:) All Voice STVs / Combo Vouchers / SMS STVs are allowed while in Roaming in BSNL areas excluding Mumbai & Delhi from 15-08-2017 :) Full talk-time on Rs.220, Rs.2000, Rs.2200, Rs.2500 & Rs.3000. Extra talk-time on Rs.550 (talktime-575), Rs. 1100 (talktime-1200) , Rs.3300 (talktime-3500) & Rs.5500 (talktime - 6000)

Discount Recharge RC125 from BSNL AP Circle

Sunday, 31 July 2011

If you are thinking that you can not complete Rs205/- talk-time offered with discount recharge RC200   with in a month, BSNL came up with a less costly discount recharge voucher, RC125, offering talk-time of Rs126/- with 30 days validity. 

It is targeted at customers with less call usage per month. If used with Vennela Match Plan(1Paise/sec Local/STD, Any N/W), one can make 210 minutes of voice calls.  

It is available for both 2G&3G prepaid customers through E-Recharge. Any, unused balance will be carry forwarded, if similar recharge is made with in 30 days from last RC125 recharge.

Note: Discount Recharge RC125 has been withdrawn by AP BSNL w.e.f. 22-08-2011. Poor guys they never understand customer requirements!!!!!

AP BSNL 3G Speeds in Hyderabad

Monday, 25 July 2011

BSNL 3G speeds at various places in hyderabad like Tarnaka, Lalapet, Nacharam, Uppal, cherlapally are measured quantitatively at different times from morning to night, to find out how the speed is varying.

1. Tarnaka:
Speeds are measured from a distance of nearly 100 meters from a 3G cell tower, got good speeds compared to other places.

Time
Download Speed
Upload Speed
7:45AM
2.10Mbps
0.36Mbps
12:30PM
2.03Mbps
0.36Mbps
08:30PM
0.56Mbps
0.36Mbps

2. Lalapet:

Time
Download speed
Upload Speed
08:00AM
1.12Mbps
0.36Mbps
12:50PM
0.85Mbps
0.36Mbps
09:45PM
0.47Mbps
0.35Mbps

3. Other Places:

Place
Time
Download Speed
Upload Speed
Osmania University
10:00AM
0.75Mbps
0.36Mbps
Nacharam
07:00PM
0.27Mbps
0.36Mbps
Uppal
07:30PM
1.81Mbps
0.36Mbps
Cherlapally
08:00PM
0.45Mbps
0.36Mbps

How is it tested?


Mobile:
Model: Samsung Galaxy GT-I5800
OS: Android 2.1 (Eclair)
3G Speed: 3.6Mbps (HSDPA)

Software:
Speedtest.net latest version(2.0.3) from android market is used for measuring the speeds. Many number of servers available, out of which three servers are in India, located at Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. It automatically selected the nearest server i.e. Chennai.

Test Procedure:
It is always ensured that signal strength is full (All signal bars are present) and shows H symbol (HSDPA). For each sample taken, speeds are measured two to three times, the one with lowest speeds  is  selected.

Observations:
  • Maximum download speed observed is 2.10Mbps and minimum is 0.27Mbps
  • Upload speed is almost constant through out the day and at different places
  • If you are nearer to the tower you will get good speeds
  • Morning time is better for high speed browsing
  • Evening to Night network is mostly congested so low speeds
  • In City outskirts network is  less congested so good speeds at all times

AP BSNL Migration Procedure for 2G to 3G and 3G to 2G Conversion

Saturday, 23 July 2011


BSNL AP circle is offering various 2G&3G mobile plans, migration from 2G to 3G and vice versa can be done at free of cost. On migration your balance is carry forwarded to new plan.

Migration from any 2G plan to 3G:
  • First send sms M3G120 to 53733
  • After getting Acknowledgement send sms M3G120Y to 53733 to confirm migration. You will be migrated to 3G General plan, then you can migrate to any 3G plan.
      For list of available 3G migration vouchers see this post

Migration from any 3G plan to 2G:
  • First send sms M2G to 53733
  • After getting Acknowledgement send sms M2GY to 53733 to confirm migration. You will be migrated to 2G Excel General plan, then you can migrate to any 2G plan.
      For list of available 2G migration vouchers see this post

AP BSNL Online Recharge, TopUp and Flexi TopUp

Monday, 18 July 2011



BSNL has facility for online Recharge/TopUp/Flexi TopUp of prepaid mobiles. This service is available for the customers in all circles, who are having a net banking account in any nationalized bank.

First one has to register at this portal to make use of the service. Once registered, login with the username and password provided at the time of registration.

Services available:

1. 2G/3G Recharge/Topup/Flexi Topup

2. 2G/3G Special Tariff Vouchers 

3. 3G Data Recharge/TopUp Vouchers

By selecting the any of the above service and your bank, you will be redirected to the bank's website where you can authorize the transaction. Once the amount is deducted from your account, you will be getting the required Recharge/TopUp/Voucher immediately. You can also view all the transactions carried out.

