BPL To Offer Free Countrywide Incoming Calls In Kerala

Kochi: | Updated: Jul 31 2002, 05:30am hrs
Cellular service operator BPL Mobile will introduce the Mobile-to-Mobile ‘(M2M) free incoming’ scheme in the Kerala circle from August 1. Under the scheme incoming calls from over 70 lakh GSM phone subscribers in the country would be free, for both post-paid and pre-paid BPL Mobile subscribers in Kerala.

As an introductory offer, ‘M2M free incoming’ would be complimentary for three months. Subsequently a nominal monthly fee of Rs 25 would be charged, BPL Mobile deputy chief operating officer KA Mohammed Saleem said.

BPL subscribers have been enjoying free BPL to BPL incoming call facility for over a year. With the extension of this facility to incoming calls from other GSM mobile phone service providers Kerala subscribers would have the benefit of the calling party pays (CPP) regime, he added.

BPL Mobile, with a subscriber base of over a million spread over 200 cities in Kerala, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Goa, is planning to streamline the coverage in Kerala to cover the entire National Highway network as well as the coastal areas of the state.

Towards this end the operator will be installing 40 base terminal stations (BTSs) in the next six months. It already has 100 BTSs in the State.

The operator will also work to enhance the efficiency of services in the main hubs like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, according to Mr Saleem.