Jio Welcome offer to be extended till March 2017!


There have been reports of an extension of Reliance Jio’s Welcome offer till March 2017, which was earlier announced to be December 31, 2016. This could give a reason to rejoice to all those who are taking advantage of Jio’s free 4G internet, with the usage limit of a whopping 4GB every day!

This means that unless Reliance Jio alters its existing plan in near future, users on the network will get free 4G data up to 4GB per day, further extended till March 2017.

However, until the company goes public with it, no final apprehensions can be made. For now, such claims have only been made by analysts at Motiwal Oswal, who believe that Jio will go for the juggernaut to reach its targeted 100 million-user base.

Mass scale free welcome offer could continue until March 2017 to attract subscriber growth towards the celebrated 100 million mark with RJio’s indicative data pricing at Rs 130-140 per gigabyte (GB). –Motilal Oswal Report

The analyst’s reason for such claims is directly linked with the ongoing point of interconnectivity (POI) issue. This is forced many users to rely on their non-Jio number to make calls.

The matter was recently taken up by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), suggesting that Airtel, Vodafone and Idea pay Rs 50 crore per circle as a penalty for failing to provide POIs to Jio.

Even Reliance Jio has expressed its concerns about connectivity, and said that they might have to extend the period of free service if the situation doesn’t improve in the coming months.

The company’s division head also clarified that Reliance Jio won’t need TRAI’s permission if they intend to extend the free offer. Even if Reliance Jio does end up extending the Welcome Offer, chances are they could find it hard to attract more users.

Their 4G speeds on their network have been gradually slowing down, in fact as per a recent TRAI report, Jio 4G is the slowest in the country.