Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced a prepaid recharge of Rs 365 for select states. In the new plan, 365 days plan offers 250 minutes per day for unlimited voice calls with validity, 2GB daily data cap and 100 SMS per day. However, there is a catch. These freebies are valid for 60 days only. Voice and data vouchers will be required after the 60-day free period is over.
Currently, the recharge is live only on the Kerala website, but it will be available for a long list of states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar-Jharkhand, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata- West Bengal, North. East, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh – Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu – Chennai, UP-East and UP-West.
Once the free voice call limit is exhausted, the charges will be applicable as per the base plan tariff. Similarly, once the 2GB daily cap is exceeded, the data speed will be reduced to 80kbps. 100 SMS per day can be sent under the plan as well as with personalized ring back tone (PRBT).
At first, the prepaid plan of Rs 365 looks promising, but the 60-day clause may make it ineffective for many. For Chhattisgarh, BSNL also introduced a Rs 2,399 plan under which users will get unlimited voice calls for up to 250 minutes per day with 100 SMS. However, no data is provided with the plan. The plan is for those who do not need to use the data on their phone or want a secondary phone to make a call.
On the other hand, there are proposals for validity of around or one year, along with other network operators.
# Vi offers a prepaid plan of Rs 1,499 with a validity of 365 days. Under this plan, users will get 24GB data, truly unlimited talk time, 3,600 SMS and Vi Movies and TV. There are other plans also such as Rs 2,399 plan with 1.5GB data per day or Rs 2,595 plan which offers 2GB data per day and Zee5 subscription.
# Airtel has a similar annual plan, with Vi priced at Rs 1,498 and provides the user with 24 GB of data, truly unlimited calls, 3,600 SMS. Additionally, it offers Airtel Xstream Premium, Wynk Music, Rs 150 Cashback FasTag, free Hello Tune and one year membership to Upskill and Shaw Academy. The Rs 2,498 plan offers 2GB of data per day, while Rs 2,698 offers Disney + Hotstar VIP a subscription.