Vodafone complains to Trai about Reliance Jio's Summer Surprise offer

In another development in the ongoing fight between incumbent telecos and new entrant Reliance Jio, Vodafone today complained to Trai saying that Jio was still  allowing customers to subscribe the 'Summer Surprise' offer despite Trai's advice to withdraw the scheme.

In a letter to Trai, Vodafone complained that Reliance Jio was still "luring customers" to subscribe the 'Summer Surprise' offer despite the regulator finding it in violation of norms.

"Reliance Jio is continuing with this offer held as not meeting regulatory norms, in the garb of configuration changes. For past three days, it has been promoting and luring customers to quickly recharge to avail the benefits of a non-compliant offer and also asking its retailers to communicate the same," Vodafone said in a letter to Trai.

Last Thursday, Reliance Jio said that its Summer Surprise offer would be withdrawn in the next few days after Trai 'advised' it to stop three months complimentary benefits under the new scheme.

While Jio said that it accepted Trai's decision and was in the process of fully complying with regulator's Trai's advice, the press release from the company did not answer when Jio would officially withdraw its Summer Surprise offer.

Jio said that its Summer Surprise offer would be withdrawn in the next few days. "Jio will be withdrawing the three months complimentary benefits of Jio Summer Surprise as soon as operationally feasible."

Under the Summer Surprise plan, Jio Prime members making their first recharge payment of Rs 303 or higher would have gotten complimentary free data services for three months until July.

Vodafone, in its to Trai, also alleged Reliance Jio had sent SMSes to consumers and retailers asking them to quickly recharge to avail the benefit of the scheme.

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