While Airtel and Jio have been steadily gaining new prepaid/postpaid subscribers, BSNL is losing customers. One of the reasons why BSNL’s subscriber base is falling is that the company is yet to launch 4G services in most of its circles.
Although BSNL is losing customers every month, it hasn’t stopped introducing new plans that might attract JIO/Airtel users or keep its existing customers hooked to its network. In the last 12 months, the operator has introduced several new packs. Below, we’ve shared the details of various interesting short or long-term plans BSNL has introduced in 2021.
Note: Please confirm the BSNL broadband and prepaid plans we’ve shared below before recharging your number with it.
Latest BSNL prepaid plans
The BSNL 1999 plan comes with a year’s validity and offers 600GB of data (500GB + 100GB extra). Post FUP, the speed will drop to 80 kbps.
Rs 997 plan
This plan was launched by BSNL this year i.e. in 2021 and it comes with 180 days validity. Users recharging their prepaid numbers with Rs 997 will get 3GB daily data and can send up to 100 SMSes every day.
This is one of the few prepaid 3G/4G plans on our list that doesn’t have a data transfer limit or doesn’t restrict voice calls to n minutes. The 398 Rs pack offers truly unlimited data and lets users make unlimited calls. Its validity is 30 days.
With a validity of 180 days, the 699 Rs pack provides 0.5GB daily data and 100 SMSes/day. It also supports unlimited voice calls.
This BSNL prepaid pack provides 100 GB of data. There’s no daily transfer limit. The 447 pack ships with 60 days validity. You can consume 100GB of data in a single day or within 60 days.
The 94 Rs plan’s validity is 90 days and its users will get 3GB of data. The plan doesn’t come with a daily data usage limit.
This pack is similar to the Rs 94 plan but it comes with shorter validity of 60 days and offers 2GB data only.
The plans are great. Should you switch to BSNL?
The answer to this question is on your phone. Open the phone settings and tap the “Automatically select network” toggle option. When you do so, the phone will search for available networks at your place and will display the names of all 2G/3G/4G networks your phone has detected in a popup box. If you find BSNL 3G or 4G in the list, you can go ahead with the MNP. If the list doesn’t feature BSNL 4G or 3G, there’s no point in switching to BSNL unless you see BSNL 2G in the list and you’re looking for cheap recharge packs for voice calling only.
Latest BSNL broadband plans
BSNL, the state-owned telecom and internet service provider may have lost millions of prepaid customers to Jio, Airtel, and Vi but it is still a strong player in the broadband industry. The company had launched the following DSL broadband plans a few months back:
This broadband plan by BSNL offers 100GB of data at a speed up to 10 Mbps and once you’ve consumed 100GB of data, the speed will drop to 2 Mbps. This plan’s validity is 6 months i.e. for 6 months, you will be billed 299 Rs per month.
This pack offers 200GB of data at a good speed of up to 10 Mbps. Once you’ve used 200GB of data, BSNL will drop the internet connection speed to 2 Mbps.
Ideal for heavy internet users, the 555 DSL broadband plan ships with 500GB of data. Like the above plans, the 555 Rs plan offers unlimited data. However, the speed will reduce to 2 Mbps when you’ve used 500GB of data.