Aircel introduced iPhone 4 to India. Airtel too will follow suit. It announced its customized plans for iPhone 4, which, are a bit tough to decode.
I just can’t understand why companies are inflating the required recharge amount and then giving discounts over it instead of simplifying the tariffs. At least, Aircel’s iPhone 4 money back gimmick was easy to understand, but it looks like Airtel has offered too many things to choose from.
I’ll put a plan as it is, and you infer what you can (this is for a 16GB prepaid phone in Hyderabad):
Recharge value: Rs.1000
Monthly offer charges: Rs.907 (taking out service tax charges)
A2A local: 950 minutes
Local SMS: 1000
3G Data: 600MB
Credit back to main a/c: Rs.454
So, as per my understanding, if you recharge with Rs.1000 every month, you will get all those SMS, free calls and Data mentioned above and get Rs.454 credited back to your main account, which is called as ‘balance’ in layman’s terms. Also, since it is clearly mentioned that number of recharges required is 24 and validity is 30 days for each recharge, your Rs.454 credit back amount will mostly expired after 30 days of they are unused.
If you understand the trick here, Airtel is unknowingly forcing you to recharge for more than that you need by using this ‘credit back’ thing.
Go here for more plans and understand them as you can.