Telecom service provider BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited), one of India’s oldest communication service provider, has partnered with Detel to launch Detel D1, a feature phone for at an effective rate of Rs 499.
The feature phone was launched on December 23 and will be available across the country.
The agreement was signed between BSNL and S.G Corporate Mobility Pvt Ltd, the parent company of Detel, for selling the most economical feature phone.
The feature phone offers a 1.44-inch monochrome display possessing 650 mAH battery and a single SIM slot. The other features include torch light, phonebook, FM Radio, and vibration mode.
Through this tie-up, the feature phone buyers will get a BSNL SIM connection and the validity of the first recharge would be of 365 days.
Yogesh Bhatia, MD, S.G Corporate Mobility said, “India is one of the only places in the world where feature phones still outsell smartphones. Such phones are preferred by a large population either due to its price or its inherent simplicity. This initiative further propels our ideology to bring communication services in the most cost-effective manner.”
BSNL has over 100 million mobile customers so far, 10 million broadband customers, and 16 million landline customers. It also provides various enterprise services like lease line, VSAT, and various other managed services.
Spokesperson from BSNL said, “We are committed to providing affordable and efficient services to our customers. We aim to strengthen our reach in all the nooks and corners of the country. With this partnership, we aim to tap the untapped section who still feels that owning a phone is a luxury.”
The benefits given in this offer include the recharge of Rs 499 valid up to 365 days where the customers will get Rs 103 talk time with call rates of BSNL to BSNL at 15 paise per minute and BSNL to other operators at 40 paise per minute, with Personal Ring Back tone for 28 days.