(Last Updated On: June 14, 2016)

Last year BSNL announced free national roaming for its GSM and CDMA mobile subscribers, both prepaid and postpaid. This promotional offer had a validity of 1 year and aimed to boosting BSNL’s subscriber base.


The promotional scheme ends on June 15, 2016 but BSNL has already extended it for 1 more year post that.

Last year, the public telecom operator tried a lot of things for boosting its subscriber base including this free roaming scheme. In case you are confused, please note that free roaming means free incoming calls, outgoing calls would be charged at regular roaming rates.

Most of the telecom operators charge 45p/min for receiving calls while roaming and also offer roaming packs starting from Rs. 30- 100. But BSNL offered these services at zero cost.

The free national roaming scheme was announced by the telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after other telcos opposed TRAI’s recommendation on doing away with roaming charges.

As of now, BSNL is still the no. 1 telecom operator providing 58.52% of landline phones in the country, whereas Airtel is the top choice for the fixed and wireless broadband services having 25.69% market share.

Tata Docomo Offers Free Accidental Insurance Of Rs. 3 Lakh On FR128 and FR131 Recharge


In a first of its kind promotional offer provided by a telecom operator, Tata Docomo has launched two new first recharge (FR) offers for the circle of Punjab.

All users who will buy new Tata Docomo SIMs and recharge with either FR128 or FR131 will get accidental cover of Rs. 3 lakh along with some talktime and data benefit. Isn’t it cool?

Both FR128 and FR131 recharges will offer talktime worth Rs. 60 and 500 MB data valid for a period of 2 months.

The only difference is that the FR128 will offer local calls @ 30p/min and STD calls @ 35p/min whereas the FR131 will offer all local calls on the Docomo network @ 10p/min and other local calls @ 30p/min.

As far as premium for the insurance cover is concerned, the users would have to recharge their number with Rs. 50/month at least, for keeping the policy active.

Tata Docomo has tied up with Edelweiss Insurance Brokers Ltd. to provide this accidental insurance cover. By signing up for this offer, the users would have to agree with the insurance partner’s T&Cs.

“Customer Centricity is at the core of our business philosophy and we will continue to offer differential products that will provide value beyond our telecom solutions. With our recent network expansion and increasing customer base in region we feel the insurance product will provide an added advantage of financial security along with our unique product services,” said Marut Dilawari, Head Consumer Business Unit, Punjab circle.

What do you think about this? Would you switch to Tata Docomo now?