Coronavirus Effect: Airtel and BSNL Offer Free Prepaid Pack Validity Extension and Rs 10 Talktime


Over the past few days, several telecom and broadband companies have announced offers for their subscribers as a move to lessen the impact of the ongoing lockdown. Many of these offers were designed to help people who found themselves stuck at home without proper internet connectivity. Broadband players like ACT Fibernet and Jio Fiber announced that they shall double the FUP limit on their existing plans so that people working from home shall be able to continue working from home without having to worry about running out of their allocated FUP quota. Telecom operators have also announced double data offers and additional recharge options for their customers. The latest telecom companies to join this offers-bandwagon are BSNL and Airtel — both of which announced a couple of offers for its consumers.

Let us take a closer look.

BSNL Extends Validity, Credits additional Rs 10 worth talk time

State-run telecom major BSNL has come up with two offers that could provide relief to millions of its prepaid subscribers. The company has announced that it will extend the validity of all its prepaid users whose validity period expired during the lockdown period starting March 22. The validity period of all these prepaid subscribers has been extended until April 20, 2020. Keeping in mind that not all users would be able to recharge their numbers, they also announced that an additional Rs 10 worth of talk time would be added to all prepaid subscribers who ran out of talk time during the lockdown period. Announcing these offers, BSNL CMD, Praveen Kumar Purwar also issued a statement that read;

“BSNL firmly stands with its subscribers during this crisis period, and we request the subscribers to “Go Digital” for recharging their accounts. Several options available for recharge include MyBSNL mobile app, BSNL website, and other popular wallet services.” 

Airtel Allows Incoming services for expired plans, Offers Rs 10 worth talk time

One of India’s biggest telecom companies Airtel, has also announced that it will let users who have expired their validity during the lockdown period to continue using their services for free until April 17. These users shall continue to be able to receive incoming calls even if their plans have expired. Additionally, the company has also announced that it will as Rs 10 worth of talk time to prepaid users who are not in a position to recharge their numbers during the lockdown period. These benefits will directly prove beneficial to more than 80 million Airtel subscribers from the low-income category, the company said.

Announcing the offer, Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said;

“In this difficult hour of fighting off the threat of Covid-19, Airtel is committed to ensuring that all people remain connected without any disruptions. And for this objective, it is critical to take care of the under-privileged daily wage earners of our country, whose lives have been disrupted due to the lockdown.”

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