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BSNL refutes reports on 20GB 3G data offer for Rs50

25 April 2016

State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has denied any plans to offer 3G data packs at cheap prices, refuting reports that it is offering 20GB of 3G data at Rs50 to its customers.

Reports quoting BSNL officials today said there was no such offer like 20GB 3G data for Rs50, adding that BSNL was yet to release an official statement.

"BSNL has not officially declared any offer like 20GB 3G data for Rs50 and neither does the company intends to do so," the report quoted the official as saying.

Media, especially web-based, had a few days ago, reported that BSNL has introduced a new 3G data offer in which prepaid customers will get 20GB data for just Rs50 (See: BSNL offers 20 GB 3G data pack at just Rs50! )

Not just that, this can be shared by four others anywhere in India for free, the reports had stated.

Against this, telecom operators in the private sector currently offer charge Rs160-250 for 1 GB of 3G data.

Also, the reports substantiated by stating that BSNL is offering this service with a subsidy from the government's 'Digital India' scheme that aims to promote the use of internet across various sections of people and the different areas of the country.

Users had expected the BSNL's data pack along with a competitively-priced Reliance Jio to soon force other players in the market to slash data rates for 3G and 4G services.

BSNL, meanwhile, launched a very attractive scheme under which it offers WiFi broadband modem at Rs1,500 with 100 per cent cash-back offer.

Under the scheme, new broadband customer who subscribe under a Broadband plan with monthly charges of Rs700 and above, will be able to purchase the broadband modem from BSNL at Rs1,500. Such customers, will be given Rs100 per month as cash-back for 15 months.

BSNL is also offering warranty support for the modem for a five-year period without any additional charges.

The above scheme will be available till 30 June 2016 across all its telecom circles, BSNL said.

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