Telecom regulator Trai on Thursday ordered Reliance Jio to withdraw the ‘Summer Surprise’ offer, which provides free services to Jio Prime members for three months on payment of a minimum Rs 303.
The users who have already subscribed to the Summer Surprise offer will get the offer. This means these users, who already have that SMS notification telling them that their Summer Surprise offer will kick in from April 16, will see exactly that happening from April 16. These users will get three more months of free Jio services.
While Jio is in the process of withdrawing the Summer Surprise offer, it hasn’t yet done it. The company will do that when operationally feasible. In other words, read between the lines and you will see that it is giving consumers another, last minute, chance to get the Summer Surprise offer.
So for example, if you do this today, you will get the Summer Surprise offer, even though it has been withdrawn.
Reliance Jio had been offering free services for six months – with Jio Welcome Offer for the first three months, and with Jio Happy New Year Offer for the next three. Its free services were supposed to end on April 1, at least according to the announcement made in late February.
But the operator announced the new Jio ‘Summer Surprise’ offer on March 31, bringing another three months of free services for customers – all they had to do was to become Jio Prime members (with a Rs. 99 recharge), and then buy a recharge of Rs. 303 or higher amount. Depending on the recharge value, Jio customers were to receive free 4G data and other services as part of the summer offer.
But the TRAI order on Jio ‘Summer Surprise’ offer, Reliance Jio has to cancel the promotional scheme. The company said it would obey and pull the freebie-offer as soon as operationally feasible, “over the next few days.”