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The latest plan offers 2GB data per day and unlimited calling within its network for 28 days at Rs. 339. If that wasn't enough, the same was extended for another 90 days under the "Happy New Year" offer name. The BSNL customers need to recharge their numbers with a special tariff voucher dubbed Combo STV worth Rs 339. The pack offered free calls to any network in the country and 4GB data (1GB regular pack benefit and 3GB free data).

You can avail of the 339 BSNL recharge pack without any prior membership or affiliation, unlike the Reliance Jio plans which you gave to subscribe to for Rs 99 a year and become a member of the Jio Prime facility.

While private telecom operators like Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone are stepping up efforts to face the looming danger from Reliance Jio, state-owned telecom company BSNL has been dormant. BSNL's new pack is offering double the data at a similar price point. The only drawback that is apparent is that the plan offers 3G data in contrast to ultra low-priced 4G data now on offer by Reliance Jio.

"The Mukesh Ambani-run telecom provider, Jio advanced its zero-charge scheme initially under the 'Welcome Offer" on September 5.

Rival Bharti Airtel also provides 30GB free data for the postpaid users up to 31st March.

BSNL seems to have woken up to the Reliance Jio challenge with a gusto. India's biggest telco has also announced that all incoming roaming calls will now be free for its users. "We offer best prices to our customers considering the present trend of Indian telecom industry". Postpaid customers get 60GB of 4G data for the billing cycle, with the FUP set at 2GB per day.

Airtel, which had recently announced 1GB data plan at Rs 345 for its pre-paid users, is now offering great bonanza for its post-paid users as well.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio started operations in early September a year ago, giving free voice call and data first for three months and then extending for another three months, till March 31, 2017.