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BSNL introduces ‘Call Now’ cards

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TIRUCHI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced ‘Call Now’ cards for subscribers using Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) and International Subscriber Dialling (ISD) services.

The pre-paid cards, similar to India Telephone Cards, would available in Rs.100, Rs.300, Rs.500, Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 denominations. The pulse rate will be 60 seconds. The validity of Rs.100 cards will be month and for the others it is three months.

BSNL Tiruchi Principal General Manager A. Balraj said in a release that the call charges would be lower for higher denomination cards.

For subscribers using the Rs.100, Rs.300, Rs.500, Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 denomination cards, the local and STD call charges between BSNL phones would be Re.1 a unit. For calls made from BSNL to MTNL and other private phones the call charge would be Rs.2 a unit for the Rs.100 and Rs.300 Call Now cards. For cards of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denominations, calls made from BSNL to MTNL or other private phones would be chargeable at Rs.1.50 a unit and for cards of Rs.2000 value it would be Re.1 a unit.

ISD calls to the US, Canada, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, East and South Asian countries would be charged at Rs.4 a unit under the Rs.100 and Rs.300 cards. For cards of Rs.500 denomination, ISD calls to these countries would be chargeable at Rs.3.75 a unit and for cards of Rs.1,000 value the call charge would be Rs.3.25 a unit.

Calls to other European countries and Sri Lanka would be chargeable at Rs.6 a unit for cards of Rs.100 and 300 denominations and Rs.5.75 for cards of Rs.500 denomination.

The rate would further come down to Rs.5.50 for subscribers using cards of Rs.1,000 and 2,000 denominations.

Subscribers using the Rs.2,000 denomination card can make calls to America and Canada at Rs.1.75 a unit and to Russia, the United Kingdom, East and South Asian countries at Rs.3.25 a unit.

Calls to Gulf countries would be charged at Rs.7.50 a unit under the Rs.100 card. The call charge for the rest of the world would be Rs.9 a unit. The rates would be lesser for calls of higher value, Mr.Balraj said.

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