Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has maintained an aggressive stance to retain market share since Reliance Jio started operations, has been launching a plethora of recharge plans over the last few months. Taking on Jio in the competitive Indian market, the state-run telecom company has launched a number of prepaid packs ahead of Diwali, which is when people use a lot of data and voice calling benefits to call their friends and families. BSNL has also been tweaking its prepaid offering to take on competition from Jio, Vodafone, and others. Here, we provide a look at BSNL’s recently launched and revised recharges, including limited and unlimited plans, in the past few months to help you decide which plan you should purchase.
BSNL Rs. 399 recharge pack
Last month, BSNL had introduced this offer wherein it is offering new customers benefits of its STV 399 plan for Rs. 100. Notably, it is available only to non-BSNL customers who are using LPG from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and transfer to the network via Mobile Number Portability (MNP). Such LPG users will be provided with coupons, which can then be redeemed for a new free BSNL SIM. However, the coupons will be available in seven states only, including Uttar Pradesh (East & West), Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Eligible users will be able to avail the STV 399 plan for just Rs. 100 in the new BSNL SIM. Coming to the BSNL STV 399, this plan was launched earlier this year, and its benefits include unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and 1GB data per day. It comes with a validity period of 74 days. Also, it offers free Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) with unlimited song change option. Notably, this offer is applicable during national roaming as well, including Delhi and Mumbai circles.
BSNL Rs. 180, Rs. 410, Rs. 510 recharge packs
BSNL is providing 9 percent extra value over and above three full talk-time prepaid recharge packs in its suite. The Rs. 180 BSNL recharge pack will come with a talk-time value of Rs. 190 (5.5 percent extra), the Rs. 410 pack will get the customer Rs. 440 worth of talk-time (an additional 7.3 percent), and the Rs. 510 recharge pack will come with Rs. 555 worth of talk-time (a 9 percent increase). The offer is valid across Indian telecom circles (where BSNL operates) from October 25, 2018, to November 11, 2018.
BSNL ‘Diwali Mahadhamaka Offer’
Last month, BSNL also introduced its ‘Diwali Mahadhamaka’ offer with two new annual packs priced at Rs. 1,699 and Rs. 2,099, respectively. The Rs. 1,699 BSNL recharge pack comes with 2GB of data per day, unlimited local/ STD/ roaming voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and free PRBT (Personalised Ring Back Tone). The pack carries a validity of 365 days. With the same validity, the Rs. 2,099 BSNL recharge pack offers 4GB of data per day, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and free PRBT. Post-FUP speed limits for both packs is 80Kbps.
BSNL Rs. 1,097 recharge pack
In October, BSNL had launched its Rs. 1,097 recharge that brought unlimited voice calls (local, STD, and roaming) and a total of 25GB for 365 days. That recharge is currently limited to the Kolkata circle. This means you’ll get only 70MB of data per day for the entire 365-day validity. Also, BSNL hasn’t provided any SMS benefits.
BSNL Rs. 78 recharge pack
BSNL, in October, unveiled its STV 78 prepaid pack on the occasion of Durga Puja, Dussehra, and Diwali 2018 to offer “unlimited data”, unlimited voice calls, and unlimited video calls to subscribers availing this pack. The validity of the pack is 10 days and it is currently applicable in all eligible telecom circles. The BSNL 78 recharge comes with a daily unlimited data limit of 2GB after which speed will be reduced to 80Kbps. Also, there appear to be no daily limits for voice calls and video calls. BSNL is also offering unlimited national roaming at no additional cost.
BSNL Rs. 9, Rs. 29 recharge packs
Last month, BSNL revised its Rs. 9 and Rs. 29 recharge packs that it first introduced around Independence Day in August. The Rs. 9 recharge pack now comes with a total of 100MB data, 100 SMS messages, and unlimited voice calls with a validity of one day. The Rs. 29 pack, on the other hand, comes with 1GB of data, total 300 SMS messages, with the same 7-day validity.
BSNL Bumper Offer
BSNL has been offering 2.2GB additional data per day during the festive season in India. For new BSNL subscribers, the ‘Bumper’ 2.2GB per day data offer will be applicable on five unlimited plan vouchers, priced at Rs. 186, Rs. 429, Rs. 485, Rs. 666, and Rs. 999. Meanwhile, existing BSNL subscribers will be able to avail the data offer on five unlimited STVs worth Rs. 187, Rs. 333, Rs. 349, Rs. 444, and Rs. 448. This brings as much as 3.2GB of daily data limit with Rs. 186 BSNL recharge that originally offered 1GB data per day for 28 days. Likewise, subscribers opting for the Rs. 444 recharge get 6.2GB data per day for 60 days. The same recharge option was originally offering 4GB daily data.
BSNL ‘Ananth’ Rs. 105, ‘Ananth Plus’ Rs. 328 recharge packs
The Rs. 105 BSNL recharge pack, dubbed BSNL Ananth, comes as the telco’s entry-level pack that offers truly unlimited calling with a validity of 26 days. The pack does not include any data or SMS benefits. On the other hand, the Rs. 328 recharge pack, called Ananth Plus, offers the same calling benefits with an extended validity of 90 days. Notably, the voice-only packs in BSNL’s prepaid mobile suite are applicable only for the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana circle. Also, free calling is not applicable in the Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles.
BSNL Rs. 241, Rs. 27 recharge packs
With this update, the STV 241 recharge now gives users benefits of up to 2.5GB of data per day. This takes total benefits to 75GB, considering the pack has a validity of 30 days. The refreshed pack benefits are only available in the Kerala circle. Notably, the BSNL Rs. 241 recharge has received this revision on a promotional basis and the revised benefits are valid between September 10, 2018, and December 5, 2018. BSNL had also revised its entry-level Rs. 27 STV recharge data-exclusive pack to now offer a total of 1.5GB of 2G/ 3G data for a period of three days. Previously, this pack was offering 1GB of data for a period of seven days to BSNL subscribers.
BSNL Rs. 75 recharge pack
BSNL had launched the Rs. 75 recharge option for prepaid subscribers earlier this year. It brings unlimited voice calls as well as 10GB of data and 500 SMS benefits. The new recharge option comes with a validity 15 days, alongside a validity extension option. Subscribers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the Rs. 75 BSNL recharge even after the given validity by recharging with an STV of Rs. 98 and above. Notably, the validity extension functionality can be used to extend benefits by up to 18 days. It was initially made available in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle as the ‘BSNL Jeevitha Prepaid Plan’.
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