Exclusive : BSNL To Charge Standard National Roaming Rates in All Prepaid Plans

After the recent tariff hike by all leading private operators now its time for India’s National Telecom Backbone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). BSNL all set to charge standard National Roaming rates instead of Reduced Roaming Rates in all basic plans – Per Second, Per Minute and General plan from 26th October, 2012. In other words BSNL customers will pay more for voice calls while roaming!

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Currently BSNL offering reduced National Roaming Rates like 1.2p /59p/60p for all outgoing and incoming calls for its prepaid customers in Per Second, Per Minute and General plans without any Special Tariff Vouchers for Roaming rates.

From 26th October, 2012 all BSNL Prepaid customers (2G and 3G) in these tariff plans will be charged for Roaming Calls as per Standared Natioanl Roaming Rates like Rs.1/min for Incoming and Local outgoing calls with in visited telecom circle and Rs.1.50/min for STD outgoing calls while National Roaming.

BSNL Revised National Roaming Rates ( W.E.F. 21st October 2012) in Details :

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  • Rushi August 16, 2013 1:16 pm

    Hi Sathish can plz tell me how to activate Roam free plan in BSNL andra Pradesh sim ?
    wat is the recharge amount ?

  • Rushi August 16, 2013 1:15 pm

    Hi Sathish can plz tell me how to activate Roam free plan in BSNL TamilNadu sim ?
    wat is the recharge amount ?

  • Kaushik Roy October 26, 2012 10:19 pm

    BSNL website already updated
    never saw such a quick updation from BSNL ;)

  • anoop October 26, 2012 11:12 am

    umesh :
    Hi today when i tried to recharge from portal.bsnl.in it showed Rs:199 for Roam free plan

    The validity of roam free plan has been increased to 6 months. so the amount is now 199 having 12000 second freecalls, 3000 sec videocalls, 100SMS and 50MB data for 30 days (but one drawback is there.. 15000 sec free calls is not valid on raoming, it has to be consumed in home circle itself.. sms and data freebies valid in roaming too ) it has to be changed

  • umesh October 25, 2012 11:52 am

    Hi today when i tried to recharge from portal.bsnl.in it showed Rs:199 for Roam free plan

  • Anirban Das October 25, 2012 12:45 am

    Sathish :
    Why are you worrying?
    BSNL Roam Free Plan is there!
    There is no changes in Roam Free Plan, it’s exclusively designed for frequent Roaming peoples.
    Who is giving like BSNL Roam Free Plan?
    Till now, None of the leading frauds – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – not given.
    In Chennai & RoTN BSNL Customers are enjoying Free SMS facility even in Roaming also by using following SMS packs:
    SMS36: 3000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 30 days
    SMS46: 4500 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 45 days
    SMS56: 6000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 60 days
    Unused Free SMS also can be carry forward, if you do RC at the end of the SMS pack validity.
    You can’t expect this kind of facility in any other private networks in India.

    @DB
    Hey Dear It roam free will increase the base tariff of local/std on net and offnet in home circle, also it will cause problem to person going out station for 1-2 months.

  • Kumaran GP October 24, 2012 11:10 pm

    @sathish, Roam free plan RC has been increased to Hunderd and ninety Something with 6 months validity..

  • Sathish October 24, 2012 11:32 am

    If you want “BSNL Roam Free Plan”, Just Do RC153 or if you have enough balance, you can activate it through SMS, just send MROAM to 53733 (TollFree) from BSNL Mobile (Chennai BSNL number / TN BSNL Number) the amount Rs.136.17/- will be deducted from your main balance.

    Then You will get Following free benefits:

    6000 Seconds Free to All Local/STD BSNL Calls for 180 days.

    6000 Seconds Free to other Local/STD network Calls for 180 days.

    3000 Seconds Free to All Local/STD BSNL Video Calls for 180 days.

    50MB Mobile Internet Free for 180 days

    100 Local + National SMS Free for 180 days.

    All incoming calls Free – while in Roaming for 180 days

    Call rate: Per Second basis for 180 days.

