Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is now gearing up to become the
largest cellular operator by slashing its tariffs, including
the rates for STD, by between 8 and 66 per cent, starting
17 May 2003.
chairman and managing director Prithipal Singh says that
even while mobile tariffs on the existing two post-paid
plans (Plan 225 and Plan 325) have been reduced, the company
has introduced a new Plan 525 with even cheaper calling
calling charges on prepaid schemes, too, have been reduced,
even as SMS charges have been brought down from Re 1 per
outgoing message to 60 paise, the lowest in the industry.
Singh notes that under the
new package Plan 525, mobile-to-mobile local calls have
been fixed at 40 paise per minute, while mobile-to-landline
costs are Rs 1.20 per minute. STD call charges to other
mobile phones has been pegged at Rs 1.20 across distances.
the case of long-distance calls to landlines, it has been
fixed at Rs 1.80 per minute for distances below 200 km,
Rs 2.40 per minute for distances between 200 and 500 km
and Rs 3.60 per minute for distances beyond 500 km.
Plan 225, mobile-to-mobile local calls will cost Rs 2.20
per minute, while mobile-to-landline calls will cost Rs
2.40 per minute.
STD calls will cost Rs 2.40 per minute, while STD calls
to landlines have been placed at Rs 2.40 per minute for
the first 500 km and Rs 3.60 per minute beyond. The prepaid
tariffs are the same as Plan 225.
its popular Plan 325, BSNL has fixed the local mobile-to-mobile
call charges at Rs 1.40 per minute while for landlines
it is Rs 1.80 per minute.