New Year has started with a bang for telecom industry as BSNL has triggered the first price war for the year, and it has done it in style.
For Rs 144, BSNL users of both prepaid and postpaid connection can now get unlimited voice calling to any network in India, along with bundled Internet package of 300 MB, for a period of one month. This special offer of Rs 144 shall be valid for the next 6 months.
These new unlimited voice calling plan was unveiled by BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Srivastava.
There was a hint of BSNL’s unlimited voice calling plan in September, last year, when
Anupam Shrivastava had said, “We are closely observing the market as well as Jio’s performance. We will also come up with lifetime free-voice plans from the new year as part of fresh offerings,”
Besides, BSNO MD also announced the launch of 4400 WiFi hotspots across the country last year. While sharing the plan details, it was revealed that in 2017, BSNL is all set to launch 44,000 WiFi hotspots covering rural and semi-rural areas in the country. If implemented, this shall be the largest network of WiFi hotspots in India.
Unlimited Voice Calling Becoming The Norm Now?
After BSNL’s newest offer of unlimited voice calling and bundled Internet has been launched for Rs 144, it seems that ‘unlimited voice’ calling is slowly but gradually becoming the norm in telecom circles.
And this trigger was ignored by Reliance Jio, when they officially launched their services, and offered free, unlimited voice calling for a period of three months, which was later extended till March, 2017.
Soon, this type of offer became viral, asAirtel launched their own Jio-esque plan, offering unlimited calling to any network for Rs 146 with 300 MB bundled data, and another plan for Rs 349 with unlimited voice calling and 1GB of bundled data.
Within 24 hours, Idea too came out with their own version of unlimited voice calling plan, which started at Rs 148 with 50 MB of bundled data, and 300 MB for 4G users. For Rs 348, 4G Idea users received 1 GB of bundled data along with unlimited voice calling.
And, the next day, it was Vodafone’s chance to display their might of unlimited voice calling. For Rs 150, Vodafone users were able to do unlimited voice calling and got 300 MB of data unbundled with the package for 4G users.
Although BSNL’s stint with unlimited voice calling started with landline connections last year’ they converted this offer for their mobile users as well, who had landline connection. In terms of unlimited broadband, BSNL’s plan of Rs 249 was launched in September last year.