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BSNL: STD at Re 1

Mobile tariff wars were extended yet again on Monday when PSU major BSNL unveiled mobile STD rate of Re 1 and local call rate at 60 paise a minute with a monthly fixed charge of Rs 999 for its postpaid users for a 15 second pulse rate.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 19:45 IST

Mobile tariff wars were extended yet again on Monday when PSU major BSNL unveiled mobile STD rate of Re 1 and local call rate at 60 paise a minute with a monthly fixed charge of Rs 999 for its postpaid users for a 15 second pulse rate. It has launched new plan for postpaid mobile service for a monthly fixed charge of Rs 999 bundling with a Cellone Axia A108 handset where customers will get free calls worth Rs 700.

The plan has a registration charge of Rs 500 and an activation one-time charge of Rs 200, according to BSNL officials.

Under this plan, call charges for local calls within BSNL's own network - mobile-to-mobile and mobile-to-fixed - are 60 paise while to other network it is Re 1 a minute. For STD (Inter Circle), call charges are Re 1 a minute within its own network for calls to both its mobile and fixed networks while to other networks they are Rs 1.60 a minute. Cellular operator Hutch offers mobile STD at Rs 1.32 a minute under a Rs 60 top-up card.

On Sunday, Reliance Infocomm offered free outgoing calls worth up to Rs 2,000 on some of its new handsets along with lower local and STD call charges. On buying a handset for Rs 2,700, a subscriber will get Rs 2,000 worth talktime for outgoing calls along with 2,000 local short messages (SMS) free.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 19:45 IST