(Last Updated On: August 14, 2015)

PSU telecom operator BSNL has now gone one step ahead and has extended the free roaming facility to its CDMA subscribers as well.


The company had previously announced free national roaming for its GSM prepaid and postpaid users from 15 June 2015. Please note that this free roaming facility was provided to the GSM users without any special recharge. This is a promotional offer valid for 1 year from the launch date. Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL CMD had also announced that the impact of this scheme on the subscriber base of BSNL would be measured after 1 year of its implementation.

What’s BSNL Doing For Getting More Subscribers?

The company has been taking a lot of measures lately for luring telephone mobile users to switch to BSNL. And as a part of that move, it had also launched free and unlimited night calling to mobile and landline numbers (local + national) for its wired-line subscribers. As per the plan, all BSNL landline users would get unlimited free calling to any number within India from 9 pm to 7 am.

In May 2015, as per TRAI directives, BSNL had reduced roaming rates by 40% for its GSM subscribers and also cut the rates of outgoing SMS while roaming, but it was the first telecom operator in India to offer free national roaming.

And now that BSNL is offering free roaming on its CDMA network too, this could bring in  a new era for the mobile subscribers in the country.

Our Take…

This move from BSNL would not only improve its profits with more mobile users switching to its mobile network but can also show other mobile operators the benefit of offering free national roaming. So, we can also see other telcos offering free roaming across the country in near future.

However, there are still a few hurdles that put off many mobile users including me from switching to BSNL. And that it is, as you might have guessed by now, its data network and Quality of Service (QoS). So, if BSNL improves its service on these fronts then hundreds of thousands of people might consider moving to BSNL.

What are your thoughts about this? Would you switch to BSNL then?