Government-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is discontinuing its lifetime prepaid plans and migrating all customers to the Rs 107 premium per minute plan. The change will take place starting December 1, 2021. The lifetime prepaid plans gave benefits to users at the lowest tariff. Now, they will be moved to the Rs 107 plan. The customers who will be migrated will not get access to the freebies.
The Rs 107 offers a total validity of 90 days with unlimited incoming calls. The 10GB data that comes with this plan can be accessed for 30 days validity, while 100 minutes of outgoing calls can be accessed for 24 days. Customers can also enjoy free BSNL default tunes for 60 days. The freebies with Rs 107 plans are 3GB free data to be consumed within 84 days validity with 100 minutes of free voice calling to any network with national roaming including Mumbai and Delhi for 100 days and free BSNL Tunes for 60 days. However, users being migrated from lifetime prepaid to the plan cannot access the freebies.
Earlier this year, BSNL launched new promotional plans to encourage users in the grace period to become active customers. The telco restricted incoming facility only to prepaid mobile customers in North Zone and West Zone. BSNL also stopped incoming SMS facilities to all validity expired prepaid mobile customers in East Zone and South Zone. The North Zone and West Zone were allowed to have an incoming SMS facility with a grace period of two customers for 60 days on a promotional basis. The South zone and East zone barred incoming SMS facilities for the GP2 customers for 60 days on a promotional basis to encourage the GP2 customers in VLR to recharge and convert to active customers.
Meanwhile, BSNL has increased the validity of its Rs 2399 annual prepaid plan by 60 days and it now comes with 425 days validity. The plan originally gave 365 days validity and is now giving 60 days additional validity. It has now been extended till December 31, 2021. The plan offers unlimited data with a speed reduced to 80 Kbps after 3GB per day. It also gives access to 100 SMS per day to any network and will give access to BSNL Tunes as well as Eros Now content for 425 days.