BSNL Giving 2GB Data per Day for 7 Months Only at Rs 998 With its New Prepaid Plan

BSNL is not providing voice calling and SMS benefits with this prepaid plan since it's a data-only prepaid plan

By November 16th, 2019 AT 6:58 PM
Highlights
  • BSNL Rs 998 data-only STV is available only in Kerala circle
  • The telco is shipping a total of 2GB data per day for 210 days
  • BSNL's data-only plans offer better validity than combo recharges

BSNL is on a roll at the moment. Ever since the Cabinet announced revival package for both the PSUs- BSNL and MTNL, the company has been launching new prepaid plans to both the existing users and new users. In its latest move, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL has introduced a new prepaid Data STV of Rs 998 that ships with benefits for 210 days. Sadly, it’s a data-only STV from BSNL and it does not ship with any voice calling or SMS benefits. Overall, with its new data STV, BSNL is offering a whopping 420GB data, spread across 2GB data per day for a period of 210 days. At the moment, this new plan from BSNL has been launched only in Kerala circle and there’s no update on when the company will bring this plan to other circles.

BSNL STV 998: Whopping 420GB Data on Offer

BSNL is usually not known for launching prepaid plans in Kerala, especially when compared to other circles. However, the company is treating its Kerala customer equal to other circles. For example, it launched three attractive prepaid plans recently- Rs 997, Rs 365 and Rs 97 recently, and now, it has come up with the data-only prepaid plan of Rs 998.

Aforesaid, BSNL is not providing voice calling and SMS benefits with this prepaid plan since it’s a data-only prepaid plan. The state-run telco is shipping 2GB data per day for a period of 210 days. The validity of this plan is 365 days, but the freebies (data benefit) is valid for 210 days. So the overall data benefit becomes 420GB. Additionally, BSNL is also offering Personalised Ringback Tone (PRBT) benefit for the first two months. After the completion of 2GB daily data, BSNL will cap the speeds to 40 Kbps which will be enough to send and receive texts on WhatsApp.

This is a unique offering from BSNL as most of the private telcos are going after launching unlimited combo plans. Even Reliance Jio is not concentrating on data-only prepaid plans, but BSNL is taking this segment more seriously than before. Jio’s Rs 251 data-only prepaid plan comes with 2GB data per day for 51 days.

Should You Recharge With Data-Only STVs or Unlimited Combo Plans?

Data-only prepaid plans come with slightly better validity compared to the combo plans. Just a few days ago, BSNL also launched Rs 997 combo prepaid plan offering benefits of unlimited voice calls (capped at 250 minutes per day), 3GB data per day and 100 SMSes per day for 180 days. The newly launched data STV of Rs 998 offers 2GB data per day for 210 days. As you can clearly see, the data-only plan is better at the validity, whereas the combo plan ships with voice calling and SMS benefits too.

Even in the case of Reliance Jio’s Rs 251 prepaid plan, it offers better validity of 51 days but lacks the basic calling and SMS benefits. Reliance Jio’s prepaid plans with the validity of more than 28 days start at Rs 349 as all the prepaid plans under Rs 300 come with just 28 days validity.

Data-only STVs are for the users who rely on WhatsApp or other VoIP calling apps to make voice calls, but for standard users, unlimited combo plans from the telcos are the de-facto options. Notably, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are not providing any data-only prepaid plans as they entirely rely on the combo plans which offer better benefits.

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Adil
Adil

Another BSNL query from a friend : How to do first bsnl FRC (First recharge Coupon or Plan Validity like 75/74 etc) ? Bsnl CC told only though offline retailer but I don’t trust them. Wallet app show txn failed on choosing and doing 74 PV

karthik
karthik

FRC has to be done through CSC. May be ask nearest BSNL retailer(No idea on this) . But Plans you can do through online / any wallet. I had done 153 plan in Tamil Nadu circle after porting from other network(My first recharge on that BSNL number). Mobikwik has BSNL specific wallet. Try in that to recharge any plan Voucher(But not FRC)

Adil
Adil

BSNL tower problem is very severe even in metros like Bangalore. This is why nobody uses bsnl. Forget bosses, friends, colleagues even maids, security guards, workers, driver etc use jio, airtel or vodafone. they need 24/7 connectivity the most. I use it mainly for data but with tower problems I am switching to dedicated broadband. I am sure these bsnl tower maintainers get paid by airtel-voda-jio for switching off towers every now and then when other service providers towers work 24/7 Does anyone know if BSNL tower sends sms in advance to change sim or anything to its users before… Read more »

karthik
karthik

Yes , they will start sending to all 3G sim and 3 handset users 1 month before shut down of 3G. To 4G handset users they will send sms at the time of launch/upgrade .

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