Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the state-owned telecom operator is following on the footsteps of private telecom players to implement data carry forward option. The fourth largest telecom player in the country with a subscriber base of over 110 million users is now allowing its postpaid subscribers to carry forward unused data to next billing cycle.
BSNL has been lagging behind other private telecom players in number of ways and the lack of 4G support has jeopardized its ability to compete with the likes of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Ltd and Reliance Jio. While it is expected to begin 4G roll out sometime next year, the company is delivering on one of the most requested feature from its subscribers.
The telecom player has announced that it has now implemented ‘Data Carry Forward option’ for its postpaid users but there is a catch. The company has revised the Rs 525 postpaid plan in Kolkata telecom circle, where it is offering 80GB data along with ability to carry forward data up to 200GB to the next billing cycle. The catch here is that this carry forward option is limited to Rs 525 plan in the Kolkata circle only.
BSNL Rs 525 Plan: Key benefits
BSNL offers Rs 525 postpaid plan across all the circles that it operates but the data carry forward option is limited to Kolkata. In Kolkata circle, BSNL offers a revised plan where users get 80GB of 2G/3G data along with data carry forward option up to 200GB. The plan comes with unlimited data benefit where users will be able to browse the internet at 40kbps after user finishes the allotted data limit.
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The plan also comes bundled with unlimited voice calls to any network within India and calls to numbers in Mumbai and Delhi circles will not be charged. The plan from BSNL ships with 100 free SMS per day. In order to subscribe to this plan, BSNL users are required to make a security deposit of Rs 500 for those looking to make local + STD calls, Rs 2,000 for local + STD + ISD services and Rs 5,000 for local + STD + ISD roaming services. Postpaid users also get free subscription to Amazon Prime for a year with this plan.