BSNL Launches Rs 249, Rs 298 Prepaid Plans

by Lingraj Sahu

BSNL has launched Rs 249 and Rs 298 Prepaid plan. The Rs 249 plan was first launched under the First Recharge Coupon (FRC). It was introduced last month under a promotional period.

Government-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched the first recharge coupon (FRC) priced at Rs 249 last month for a promotional period till March 31, 2021. The telco has now made the plan available on a regular basis to attract more customers. The FRC can only be applied by new BSNL users who are recharging their phones with currency for the first time.



To start with the prepaid coupon offers users unlimited voice calls to any network without any FUP limits. It also gives unlimited data to 1GB per day after which the speed is reduced to 40 Kbps. It further gives 100 free SMS per day. The freebies with these plans are available for a period of 60 days.

BSNL Rs 298 recharge plan

BSNL has also launched a Rs 298 STV plan, which offers the same benefits as the above-mentioned plan. This prepaid plan is giving unlimited voice calling benefits and 1GB of data on daily basis, along with 100 SMS per day. It comes with a validity period of 56 days. Apart from these benefits, users also get a free Eros Now subscription, which is not part of the Rs 249 plan.


Reliance Jio Rs 249 Plan

Comparatively, Reliance Jio is offering 2GB daily data with the Rs 249 prepaid plan. This means that you are getting a total of 56GB data. It includes unlimited domestic calls to all networks, 100 free SMS per day and free complimentary access to Jio apps. Jio’s prepaid plan of Rs 249 comes with a validity period of 28 days.

VI Rs 249 Plan

VI (previously known as Vodafone) also has a Rs 249 prepaid plan, which ships with 1.5GB of daily data. You also get truly unlimited local or national calls to all networks. The plan also includes 100SMS per day and will remain valid for 28 days. The plan also comes with weekend data rollover facility as well as free Vi Movies and TV subscriptions.

Airtel Rs 249 Plan

Similar to Vi and Jio, Airtel also has a Rs 249 prepaid plan, which ships with 1.5GB of data per day as well as truly unlimited calls. Like most prepaid plans, users will get 100SMS per day. It comes with 28 days validity period.

No Plan for BSNL Privatisation

In related news, Minister of State for Communications, Sanjay Dhotre, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha recently said that BSNL will not be privatised and that the telco expects to finish 4G coverage in India within 18 to 24 months.


Last month, BSNL also launched new DSL broadband plans priced at Rs 299, Rs 399, and Rs 555 that give 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB data respectively with 10 Mbps speed. These plans are also launched on a promotional basis. Post exhausting the data, the speed of the internet will be reduced to 2Mbps in each plan.

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