Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has recently made changes to its Rs 94 prepaid plan, reducing its benefits. This adjustment was first reported by TelecomTalk and marks another instance in a series of similar alterations to BSNL’s prepaid offerings. This strategy represents an indirect way of increasing tariffs by the government-run telecom company.
In its updated form, the Rs 94 plan now provides 3GB of data and 200 minutes of voice calls, valid for 30 days post-recharge. Previously, this plan had a longer validity of 90 days and offered the same amount of data but only 100 minutes of voice calls. The key difference lies in the plan’s validity period. Now, customers need to recharge three times over 90 days, compared to just once under the old scheme. This change effectively raises costs for users.
These subtle tariff increases by BSNL are seen as a strategic move, possibly to avoid customer dissatisfaction amidst ongoing delays in the rollout of 4G services by the company. BSNL, still awaiting the nationwide launch of its 4G network, is collaborating with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) for this purpose. Expectations are high for the launch of BSNL’s 4G services, which are anticipated to begin early in 2024, potentially around January or February.