Exclusive:MTNL hikes Prepaid tariffs, bids adieu to Lifetime Validity

State run telecom PSU MTNL, which is struggling to keep its Navratna tag, has been continuously slashing benefits from its existing products and hiking tariffs to keep its burgeoning losses under control. Few days ago  MTNL Mumbai  had increased its broadband tariffs,  decreased pulse rates in landline plans, slashed  free data in 3G packs ,   converted all truly unlimited 3G prepaid plans to limited plans by putting a cap and now it has decided to hike tariffs in Prepaid 2G segment . MTNL, in an audacious move, has decided to bid adieu to a very popular feature ‘Lifetime validity ‘ from all its existing prepaid connections except one. MTNL had earlier reduced validity of its lifetime voucher of Rs 47 to 365 days and now this is being extended to new prepaid SIM connections. It has taken off  life time validity feature from FRC 91, FRC 145, FRC 301, FRC 62 and FRC 53 and reduced it to 365 days. So now lifetime validity feature will not be available for new customers of MTNL (except for SIM 80 which is per minute plan) as there is neither any  SIM or special tariff voucher ( STV) that can offer life time validity.

Validity

Existing

Revised

SIM 10 +FRC 91

Lifetime

365 days

SIM 10 + FRC 145

Lifetime

365 days

SIM 10 + FRC 301

Lifetime

365 days

SIM 10 + FRC 62

Lifetime

365 days

SIM 10 + FRC 53

Lifetime

365 days

SIM 80 – FRC 29

Lifetime

Lifetime

But that’s not all as MTNL has hiked tariffs in most of its prepaid products and overhauled its prepaid portfolio in a major way reflecting the desperation to increase revenues. New prepaid SIM connections and Plan Vouchers have been revised with reduced benefits and higher tariffs for new customers. Get all the exclusive details here.

  • MTNL has increased the call rates for On-net calls from 1p/2 sec to 1p/sec in FRC 91, FRC 145,  FRC 301 &  STV 45 which are Per Second Prepaid Plans. SMS charges under these plans  have also been revised as SMS charges for other local networks have been hiked from 25p to 50p per SMS.
Call Charges on MTNL (Mumbai +Delhi)
Existing Revised
SIM 10+FRC91 1p/2 sec 1p/ sec
SIM 10 +FRC 145 1p/2 sec 1p/ sec
SIM I0 + FRC 301 1p/2 sec 1p/ sec
STV 45 1p/2 sec 1p/ sec

  SMS Charges : Local MTNL : 25p, Other local : 50p , National : Re 1.00

  • In FRC 62  charges for on-net calls have been enhanced from 20p/min to 30p/min
  • Existing (Voice & video Revised (Voice & video)
    Local Calls MTNL Network 20p/min 30p/min
    Other Networks 50p//min 50p//min
    STD 75p/min 75p/min
  • In FRC 84 call charges for  My Group have been increased from 2p/min to 4p/min. STD charges hiked from 50p/min to 75p/min. All freebies which were available for 3 months will now be available for 30 days only.
Earlier Revised
Call charges within group 2p/min 4p/min
Freebies Particulars Existing Revised
FREE SMS 250 SMS (Local + National) per month for 3 months 30 days
FREE Data 100 MB per month for 3 months 30 days
FREE Video 25 min on Local MTNL per month for 3 months 30 days
  • Tariff validity of Plan Voucher 46 has been reduced from 180 days to 60 days.
  • Roaming charges in Plan Voucher 55 increased from 1p/sec to 2p/sec
Plan Voucher 55
Roaming Tariff Earlier Revised
Incoming in Maharashtra & Goa FREE FREE
In Maharashtra &GoaOutgoing I p/sec I p/sec
National Incoming I p/sec 2 p/sec
National Outgoing I p/sec 2 p/sec
  •  Youth Plan FRC 53 closed for new customers
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