BSNL cancels free Sunday calling from 1st Feb 2018. This is a big blow by the State-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for the citizen of the Nation. BSNL has revised its free voice calling benefits and it might be a huge dissatisfaction for customers. BSNL will withdraw its free voice calling benefits from landlines on Sundays from February 1.
The news really a great regret for those customers especially those ones who could not afford higher rates call charged by others. The decision comes soon after the company decided to restrict free night calling benefits for the broadband users.
But for Kolkata, there is some relief for Calcutta Landline users, the Calcutta Telephones (CalTel) is BSNL’s Kolkata unit, are working on some plans which will reduce the impact for the state customers as per said by the Chief General Manager S P Tripathi of (CalTel).
As this service gets effective, the BSNL landline users will have to pay for the calling, similar to that on weekdays. Calcutta Telephones currently has six lakh fixed landline connections out of some 12 million connections across the country.
When did the free night calls begin?
Free night calling and free Sunday calling was introduced by BSNL from August 21, 2016, following which customers were able to make free unlimited calls on any mobile or landline number in the country on Sundays from August 21. BSNL has also launched unlimited BB249 plan which offers unlimited Broadband internet for merely Rs 249.
BSNL cancels free Sunday calling from 1st Feb 2018
How will be the new plan acts?
From February 1, BSNL customers who have subscribed to the FTTH, landline, broadband and combo plans will be charged on Sundays just like any other day. It will be applicable to both the existing and new customers too. Still, the users can enjoy the free night calling for the new timing on Sundays too.
BSNL has already revised the night voice calling scheme in 1st January after which free calling is offered from 10.30 pm instead of 9 pm, initially, the free night voice calling was from 9 pm to 7 am.
The unlimited broadband plans from BSNL start at Rs. 499 and not all these plans come with bundled free voice calls. It is limited to some plans such as the BB249 and a few other combo plans.
Why has BSNL taken such harsh decision?
On July 31, 1995, first for India when our honorable the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu made the first mobile phone call in India to then Union Telecom Minister Sukhram. Sixteen years later 4th generation services were launched in Kolkata.
It’s really a question mark for all of us now that how suddenly the Government telecommunication company become so rude to its nation’s customers?
I think its just because of these private players. Once there was a time when BSNL was the one and only means of telecommunication for the peoples of India when the whole nation whether he was rich or poor, any VIP or the general public of the nation all possessed the landline.
But post the launched of the mobile phone in 1995, a major revolution began in the telecommunication sector. The private companies lure the customers by offering free plans after every alternate day due to which majority of the peoples left their BSNL landline connection by transformed it with the private mobile connection.
However, those customers who still retain their BSNL landline connection due to its low call rates in comparison to private telecom companies and enjoying its free calls at overnight and at Sunday will now have to think for its chargeable call rate.
Because how long the Government will bear the loss for satisfying its customers when the private telecom companies always stand in competition about their new Plans and rates.
As a result in the current competitive arena, the BSNL company now become restricted with its free call plans because the Government will have to run its business successfully along with these private players.
In the meanwhile for the development of telecommunication in few States, BSNL had sealed a deal with the ministry of law and justice for providing high-speed internet and cloud connectivity to as many as 900 subordinates and district courts in remote locations including majorly Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states.