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CalTel unveils bouquet of four
THE BSNL TRIO
Category
Monthly rent(Rs)
Free calls
Tarrif
General
250
30
Re 1 per unit for first 300 calls. Rs 1.20 thereafter
Economy
350
150
Rs.1.20 per call unit
Special
750
600
Rs.1.10 per call unit

Calcutta Telephones on Sunday announced four separate plans for fixed-line telephones to suit the pockets of its 13 lakh subscribers.

Chief general manager S.P. Chakraborty told The Telegraph the new plans would come into effect on May 1 and subscribers would have to choose their option by the end of this month. They should inform the commercial officer or the divisional engineer external of local exchanges about their chosen option.

The four plans -- BSNL general, economy, special, super -- have been categorised to suit low-end, middle-end and high-end users, Chakraborty said.

The call-unit of 180 seconds is uniform for all four plans, R.K. Mishra, general manager, customer relations and operations, said.

BSNL general, tailormade for low-end users, has 30 free calls a month and a monthly rental of Rs 250. “In this scheme, a subscriber would be charged at the rate of Re 1 per unit for the first 300 calls and thereafter at Rs 1.20 per unit,’’ Mishra said.

BSNL economy and special are targeted at middle-level users who, authorities said, comprise 65 per cent of subscribers.

In economy, monthly rental is Rs 350 with 150 free calls a month. A subscriber will pay Rs 1.20 a call-unit beyond the free-call quota.

In special, monthly rental is Rs 750 with 600 free calls a month. The charge is Rs 1.10 a call-unit beyond the free quota.

BSNL super, for the 400,000 high-end subscribers such as industrialists, corporate houses and commercial units, offers 1,800 free calls a month at monthly rental of Rs 1,650.The charge is Re 1 a call-unit.

For long-distance calls, there is little difference between the current and the revised tariffs. The peak hours for STD stretch from 9 am to 10 pm.

“For STD calls made from a landline in the city to another fixed telephone beyond 100 km will have a pulse rate of 15 seconds per call (call-unit) in day and even in non-peak hours in the night,’’ Mishra said. “The pulse rate for STD calls made from landlines to cell phones is 20 seconds per unit during day and 30 seconds in off-peak hours.’’

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