Over the past few weeks, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has been busy ramping up its offerings (both cellular and broadband) to give itself better footing against the competition. Having launched numerous prepaid packs recently, the state-owned telecom operator has now introduced a new annual plan. Also Read - After Airtel, Vi, Reliance Jio hikes prices by 20 percent effective from December 1Also Read - Airtel offering free 4GB data coupons with select plans, after price hike
Priced at Rs 1,097, BSNL s new plan offers unlimited voice calling with no FUP-based caps for a duration of 365 days. However, as noted by Telecom Talk, free voice calling is not valid on numbers in Mumbai and Delhi telecom circles. Also Read - Gujarat loses over 13 lakh mobile subscribers in September
Apart from unlimited voice calling benefits, BSNL s offering includes just 25GB of total data, but no text messages at all. It s clear that the plan is targeted at users who are primarily concerned with voice calls but aren t that big on cellular data usage.
Telecom Talk s report further mentions that the plan is currently only available in Kolkata circle, and will be valid until January 6, 2019. There s no information whether (or if) BSNL s yearly plan will be launched in other telecom circles.
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Talking about competition, Reliance Jio recently introduced a new annual plan of its own. Priced at Rs 1,699, it offers unlimited voice calls and 1.5GB/day for an entire year, bringing the total data benefits to 547.5GB. The bundle also includes 100 text messages per day, as well as access to the entire suite of Jio s apps (e.g. JioCinema, JioTV). It s easy to see that Jio s yearly offering is miles ahead in terms of the total benefits, despite being a little more expensive than BSNL s new annual plan.