Right after Reliance Jio introducing a new yearly prepaid plan, state-run telecom service provider BSNL has launched a new annual plan of Rs 1,097, providing benefits for 365 days. Sadly, this plan from BSNL comes with just data and voice calling benefits, unlike Jio's prepaid plan which gives data, voice calling and SMS benefits for the same period. In addition, BSNL has launched this new plan only in Kolkata circle and it will be valid until January 6, 2019. Having said that, the benefits of this new plan from BSNL doesn't even come close to what Jio is offering with its new plan of Rs 1,699. But it's an excellent plan for heavy voice-calling users.
BSNL Rs 1,097 Prepaid Plan: Benefits and Details
Talking about the benefits offered by this plan, users will get a total of 25GB data which should be used during the entire plan validity of 365 days. The plan also comes bundled with unlimited voice calling benefit, but again, you can make voice calls to numbers located in Mumbai and Delhi circles. On the brighter side, BSNL is not capping voice calls to 250 minutes or 1000 minutes like Vodafone Idea. Also, there's no after FUP speed provided by BSNL with this prepaid plan, which is underwhelming.
BSNL Rs 1,097 Prepaid Plan vs Jio Rs 1,699 Yearly Plan
Right now, the best yearly prepaid plan is provided by the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio itself. Jio, which recently amassed 250 million subscribers has introduced a prepaid plan of Rs 1,699, offering benefits for 365 days. Under the newly launched plan, Jio is giving its 1.5GB of 4G data per day, unlimited voice calls which can be used across all the 22 telecom circles and 100 SMS per day.
As you can see, BSNL's newly introduced plan of Rs 1,097 falls short of Jio's plan by a huge margin. Even the voice calling and data benefit offered by Jio are nowhere close to what Jio's providing.
BSNL Rs 1,097 Prepaid Plan is Aimed at Heavy Voice Calling Users
In the last couple of years, telecom subscribers in the country have seen a considerable amount of data-centric plans launching by the telcos, but in recent times, private telcos such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are coming up with voice-only plans aimed at feature phone users and basic smartphone users.
Vodafone Idea and Airtel came up with Active Recharges and Smart Recharge schemes under which they're bundling talk time, data and rate cutter benefits with a validity of 28 days to 84 days. Alternatively, they also launched a plethora of combo prepaid plans with data, voice calling and SMS benefits for a longer duration.
For example, Vodafone India introduced a Rs 189 prepaid plan which is giving unlimited voice calling with a limit, 2GB of data for a period of 56 days. Before this plan's arrival, we haven't seen any prepaid plan with 56-day validity under Rs 200. Subsequently, Airtel introduced a Rs 289 prepaid recharge which is giving 4GB of data and unlimited voice calling for 84 days to select users across the country.
It will be interesting to see how BSNL reacts to these tariff plans from Airtel and Vodafone Idea.