BSNL Intros Apple iPad 3G Data Plans, Kicks Off New Campaign

In an endeavor to provide an exclusive, affordable and dedicated 3G Mobile telecommunication service over Apple iPad 3G Device Pan India 3G mobile service operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) all set to the launch Special campaign on its 3G Data offerings for Apple iPad.

The BSNL iPad 3G Data Plans was launched on 4th December 2010 with the launch of its Micro SIM Card for prepaid and postpaid as earlier we shared on Telecom Talk. The PSU said that all data plans will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time. BSNL also launched toll free Helpline 1800-180-1505 for BSNL’s Apple iPad 3G Plan subscribers.

The Specially tailored Tariff for the Unlimited 3G Data access for Apple iPad starts for just Rs 99 to  Rs 999 without any data cap or Fair Usage Policy (FUP). The cost of this BSNL iPad Data Starter kit along with the Micro SIM will be Rs. 100 (Rs. 30 for the Micro sim and Rs.70 for the 3G FRC Starter Plan). With the starter Kit subscriber will get 1 GB free 3G data usage per month up to 6 months.

The iPad 3G tariff plan for Apple Devices will be available from BSNL CSC in 3G Services area of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh-Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra & Goa, UP (East), UP (West), Tamilnadu, Chennai and Kolkata telecom circles. While it will be available in rest of circles by 1 February 2011.

TelecomTalk Exclusive : BSNL iPAD 3G Data Plan Campaign

Here are the tariff Details :

Prepaid Plans

3G RCV for Apple Devices/Micro SIM Unlimited 3G (Monthly) Unlimited 3G (Daily) Limited 3GPlan
MRP Rs.999 Rs.99 Rs.599
Free Data Usage Limit(Home and Roam) Unlimited Without any FUP Unlimited Without any FUP 6 GB
Data Charges Beyond Free Usage NA NA 1p/10 KB

(Home & Roam)

Validity 30 Days 1 Day 30 Day

Postpaid Plan :

Unlimited 3G Postpaid Plan for Apple Devices with Micro SIM
Activation Charges Rs.100
Monthly Rent Rs.999
Free Data Usage Limit

(Home and Roam)

Unlimited Without any FUP
Validity 1 Month

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • vinod kumar kaul July 19, 2012 12:13 am, 12:13 AM

    i have taken 3g connection of bsnl for my ipad in punjab ,but am not satisfied with the service.the network is very week and net is so slow that broadband service is better than it. to top of it no body is there to listen to complaint

  • Joseph Xavier July 19, 2011 11:53 am, 11:53 AM

    For the use of Micro sim, BSNL is charging Rs. 600.00 per month for the use of 6 GB. One may not require 6 GB in a month. Can the BSNL think of something around Rs. 300.00 per month for the use of say 3 GB? Then persons like me can make use of the facilities offered by BSNL.

  • vitas July 15, 2011 11:38 pm, 11:38 PM

    1. Is d micro sim available in kannur(kerala)

    2. Is it true rs. 100 u get 1 day unlimited 3g.

    3. Is this kind of plan only available/locked or can use in any 3g enabled phone(by cutting d edges)?

  • Arunkerala January 26, 2011 1:50 pm, 1:50 PM

    here in kerala..Best mnp offer is by bsnl, but there marketing is very poor no one know the mnp offer of bsnl. But airtel and idea provide gud mkting and adding more and more customes

  • jimmi January 26, 2011 12:30 pm, 12:30 PM

    comparing 3g mobile plans

    Data Charges for 1MB
    BSNL : Rs. 1/-
    Airtel : Rs. 15/-
    Reliance : Rs. 10/-(Upto 50MB) , Rs. 1/- (More than 50MB)

    Video Local Call Charges per minute
    BSNL : Rs. 0.7/-
    Reliance : Rs. 3/-
    Airtel : Rs. 3/-

    decission is yours…

  • joseph January 26, 2011 11:48 am, 11:48 AM

    Only BSNL can offer this much low wireless 3G pricing as 3G needs not only spectrum but also bandwidth upto cell tower. BSNL towers 90% connected throught Optical Fiber(OFC) and they can carry theoretically unlimited bandwidth. private players still using Microwave communication between cell towers. Microwave technology is having very limited bandwidth comparing to OFC. For private companies upgrading the infrastructure needs lots of money. So they cant reduce the tariffs below a point….

