While Reliance Jio enjoys stardom of its best tariffs for 4G data and voice calls in India, other telcos are challenging Jio's guts with everything they've got. Airtel recently launched three new plans to match Jio's Dhan Dhana Dhan offer and it's time for the state-run telco BSNL to take a jab at Jio.
Instead of announcing a new plan, the BSNL revised its existing STV-339 to include 1GB extra data per day on top of its 2GB daily limit, reports Trak.in. The STV-339 is priced at Rs 339 and comes with a validity of 28 days while the rest of the plan remains unchanged.
However, when we tried to verify the same plan from BSNL's official website, it seems the revised information is yet to be updated. The quick recharge site for BSNL prepaid users still shows the Rs 339 plan offering 2GB data per day for 28 days and unlimited local and STD calls within its own network.
But Trak.in reports that the revision of STV-339 was a result of record activations for BSNL. The data show that 400TB worth data were consumed in a single day and close to 30 lakh new users joined BSNL's network. As the new change takes effect, it is likely to trigger a greater demand.
It remains to be seen if the 1GB extra data will be given to users who've already recharged for the older STV-339 plan. We'll update this information when we hear from BSNL.
But there's more...
BSNL is reportedly planning to introduce three new plans to counter Jio's Dhan Dhana Dhan. The telco has even opted for catchy names for its new plans - Dhil Khol Ke Bol (STV349), Triple Ace (STV333), and Nehle pe Dehla (STV395).
Under the Dhil Khol Ke Bol plan, the users will get 2GB/day data, unlimited local and STD calls within its own circle. The validity of this plan is unknown at the moment.
Triple Ace plan comes with 3GB data per day and a validity of 90 days, which is even better than what Reliance Jio is offering at the moment.
Finally, there's Nehle pe Dehla plan that gives 3000 BSNL to BSNL free minutes, 2GB data per day and 180 minutes of non-internet voice calls per month. Off-net calls will be charged at 20p/min after exhausting those free minutes. This plan comes with a validity of 71 days or 10 weeks.
If we compare these unannounced plans with Reliance Jio, BSNL seems to have an edge. Right now, Jio offers two plans under its Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. For Rs 309, users get 1GB data per day, unlimited voice calls, SMS for three months. The second plan is for Rs 509 that gives 2GB data per day along with the same benefits. This offer is exclusively for Prime members and new users can join by paying Rs 99 extra.