    Add on Facility 3 BSNL No’s without any monthly rental.

    Default Mobile Internet: Usage charges in Home location / While Roaming @ Rs.0.02 per 10 KB.

    BSNL Helpline: 1800-180-1503 (Toll Free).

  • umesh October 23, 2012 7:14 am

    Hi Sathish can plz tell me how to activate Roam free plan in BSNL TamilNadu sim ?
    wat is the recharge amount ? thanks

  • DB October 22, 2012 9:42 pm

    @Sathish +1 SATHISH

    I too use BSNL SMS Pack on Roaming – send sms anywhere, from anywhere!!
    Also INCOMING FREE On Roaming (RC152 in Andhra) is best offer …

    >>Why are you worrying?
    BSNL Roam Free Plan is there!
    There is no changes in Roam Free Plan, it’s exclusively designed for frequent Roaming peoples.
    Who is giving like BSNL Roam Free Plan?
    Till now, None of the leading frauds – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – not given.
    In Chennai & RoTN BSNL Customers are enjoying Free SMS facility even in Roaming also by using following SMS packs:
    SMS36: 3000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 30 days
    SMS46: 4500 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 45 days
    SMS56: 6000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 60 days
    Unused Free SMS also can be carry forward, if you do RC at the end of the SMS pack validity.
    You can’t expect this kind of facility in any other private networks in India.

  • Aditya October 22, 2012 1:06 pm

    @Sathish Couldn’t agree more. If you can live with SMS while roaming, subscribe to an SMS pack and make/receive calls only if it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, switch over to Roam Free Plan and enjoy free incoming calls.

  • Sathish October 22, 2012 12:14 pm

    Why are you worrying?

    BSNL Roam Free Plan is there!

    There is no changes in Roam Free Plan, it’s exclusively designed for frequent Roaming peoples.

    Who is giving like BSNL Roam Free Plan?

    Till now, None of the leading frauds – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – not given.

    In Chennai & RoTN BSNL Customers are enjoying Free SMS facility even in Roaming also by using following SMS packs:

    SMS36: 3000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 30 days

    SMS46: 4500 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 45 days

    SMS56: 6000 Local+National+Roaming SMS Free for 60 days

    Unused Free SMS also can be carry forward, if you do RC at the end of the SMS pack validity.

    You can’t expect this kind of facility in any other private networks in India.

  • Sudhakar October 22, 2012 10:13 am

    Local SMS while roaming is costly than local call while roaming !!!. What a foolish move by all the operators.

  • anu October 22, 2012 9:50 am

    roam free plan is there so enjoy

  • Wake-Up-India 'Sha' October 22, 2012 1:07 am

    THE GOVERNMENT’S (Read Politicians) AIM IS TO HELP THE INCUMBENT(Old) OPERATORS TO FLEECE THE CUSTOMERS BY INCREASING THE TARIFFS AND PREVENTING THE COMPETITION BY MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR NEW OPERATORS IF THEY ENTER.

    Hi Friends,
    Please read this completely and let me know what you feel.

