In 3G plans, BSNL is touted as the cheapest amongst all network operators, as far as pricing is concerned, at least. We definitely had high hopes on better network coverage and infrastructure along with cheaper rates, but it seems the opposite has happened. According to Telecom Talk, BSNL have announced a hike in their 3G data plans with no mention whatsoever of a better network coverage.
The new plans will be effective from 16th September, 2011 and there have been a few additions and subtractions to the earlier plans. Also, usage after plan exhaustion has been increased from 2p/10 KB to 4p/10 KB for both postpaid and prepaid subscribers. These tariff plans have been revised in accordance with the 43rd amendment of telecom tariff order issued by TRAI. A detailed chart of BSNL's new plans can be viewed below:
The 3G tariff plans (Image source: Telecom Talk
This further accentuates the report by Business Standard, which states that mobile tariffs are exponentially on the rise as operating costs are increasing as service providers, themselves, are under massive pressure to get rid of the high debts for acquiring 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum, last year. With such irregularity and solidarity in the current plans, do you think it is wise in opting for a 3G plan, well-knowing that the tariffs are susceptible to fluctuations?