That’s right. It is the Bsnl which has come out with some of the best plans you can get in India as of today. It offers a Rs. 144 plan for its mobile prepaid and postpaid customers for both local and STD. Under this plan, users can make unlimited free voice calls and will also get 300 MB free data. What’s more, BSNL has also offered some excellent plans for its landline broadband users. One such plan comes at an introductory price of Rs. 249 for 6 months, after which it will be Rs. 499 per month. The speed will be up to 2 MBPS and the data transfer will be unlimited.
Taking a cognizance of the move of Reliance, its competitors such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and the state run operator Bsnl also entered into the competition by offering low price and cheap data as well as voice calling.It seems that the war of data and calls among the mobile operators in India will only intensify in 2017.
After Reliance Jio disrupted the telecom industry in the country late in 2016 by offering free 4G data and voice calls for three months till 31st December 2016, the company, early in December announced that the free data and voice calling shall continue till 31st March 2017. This fight among the telecom giants has benefited the users by offering them a plethora of options to choose from. And, the New Year has brought more choices to them. What is surprising is the fact that the best of the offers is not from a private telecom company such as Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, or Idea, but from the state operated, highly bureaucratic BSNL!
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The Rs. 144 plan of BSNL replaces its other plans So, the telecom company has reduced its price to almost 29 per cent as compared to its earlier offering. Also, unlike Jio, BSNL mobile plans are for 3G and therefore, users do not have to buy a 4G handset.
Apart from these plans, BSNL is also in the process of installing Wi Fi hotspots across the country. It has already installed 4000 such hotspots and plans to install further 40,000 Wi Fi hotspots in this year. The intent of BSNL is to make affordable internet connection available in the rural areas.
It will be really interesting and exciting to see how the private players respond to this move. No matter how the situation unfolds, it seems that it is the users who will emerge as winners in this war.