Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) the state-owned telco has totally ambushed Reliance Jio by the introduction of Rs 29 and Rs 9 Freedom Prepaid Plans. These new plans have already started retailing for BSNL subscribers since last week. Notably, the lowest offering before this was by Reliance Jio in the name of Rs 49 prepaid plan. Now the Rs 9 plan by BSNL is the one which has taken the spotlight. Jio introduced these tariff plans on a promotional basis, and they’ll expire on August 25. But the benefits of both the plans is way ahead of any other telecom service provider in the country.
BSNL Freedom Chhota Prepaid Plans
The first plan in this series is the Rs 29 plan which offers 2GB daily data benefits with post FUP speed of 80 Kbps. Additionally, the plan provides 100 SMSes and unlimited voice calling (except to Delhi and Mumbai). This plan comes with a validity of 7 days.
Next up, the cheapest plan by BSNL is the Rs 9 plan which again offers a similar 2GB total data benefit with an after FUP speed of 80 Kbps. There is also the benefit of unlimited calling, (except to Delhi and Mumbai) and 100 free SMSes. However, this plan comes with a single day validity.
The next plan in this series is the Rs 29 plan which offers the same benefit as the Rs 9 plan including 2GB daily data with post FUP speed of 80 Kbps, 100 SMSes and unlimited voice calling (except to Delhi and Mumbai). However, the validity of this plan extends to 7 days.
Both these plans come with free Personalised Ringback Tune (PRBT) facility.
Availability of BSNL Freedom Plans
Although the plans have been launched keeping Independence Day in mind, they will be available for subscription starting August 10 and will be up for grabs till August 25. In between these days users can buy the Rs 9 or Rs 29 plan as per their wish. However, a thing to note here is that in case the validity of the subscribed plan extends beyond August 25, then the subscribers will be downgraded to the plan of 1GB daily data, post FUP speed of 80 Kbps, 100 SMS and general calling benefits. Notably, these benefits are part of the Rs 27 plan which is up for subscription all year round. The Freedom offer, unlike the standard offerings, is a promotional offer valid till August 25.
As of late, BSNL has been making rapid changes to its prepaid and postpaid plans both to provide more and more benefit to the users. With this new Freedom prepaid plan, BSNL has officially introduced the cheapest offering in the market. Before this, the most affordable offering was from Reliance Jio under which it is shipping 150MB of 4G data along with voice calls for a validity period of one day at Rs 19. On the other hand, Airtel and Vodafone offer Rs 47 plans which are the entry-level plans from their side.
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