One drawback is that migration vouchers are not available online, so one has to compulsory visit the BSNL customer service centre for migrating from one plan to other.

Comparison of 3G Prepaid Data Plans in Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh telecom circle Aircel, Airtel and Idea are offering 3G services in addition to state-owned BSNL. BSNL is the first mobile operator started offering 3G services followed by Aircel, Airtel and Idea. Vodafone is also offering 3G services(using Idea 3G network, as Vodafone didn't get license for 3G services in Andhra Pradesh).  Here is the list of available data plans for prepaid mobile customers. This post may help users in finding the best 3G data plans.

3G Data plans from BSNL:


Recharge(Rs) Free Data Validity
10 20MB 1 day
25 50MB 3 days
50 100MB 7 days
203 500MB 30 days
403 1GB 30 days
606 6GB (1GB day + 5GB night) 30 days
716 2GB 30 days
1102 10GB 30 days
1500 15GB 30 days
3000 35GB 30 days
2500 12GB 180 days
5000 30GB 180 days


3G Data Plans offered by Aircel:


Recharge(Rs)Free DataValidity
78MB1 day
2225MB3 days
92100MB30 days
202250MB30 days
6021GB30 days
9752.5GB30 days



3G Data Plans offered by Airtel:


Recharge(Rs)
Free Data
Validity
9
10MB
1 day
60
65MB
3 days
99
100MB
30 days
198
250MB
30 days
450
600MB
30 days
750
2GB
30 days



3G Data Plans offered by Idea:


Recharge(Rs)
Free Data
Validity
8
20MB*
1 day
48
100MB*
3 days
103
200MB*
30 days
200
500MB*
30 days
450
1200MB*
30 days
599
2GB*
30 days
650
2.5GB*
30 days
750
4GB*
30 days
850
6GB*
30 days
1250
10GB*
30 days
2501
12GB
90 days
5000
30GB
125 days
 
        *with double data offer, till 31st December 2011.

3G Data Plans offered by Vodafone:


Recharge(Rs) Free Data Validity
25 25MB 1 day
102 102MB 30 days
375 500MB 30 days
850 3GB 30 days
1250 5GB 30 days




Which one to choose?

^There are no unlimited data plans from any operator.

^BSNL & Idea have more number of plans compared Aircel and Airtel.

^BSNL & Idea are offering plans with more than 30 days validity.

^BSNL's cost per MB is varying from 50paise/MB (10Rs/20MB) to 8paise/MB(3000Rs/35GB)

^Idea is currently offering double data till 31st December-2011, current cost per MB is, highest- 40paise/MB and lowest-12paise/MB

^Without double data offer, Idea's cost per MB is, highest- 80paise/MB and lowest-24paise/MB

^Vodafone's cost per MB is , highest 1Rs/MB and lowest 24paise/MB

^Aircel's cost per MB is, highest 87.5paise/MB and lowest 38paise/MB

^Airtel's cost per MB is, highest 90paise/MB and lowest 36paise/MB


Conclusion:

BSNL and Idea are offering more number of data plans to choose from, and also at less cost per MB compared Aircel, Airtel and Vodafone. With Idea's double data usage offer it is second best provider to choose. BSNL is the best among all, with the lowest data rates.

But while choosing the best 3G operator we have to consider other parameters like speed, availability, voice plans etc..,  in addition to the data plans, those are not discussed here.

***Information regarding data plans is retrieved from corresponding providers website on 17th July, 2011.

AP BSNL Roaming STV-12

Saturday, 16 July 2011

BSNL came up with a stv, useful for reducing mobile costs while in roaming. Till now incoming & outgoing calls are charged in roaming, but with STV-12 all incoming  calls are free. MRP of this stv is Rs.12, valid for 15 days and available through E-Recharge

For all other special tariff vouchers details in Andhra Pradesh circle, see this post

Note: STV-12 has been withdrawn by BSNL, so no longer available.

AP BSNL 3G Migration Vouchers

Monday, 4 July 2011


Andhra Pradesh BSNL became the top revenue earner of all BSNL circles, and also top gainer in MNP in AP circle.

Its because of measures taken, by introducing various plans, with free messages, friends and family discounts, and night calling discounts. Customers need not pay extra amount to get these fabulous offers, simply subscribe to any one plan from available 2G/3G plans.

Current 3G prepaid plans are Nestham and Vennela Super Plan. New/Existing customers can opt for these plans. For existing 3G customers, migration cards are available through E-Recharge to migrate from one plan to other plan.

Migration vouchers are:

Plan
Migration Voucher Cost(Rs)
Talk Value Offered
Validity in Days
24
2000sec
180
30
2400sec
180
139
2000sec
180


Vennela Match plan is not available for new customers.To continue, in these plans after initial validity period, minimum top-up is required according to the selected plan.

You can also migrate to any of these plans by online recharge; for details see this.