Does BSNL's ₹50 3G Pack Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is.

25/04/2016 2:52 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Employees of the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) shout anti-government slogans at the BSNL office in Kolkata on July 17, 2013. The employees were protesting against the recent government decision to open the doors of greater foreign investments in almost a dozen sectors including telecom and defence. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

A senior official of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has dispelled rumours that the telecom company is planning to launch a plan offering 20 GB 3G data for ₹50. After news agencies carried an article that purportedly had a quote of a BSNL official talking about the scheme, the news spread like wildfire over social media, prompting several news outlets, including ours, to report it.

"We have no such plans of launching such offerings as of now. We don't know where the story came from," said Sanjay Kumar, GM of sales and marketing Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, India. Upon asking if there be such plans in future, he said that the dynamics of the industry can change a lot.

The online portal india.com had carried a quote from BSNL general manager Ram Shabd Yadav about the scheme.

"This scheme would end up benefitting people from lower economic strata who are not able to afford mobile internet services. It is part of government’s agenda to push achieve 100 per cent internet access in the nation. The scheme would readily be availed by urban families as one internet package would be sufficient for all the users," he had said.

BSNL on Monday clarified that Ram Shabd Yadav gave no such statement to India.com.

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