May, 04. 2017: This should come as a relief to Jio. The company has reportedly received TRAI approval for its Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. In other words, the Telecom regulator in India has found that Jio’s Dhan Dhana Dhan plan, which is a promotional offer with fairly low charges, complies with all its rules and norms.
According to a Financial Express report, TRAI has examined the new Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer and has found no discrepancy in the offer. Sources close to the matter told FE that Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan is a “clear tariff plan” and it does not violate any norm of TRAI. The Summer Surprise offer which was announced by Jio on April 1 was aborted by the company stating that the suggestion to end it came from TRAI.
“The Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is a clear tariff plan which offers subscribers 1 GB data a day for 84 days on a recharge of Rs 309. The other variant of the offer is 2 GB data for the same duration for Rs 509. Tariffs are under forbearance and TRAI does not interfere with them so long they do not violate any regulatory norm. Dhan Dhana Dhan does not violate any such norm,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying.
The same source also explained that TRAI advised Jio to stop Summer Surprise offer because it was not a promotional offer.
Jio on April 6 had announced the withdrawal of its Summer Surprise offer. The offer aimed to provide Jio users three months of additional free service after the end of the Happy New Year offer. The company said that the decision was taken in agreement with an “advise” from TRAI. The offer was announced on March 31.
Meanwhile, Jio users who have not recharged with any plan are experiencing network disconnection. The company had earlier warned that Jio SIMs that are not recharged with any plan or Prime Subscription before April 15 would only be in operation for a stipulated time period and later would be disconnected. Jio SIMs that were distributed at offices for free as part of company’s promotional offer have also stopped working.