    To PD
    Using BSNL 3G connection any one can use 3G all over india(including Mumbai and Delhi) No other private player have this “all india roaming agreement”.

  • AgJ January 26, 2011 12:15 am, 12:15 AM

    Unimaginable pricing …

  • Nidhi January 25, 2011 9:21 am, 9:21 AM

    BSNL/MTNL sharing arrangements on 3G are not in place. Also tariffs are not harmonised understandably due to high spectrum charges paid for 3G, but this needs to be worked out sooner than later. Dunno how the EVDO experience on BSNL is, but their tariffs on EVDO are certainly not the lowest. If current trends on handsets are anything to go by, people might use dual technology to use CDMA EVDO for data and 3G/GSM for voice deriving the best price performance ratio.

  • MTNL BSNL January 25, 2011 3:55 am, 3:55 AM

    @poorva boria
    Poorva Let us know your exact problem if you are old subcriber of BSNL. Let us send your bad, very bad, extremely bad experience with BSNL. Kindly send your details to 09869347070. R u from Gujarat circle? As per my knowledge BSNL have strong network coverage of GSM & UMTS equipped with 7.2mbps & they are in the process of upgrading to 21.1mbps. We are eagerly awaiting to know th fact. We know tht you are never be a subcriber of BSNL. you are a subscriber of Vodafone. world.

  • Hemant Kadam January 24, 2011 1:16 pm, 1:16 PM

    Apple ipad is not launched in India yet, why are they providing such plans? First launch it officially then give such plans…..

  • Gurjeet January 24, 2011 11:03 am, 11:03 AM

    @A Mohapatra

    @Ankur Mhatre
    At present they are offering 3.6 Mbps every where and in some places speed is around 7.2 Mbps which they are going to increase upto minimum of 14.1 Mbps to 21.1 Mbps before March of this year as they are upgrading their network for this on war footing speed.

  • PD January 23, 2011 7:03 pm, 7:03 PM

    IT is really surprising to note the statement “that the BSNL enjoy PAN-INDIA presence” ! IT is understandable if the media refers to but what about the CMD, BSNL ? BSNL has no presence in Mumbai and Delhi only they have ROAMING partnership with MTNL, that too half-baked one !

    If THE HINDU report is believed its Chairman himself is claiming this !

    KANCHEEPURAM: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s target to roll out 3G services in 760 cities will be achieved by this fiscal, according to its Chairman and Managing Director Gopal Das.

    Talking to mediapersons after a function on Rajiv Gandhi Salai in Padur, near Kelambakkam, on Saturday, he said the pan-India presence enjoyed by BSNL had helped in smooth and easy rollout of 3G services in 700 cities. In the remaining 60 cities, the 3G services would be rolled out by March 31, he said. courtesy :The Hindu

    The statements too are vague – 700 cities ! Earlier, elsewhere it was stated that BSNL has 3G coverage in 765 cities ! Even if this too is correct – Does it mean all the areas in all the circles (20, of course- two circles are covered by MTNL) ? No definite not. For namesake cities in the SSAs are handpicked for statistical analysis !

  • Madhav January 23, 2011 1:11 pm, 1:11 PM

    Vodafone the worse service provider No doubt about it But one good thing about Vodafone is Its ads too good :)

  • Madhav January 23, 2011 1:09 pm, 1:09 PM

    @poorva boria

    Good Joke :)

  • PD January 23, 2011 12:53 pm, 12:53 PM

    @A Mohapatra
    I am sure @porva boria really doesn’t meant it !!! There are my who have already aired similar sentiments – all because of helplessness, or even out frustration on the part of subscribers and Nonchalant manner PSUs

    Hey PSUs – Rise to the occasion, else ?……………

  • Anshal January 23, 2011 11:52 am, 11:52 AM

    Can anybody provide the actual download/ upload speeds with BSNL 3G?

  • Ankur Mhatre January 23, 2011 9:51 am, 9:51 AM

    What is the speed you are getting on BSNL 3G?

  • A Mohapatra January 23, 2011 9:47 am, 9:47 AM

    poorva boria :
    No body is as powerful as vodafone!!! bsnl a super flop story … stop your service
    hand over it to vodafone…

    If BSNL hands over it’s services to vodafone, poor people can’t use teleservices my friend. And India has a huge majority of poor.

