BSNL Reduces Validity of Rs. 99 Recharge, Reportedly Increases SIM Replacement Cost

BSNL Reduces Validity of Rs. 99 Recharge, Reportedly Increases SIM Replacement Cost

The Rs. 99 BSNL recharge was launched in May last year with 26 days of unlimited voice calling benefits

  • Rs. 99 BSNL recharge with 24-day validity is available in various circles
  • The recharge option offers unlimited local and STD calls
  • BSNL was previously charging Rs. 10 as SIM replacement cost

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised its Rs. 99 recharge that is designed specifically to offer unlimited voice calling benefits to prepaid subscribers. With the new move, the state-owned telco is offering 24 days of validity on the Rs. 99 recharge. This was launched last year with a validity of 26 days. BSNL has reportedly also increased the SIM replacement charges for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers to Rs. 100. The new developments come just days after BSNL launched its Bharat Fiber broadband service to counter Reliance's Jio GigaFiber. The operator also recently brought its yearly prepaid recharge options to take on the competition.

In a sudden move, BSNL has revised the Rs. 99 recharge with 24 days of validity. This means BSNL prepaid subscribers will now be able to avail unlimited local and STD calls to any network in their home region or under national roaming, except Delhi and Mumbai, for 24 days. The pack also includes free access to PRBT (personalised ring back tone).

The Rs. 99 BSNL recharge was originally launched in May last year with a validity of 26 days. The new option debuted alongside the Rs. 319 unlimited voice calling recharge that came with 90 days of validity. Notably, the validity of the Rs. 319 recharge still remains the same across all circles.

However, as per official listings, including in the Andhra Pradesh and Haryana circles, the Rs. 99 BSNL recharge has been downgraded to 24 days of validity.

Alongside the revised Rs. 99 recharge, BSNL has reportedly increased the SIM replacement cost from the original Rs. 10 to Rs. 100. As reported by Telecom Talk, the new change is applicable with effect from January 21. It is also said that the operator is offering a 4G SIM card in some regions at a charge of Rs. 19.

We've reached out to BSNL for confirmation on the new SIM replacement cost and will update this space accordingly.


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Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a principal correspondent for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at Please send in your leads and tips. More
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