was not in accordance with regulatory framework, so we advised them to stop it.
Regulator advises Jio to withdraw 3 month complimentary offer. pic.twitter.com/Hva86XN66b— Reliance Jio (@reliancejio) April 6, 2017
Jio has specified that it will withdraw the offer as soon as it’s operationally feasible, till then customers can still recharge and become eligible for the Jio Summer Surprise offer.
@FinancialXpress Now is the time everyone should get on Jio Prime and do the recharge IMMEDIATELY via JioMoney or PayTm or Freecharge or the Jio website!— Kaushal Sharma (@krazzykaushal) April 7, 2017
This verdict from TRAI comes only a few days after the regulatory body had declared Jio download speeds to be the fastest in the country, ahead of Airtel, Idea & Vodafone.
Though this move hasn’t been welcomed with open arms by many Jio subscribers, it is a huge relief for rival telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone who were constantly under the pump due to continuos free offers by Jio. Undoubtedly, the added pressure from these telcos forced TRAI to take action.
A Race to Recharge!
Now, existing Jio customers and more are rushing to recharge and avail the Summer Surprise offer till it officially closes.
Today is the black day in Indian Consumer History as Airtel , Vodafone , Idea have dismissed Jio Offer. So let's Recharge Jio Now— Bhavesh (@bhaveshmb3) April 6, 2017
Even TRAI doesn't like the offer which is beneficial for customers. Where are we heading now ?? Time to Recharge Jio Now & support JIO!— Maharaj Patil (@I_am_Viru_Lover) April 6, 2017
Prime users you can still avail for Jio summer surprise if they recharge with 303 Hurry up Recharge Jio Now— NVK (@vinod_kannan_n) April 7, 2017
Recharge Jio Now with 303 and get 3 months of free 4g data. It is working today as well so go for it now— Hari Zinzuvadiya (@harirock789) April 7, 2017
Seeing that there are still a few more days to subscribe to Jio’s offer, their 72 million user base could see a substantial rise in the next couple of days. Till then other telecom operators will be busy re-working their data plans and restoring pricing rationality over the next few months.
(With PTI inputs.)