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2 new landline plans to target low, middle income groups

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CHENNAI, MARCH 17. Chennai Telephones will launch two new landline plans on Monday.

``The two plans - `Surprise' and `Easy' - are being introduced to "meet the ever-growing aspirations of our customers," according to its chief general manager, K.B. Brahmadathan.

Only those applying for new landline connections could avail themselves of the plans, he said, pointing out that the Chennai Telephones would not levy installation charges of Rs.800 on those applying before March 31.

However, the `Surprise' plan would be included in future to the four optional tariff packages - General, Economy, Super and Special - for landlines.

`Surprise' with a monthly rental of Rs. 495 and a Rs.1,000 security deposit has been designed to attract users in the middle-income category; `Easy' connection, targeted to woo the lower income groups, requires a Rs.500 security deposit to be made and its monthly rent is Rs. 250, Mr. Brahmadathan told presspersons here today.

While calls beyond the 450-free-calls in the `Surprise' package would be charged at Rs.1.10 each, the `Easy' plan offered 50 free calls every month. Charges on calls beyond the limit would be similar to those of the BSNL General category. The unused free calls in both the schemes would not be carried over to the next month. At present, a landline connection is available on payment of Rs. 1,000 towards registration; Rs. 1,000 security deposit; and installation charge.

Announcing that the BSNL had decided to treat the Chennai Telephones and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Circle as a single area for the purpose of mobile phone tariff, he said the proposal would come into force by Monday. As per the decision, calls from mobile phone users of the Chennai Telephones to any other mobile in the State would be charged at local call rate. The same principle would apply whenever a mobile subscriber of Tamil Nadu Telecom Circle calls any mobile in Chennai.

No roaming charges would be levied when the Chennai Telephones mobile subscribers receive calls in the Tamil Nadu Telecom limit and vice-versa. The main advantage for the users would be their ability to make calls within the State without subscribing to STD.

Mr. Brahmadathan said the Chennai Telephones had recently re-introduced the `Sulabh', a landline plan offering incoming facility at a monthly rental of Rs.160. On Monday, it would also introduce Plan 499, a scheme under which existing subscribers could avail themselves of a second telephone exclusively for Internet. The connection with a monthly charge of Rs.499 was only for individual customers and not for commercial users like Internet cafes.

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