Did Airtel Increase The Fair Usage Policy Limits?

Ever since I got the Reliance Broadband connection, I did not pay much attention to the other Airtel Broadband connection (which I am still retaining for a few more months).

Today, I decided to check out if anything has changed in the other camp. I looked into the Airtel Smartbytes page and see that they have increased my fair usage policy limit from 5GB to 25GB. Naturally, I was surprised and decided to verify about it with the customer care officials. For the sake of information, my DSL plan is KL_Combo 499 – 1 Mbps (Jan 2010).

Here comes the first shock – my land line number is not being recognized by the system. For a few minutes, even I got confused until I realized that it is their fault. I had to select “buy a new connection” from the IVRS options and thus could get connected to the customer care people.

The lady who was allocated to me – it seemed she just woke up from a deep slumber. I had to repeat the issues (a) land line number not being recognized by the system and (b) what is the real fair usage policy associated with my account  multiple times before she could understand and comprehend it. As usual, she said she will create a technical request for these issues and even stated that I will be receiving the request number on my mobile number shortly. Normally, I ask them to tell the request number so that I may note it down. Today, for whatsoever reasons, I did not resort to that. And yes, just as I had assumed, she was bluffing and no requests were created (I came to know about this only later).

I have now sent an email to Airtel Presence officials. And I am waiting for a favorable reply from their side.

Know Your Airtel Broadband Plan Details and Fair Usage Policy (FUP) Limits

Update (05/16/2018): This blog post used to be a relevant a couple of years back. I do not know if it works today. I have stopped using Airtel Broadband and have started using BSNL Broadband. Please bear this fact in mind while going through this post. Thanks.

I still come across many subscribers of Airtel broadband, who do not have any notion about various important parameters of their DSL plans; such as the monthly usage limit or their billing cycle.

Use Airtel Smartbytes to find out the high speed monthly transfer limit, the GBs left in the account along with the days left in the current billing cycle (useful if you wish to learn when you will get back the original speeds associated with your DSL plan).

The subscriber also gets to opt-in for the newly available Airtel Smartbytes offer using the same link. Airtel Smartbytes is all about obtaining additional data packs for a price (such as 99/- for 1GB and many more).

Update: I see many Airtel BB subscribers are searching for known methods to bypass the FUP limits set by the company. That search is going to turn out to be a futile one. The subscribers have to understand that the speed policy for their respective DSL plans is set on the machinery maintained by the company. Unless you have an insider, who is willing to tamper with the machinery and subsequently change your speed profile, you have no other option other than to take life as it comes. Earlier many subscribers reported speed boosts after rebooting their modems. This technique has been patched by Airtel. I still know a few handful of people who are enjoying their connections without any FUP – it is only a matter of time before they (the Airtel engineers) patch it!

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