  • anurags January 23, 2011 8:07 am, 8:07 AM

    @poorva boria
    ya dey willl hand it over to vodafone so that vodfone can lot everyone.
    wait for vodfones 3g launch.
    they wont provide any unlimited plan for sure
    and even if they provide it den it will not cost less than 2500.
    seems u enjoy paying extra.
    so u keep on enjoying and let other enjoy the gr8 3g of bsnl.

  • Raghu January 23, 2011 12:00 am, 12:00 AM

    @poorva boria
    wats ur problem with BSNL Dear?

  • TD January 22, 2011 11:36 pm, 11:36 PM

    Rs.99 per day !!! Too costly for a day …. Good schemes for monthly plan

  • poorva boria January 22, 2011 11:33 pm, 11:33 PM

    No body is as powerful as vodafone!!! bsnl a super flop story … stop your service
    hand over it to vodafone…

  • MICKEY January 22, 2011 9:39 pm, 9:39 PM


  • max January 22, 2011 9:33 pm, 9:33 PM

    there is not a any option after where to follow the status of our porting request, there should be a some countdown type method like subscriber get the sms at every 12 hrs that operator received the request and ur number will be ported after so and so duration.

    and i know it is not going to happened b’coz we are in india.

  • AmitS January 22, 2011 9:20 pm, 9:20 PM

    BSNL need good customer care support team. without this all these efforts or plans are useless. these plans are known to only few people even there CCN staff have no idea about these plans.

  • som January 22, 2011 7:57 pm, 7:57 PM

    is there any way to use this with our 3g sim?i mean is this locked to micro sim market there are other tablet manufacturers.why is BSNL providing extra favour to apple?this is not should be provided for all tablet manufacturers.

  • alamgir January 22, 2011 7:39 pm, 7:39 PM

    Way to go guys(BSNL), keep it up.

  • A Mohapatra January 22, 2011 7:28 pm, 7:28 PM

    kochi k karan :
    @A Mohapatra you can get a similar limited data plan in 3G by doing Rs. 606 Easy recharge for your current 3G sim…. It will give you total 6GB free (5Gb night and 1 GB day) for 30 days… BSNL is also offering many flexible 3G data plans from Rs. 10 (RS 10 will give 20 MB free and valid for 1 day, Rs. 25 gives 50 MB and validity is 3 days, Rs. 50 gives 100 MB and validity is 7 days) you just need to do a Easy recharge for these denominations to avail these… i am currently using Rs. 700 Unlimited plan, which is really great, which i came to know from TT and I am thankful to TT for this…

    I know that Rs. 606 plan but what I want is anytime usage of 6 GB. I get headache if I surf for long in night hours.

  • kochi k karan January 22, 2011 6:17 pm, 6:17 PM

    @A Mohapatra you can get a similar limited data plan in 3G by doing RS 606 Easy recharge for your current 3G sim…. It will give you total 6GB free (5Gb night and 1 GB day) for 30 days… BSNL is also offering many flexible 3G data plans from RS 10 (RS 10 will give 20 MB free and valid for 1 day, RS 25 gives 50 MB and validity is 3 days, RS 50 gives 100 MB and validity is 7 days) you just need to do a Easy recharge for these denominations to avail these… i am currently using RS 700 Unlimited plan, which is really great, which i came to know from TT and I am thankful to TT for this…

  • Mayur January 22, 2011 5:50 pm, 5:50 PM

    @Ganesh Srinivasan
    Yes,but marketing statergy is very poor…in maharashtra new cug plan is launched for farmers which is very good but due to poor marketing i.e we can say without advertising no one know about it…

  • A Mohapatra January 22, 2011 5:11 pm, 5:11 PM

    @Sanjay Bafna :

    Are the prices of plans mentioned including taxes for PrePaid ?

  • A Mohapatra January 22, 2011 5:09 pm, 5:09 PM

    I just wish I could take the Rs. 599 Limited IPad plan in my 3G DataCard SIM. I find this plan Best priced.

    Nice to see one after another superb offers coming from BSNL stable since last few months.

  • Ganesh Srinivasan January 22, 2011 4:57 pm, 4:57 PM

    BSNL rocks, they seem to be the trend setter these days


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