The affordability of mobile prepaid plans and value on offer means that users today have plenty of options to choose from, with Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Airtel all offering excellent prepaid plans. But if you’ve been a BSNL subscriber for a while, you’ll probably prefer to stick to the government-owned telecom service provider, purely for its wide-reaching network that gets it to even remote corners of the country. And although BSNL still hasn’t rolled out 4G services, it’s the preferred provider for many in India.
We’ve put together a list of the best prepaid plans on offer from BSNL in August 2018, so you can pick the best option for you. BSNL offers a wide range of prepaid plans in various budgets, thereby reaching customers across the cost spectrum.
Rs 9 and Rs 29 recharges
These are limited availability plans, only running till August 25. Under this, users will get one day of validity on the Rs 9 recharge and seven days on the Rs 29 recharge, unlimited calls on any network (local + STD), 100 SMS per day and 2GB data per day (after which data is unlimited at 80kbps). Mumbai and Delhi mobile numbers aren’t included in the calling benefits though.
Rs 36 and Rs 37 recharges
These plans offer identical benefits, with the key difference being that the pulse for voice calls is seconds on the Rs 36 plan and minutes on the Rs 37 plan. Users are offered 50MB of data for 30 days, and a validity of 180 days, and must recharge with top-ups to be able to place calls or use data after the free allowance. The plan is ideal for users who intend to use the connection primarily to receive calls, and maybe place a few calls too.
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Jai Jawan Plan
The plan is priced at Rs 113, and offers 2700 seconds of calls on BSNL networks, 2700 seconds to other networks. The plan is valid for 30 days, offers 50MB of data, and has an additional benefit of 20 minutes of calls per day to any two BSNL numbers.
Priced at Rs 186, this is the most affordable heavy usage plan on the BSNL network. Under this plan, users get unlimited calls (excluding Mumbai and Delhi numbers which are charged extra) and 1GB data per day for 28 days, along with 100 SMS per day. The plan itself is valid for 180 days even though the free benefits expire in 28 days.
Plan 429 / Plan 485 / Plan 666
These plans are also heavy usage plans, that come with long validity. The Rs 429 plan offers its benefits for 81 days, the Rs 485 plan runs for 90 days and the Rs 666 plan runs for 129 days, although the total validity is 180 days on all three plans. The plans offer 1GB to 1.5GB of high-speed data per day, unlimited calls on all networks (excluding Mumbai and Delhi numbers) and 100 SMS per day.
Priced at Rs 999, this is the most expensive plan on offer from BSNL. It offers unlimited calls across all networks (local + STD, except Mumbai and Delhi numbers which are charged at Rs 0.60 per minute), 1GB high-speed data per day (throttled to 40kbps after the free usage) and 100 SMS per day for 181 days. After the 181 day limit, the connection will remain active for incoming calls and usage with top-ups up to 365 days from the start of the plan.
BSNL also offers top-ups in various denominations and values, which can be used for additional usage on top of the regular plans and validity. There are various top-up values ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,500, which allow users to place calls or consume additional data.