Triggering competition, Bharti Airtel, on Wednesday, slashed data usage charges by 90 per cent for pre-paid subscribers in Punjab and Haryana, a day after Vodafone lowered data charges by 80 per cent for its pre-paid and post-paid customers in three circles.

Airtel said that the volume based charges (VBC) on its recharge vouchers for 2G data usage of three denominations had been reduced to 1 paisa from 10 paise per 10 KB, making internet usage affordable for its subscribers. The recharge vouchers of Rs.22, Rs.25 and Rs.125 carry a free download limit of 125 MB for five days, 150 MB for seven days and 1 GB for 28 days.

After the free download, the customers were now charged at 10 paise per 10 KB, which have been reduced to 1 paisa per 10 KB with immediate effect, Airtel said in its release.

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