Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced reduced SMS charges for its postpaid cellular subscribers to 40 paise per message from the existing 60 paise. The charges are valid for intra-circle as well as SMS across circles. The prepaid subscribers will continue to be charged at the current level of 60 paise. This was announced by BSNL chairman and managing director VP Sinha at a conference on Thursday.
In order to reward its loyal customers, BSNL announced free talktime for its postpaid cellular subscribers who have been with BSNL over the last six months. Subscribers of plan 325 will get a free talktime value of Rs 75 per month and customers of plan 525 will get free talktime value of Rs 150 per month for the subsequent months. The free talktime as also the reduced SMS charges will be effective February 1, 2004.
BSNL will also introduce two new lower denomination recharge coupons from February 15. The lowest denomination recharge coupon of Rs 70 will have a talktime of Rs 38 and validity of 7 days. The Rs 150 recharge coupon will have a talktime of Rs 85 and a validity of 15 days.
BSNL has revised tariffs for its limited mobility (WLL) subscribers which would be effective from March 1. The rental for WLL subscribers, which was Rs 200 per month, has been brought at par with basic telephony rates of Rs 120, Rs 180 or Rs 250 per month depending on the exchange capacity. The subscribers will also get 50 free calls per month.