BSNL Slashes 3G Data Tariff to Fight Jio; Offers 3G Internet At Rs. 36/GB


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BSNL is trying to stay ahead of the competition ever since Reliance Jio announced its free data and unlimited voice offering. Now, the state-run telecom operator has slashed its data tariffs to offer 1 GB 3G data at just Rs. 36.

BSNL had earlier revised its Rs. 78 data tariff plan to offer 2 GB 3G data instead of 1 GB carrying a validity of 5 days. Now the public telecom operator has gone a step further by offering 8 GB 3G data under its Rs. 291 plan. This effectively reduces the cost per GB to a little over Rs. 36, which is way below what the current 4G players are offering (Rs. 50/ GB approx.).

“With these offers, BSNL is now offering data at the rate of Rs 36 per GB which is one of the lowest in the Industry,” BSNL said.

Originally, the Rs. 291 plan offered just 2 GB 3G data valid for 28 days, but now the same plan offers 8 GB data carrying the same validity.

”Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to offer up to four times extra data on existing data STVs (special tariff vouchers) available in the market,” BSNL added.

All BSNL subscribers across the country would be able to recharge with this pack starting today.

“We are committed to providing affordable mobile services for all segments of the prepaid mobile customers. These offers will be valid from February 6, 2017, on Pan India basis,” said RK Mittal, BSNL Board Director for Consumer Mobility.

Incumbent 4G Players Are Offering Unlimited Hourly Data Packs

A few weeks back, Vodafone announced 4x 4G data on its Rs. 250 pack, and revised its other data packs with extra data benefits. Vodafone was also the first 4G operator in the country to launch unlimited hourly 3G/4G internet pack at Rs. 16/hour and unlimited on-net calls at Rs. 7/hour.

Idea Cellular followed suit by launching its unlimited hourly 3G/4G internet pack @ Rs. 22.

On the other hand, Reliance Jio is offering unlimited 4G data per day with a daily FUP limit of 1 GB along with unlimited local/STD voice calls under its “Happy New Year Offer” valid until 31 March 2017.

By offering 3G data at such lucrative rates, BSNL is trying to fill the gap that the 3G mobile subscribers felt after every telecom operator in the country started pushing for 4G devices by announcing extra 4G data benefits leaving the 3G users helpless.

According to TRAI’s MySpeed portal, BSNL 3G has an average speed of 2.35 Mbps across the nation which is more than enough for daily needs like browsing, social networking, chatting, and medium-quality video streaming.

If you have a 3G phone and do not wish to upgrade to 4G device in near future, then BSNL is your best for getting high-speed mobile internet at a competitive price. What do you think?

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