The state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is regularly launching value-for-money tariff vouchers to counter private companies. Today it came out with another prepaid tariff plan titled STV 349.
The BSNL Prepaid STV 349 provides unlimited voice calls (including roaming) and 54GB of data with a validity of 54 days. The tariff plan is a PAN-India offering except for Mumbai and Delhi telecom circles. As usual, the data has a 1GB daily limit but what surprises is the absence of SMS benefits.
BSNL Prepaid 349 Vs Other Tariff Vouchers:
The latest BSNL STV 349 is an attempt to counter the private telecom operators 349 tariff voucher. For a quick review, Reliance Jio offering is way ahead of its competitors with unlimited calls, daily 1.5GB data and daily 100 SMS with a validity of 70 days.
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However, Bharti Airtel has something different to offer with high data provision. The Airtel 349 tariff plan offers unlimited calling, daily 3GB data, and daily 100 SMS for 28 days. Similarly, Idea Cellular is offering unlimited calling with FUP limits, daily 3GB data and daily 100 SMS for 28 days. As said Idea Cellular’s unlimited calling has a FUP limitation of 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week.
The 349 plans offered by Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular companies have a whopping 3GB data daily limit. That means one gets 84 GB data in 28 days period. In contrast, Reliance Jio offers a whopping 105GB data in 70 days period.
On the other hand, BSNL provides 54GB data in 54 days period. However, it lacks 4G services. Though the BSNL has started offering 4G services on a trial basis, it can’t be relied upon. Even if BSNL offers 54 GB data, the poor connectivity makes it highly unfeasible to use the offered data.
IPL Mania & Data Offers:
Recently, Vodafone India launched its own 349 STV that offers daily 3GB data with unlimited voice calling and daily 100 SMS with a validity of 28 days. With IPL buzz, the telecom companies are luring the customers with data perks.
Probably, Vodafone India is the first telecom company to offer 3GB data on a daily basis. Taking a cue from Vodafone India, both Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular also revised their plans to offer daily 3GB data.
What’s Your Opinion?
With this daily 3GB data offering, the telecom operators will start a new trend. It implies that the telecom companies are looking to increase the ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) by offering data in return.
Hopefully, the telecom sector is all set to settle down. The recent creation of a dedicated Telecom Ombudsman is yet another welcoming sign to solve any issues related to telecom.
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