Sanchar Nigam has launched free SMS services for its landline
users in Andhra Pradesh and might increase pulse rate
for landline users very soon.
this, Sanjaya Kumar, chief general manager, BSNL, AP circle,
said the SMS service would be available from April 1 free
of cost to all landline users across the state and subscribers
to BSNL could send and receive messages from anywhere
in the country. However, to be able to avail the SMS facility,
landline users need to have base sets that support SMS
facilities, which cost Rs 2,000 upwards or they could
add a small device to their existing instruments.
also added that by May this year, BSNL would roll out
lower pulse rate service for landline users. According
to the new scheme, instead of the existing three-minute
rate charge a new slab of a one-minute pulse is planned
and a user would be billed for the time he actually uses
instead of the standard three-minute charge at present.
Kumar added there was no plan to change the free calls,
but this new pulse rate and free SMS will be an added
incentive to people to take up landlines.
has also launched its latest telephone directory updated
up to January 1, 2004.