    It looks like we will go back to those days when the incumbent mobile operators used to fleece the customers with high tariffs utilizing thier monopoly. (Airtel, Idea & Vodafone always work as a single operator unofficially. They are a cartel, they fix thier tariffs with each others consent). Gone are the days of competitive and nominal tariffs which were affordable even by a common man like a daily wage worker. It looks like the government wants to reverse all this by preventing the new operators by keeping the spectrum price so high to scare them away. Even if new operators enter the market as they have already invested billions of dollars in network rollouts, they connot offer very competitive tariffs as before, as they would have paid huge amounts to get the spectrum and it would be unviable for them to provide low tariffs. The Supreme Court has ordered the Government to conduct free and fair spectrum auctions, as the former telecom minister A Raja accepted bribe & manipulated with the licence system. The Supreme court’s aim is to prevent corruption. But do you know what’s happening now? There is corruption everywhere! From Top to Bottom, From Ministers to Bureaucrats, TRAI, Telecom Commision etc., All are working to help one or the other corporates as thier agents or moles, to make some quick bucks. THEY HAVE PURPOSEFULLY KEPT THE SPECTRUM RESERVE PRICE SO HIGH TO PREVENT COMPETITION AND TO PREVENT LOW TARIFFS. The Supreme Court has just ordered the spectrum auction to make it transparent. It has not ordered the Government to keep the Reserve price at 14000 Crores, and to create artificial scarcity. I will write in detail sometime again, but now coming to the point, WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT THIS CORRUPTION AND LOOT BY THE POLITICIANS AND CORPORATES AND OTHERS. The Spectrum is a National resource and should be used for the benefit of all the people by providing affordable communication to the masses (Rich & Poor), for all round development of the country. If we keep quite we may have to pay high tariffs of around Rs.2 per minute for local calls in a matter of just few months from now. We have to protest and take some solid steps to prevent these CORRUPT Politicians and Bureaucrats from spoiling the Indian Telecom Revolution which had made mobile communication affordable to the masses, which was a luxury few years ago. They want to make as much money as possible from the spectrum auctions so that they can loot it in the name of some or the other schemes and fill thier coffers. The present reserve price of Rs.14000 Crores is manifold higher than even the US where the ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) is Ten Times that of India. Just in case, if anyone think that I am writing in favour of any operator, absolutely not. I am a big hater of Politicians and the Corporates. I am worried about higher phone bills of me and millions of others like me. It is not natural inflation of tariffs, but artificial inflation created by the greedy politicians. WE WANT FREE AND FAIR SPECTRUM AUCTIONS, BY KEEPING THE RESERVE PRICE AT REALISTIC LEVELS OR ATLEAST SAME AS 3G RESERVE PRICE OF RS.3500, SO THAT THERE WILL BE REAL COMPETITION AND AFFORDABLE TARIFFS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHO ARE WITH ME.

  • Anirban Das October 21, 2012 11:16 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    @Arun
    I spport “Arun”. If customer is going abroad for 1-2 months, then they have to recharge with 199 Rs. Are we all mad?

    Rajive Borde :
    Good Move by BSNL to earn something and really professional move i support. If consumer need reduced rate roaming than they can recharge with Roam Free plan or STV which is there.

  • Arun October 21, 2012 5:47 pm

    WHAT A GREAT MOVE BY BSNL…. PLZ INCREASE BASIC CALL CHARGES INTO 1 RS/MINUTE FOR ONNET CALLS AND 1.5 RS/MIN FOR OFFNET CALLS….

  • Rajive Borde October 21, 2012 1:41 pm

    Good Move by BSNL to earn something and really professional move i support. If consumer need reduced rate roaming than they can recharge with Roam Free plan or STV which is there.

  • zeeshan October 21, 2012 1:14 pm

    I have personally experienced dear. STV 135 works in roaming also.

  • umesh October 21, 2012 12:41 pm

    Pike :
    Thanks bro ! How about the bill ? Is it contains imei no of mobile and any additional charges like delivery charges etc., need to pay apart from the price tat mentioned on the site ?
    Thanks in advance !

    guys sorry for the off topic discussion

    yes pike the bill will hav the imei no of mobile. COD is only available wer the courier services like bluedart/dtdc etc r present otherwise u hav to first pay and they will ship the product to ur address. u can check whether ur pincode is available for COD frm the website frm wer ur purchasing or enquire with customer care

  • Sahil Shah October 21, 2012 12:36 pm

    I had planned to port out of BSNL on 91st day itself. Roaming hike now makes my decision easy to port out. The services are degraded. Voice quality and internet services sucks now so better to use vodafone now. Pay same and enjoy better services.

  • Asit Paul October 21, 2012 12:30 pm

    @Mandeep Sidhu
    BSNL also offers 1.5p/sec outgoing on Roam Free Plan PV-199 valid for 180 Days with Free Incoming on BSNL Network available all India except Delhi n Mumbai.

