Two weeks ago, Indian telecom operator BSNL announced its Maximum Plan which offered unlimited voice calls to its prepaid customers for 181 days along with 1 GB data per day for 365 days at ₹999. Now, in a bid to counter telecom operators like Reliance Jio, state-run BSNL has announced yet another prepaid plan with unlimited voice calls and data benefit.
BSNL has announced a new tariff plan for its prepaid customers that’s priced at ₹448. For ₹448, BSNL prepaid customers are offered unlimited local and STD voice calls, free roaming, access to PRBT (Personalized Ring Back Tone), 100 free SMS per day, and, 1 GB of data per day for 84 days which translates to a total of 84 GB of data.
However, it’s worth noting that unlike other telecom operators who offer their services on a 4G network, BSNL customers have to make do with 3G network as the telco only has its 4G services at five locations of Idukki district in Kerala.
That said, while BSNL has launched this ₹448 plan to take on the likes of Jio, Airtel and Vodafone, it still falls short of what these telcos are offering by a small margin.
BSNL’s ₹448 prepaid plan competes with Jio’s ₹449 plan, Vodafone’s ₹458 plan, and, Airtel’s ₹448 plan.
For ₹449, Reliance Jio is offering unlimited voice calls, free roaming, 100 free SMS per day, complimentary access to Jio apps, and, 1.5 GB of 4G data per day for 91 days. And, Vodafone, on the other hand, is offering 1.4 GB of 3G/4G data per day for 84 days at ₹458 along with unlimited voice call, SMS and roaming benefits.
Speaking about Airtel, the telco offers 1.4 GB 3G/4G data per day at ₹448 for 82 days. Not to forget unlimited voice calls, free SMS and roaming benefits that are bundled along.
So, to sum it up, BSNL at ₹448 is offering a total of 84 GB of data for 84 days, Jio at ₹449 is offering a total of 136.5 GB data for 91 days, Vodafone at ₹458 is offering a total of 117.6 GB of data for 84 days, and, Airtel at ₹448 is offering a total of 114.8 GB of data for 82 days.
To conclude, in terms of benefits offered, Reliance Jio is the clear winner here, however, it’s up to the individual to decide which prepaid plan is better for him/her as the signal strength and quality of services often vary in different parts of the country.