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Reliance Jio’s paid subscriber base close to 50 mn

MUMBAI: Reliance Jio is nearing 50 million paid users, a couple of days before it ends its free voice, free-data offer.

This means about 50% of Reliance Jio’s 100 million free subscribers have opted for the paid service and signed up for ‘Prime’ membership by paying a one-time charge of Rs 99 and buying data packs that are available for as low as Rs149 per month. Voice calls on Reliance Jio will continue to be free.

Reliance Jio’s Happy New Year promotional offer that did not charge for voice and data ends on 31 March.

Reliance Jio’s actual subscriber numbers will be announced soon. At 50 million, Reliance Jio will become the top paid broadband player in the country. Bharti Airtel had a combined user base of 37.7 million for its 3G and 4G services at the end of December.

Launching on 5 September, Jio disrupted the market with its free service of voice and data. This led to the consolidation in the telecom market with Vodafone India and Idea Cellular announcing earlier this month their proposed merger. The combined entity with 400 million subscribers will topple Bharti Airtel from the leadership position.

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications and Aircel are also in the process of a merger.

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