Airtel Prepaid is a popular service offered by Airtel as it provides a wide range of recharge plans and additional benefits. The prepaid plans start from as low as ₹10 which are known as talktime plans and can go all the way up to ₹14,999 for the top-most International Roaming plan. There are a lot of other plans in between these price segments offering different kinds of data limits, calling and SMS features, along with the value-added benefits.
Last updated in: September 2022
Let’s look at all the different kinds of prepaid plans offered by Airtel, the different methods of recharge, and more in this article.
What is Airtel prepaid?
Airtel prepaid is one of the most popular telecommunication connections in the country. As the name ‘prepaid’ suggests, these connections are utilised on a recharge basis. One has to purchase a plan first and then start using its services, unlike postpaid connections wherein one has to pay a bill after a month and the amount will depend on the consumption, which sometimes comes as a surprise.
Benefits of getting Airtel prepaid
There are quite a few benefits that you can get when you get an Airtel prepaid connection. Here is a list of value and entertainment benefits.
- Flexibility to recharge as per own convenience.
- No bill shocks
- Subscription to Wynk Music
- Free subscription to Amazon Prime Video
- Airtel Xstream subscription
- Norton mobile security
- Free courses on Shaw Academy
Disadvantages of getting Airtel prepaid
There are also a few downsides to having a prepaid connection. In the case of Airtel prepaid, these issues tend to exist as well.
- Always requires a close eye on package validity
- Time limits of plans
- No option of having family plans
How to get Airtel prepaid SIM?
Now you can buy a new airtel prepaid connection online from wherever you are residing in the county. All you have to do is select a plan and confirm quick, the details for scheduling a doorstep SIM delivery & KYC. Keep a valid Proof of Identity/Proof of Address handy to share with the executive who visits your place. If you are someone who does not prefer the online method, then an alternative method is to visit an Airtel centre nearest to your place and get a new SIM with the help of an executive.
Airtel Prepaid Plans – Tariffs and Benefits
The Airtel prepaid network has a wide range of plans to offer users a variety of options. The cheapest Airtel recharge plan comes at ₹10 which only includes a talktime value of ₹7.47 and the most expensive plan is the international roaming plan which is priced at ₹14,999.
What are the Airtel unlimited prepaid plans?
Airtel has a wide variety of options under its ‘Truly Unlimited’ plans category. These plans serve the purpose of offering absolutely unlimited calling across the country, various data limits, and also a lot of value & entertainment benefits. We have listed down all the unlimited plans by Airtel prepaid.
|Plan Price||Data||Calls (Local, STD, Roaming)||SMS||Validity||Benefits|
|₹155||1 GB||Unlimited||100 per day||24 Days||
|₹179||2 GB||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹209||1 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||21 Days||
|₹239||1 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||24 Days||
|₹265||1 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹299||1.5 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹359||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹449||2.5 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹455||6 GB||Unlimited||900||84 Days||
|₹479||1.5 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||56 Days||
|₹499||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹549||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||56 Days||
|₹599||3 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||28 Days||
|₹666||1.5 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||77 Days||
|₹699||3 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||56 Days||
|₹719||1.5 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||84 Days||
|₹838||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||56 Days||
|₹839||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||84 Days||
|₹1,799||24 GB||Unlimited||3,600||365 Days||
|₹2,999||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||365 Days||
|₹3,359||2 GB per day||Unlimited||100 per day||365 Days||
What are data plans by Airtel?
Airtel also offers a list of plans that are purely for adding more data to your already existing prepaid plan. These data plans start from ₹19 offering 1 GB of additional data and the maximum data added plan comes for ₹301 offering 50 GB of additional data. Check out all the data plans below.
|₹19||1 GB||1 Day|
|₹58||3 GB||As per the existing plan|
|₹98||3 GB||As per the existing plan|
|₹108||6 GB||As per the existing plan|
|₹118||12 GB||As per the existing plan|
|₹301||50 GB||As per the existing plan|
What is the Airtel smart recharge plan?
There is a special plan provided by Airtel which comes at a moderate price of ₹99 and includes 200 MB of data, ₹99 worth of talktime and is valid for 28 days. The primary purpose of this plan is to keep the number active while not having to consume a lot of data or calling features. Here are the details of the plan.
|₹99||200 MB||Worth ₹99||28 Days|
Airtel prepaid Talktime plans
Airtel currently offers six different talktime plans for its customers. These talktime plans can be added to utilise the amount for various purposes such as calling, adding extra mobile data, etc. Here are the talktime plans by Airtel.
Which is the cheapest Airtel prepaid plan?
Keeping in line with the market standards and competition, Airtel also offers a few plans that are quite low in terms of its pricing. We have listed Airtel’s cheapest prepaid plans as per their type.
|For calls only||₹10||Talktime worth ₹7.47||Unlimited|
|For data and calls||₹99||200 MB data and Talktime worth ₹99||28 Days|
Which is the best Airtel prepaid plan?
