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Jio Revises Disney+ Hotstar Mobile Prepaid Plans, Now Start at Rs. 601

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Reliance Jio has revised five prepaid recharge plans that come bundled with one year of Disney+ Hotstar Mobile subscription. The recharge plans in question were formally not included in the tariff hike that Jio introduced last week. As a result of the revision, Jio is now offering Disney+ Hotstar Mobile to its prepaid subscribers for as low as Rs. 601 a month, up from the earlier Rs. 499 plan. The revised plans are also costing up to 20 percent more to users.

As per the details available on the Jio site, the Rs. 601 prepaid plan brings 3GB high-speed data per day for 28 days and includes Disney+ Hotstar Mobile for a year, worth Rs. 499. The plan also carries an additional 6GB high-speed data access and brings unlimited voice calls as well as 100 SMS per day. Overall, the benefits with the Rs. 601 prepaid plan are identical to the Rs. 499 plan.

The next in the series is the Rs. 799 prepaid recharge plan that is the revision of the Rs. 666 plan. It brings 2GB of daily high-speed data for 56 days, along with unlimited voice calling and 100 daily SMS message benefits. The plan includes an annual Disney+ Hotstar Mobile subscription.

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Jio has also revised the Rs. 888 prepaid recharge plan with the Rs. 1,066 plan that brings the Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, along with benefits including 2GB high-speed data per day, additional 5GB data, unlimited voice calls, and 100 SMS messages on a daily basis. The plan comes with 84 days of validity.

The operator has also brought the Rs. 3,119 prepaid recharge plan that is the alternation of the Rs. 2,599. It brings Disney+ Hotstar Mobile for a year, along with benefits including 2GB daily and 10GB additional high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, and 100 SMS messages per day for 365 days.

In addition to the regular plans, Jio has revised the data-only 549 prepaid recharge plan with the new Rs. 659 plan. It brings Disney+ Hotstar Mobile for a year, alongside 1.5GB high-speed daily data access for 56 days.

Old plan New plan Benefits Validity
Rs. 499 Rs. 601 3GB daily high-speed data, 6GB additional high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile 28 days
Rs. 666 Rs. 799 2GB daily high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile 56 days
Rs. 888 Rs. 1,066 2GB daily high-speed data, 5GB additional high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile 84 days
Rs. 2,599 Rs. 3,119 2GB daily high-speed data, 10GB additional high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile 365 days
Rs. 549 Rs. 659 1.5GB daily high-speed data, annual subscription Disney+ Hotstar Mobile 56 days

 

Jio originally brought its prepaid recharge plans with Disney+ Hotstar Mobile in late August. The latest revision did not officially coexist with the launch of the recent tariff hike which took place last week. However, details available on Web archives suggest that it might have come alongside.

The Jio website has listed the revised plans under the Cricket Plans section. Third-party recharge sources including Google Pay and Paytm are reflecting the revision.


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Vi Brings New International Roaming Packs With Unlimited Data and Calls Starting at Rs. 599

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Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) has introduced new international unlimited roaming packs for its customers on Monday. New Vi Unlimited International Roaming packs range from Rs. 599 to Rs. 5,999. The former comes with 24 hours validity while the latter offers 28 days validity. Customers travelling to countries like UAE, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Australia, Thailand, and Brazil can opt for these plans. It offers unlimited voice calling support and data on its roaming networks across travel destinations. The Vi Postpaid Roaming Packs come with an Always On feature that is meant to prevent exorbitant rates while on international roaming even after the expiry of the subscribed pack.

The telecom operator on Monday launched a new range of international roaming packs for customers. The Vi international roaming packs start from Rs. 599 with one-day validity to Rs. 5,999 pack that has 28 days validity. They offer unlimited voice calls and data.

At present, Vi provides roaming services in 81 countries with local service providers. It has also unveiled an Always On feature to make sure that subscribers are not charged excessively even after the expiry of subscribed plans. For example, if travellers who have subscribed to the seven-day Vi Postpaid Roaming Pack, have to extend their stay, they can continue to use their phone for voice, SMS and data, and will be charged standard rates till the user’s usage value doesn’t cross Rs. 599. Upon crossing Rs. 599, the user will be billed Rs. 599 for each additional day that they use the International Roaming facility.

According to Vi, RedX postpaid plan customers of Vi can avail international trip every year with seven days Vi International Roaming Free pack worth Rs. 2,999.


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Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom Says to Use Solar, Wind Energy for 5G Mobile Masts in Germany

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Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom are harnessing the power of the wind and the sun at an energy-hungry 5G mobile site in Germany in an effort to guard against soaring electricity costs.

With already high bills only rising further, energy-intensive European companies are looking for innovative ways to secure reliable, low-carbon energy.

Telecom operators have extra motivation to cut costs as they also need to channel $872 billion (roughly Rs. 67,59,700 crore) globally into the rollout of next-generation 5G networks until 2030, to Morgan Stanley.

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“Energy costs for our sector are around $25 billion (roughly Rs. 1,93,768 crore) per year, probably closer to $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,32,522 crore), at current energy prices,” Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Ericsson’s head of sustainability, said in an interview. “So it is sort of on the same magnitude as the investment in radio equipment and other things.”

Ericsson said the 5 kilowatt wind turbine and solar modules could theoretically power the entire site of Dittenheim, around 120 miles (roughly 193 kilometres) north of Munich in the state of Bavaria.

Twelve square metres of solar panels have already been operating for a year, supplying about 10 percent of the required energy.

Backup when the wind drops or the sun sets comes from centralised, often fossil-fuel powered, plants via a connection to the main grid.

Scharp said telecom operators can use local renewable energy when market prices are higher — typically during the morning and evening — and rely on the grid when lower demand reduces costs.

The new system could be quickly rolled out to other mobile sites in the future.

Energy costs accounted for around 5 percent of telecom operators’ operating expenditure on average, according to from McKinsey, a figure which is expected to increase as 5G is deployed more widely.

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Broadcom Said to Be in Talks to Acquire VMware

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Chipmaker Broadcom is in talks to acquire cloud service provider VMware, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Negotiations between Broadcom and VMware are ongoing and a deal is not imminent, the sources said. The deal terms under discussion could not be learned.

The acquisition would further diversify Broadcom’s business away from semiconductors and into enterprise software, following its $18.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,46,591 crore) acquisition of CA Technologies and its $10.7 billion (roughly Rs. 82,997 crore) purchase of Symantec’s security division in the last four years.

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Bloomberg News first reported the deal late on Sunday. Broadcom and VMware did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. As of Friday’s market close, the market capitalisation of VMware was $40.3 billion (roughly Rs. 3,12,598 crore).

Michael Dell is VMware’s biggest investor with a 40 percent stake as a result of Dell Technologies having spun out VMWare to its shareholders last year, according to Refinitiv data.

Private equity firm Silver Lake, which has previously invested in Broadcom, is VMware’s second largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, Refinitiv data shows.

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