37. BSNL – Rs 397 vs Rs 398 plan – a comparison

BSNL is one of the most important public sector undertakings in India offering telecom and mobile services all over India for many decades. It is one of the oldest service providers offering a wide range of plans both prepaid and postpaid in nature for its customers. Any BSNL recharge plan offered has been packaged for the subscribers with specific needs in recent times and many online platforms have helped with prepaid recharge services. 

Freecharge, BSNL website, Amazon, PayTM, Airtel Payments Bank, etc are one of the well recommended prepaid portals for BSNL recharge online. The main benefit of making a recharge via these websites is the service availability. These websites provide a very safe and quick way for BSNL bill payment with possible discounts. They do not seek an extra charge from the customer and offer some cashback on the plans and offers available. 

There are two main BSNL online rechargeplans that have gained significant attention in the past few months. In the BSNL prepaid service, one is the Rs. 397 prepaid plan and the other is Rs. 398 prepaid plan. The benefits and features provided by these plans vary by several factors such as duration, validity, data packs and SMS limits. The 397 prepaid plan offers unlimited voice call benefit and a 2GB high speed pack for the first 60 days of recharge. The plan is valid for one complete year and the first-time recharge subscriber can opt for a personalized ring back tone (PRBT) with ability to get 100 SMS a day. This BSNL recharge data pack provided is high speed in nature and once the data limit is finished, the speed gets reduced to 80 kilobytes per second. One important point to be noted is that the PRBT, service pack and voice call service can only be used for the first 60 days and successful usage will need recharge packs. On the other hand, Rs. 398 prepaid plan offers the customers an unlimited data option without any FUP limits. The validity of the calls and 100 free SMS is offered for 30 days. The SMS can be offered to both home regions as well as national roaming under the MTNL network coverage. 

Users can choose the best BSNL recharge plan available to them based on their needs and daily requirements. The Rs 397 prepaid plan is suitable for keeping a user’s SIM active with 2GB daily high-speed data and 60 days of SMS messages, the Rs 398 prepaid plan offers unlimited data with no FUP restriction for 30 days. The users who want a longer validity and can work with less data should choose the Rs 397 prepaid plan, while those who want unlimited data with a month’s validity should choose the Rs 398 prepaid plan.