  • umesh October 21, 2012 12:27 pm

    will MTNL follow BSNL ? MTNL is still offering 50p/min and 1p/sec plans for roaming.
    how to activate the roam free plan in BSNL Maharashtra and TN sim ? does the rate of roam free pack differ from state to state. BSNL works very fine while roaming in other circles but it is worst in its own home circle. even i use bsnl only for roaming purpose.

  • Sunil October 21, 2012 11:55 am

    @zeeshan
    Wrong information dear. 400 minutes work in LSA only

    @zeeshan
    Wrong info dear. 400 MINUTES WORK IN CALLS MADE WHILE IN LSA

    • ROHITH March 5, 2013 11:27 am

      LSA MEANS?

  • dhirendra October 21, 2012 9:19 am

    I think idea is the best service provider in mp.@singh

  • ankur October 21, 2012 8:23 am

    bsnl loose more customer by this roaming hike,

  • SAMIR GUPTA October 21, 2012 7:05 am

    Dear Mr Singh
    in MP Idea has the best coverage, no other operator matches its penetration depth.In our homes also the network is good without any call drops.second operator which is expanding like Idea is Vodafone, it also has deep penetration coverage in areas where it has started its service.

  • Mandeep Sidhu October 21, 2012 5:32 am

    Only tata docomo offers 1.5p/sec roam tariff but they not have their own network in most of circles.

  • Kumaran GP October 21, 2012 1:25 am

    ROAM FreePlan there or not?

  • almnisar October 21, 2012 12:22 am

    BSNL in losing path

  • singh October 21, 2012 12:22 am

    its bad news for all of us. Now better to use private best oparetor. Please suggest me, in M.P. Which one is better than best service provider. I want to port out from this BSNL.

  • Nivas October 21, 2012 12:15 am

    too bad….

  • Sandeep October 21, 2012 12:14 am

    Even then it better than Pvt. Player’s Roaming Tariff.

  • Raghu October 20, 2012 11:26 pm

    @Arun
    we do not have faith in BSNL as far as mobile services is concerned. i have complained more than 25 times to BSNL abt bad network they are least bothered to solve the issue

  • PD October 20, 2012 11:13 pm

    I think that those at the helm (surely Kapilji is not there !) are bent upon pushing the PSUs (including MTNL) to “abysmal misery/debt/loss”. Already mtnl staff’s salary credits date started “skipping” !

    One fails to understand the logic of this kind of plan – no free roaming ?

  • Lovegin October 20, 2012 11:03 pm

    roam free plan is still alive?

  • dhirendra October 20, 2012 11:02 pm

    I don’t know what BSNL wants to do with such a stupid step. Most of their customers are using BSNL because they provide better roaming plans not because of their network coverage or congestion free network. Now they are removing this special feature. This will certainly lead the future of BSNL into trough.
    Although I am not sure about its roam free plan. If it works in roaming, people may go for that but we shall have to see what will happen after 26th october. If this plan works in roaming, conditions are still not so worse.

  • DB October 20, 2012 11:00 pm

    @sai

    @ SAI – thats why all operators want to GRAB as MUCH while they still can !!
    However who says FEW DAYS – it can come on 31.12.2013 as well!!
    Or like MNP – take 4-5 years to get implemented !!

    >>only few days will left to bare roaming charges by 2013 no roaming charges in India.

  • Sarin October 20, 2012 9:15 pm

    @Lovegin
    Not BSNL employees but top officers of DOT and TRAI.

  • Jay October 20, 2012 8:45 pm

    I have a BSNL SIM which I use only for roaming, as I barely signal in my home in Chennai… Added to that, BSNL doesn’t have good STVs when compared to private operators!!!

    Is there any other reason for me to still hang on with BSNL ????