What can be a “best” plan as per you might not necessarily be viewed the same way by others. As Airtel has so many different plans to offer, it is difficult to choose the best plan. If you are someone who likes a good balance of having sufficient mobile data and unlimited calls, then Switcheroo recommends the ₹359 plan as it includes 2 GB of data per day, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS per day and some value & entertainment benefits.
|₹359||2 GB/day and unlimited calls||28 Days||Amazon Prime – Mobile Edition Free Trial, Xstream mobile pack, Free courses with Shaw Academy, Rs 100 cashback with FASTag, Free Hellotunes, and Wynk Music|
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How to recharge your Airtel prepaid number?
There are various ways through which you can recharge your Airtel prepaid number. We have listed down a few of them for you.
Recharging Airtel prepaid number via Airtel website
- Visit the Airtel website
- Enter your Airtel prepaid mobile number
- Choose from the recommended packs or browse through all the plans available
- Click on amount mentioned of the plan you want to get
- Choose your preferred method of payment and enter the details
- Your recharge will be successfully done
Airtel recharge using MyAirtel app
- Log in to My Airtel App. Download the app if you don’t have it yet.
- Click on ‘Recharge’ option
- Select ‘Mobile’ and enter your Airtel number
- Browse from a list of plans available and select the one that suits you best
- Enter the recharge amount and click on ‘Pay Now’.
Airtel recharge using Payment apps
Another common method used by a lot of people in the country to recharge their prepaid number is through UPI payment apps such as PayTM, MobiKwik, Freecharge, etc. Here’s how to go ahead with this method.
- Log on to one of the payment websites
- Choose the Prepaid option for recharge.
- Enter your mobile number in the dialog box.
- Select your operator as ‘Airtel’. Then select your circle for e.g. Mumbai.
- Enter the amount you want to recharge or browse through the available plans.
- Proceed to recharge and pay the amount.
Airtel DTH recharge plans
Amongst the prepaid offerings by Airtel, the company also provides a DTH (direct-to-home) service across the country with the name of Airtel Digital TV. There are a lot of DTH plans by Airtel to cater to many kinds of preferences. There are also two types of plans which are SD – standard definition and HD – high definition plans. As there are a lot of plans available, we have listed down some of the popular DTH plans offered by Airtel.
|Pack Name||Price||Total number of channels||Validity|
|Airtel Digital TV new Kerala HD Pack||₹291||56||1 month|
|Airtel Digital TV MAH sports SD Plus pack||₹360||116||1 month|
|Airtel Digital TV Dabang HD pack||₹390||104||1 month|
|Airtel Digital TV Hindi Value Sports Lite HD pack||₹490||122||1 month|
How to recharge on the Airtel website?
Airtel provides the option of recharging with ease on it’s own website, so there’s not much of a need to browse around other payment websites. If you would like to recharge through the Airtel website, these links can be useful for you.
|Prepaid Recharge Type||Link|
How to check Airtel balance?
For a prepaid connection, it’s always important to know the details of the pack and keep a track of the remaining balance. Like every telecom service, Airtel also has made it simple to check your balance whenever needed. You can check your balance through the Airtel Thanks app or via entering a USSD code.
Checking Airtel balance in Airtel Thanks app
- Go on the Airtel Thanks app and enter your mobile number to access the features.
- Now select the ‘Services’ option. You will find it in the left corner of the app.
- There you will find details of your active recharge, data usage, SMS balance, and all the information that you may need.
- The app will also display your Airtel recharge pack validity.
Checking Airtel balance using USSD code
- To check the main balance, dial *123#. The balance information will soon reflect on your screen in a few seconds.
- For checking your Airtel net balance, dial *123*10#. This is exclusive to prepaid customers only.
- To know more about various offers on your Airtel number, you can dial *121#
How to contact Airtel prepaid customer service?
Reaching out to Airtel customer service is not that complicated. Airtel provides several numbers serving different purposes that a customer may need some assistance with. Here are the contact details.
Airtel prepaid customer service contacts
|General queries and/or Requests||121|
|For complaints and grievances||198|
Airtel prepaid Customer Care numbers for non-Airtel users
Airtel also has a dedicated helpline for people calling from non-Airtel numbers. We have compiled a list of customer care numbers for all the different telecom circles for you.
|Jammu & Kashmir||9906099060|
How do I keep my Airtel prepaid number active?
To keep your Airtel SIM active, just make sure to maintain the balance required or take a validity extension plan which is not usually that expensive and keeps the number active.
How to check my prepaid balance on Airtel?
You can simply dial *123# to check your calling balance and validity. It takes a few seconds for the details to show up on your phone screen.
How to block my Airtel SIM card?
In case you have misplaced or damaged your Airtel SIM, you can immediately block your sim by calling 121. Alternatively, you can call on 9849098490 from any other Airtel number. If you would like to call from a non-Airtel number, call on 1800-103-4444.
After how many days will my Airtel SIM expire or get inactive?
Airtel follows 60-day non-usage criteria for deactivation of the SIM from its network. Based on customer usage behaviour, it has been observed that 60 days is a long enough period to determine whether or not the SIM would be in use thereafter or would be lying idle and can be safely disconnected from its services.
Updated on 15 Mar, 2022
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