Rumours have been buzzing for many years about BSNL launching 4G services in India.
The loss-making public sector enterprise has managed to offer the fourth generation network services in select circles using the existing 3G spectrum.
BSNL has launched two 4G-only plans which provide 10GB data per day for up to 84 days.
Here are the details…
What is the buzz of BSNL’s 4G plans?
The two prepaid plans in question are Rs 96 for 28 days and Rs 236 for 84 days which are available to BSNL 4G subscribers only in areas where the telco has enabled 4G network.
BSNL recently introduced these 10GB per day 4G services in various parts of Kolkata and the subscribers can recharge these plans.
The company may not offer these 4G plans once it becomes pan-India later this year. Currently it can be confirmed that both these plans are available for recharge in BSNL circles where the telco has enabled 4G network.
BSNL 4G is now available across Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chennai and Tamil Nadu telco circles.
A Telecom reader said, “The speeds are also much better right now.”
The Details of BSNL’s Data Plans!
The BSNL’s data plans are priced at Rs 96 and Rs 234, both providing 10 GB 4G data per day. These plans provide only data benefits and no call and SMS benefits.
For 28 days, BSNL’s Rs 96 plan offers 280GB of data whereas the Rs 236 plan offers 2,360GB of 4G data for 84 days.
BSNL’s 4G speeds are not as spectacular with it being in race with Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, but they are with an average of over 10 Mbps.
To avail these two BSNL 4G plans, subscribers will have to get a BSNL 4G SIM card from the nearest customer care centre.
In Competition with Airtel, Vodafone and Jio!
Vodafone’s new offer provides ?499 prepaid recharge plan, comprising of 1.5GB data and 100 SMS per day with truly unlimited calls for a validity of 70 days.
Reliance Jio’s ?555 plan entails 1.5GB data with a total of 126GB high speed data and 100 SMS per day for 84 days.
The Rs. 249 prepaid recharge plan by Airtel comes with unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls on any network, 1.5GB of daily data, and 100 national SMSes per day for 28 days.
The BSNL Rs 96 plan with 10GB per day for 28 days or Rs 234 with 10GB per day plan for 84 days is a bit more affordable data benefits wise.
But BSNL may not offer these plans once it rolls out the launch of 4G service nationwide.