BSNL 3G – Prepaid, Postpaid Data Plans, Pricing, Tariff Cost, Availability

by Kabir on March 30, 2010

India’s largest public telecom company launched 3G services in India a short while ago. Now, they are expanding from the four Metropolitans; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta & Chennai  to other states as well. 3G services are the next level of communication, which includes a variety of services like, high speed internet, live TV, video conferencing etc. The good news is that the services are open to all (existing as well as new customers). The existing customers only need to upgrade from 2G to 3G.

Various tariffs and plans are shown below:-

Initial SIM Charges:-

BSNL 3G SIM can be purchased by a new customer for just Rs. 59/-, which includes all taxes, so there is no hidden cost. The existing customers can also upgrade from 2G to 3G for the same amount, with no extra cost. The validity for this plan is only 7 days. So you need to choose your plan witin 7 days.

Prepaid Plans:-

There are two options for the prepaid connection. One is the Prepaid General Plan and the other is the Promotional Offer (discussed later). In the former, the customer can recharge with a coupon of Rs. 120/- which has the validity of 120 days and provides you with Rs. 20/- usage. Apart from this, the charges for calls, sms’s and video calling has also been discounted. For local calls, customer is charged with Rs. 0.50/- instead of the usual Rs. 0.70/-, STD calls will be charged Rs.0.60/- instead of Rs. 0.80/-. Local video calls are charged for Rs. 0.70/- and STD video calls for Re. 1/-. Local sms will cost Rs. 0.40/- and STD sms will cost Rs. 0.60/-. Data transfer charges are for Rs. 0.01 per 10 kb.

Prepaid Tariff:-

250 MB Data Card

Tariff – Rs. 250/-
Free data usage – 300MB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB
Validity – 1 month

400 MB Data Card

Tariff – Rs. 400/-
Free data usage – 1GB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB
Validity – 1 month

650 MB Data Card

Tariff – Rs. 650/-
Free data usage – 2GB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB
Validity – 1 month

1000 MB Data Card

Tariff – Rs. 1000/-
Free data usage – 5GB
Additional data charges – 2 Rupees/MB
Validity – 1 month

3000 MB Data Card

Tariff – Rs. 3000/-
Free data usage – Unlimited much better than Reliance Netconnect card
Validity – 1 month

Additional top-up for Pre-paid BSNL 3G Data Card

  • 100MB : Rs.120
  • 300MB : Rs.225
  • 500MB : Rs.260
  • 1GB        : Rs.330

Postpaid Plans:-

Postpaid customers too have two plans to choose from depending on their requirement. One there is Plan 99 and the other is Plan 1500. For both the plans an activation fee of Rs. 100/- will be charged. Plan 99 includes local & STD calls @ 49 paisa (both on and off net). With Plan 1500 you get a fixed monthly rental of 1500. On net calls for both local and STD will be free whereas, off net calls will be charged @ 20 paisa and 30 paisa for local and STD respectively. Another Plan 525 includes unlimited night calling from BSNL to BSNL. Data transfer charges is same as that in prepaid plan, which is Rs. 0.01/- for 10 kb.

Postpaid Tariff:-

250 MB Data Card

Monthly Tariff – Rs. 250/-
Free data usage – 300MB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB

400 MB Data Card

Monthly Tariff – Rs. 400/-
Free data usage – 1GB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB

650 MB Data Card

Monthly Tariff – Rs. 650/-
Free data usage – 2GB
Additional data charges – Rs. 2/MB

1000 MB Data Card

Monthly tariff – Rs. 1000/-
Free data usage – 5GB
Additional data charges – Rs 2/MB

3000 MB Data Card

Monthly tariff – Rs. 3000/-
Free data usage – Unlimited

3G Postpaid Data Plans & Prepaid Data Recharge Vouchers:-

With First Monthly Coupon (FMC) or Data Recharge Voucher (RCV) of Rs. 249/- the customer gets free usage of 0.5 GB with a validity of 30 days. Extra usage is charged @ Re. 1 per MB. With FMC Rs. 399/- 1 GB free usage is provided, again with 30 days validity. Extra usage is charged @ 50 paisa per MB. FMC of Rs 549, Rs 649, Rs 899, Rs 1099, Rs 1299, Rs 1699, Rs 1999, Rs 2499 are available, each with a validity of 30 days. With Rs 2499 Data Recharge you get unlimited usage with 30 days validity and if you want to opt for night unlimited internet you can opt for Rs 1999 recharge voucher. Also you can recharge with available Top Ups like Rs 109 with 100 MB free, Rs 225 with 300MB data usage, Rs 260 with 500 MB data usage and Rs 325 with 1GB data usage.

BSNL also allows flexibility with third party data card, the prices are listed below:

  • Teracom USB data cards price for Single Band (3.6 MBPS) is Rs. 2500/-
  • Tri Band (7.2 MBPS) is Rs. 3000/-
  • HSDPA data cards which can be inserted in PCMCIA port which laptops have, Capitel Wireless Pvt. Ltd Single Band costs Rs. 4000/- whereas Tri Band cost is Rs. 4500/-

Promotional Offers:-

This is a promotional offer which includes free usage of 6 GB per month split into 1 GB/day for the month and 5 GB night usage for exactly two months from the date of activation of your BSNL 3G SIM.

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