BSNL now seems to be intensively pushing for users to avail the prepaid Rs 1699 recharge plan. This plan is an unlimited benefits scheme offering free calls and more. Now, the telco which is set to be revived by the central government has been sending out messages repeatedly asking users to avail this plan.
For starters, BSNL’s Rs 1699 plan comes with free-unlimited voice calling of up to 250 minutes per day. The data offering, daily, under this scheme is 2GB. Users could also send 100 free text messages in a day. The state-led telco has now been notifying this scheme as a limited time only offer. The biggest USP of this plan is that it is now valid for 455 days.
This represents an additional validity of 90 days – from the earlier 365 days. Hence users get additional days to enjoy the unlimited schemes. In this regard, BSNL has been sending out text messages notifying users about the increase in tariff. This push has now seemingly become aggressive with a lot of festivities in the corner. In fact, for our BSNL prepaid number, the telco sent out the message notifying about the Rs 1699 scheme, twice.
Here, it is worth remembering that BSNL’s Rs 1699 plan comes with free outgoing calls to even non-BSNL numbers. There would be no Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) levied. This is set at 6 paise per minute by TRAI. Reliance Jio already levies IUC on customers making voice calls to non-Jio numbers. Other incumbent telcos, for now,, have stated that they would not pass on the burden of IUC to customers. For now, the date from which IUC is said to be done away, by TRAI, is 1 January 2020. The telecom body even sent out a consultation paper recently asking for industry experts’ view on extending this date of implementation of what is known as the Bill-and-Keep (BAK) regime.