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India’s Longest Validity Plan Now Available With BSNL

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State-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has unveiled a new prepaid plan that comes with a validity of 600 days. The company has priced this plan at Rs. 2399. But there’s a catch.

The plan was announced by BSNL Chhattisgarh on Twitter. The plan is valid for 600 days, which is the longest plan ever announced by BSNL. Being priced at Rs. 2399, the plan has a FUP (Fair Usage Policy) of 250 minutes per day for outgoing calls to any network in India. Customers will be charged Re. 1 per minute for local and Rs. 1.3 for STD calls after the FUP gets exhausted. The plan also offers free 100 SMSes per day.

However, this plan doesn’t come with data benefits. Subscribers will have to pay 25 paise per MB, customers can also get any add-on data pack according to their choice.

This plan also comes with free BSNL Tunes (caller tune) with a validity period of the first 60 days after activation. Later it will cost Rs. 42 per month.

Long Term Validity Plans from Airtel and Jio

Recently Airtel had also come up with a validity plan of Rs 2498, that provides 2GB 4G data per day for 365 days, It also offers unlimited voice and a bunch of other features like Airtel Xstream Premium subscription, Wynk Music Subscription, Free Zee5 Subscription and much more.

On the other hand, Jio too had unveiled a long term plan for Rs 2399, which provides 2GB data and unlimited access to their entertainment apps such as JioSaawan, JioMovies, etc for a period of 365 days.

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Vodafone Idea will now be known as “VI”

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Vodafone Idea rebrands as VI

Vodafone Idea said on Monday that it is rebranding itself, and Vodafone and Idea brands will now be known as “Vi”. The name Vi is much more than an abbreviation of Vodafone and Idea. VI read as ‘we‘ reflects the collective nature of Indian society, the company said.

Since the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the company has focussed on “integrating the two large networks, our people and processes”, Vodafone Idea managing director CEO Ravinder Takkar said. The rebranding initiative by the company comes amid intense competition in the country’s highly-indebted telecom sector.

Abbreviation of Vodafone and Idea. VI read as 'we'

Abbreviation of Vodafone and Idea. VI read as ‘we’

“Today I am delighted to present Vi, a brand that will bring important meaning to the lives of our customers. Indians are optimistic and want to get ahead in life,” said Mr. Takkar.

“They would love a credible partner to help them on this journey. Vi’s positioning is built around this promise and will focus on meeting the customer needs to help them thrive,” he added.

Vodafone Plc’s Indian arm had merged with Idea Cellular in August 2018. However, both Vodafone and Idea had maintained two separate brand identities to date.

“The integration of two brands is a culmination of the largest telecom integration in the world,” Vodafone Idea said.

Vodafone Idea is attempting to keep its businesses afloat in India after the Supreme Court, last week, gave telecom companies 10 years to pay adjusted gross revenue dues (AGR) dues.

On Friday, Vodafone Idea had declared its intention to raise fresh capital of up to ₹ 25,000 crores to pay off the hefty dues owed to the government. It plans to raise up to ₹ 15,000 crores through debentures and an equal amount by issuing shares and warrants.

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Reliance Jio is offering free 2GB data every day

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Mukesh Ambani owned telecom operator Reliance Jio never fails to surprise its subscribers. The operator is back again with its free data offer, this time named Jio Data Pack which offers free 2GB 4G data per day. Previously the free data pack was credited to the accounts of its subscribers without any information at the end of March and was valid till April 1.

My Jio App

My Jio App

The telecom giant has once again come up with a plan that provides additional 2GB free data to its users on existing data packs. It will offer free data until the first week of May. Reliance Jio users can avail of this free data offer on the My Plans section in the MyJio app. It is worth noting that accounts of Jio subscribers are being credited with this offer randomly so you may or may get the free data benefits. Users can check the availability for the same on the MyJio app.

also introduced special data packs for people encouraging them to work from home.

 

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Vodafone Idea Wants To Charge Rs 35 per GB From 1st April

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Vodafone Idea Wants To Charge Rs 35 per GB From 1st April

The telecom sector has been going through a bit of rough patch lately and we have kept you updated right since the start of all of this.

Last year, the court had upheld the government’s idea of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), on which it calculates levies on telecom operators. The order led to a sick blow to the telecom industry, as the operators will now have to pay dues for the past 14 years, along with interest and fines.

Vodafone-Idea has been hit the worst by this and is under pressure to pay an estimated amount of Rs. 53,000 crore, of which it has managed to pay only Rs. 3,500 crore to the government yet.

Vodafone-Idea’s Demands to the Govt

Telecom companies have been left scrambling to pay dues after the Supreme Court on 14 February pulled them up for failing to comply with its October verdict. However, it is Vodafone-Idea that has been hit the worst.

Thus, in order to enable it to pay statutory dues and make it’s business sustainable, Vodafone-Idea has demanded fixing minimum tariffs for mobile data at Rs. 35 per GB, which amounts to 7-8 times of current prices, along with calls at 6 paise per minute, starting from April 1.

The company has sought 18 years’ time to clear the dues, including a three-year moratorium on payment of interest and penalty, to clear its AGR dues of more than Rs. 50,000.

To give you a reference, the current mobile internet prices are in the range of Rs. 4-5 per GB. The demand to raise call and internet rates from Vodafone Idea comes within three months of the company raising prices by up to 50%.

According to the company, an increase in mobile call and data rates will help it generate revenue to the same level as Vodafone and Idea individually generated in 2015-16. It says that it will take 3 years to get to that level after tariff hike, thus asking for a three-year moratorium for successful payment of AGR dues.

The company says that it would be in a position to meet its liabilities only if the government initiates steps including allowing set-offs for GST credit accumulated so far, and permitting staggered mechanism for payment of balance amount of interest, penalty, and interest on the penalty.

COAI Asks for a Minimum Floor Price

The Cellular Operators Association of India has urged the government to ensure that consumers pay a minimum floor price for using mobile services from April.

The government levies a license fee and spectrum usage charge based on revenue earned by telecom companies. Telecom companies and government had entered into a dispute over ascertaining revenue calculation.

However, the SC upheld the government method of calculating the revenues and ordered telecom operators to clear all dues by January 23, 2020.

The cumulative liability on telecom operators was estimated at around Rs. 1.47 lakh crore by the Department of Telecom in July 2019. For this, the COAI said that floor pricing is imperative to ensure the sector’s sustainability. The industry body represents Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.

The industry body has sought that the GST credits lying with the government be adjusted against the dues payable by telcos. It has also sought that after this adjustment, the payment of balance amount of interest, penalty, and interest on penalty be allowed in a staggered manner.

The government may consider granting loans equal to the AGR amount at a 6% rate of interest so that the AGR liability may be discharged immediately.

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