Revised BSNL 3G Tariffs in India

Back in February this year when 3G services were launched in India, the tariffs were too high, both for Voice and data usage. But recently after the launch of 3G services commercially, the prices were reduced drastically and here are the details of the initial activation charges and tariffs for both voice calls and data usage.

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Just for your information, BSNL 3G services are launched in my town and I will soon make a dedicated post about the browsing experience on a 3G connection. Meanwhile, you can have a look on Varun’s post wherein he have posted BSNL 3G Chennai Speed Test.

Initial Activation/Migration Charges of BSNL 3G:

As per the 3G section on BSNL’s official website, a new USIM (Universal Subscriber Identification Module) used for 3G services costs Rs. 59 but I bought mine by paying Rs. 99 with a special First Recharge of Rs. 120 wherein you get 6 Months validity, Rs. 20 free talk-time and the under mentioned call tariffs.

Voice Usage Charges in BSNL 3G:

After recharging your 3G SIM with the special first recharge coupon worth Rs. 120, the promotional voice tariffs that would be made applicable on your phone will be applicable as mentioned on this page

Data Usage Charges in BSNL 3G:

Though the Voice usage charges on BSNL 3G services are on the upper side as compared to other voice charges amongst all Indian telecom operators, but the best part of BSNL 3G service is that, its data plans are quite reasonable considering the browsing speed of around 1MbPS as mentioned on Varun’s post. The basic entry level data voucher in BSNL 3G is worth Rs. 275 (including service tax) wherein you get half GB (512 MB) of free data usage.

Here are the list of all (revised) data plans available for BSNL 3G users:

BSNL 3G data charges

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  1. prabagar Reply

    am from chennai. i tried to recharge rs249 to use .5gb..but wen in vain.not yet those data plans r rolled out in chennai…….ONLY 1P/10KB S AVAILABLE NOW…

    SOURCE; bsnl customer care service!!!***CHENNAI

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      Hello Prabangar,

      As far as I know, the above plans are available in all the states. But as mentioned on the image above, Rs. 249 is excluding taxes so you need to recharge with Rs. 275 to avail this offer. Also, please confirm the tariff from your local BSNL people before recharging your phone!

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  3. Pankaj Pallab Mahanta Reply

    I think The unlimited plan for data usage is somewhat expensive.If there is chance of reducing the charge for the same?

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      As BSNL & MTNL are the only operators in India having 3G license so I doubt if the tariff will reduce in the near future.

  4. Sriram Reply

    How can i check the balance of data usage? I tried *123*3# and *123*4# and *123*6#. I am getting response as “Recharge not possible”.

    Any help regarding this is greatly appreciated.

  5. TheAnand Reply

    I think the best plan currently is the 606 where you get around 1GB of day usage and 5 GB of night usage…I use this on my laptop and find it really good in speeds and price. 🙂

  6. sagar Reply

    Hi ! Guys, I m planning to purchase BSNL 3G plug n surf modem. As I want to know that what is the speed of 3G in varanasi and which company’s moden ( huawei or micromax ) should i purchase so i can surf @ gud speed.
    Help me guys !

  7. taj Reply


    Is this 275 plan availbale in TAmil nadu circle. I tried recharging for daily plans nothing worked for me.

  8. sanjib Reply

    its too costly. but i am surprised that i am using this inside nalco angul, a well network coverage area, but sorry to say that it never performed above 48kbps speed. with this expensive tariff and slow speed i am personally not satisfied.

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      As far I know, 2G SIMs are to be converted to 3G SIM for using high-speed 3G services. BTW, all new SIM are 3G capable, are you using a old 2G SIM?

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