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BSNL offers ‘Vennela Match'

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HYDERABAD: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced the launch of ‘Vennela Match', offering subscribers a prepaid connection - 2G or 3G, at just Rs. 20 with a lifetime validity and claimed to have touched the one lakh mark of requests in mobile number portability.

At a press conference here on Wednesday, Chief General Manager, A.P. Telecom Circle, Rajeev Agarwal said the SIM cost apart, the first recharge had to be Rs.28 for 2G and Rs.24 for 3G, offering full talktime.

The plan comes with 100 free local SMSs free per month and more with special tariff vouchers of Rs.13, Rs.23 and Rs.33 that come with a one-month validity and offer up to 2,000 SMSs.

He said BSNL has also reduced cost of 3G Data Vouchers from Rs.275 to Rs.203 and Rs.440 to Rs.403, offering data of up to 0.5 and 1 GB respectively. In post-paid, the 249 and 399 plans were revised to Rs.189 and Rs.369, he said.

Of the one lakh requests (Port-In) received 74,014 had been processed and brought on to the BSNL network and the rest were in different stages of being migration, he said. Even with an estimated 24,000 subscribers opting to go out of the network, the BSNL was the maximum net gainer of all the mobile services operators in the State, Mr. Agarwal said.

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