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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is offering 5GB free 4G data to customers switching from an existing service provider to a state-owned telecom network. Free data will be valid for 30 days. The new offering is aimed at helping BSNL expand its user base in the country. Users switching to BSNL will have to share the reason for the move on social media and send a proof of the same to the service provider to get the additional data benefit.

Free data offer for new BSNL customers is valid till January 15, as announced on Twitter. The operator said the free 5GB data will be valid for 30 days or till the validity of the existing plan, whichever is earlier.

As per the fine print of the offer, users will have to switch from the existing service provider to BSNL using Mobile Number Portability (MNP) to avail the data benefits. The operator also requires new customers to share the reason for their switching on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #SwitchToBSNL. Also, the customers who are porting to BSNL will have to tag BSNL and follow the operator on social media platforms.

Once shared, BSNL mentioned in the terms and conditions that users should share a screenshot of their tweet or post and send it to the telco with their respective mobile number via direct message on 9457086024 or WhatsApp.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its recent report revealed that BSNL lost over 23,000 subscribers in the month of October last year. The operator also retained a market share of 9.73 per cent, with no profit since September.

Earlier this week, BSNL started offering an additional validity of 90 days with its Rs. 2,399 prepaid recharge plan to celebrate the new year. The telco recently started bundling Eros Now subscription with all its postpaid plans.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360 based out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, internet services and telecom development. Jagmeet is available on Twitter @JagmeetS13 or email at [email protected] Please send your leads and tips. more

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