BSNL Free voice calls :State owned telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is planning to launch free voice service for lifetime starting January 2017. The plans would be cheaper than the recently announced Reliance Jio Tariffs.
This step from BSNL is targetted to expand the user base across the country, excluding Delhi and Mumbai where MTNL services are available. This move may also force other telecom operators such as Vodafone, Airtel, and Idea Cellular to slash tariffs and offer free voice calls.
BSNL will offer services to both 2G and 3G users without any bias knowing fact that majority of the population is still using 2G and 3G services. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio embraces services only for 4G users.
“We are closely observing the market as well as Jio’s performance. We will also come up with lifetime free-voice plans from the new year as part of fresh offerings. We plan to be even lower than the Jio plan, and this could be by Rs 2-4,” says, Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL Managing Director and Chairman.
BSNL has a significant share in mobile subscriptions in many key markets like Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Odisha, UP, and Punjab. Zero-voice-tariff plans yet to be announced will be lower than Rs. 149 which is said to be the entry price for Jio.
The free-voice facility is also available for a subscriber when he/she uses the connection outside his residence. The main idea behind the plan is to make use of their home broadband to re-direct their mobile outgoing calls through landlines.