  • umesh October 20, 2012 8:29 pm

    Pike :
    Which is gud & reliable online shopping site for COD ? And pls share how the purchase bills and warranty covers for purchase of mobiles !

    flipkart/homeshop18/adexmart

    • Pike October 20, 2012 11:11 pm

      Thanks bro ! How about the bill ? Is it contains imei no of mobile and any additional charges like delivery charges etc., need to pay apart from the price tat mentioned on the site ?
      Thanks in advance !

  • Pike October 20, 2012 8:10 pm

    Which is gud & reliable online shopping site for COD ? And pls share how the purchase bills and warranty covers for purchase of mobiles !

  • Arun October 20, 2012 6:30 pm

    Where is the bsnl fans who talk about the call charges and plans when private operators increasing their call charges and so on…
    Many peoples were using bsnl because of their attractive roaming charges..but this move of bsnl is give benefit to private biggies..
    NOW THIS IS THE TIME OF LOOSING CUSTOMERS OF BSNL..

    • Adil October 20, 2012 7:53 pm

      Right bro where are the guys who prase for BSNL?

  • Lovegin October 20, 2012 6:18 pm

    BSNL employees may got suitcase from other private operators

  • D!p@nK@r October 20, 2012 5:24 pm

    In Kolkata Recharge with STV 199 and get 6 months validity with ROAM on BSNL network. So, Don’t worry……As like as STV 149 plan(WB- Rs.151)

  • anil October 20, 2012 5:15 pm

    BSNL eye is in your DIPAWALI BONUS salary :)

    Show BSNL by applying PORT….that we r not monekys..

  • soumo October 20, 2012 4:39 pm

    WELL DONE BSNL….. THE BLIND FAITH OVER BSNL IS GETTING OVER. GOOD TO SEE BSNL TRYING TO MATCH PRIVATE OPERATOR. BEING A GOVT OPERATOR, IS TILL NOT THE BEST OPERATOR OR NO 1 OPERATOR IN INDIA WITH RESPECT TO SERVICE AND CUSTOMER BASE. NOW BSNL IS LIKE OTHER PRIVATE … NOW COSTLIER THAN ANY PRIVATE OPEARATOR IN INDIA.. REASON– HIGH POWER CARD CHARGES WITH JUST 30 DAYS VALIDITY… EVERY 6 MONTH U TO HAVE RECHARGE WITH SPECIAL PACK TO INCREASE VALIDITY. NORMAL TOPUP DONT HELP IN INCRREASING VALIDITY…

    IN SHORT– BSNL– HIGH TARIF INCLUDING ROAMING, COSTLY POWER CARD WITH MAX 30 DAYS VALITY,

  • zeeshan October 20, 2012 3:59 pm

    Use 135 pack. Its free 400 mins work also in roaming for outgoing call. And for incoming use free incoming plan. @Asit Paul

  • Asit Paul October 20, 2012 3:53 pm

    Very bad move by BSNL. I use BSNL bcoz home tariff (1.2p/sec) during National Roaming too. This move will reduce its popularity among customers.

  • sujit October 20, 2012 3:43 pm

    No issues..
    Recharge any plan voucher today and you will get the validity of 6months and for those 6months u will get reduced roaming rates.. :)
    In that period you will have enough time to chose any other operator and port out.

  • ved October 20, 2012 3:36 pm

    Better to use Airtel in roaming A-A local+ STD 60p n other 80p/min …..

  • Raghu October 20, 2012 3:18 pm

    very bad move by BSNL. BSNL is handin glove with private operators in increasing rates.

  • Sahil October 20, 2012 3:12 pm

    Video calls price smrtly published. From Re 1/min to 0.05p/sec. When calculated in mins it comes thrice the current rates i.e. Rs 3/min. Very smart of BSNL.

  • vssaini October 20, 2012 2:48 pm

    bsnl loose more customer by this roaming hike

  • garg October 20, 2012 2:22 pm

    Very Bad move

  • sai October 20, 2012 2:20 pm

    only few days will left to bare roaming charges by 2013 no roaming charges in India.