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BSNL Hikes Voice Tariff For Prepaid Subscribers. Plans To Launch Its 4G Network in Six Circles

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After introducing hikes in its data tariff plans which went on effect from 1 June 2015, BSNL has now increased the tariff of its voice plans across the nation.

This move of BSNL comes right after when Airtel and Idea announced hikes in their 2G and 3G data plans. While Airtel only pulled back the discounts that it was offering on data recharges done online, Idea Cellular not only increased the cost of the plans but also reduced their validities.

BSNL Hikes Its Data Tariff Plans:

BSNL has withdrawn Rs. 176 1 GB internet pack having validity of 28 days and replaced it with Rs. 198 data pack offering 28 day validity and 1.1 GB data.

The company has also withdrawn Rs. 29 and Rs. 45 night data packs which used to offer 500 MB and 800 MB data respectively.

Some of the popular BSNL data packs which have been revised with lesser validity:

Plan Name Data Benefit Validity (days) Changes
STV139 1 GB 15 Validity reduced from 19 days
STV155 1 GB 22 Validity reduced from 26 days
STV65 1 GB 7 Validity reduced from 10 days
STV98 650 MB 16 Validity reduced from 17 days

BSNL Revises Voice Tariffs Across The Nation

In a much similar fashion to Airtel, BSNL has also hiked its voice tariff plans by reducing their validities and benefits.

BSNL has introduced a new tariff plan- STV159 which offers 365 Local and STD mins for a period of 30 days. Other existing plans have been revised with lesser voice call minutes and reduction in plan validity.

Plan Name Voice Benefit Validity (days) Changes
STV135 300 Local & STD Minutes 28 Reduced from 335 Mins for 30 days
STV33 72 Local & STD Minutes On-net minutes 5 Reduced from 80 Mins for 6 days
STV44 Local- 1.4p/2s 24 Validity reduced from 30 days
STV122 Local- 1.4p/2s 81 Validity reduced from 90 days
STV344 Unlimited Local on-net 24 Validity reduced from 27 days
STV65 Local on-net 15p/min 27 Changed from 12p/min for 28 days
STV699 Unlimited on-net (Local & STD) 28 Validity reduced from 30 days
STV164 Unlimited on-net (Local & STD) 5 Validity reduced from 6 days

These are not some major changes that will bump up your monthly bill significantly. Most of the users won’t even know about this revision in tariff plans as there is no change is STV price. But hey, it’s good to know your tariff plan, isn’t it?

BSNL used to be the most affordable and a reliable mobile network provider a few years back, but the last few years haven’t been particularly good for the company and its subscribers. People are complaining about the quality of network since a long time now. While this hike in data and voice tariff plans is not very significant to talk about, but it will surely put-off its loyal subscribers who are troubled by its poor network.

As per the latest news, BSNL is also planning to launch its 4G services across 6 of its 20 telecom circles. As per the sources, BSNL is currently in talks with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (RJIL) and SSTL for a tie-up. All that these telecom companies are waiting for is the spectrum sharing and trading guidelines from the government. The guidelines are expected to be in place in 1-2 months.

We will update you once we have more information about the upcoming BSNL 4G network. Stay tuned!

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