State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has withdrawn the PV-136 Freedom Plan with effect from December 30, 2019. BSNL has also announced no blackout days for the year 2020.
According to the circular uploaded on BSNL Jammu and Kashmir website, the plan has been withdrawn after the approval of the competent authority and notified through a circular issued on 27th December 2019 as per the tariff reporting requirement of TRAI.
PV-136 Freedom Plan used to offer 2 GB free data, valid for the first 30 days. No free voice calling minutes or SMS were included with the Freedom Pack. Extension of plan validity was available through plan vouchers, which also included free 50 MB data for 30 days. PV-136 Freedom Plan used to cost Rs. 136 and was valid for 730 days. For North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Assam the plan is valid for only 90 days.
BSNL also offered special combo vouchers specifically for PV-136 Freedom Plan
- Special combo voucher Rs. 577 offered a full talk time of Rs. 577 in the main account, and 1 GB free data with 30-day validity.
- Special combo voucher Rs. 377 offered a full talk time of Rs. 377 in the main account, and 300 MB free data with 20-day validity.
- Special combo voucher Rs. 178 offered a full talk time of Rs. 178 in the main account, and 200 MB free data with 10-day validity.
BSNL also said there would be no blackout days in the year 2020. BSNL will not charge for calls or SMS under any bundle recharge for any festivals throughout the year.
BSNL was quoted saying, “In order to be competitive in the market with the other service providers, the competent authority has decided to dispense with the blackout days for the year 2020 under GSM mobile services.”
Recently, BSNL Tamil Nadu has launched Plan Voucher 999 and promised no blackout days in 2020.