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Reliance Jio effect: BSNL to reportedly offer free voice calling to its broadband users

After Reliance Jio, BSNL is gearing up to offer free voice calling to its broadband users. Its plans will be cheaper by Rs 2-4 than Jio’s entry plan of Rs 149.

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Reliance Jio s entry in telecom space with ultra-affordable tariff plans is now setting the stage for price war among incumbent telecom operators. With unlimited local and national outgoing calls, unlimited SMS, and high-speed internet connectivity, telecom operators have already started feeling the heat from Reliance Jio. Not to be left behind in the race, state-run BSNL is gearing up to cut its tariff. The public sector telecom operator will offer free voice calling on its network, with data plans cheaper than Jio. While Reliance Jio s plans are available only for 4G subscribers, BSNL plans will be open for 2G and 3G customers. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?

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“We are closely observing the market as well as Jio’s performance. We will also come up with lifetime free-voice plans from the new year as part of fresh offerings. We plan to be even lower than the Jio plan, and this could be by Rs 2-4,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told TOI. It will introduce its tariff plans in January, and would be priced lower than Rs 149, which is the entry price of Reliance Jio with 28 days validity. The state-run operator has a strong market penetration in key states such as Odisha, Punjab, UP, Kerala, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. However, its services are absent in key markets such as Delhi and Mumbai, which is serviced by MTNL. Also Read - JioFiber broadband plans with free Netflix subscription: Check plans, price, data benefits, more

The plans will be made available to BSNL mobile customers, who also have a broadband connection at their home, Shrivastava told the publication. He further mentioned that the landline connection at home with broadband will be used to route outgoing mobile calls. We estimate that a large amount of time is spent at home, and so here we can ride on our wire-line operations,” he said. The free voice calling facility will also be available when customers are outside. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G vs Airtel vs Vodafone: 4G, voice calls, SMS tariffs compared

With most people using their mobile phones to make outgoing calls, the landline isn t that congested as before. BSNL making use of it to route calls and offer free outgoing to its subscribers could put further pressure on other operators such as Vodafone, Airtel and Idea to slash their tariffs further. Vodafone has its RED plans ranging between Rs 499 to Rs 1,299 with 700 to 3,000 local and national minutes. There is also Rs 1,699 and Rs 1,999 plan that offers unlimited local and national calls. Airtel, on the other hand, has plans starting from Rs 949 (with unlimited local calls), Rs 1,199 and going all the way up to Rs 2,999 with unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited roaming and unlimited SMS. However, all these plans are quite expensive compared to that of Reliance Jio. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G tariff plans announced, prices start from Rs 19

Reliance Jio has a wide range of plans starting from Rs 19 with one-day validity, and going all the way up to Rs 4,999 with 28 days validity. Irrespective of the plan that you choose, each of them comes with unlimited local and national voice calls, and unlimited SMS. The Rs 149 plan has a validity of 28 days and it offers 300MB of data and 700MB of JioNet Wi-Fi data. Users also get night unlimited downloads between 2AM to 5AM. While the calling and SMS benefits remain the same in other plans, the higher plans offer more data for downloading. ALSO READ: BSNL to take on Reliance Jio with competitive tariff plans

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  • Published Date: September 22, 2016 4:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 22, 2016 5:18 PM IST



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