Jio effect: BSNL Rs 444 updates Chauka plans to offer 6GB of data to prepaid users


The national telecom operator BSNL has reorganized its existing plan of Rs 444 baptized Chauka plan to offer 6 GB of data instead of 4 GB. While the revision of the plan aims to support the Jio Double Dhamaka offer, the fact that BSNL offers data at 3G speeds could make it back in the competition. Jio only offers 4G data.

BSNL Rs 444 plan offers unlimited calls to BSNL numbers with unlimited data for 60 days. The 6GB daily data will run at 3G speeds and the speed will be reduced to 60kbps once the limit is exhausted. Another factor that could make it difficult for BSNL to position itself against Jio is that it does not include free calls to other networks and that it offers no SMS benefit.

BSNL recently deployed two plans to fight Jio. These plans are priced at Rs 99 and Rs 319 respectively. These are prepaid plans. BSNL offers unlimited voice calls to Rs 319 with no limit on calls. Subscribers who purchase these recharge plans benefit from unlimited voice calling throughout India as well as free roaming for a period of 90 days. The plan aims to compete with the Jio Rs 349 plan which offers unlimited voice calling, free roaming, subscription to Jio applications and high speed data of 1.5 GB for 70 days.

The second plan costs Rs 99. It offers free voice calls as well as free call service for 26 days. The plan competes with the Jio Rs 98 plan which offers 2GB data with unlimited voice calls at Rs 98 for 28 days.

Other new plans of BSNL include Plan Rs 248, Plan Rs 118, Plan Rs 187 and Plan Rs 379.

BSNL intends to beat Jio in all possible areas. The company is not only trying to match the 4G network in terms of plans, but also in the connectivity field. While Jio is a 4G supplier, BSNL wants to make a big leap and be one of the first companies to launch 5G service in India. The company says it may have missed the bus for 4G but it has no intention of repeating it with 5G. He could bring 5G to India the same day he goes global.


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