BSNL tries to woo people with a Reliance JioPhone competitor at Rs 499

BSNL and Detel together announced JioPhone's poor cousin called Detel D1 in India at a price of Rs 499

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    • BSNL and Detel together unveiled Detel D1 feature phone
    • The handset is up for grabs in India already

Earlier this week, BSNL announced 4G services in select states like Kerala and Odisha, but it may not be enough to stand out in the competition. That’s probably why the feature phone space is on the radar of almost every telecom network operators in India these days. So why should BSNL not try to capture that?

BSNL and Detel together announced what could be ‘the most economical feature phone’ at the price of Rs 499 (no, JioPhone isn’t exactly free unless you return it after three years of purchase). The handset in question is Detel D1 which is already up for grabs in the country starting December 23.

Specs-wise, a single-SIM Detel D1 sports a 1.44-inch monochrome display and packs a 650mAh battery. Some of the basic features include torch light, FM radio, speaker and more. Along with the handset, BSNL bundles a prepaid pack worth Rs 103 talktime. Call rates are 15 paise per minute on BSNL network. All other calls are charged at 40 paise per minute.


Some of you may often try digging up the past to recollect a memory of BSNL taking Indian telecom industry by storm. But then Jio happened, and now we have sort of forgotten everything else. But unlike Airtel and Vodafone, BSNL has an image problem probably due to a lackluster connectivity or malware affecting thousands of their modems in the past.

No, I am not even remotely implying that “old is gold,” but there has to be some reason to at least be hopeful about the oldest telecom operator in this country. And thankfully, BSNL has slowly but surely started making the right noise these days starting with the announcement of its 4G services. Better late than never.