Jio Summer Surprise Offer is Actually Not Free. Do You Know the Catch?

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Update: Jio Withdraws Summer Surprise Offer

Reliance Jio launched its Summer Surprise Offer on March 31, 2017. Nobody expected the offer and everyone was thinking, Jio will be completely paid service.

Even the X-service providers like Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL, IDEA, Aircel, Tata Docomo, and MTNL expected that their tough time is over. But, Jio continued to make these operators bleed and support the customers with more offers. 

As per Jio Prime Offer, Jio user can not go away to other networks till the prime plan expires. The Offers by JIO will hold them back.

Is the 3 Months Complimentary Service Under Prime is Really Free?

Jio Summer Surprise Offer Not Free

Actually the three months complimentary service is not free. You are indirectly spending Rs.83.75 every month if you subscribe for the Rs.303 plan. Free is something where you will get without spending any money. It is only the first 6 months offer (Welcome offer and Happy New Year Offer). It is completely free. Whereas the prime offer is not.

It is actually a giveaway. If you buy a Rs.303 or Rs.499 plan, you will get the same offer three times. Let us say, you are recharging your service for Rs.303 plan to get 28 GB data for 28 days.

So, you are actually spending Rs.303 for four months service. You will end up spending Rs.75.75 every per month. If you include Rs.99 prime membership fee too, then your monthly amount spent for jio service is:
Rs.75.75 (Rs.303/4 months)+  Rs.8.25 (Rs.99/12 Months) = Rs.83.75

The summer surprise offer varies based on the plan you subscribe to. For the plans with Rs.303,  Rs.499 you get 3 times the package free. For other plans, you will get 100 GB data for 90 days. 

For your reference, I have shared below the average amount you will spend monthly based on the monthly subscription for Jio Prime Members.

Average Amount Spent on Monthly basis for 303, 499, 999, 1999, 4999, and 9999 Jio Plans

Hope the calculation above gave you some idea. Please do not worry if you don't understand. You have nothing to loose. I can understand that we are still getting better tariff and plans compared to other services in the industry.

Can I Get Prime Membership For Free?

While there is not official announcement stating free prime membership, there is a workaround that will help you to recover the Rs.99 back to your allet in the form of cashback.In order to avail the cashback offer, the jio customer must recharge for prime membership using JioMoney App. 

The Rs.50 cashback will be available under the Offers section of Jio money App. You can use the cash back for your next Rs.303 or above recharge. You will get another cashback of Rs.50. You have earned Rs.100 as cashback. As you have spent Rs.99 for Jio Prime membership and earned Rs.100 as cashback, we can assume that we can get Free Prime Membership.

Is the Prime Membership Available for Post Paid Users?

Yes, the postpaid users can recharge for Rs.99 from their Jio App and avail the prime members app.

What Will Happen If I Did Not Become a Prime Member Before April 15, 2017?

It's really a great question. You will be a non-prime member of reliance jio. It is possible that Jio may still give some grace period. But, we can not guarantee. As per the news article by Indian Express situation, the subscription of non-jio prime members service will be disconnected.
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