BSNL has been really upping its game ever since Reliance Jio took the world of telecommunications by storm last year. In fact, not too long ago, BSNL even launched new postpaid recharge packs of Rs. 29 and Rs. 9 which was almost unparalleled when comparing private telecommunication companies. Unfortunately, that didn’t last for long as it ended up revising both packs. However, they still are pretty competitive. BSNL is taking things further as it has now introduced a new Rs. 299 recharge plan which may sound too good to be true! Well, the plan is definitely worth getting, however, there’s a catch!
BSNL Rs 299 Plan Is Attractive With A Catch
This offer will give users a massive 31GB of FUP data. Unfortunately, this offer is only available to new users and not those who are already on its network. Only those who decided to jump on the BSNL network will be eligible for this offer. BSNL is providing unlimited data. However, after 31GB of data usage, the internet speeds will be throttled to 80 kbps. Needless to say, users will also be entitled to make unlimited calls in any area serviced by BSNL. However, if you’re in New Delhi or in Mumbai, you’re out of luck.
In terms of messages, users who recharge with this Rs. 299 plan will be able to enjoy 100 SMS per day. This is something which almost every telecommunication company is providing, including private ones. While the plan actually costs Rs 299, the final charge might be a little higher owing to the addition of GST charges.
BSNL Competing With Other Telecommunications
One of the drawbacks with BSNL is that it doesn’t offer its users the data carry forward feature. This means even if users have unused data at the end of their plan, it won’t be carried forward to the next month. Most private telcos actually allow this. Bharti Airtel, as well as Vodafone, offer this to all its users. For instance, Airtel has a postpaid plan of Rs. 349 which gives 30GB of data per month with the carry forward feature of up to 500GB, unlimited calls and SMS.
While Airtel is yet to complete with BSNL at the Rs 299 level, Vodafone has a Rs 299 postpaid plan. This plan offers users 200GB of data per month without any FUP. BSNL is the clear winner when it comes to its Rs 299 plan. However, maybe the addition of the data carry forward feature and not limiting the plan to only new users, may actually gain a ton of new users for BSNL. BSNL’s only real competition seems to be Reliance Jio, which gained a huge user base courtesy of its unlimited and totally free usage of its network for a year.