Amidst reports of a revival of state-led telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the operator has now modified its Rs 429 prepaid tariff plan to offer additional data. This is 1.5GB extra data per day over the existing limit of 1GB. Validity of the Rs 429 plan is for 71 days. This is a tad unconventional considering the fact that most other telcos offer at least 84 days of validity on recharges that are priced at Rs 400 and above; as a standard.
Now, as per a Telecom Talk report, with the additional data offering, the BSNL Rs 429 plan comes with a consolidated 2.5GB data per day. This should offer, users preferring to watch multimedia content on their smartphones, plenty to cheer about. Also, those preferring to watch TV shows on their phones should also find the additional data offering handy. However, this additional initiative would lonely last till the end of October 2019. From November, it would be to 2 GB per day (1GB additional, as opposed to 1.5GB in October), along with unlimited voice calls. Nonetheless, from November, validity of the Rs 429 prepaid scheme would continue to be 71 days.
Here, it is worth remembering that BSNL has also limited free voice calls to 250 minutes per day. Even these should be sufficient for majority of general everyday users, as 250 minutes amounts to calling talktime in excess of 4 hours. The business folk might find this offering less, though. At this juncture, BSNL has also started testing out 4G and handing out compatible SIM cards to customers. Even amidst the closure rumours ( rumours are just that for now, take these with a pinch of salt), the telco has been seeing customers coming in via the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) route.
In related news, ever since Reliance Jio announced its decision to levy Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) on customers via charging 6 paise per minute for outgoing calls made to other networks, BSNL could up its bid to get full-fledged 4G spectrum and thereby offer services on par with the private telecom operators. The future, therefore, is a lot exciting as far as BSNL’s newer offerings are concerned. Subscribers of the state-led telco could keep their eyes and ears open. There could potentially be lots of surprises in store as far as the Indian telecom sector scenario is concerned.