Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

BSNL introduces Rs 118 prepaid plan to counter Jio, Airtel and Idea

BSNL introduces Rs 118 prepaid plan to counter Jio, Airtel and Idea

But the bigger question is how well BSNL's new plan competes against the offers from Reliance Jio and Airtel. The plan carries a validity of 28 days. Jio has a Rs 149 plan that offers 1.5GB data per day for 28 days, while Airtel and Idea Cellular also has a similar plan in select circles providing 1GB data per day, not 1.5GB data per day benefit. And now to keep in the running with Reliance Jio telecom offerings, it has launched a new Rs. 118 recharge plan that offers unlimited voice calls jammed with data incentives. So for instance, if you're on the Rs. 199 pack that presently offers 1.4GB data per day, you'll no longer need to recharge for a separate pack once you exceed the 1.4GB quota and will receive data at a speed of 128Kbps after surpassing the daily limit. The introduction of this pack is a fine-drawn attempt to take on Reliance Jio's Rs. 98 recharge pack that provides nearly similar incentives. It also offers on free roaming calls but excluding Mumbai and Delhi telecom circles.

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Lastly, users will also get free PRBT with this new prepaid plan. Right after the activation of this STV, the default BSNL Signature tune will be activated on free of cost. Subscribers with existing unlimited packs have been upgraded with the post FUP data access at 128Kbps. This plan was aimed at the audience with more calling needs than data consumption requirements. However, users can also change the tune as per their desired one, but there will be additional charges included for changing the tune. To put things into perspective, the Jio pack of Rs. 98 offers unlimited voice calls, 2GB of data, and 300 SMS'es for a validity of 28 days. This means that if you've recharged your prepaid account with a data-only pack or a usual unlimited pack that offers a certain amount of data on a monthly basis, you will be charged for each KB consumed post the given data limit. There is no further information on full-fledged launch across India.

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