BSNL has announced a pre-paid closed user group (CUG) 3G plan called Yuva Rajasthan to provide affordable 3G services to youth in that state.
BSNL’s Yuva Rajasthan connection is available free of cost to students. Subsequent recharge coupons cost Rs 102 and are valid for one month.
Each Rajasthan Yuva coupon comes with unlimited free group calling, and free educational data access at 3.6 Mbps. Subscribers also get 300 free local or national SMSs, talk time worth Rs. 50 and 50 MB of non-educational data usage free.
Moreover, 3G voice calls within the subscriber’s college or institute are free. To call any other college or institute in the same university, it will cost 10 paise per minute; to call another university or educational board within the Rajasthan circle, the subscriber will have to pay 30 paise per minute; and calls to all other mobile phones within the Rajasthan circle will be charged at 70 paise per minute. Related: 3G service providers in India
Video calls are slightly more expensive at 10 paise per minute within the college or institute; 30 paise per minute within one’s university or board; 70 paise per minute to call another university or board within Rajasthan and 70 paise per minute for all other local or STD calls.
3G voice calls are said to be much clearer than those over 2G or 2.5G networks, and 3G enables high speed data transfer for video conferencing. Related: BSNL 3G unlimited plans
BSNL is also hoping to acquire customers migrating from other service providers by offering free talk time and unlimited data usage in Haryana, where mobile number portability has been implemented.