Telcos have started making their prepaid plans costlier, albeit indirectly.
While prices remain the same, the validity of the plans are reduced and other benefits are removed.
For example, Airtel and Vodafone Idea have discontinued their Rs 49 prepaid plan and have increased the cost of starting plans to Rs 79.
BSNL is also following suit and its new tariffs will come into effect by Sep 12.
The tariffs of the following plans are revised:
- Rs 153
- Rs 199
- Rs 197
- Rs 397
- Rs 399
- Rs 485
- Rs 666
- Rs 699
- Rs 999
- Rs 997
- Rs 1499
- Rs 1999
- Rs 2399
- First recharge coupon at Rs 249.
Minimum Amount Plan To Avail SMS Facility
Free benefits and plan validity period of the aforementioned plans are unchanged.
The changes apply to only the base tariff.
BSNL has also revised the minimum recharge condition to avail outgoing SMS services to chargeable shortcodes.
It will allow only prepaid vouchers with MRP Rs 147 and above to get outgoing SMS facility.
Incoming SMS Facility Plans
It also launched new promotional plans starting Sep 6.
It will allow incoming SMS facility only to prepaid mobile customers in North Zone and West Zone.
Customers in these zones will be allowed incoming SMS facility with a grace period of two customers for 60 days on a promotional basis.
These plans would incentivise users in the grace period to become active customers.
It will discontinue incoming SMS facility to all validity expired prepaid mobile customers in East Zone and South Zone.
BSNL Stops Prepaid Service
It is being reported that BSNL will discontinue all its prepaid broadband services across telecom circles.
This is because of its prepaid broadband subscriber base being very small.
Existing customers will be shifted to postpaid.
Their existing prepaid account balance will be transferred as credit in their new postpaid account.