By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30
BSNL joining the telecom war is certainly not that surprising given how other telecom operators have been fighting to retain their market share since the commercial launch of Jio back in September 2016.
Well, bundled packs with unlimited calls and data don't come as a surprise anymore with every other telecom operator joining the bandwagon to counter the mighty Reliance Jio. The latest telco to the list is BSNL who has now released a new pack priced at Rs 339 and offers free unlimited calls withing its network (BSNL to BSNL) and 2GB 3G data per day for 28 days. The offer is limited to 90 days.
Commenting on the new offer, BSNL Director for Consumer Mobility RK Mittal said, "We are committed to providing affordable and efficient services to all segment of our loyal mobile customers. We offer best prices to our customers considering the present trend of Indian telecom industry."
Though 2GB of data is maximum you get per day when we analyse all the similar packs from different telecoms, the unlimited calls are limited to BSNL network only which is pretty disappointing given that user footprints of BSNL are not that massive when compared to the likes Airtel and Vodafone.
Reliance Jio, on the other hand, is offering 1GB per day and unlimited calls to all the networks anywhere in India for Rs 303 under its Jio Prime membership. Don't forget we have to pay Rs 99 to enrol to this Jio Prime membership before 31st March 2017. Further, Airtel is offering unlimited Local + STD calls along with 1GB (500MB Day + 500MB Night) data at Rs 345. Vodafone and Idea also have similar packs for prepaid customers although the Vodafone Offer might be already out of validity up till now. Nevertheless, BSNL joining the telecom war is certainly not that surprising given how other telecom operators have been fighting to retain their market share since the commercial launch of Jio back in September 2016. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how users react to the Jio Prime membership starting 1st April because of not a lot of people, currently, use Reliance Jio as their primary SIM.