On 9 June 2009, many Airtel users got SMS from friends about the 43rs recharge scheme. According to the SMS, Just recharge your Airtel with 43 rupee and you will get lifelong validity + Airtel to Airtel calling @ 10Ps/Min. I was shocked when i received this SMS but i ignored it.
But later, one of my friend SMSed me that he did the recharge and now all his Airtel to Airtel calls are charged with 10Ps/Min and the validity is also increased to 2012. So i decided to take the chance. Last year, Airtel stopped selling Airtel friends cards so it was bit risky to take a chance because no other service provider provides such scheme.
Airtel friends cards provides this scheme
In Happy Hours :
Airtel to Airtel : 10Ps
Airtel to other : 1 Rs
In Normal Hours:
All mobile calls : 1 rs
Landline calls : 2.5 rs
Happy Hours : 10PM – 8AM & 3PM to 5PM
Group calling 10Ps anytime, Group can have MAX 5 numbers at a time (all 5 must have Airtel friends SIM).
So it was bit risky to loose this plan, but still i decided to do the recharge. and after doing recharge, validity increased to 4th March 2012 and at that time all A2A calls were 10Ps/Min.I also got 39 rupee talktime on that recharge. But on next day every this was usual as friends scheme but validity was 2012 !! Many friends told me that there friends group was broken after doing this recharge, but now groups are also forming (This system was down from many days, and now its working !).
There was no confirmatory information about this plan from any official Airtel executives and even now if we call Airtel customer care center (121) they give different different explanation. Even Airtel official gallery stores dont have any information about such plan.
These recharges were working only on Airtel friends cards, no other cards were getting such benefits from this. I suspect there must be some problem in there system on that day. But dont know what was that.
Such exceptional cases always happen with Airtel, from Free Internet GPRS hacks to Free SMS hacks, all works only on Airtel. !!