WiFi Dabba, a Bengaluru-based start-up backed by Y Combinator, is providing Internet at starting price of just Rs 2 for 100MB. The data-only recharge packs have a validity of 24 hours, and the licensed ISP provides data via small routers powered by fiber optics.
Wifi Dabba, offering high speed internet services to citizens of Bengaluru, is a startup attempting to take on the Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio on the ‘cheap data’ game.
The company which was founded by Shubhendu Sharma and Karam Lakshman, began operations last year after the launch of Jio. Three plans listed on its website are Rs 2 for 100MB data, Rs 5 for 500 MB and Rs 20 for 1GB data.
The company has installed 350 routers across the city and received over 1800 connection requests. “We're a new kind of network. The high speed kind of network. We're going to provide insanely cheap wifi across Bangalore city. The government's not gonna do it, the big companies shouldn't be allowed to do it. It's up to you and we to just do it,” the company’s website reads.
Wifi Dabba offers data as prepaid tokens sold via tea shops and local bakeries. These packs are available only in Bengaluru for now. Customers need to key in mobile numbers and fill the OTP for verification purposes and key in the token to connect to the internet.
Jio began its digital services with freebies on data and calling services. A year later the company’s cheapest plan on its prepaid site is Rs 19 offering 0.15GB data while postpaid offers begin at Rs 309 and offer 30GB for one billing cycle.
Will wiFi Dabba to take on Jio in the near future? This only time will tell.