Public sector company BSNL has been consistently losing, giving a major blow to its 5 crore users. According to media reports, the company has discontinued unlimited free calling service for its prepaid users. The unlimited free calling service has been discontinued from the prepaid plans of RS 186, Rs 429, Rs 485, Rs 666 and Rs 1,699 from BSNL. In these plans, users will be able to take advantage of 250 minutes of calling per day instead of unlimited calling. This means that users can get free calling for only four hours and 10 minutes per day.
According to media reports, the challenge from other public sector companies Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea will be further compounded. In the past, BSNL had introduced a range of aggressive plans in the face of these private telecom companies. The public sector company had also started giving its users the benefit of OTT service and additional data, but BSNL's new move could disappoint users.
For your information, users in these BSNL plans will now be charged at the rate of 1 paise per minute after 250 minutes of use per day. If a user calls after 250 minutes, he or she will be charged for the call. If the account does not have a balance, they won't be able to make calls. Also, these 250 minutes of daily availability will not be forward the next day. BSNL had modified the congratulatory plan. The plan now offers 500MB of additional data to users. The plan now provides users with 1.5GB of data instead of 1GB per day. However, there was no change in the validity of the plan. Users still get 24 days of validity as before.