Chennai Floods: BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, RCom, Aircel and Paytm offer free talktime

Telcos are offering free talktime to their customers in the city bit by rains and floods.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: December 2, 2015 9:07 pm

Telecom companies such as BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, RCom and Aircel are offering free talktime to their customers in the city that is witnessing the heaviest rainfall seen in close to a century.

Airtel, whose services have been impacted in certain areas due to power failures by the unprecedented rains and floods, said it will offer talk time credit up to Rs 30 for its prepaid mobile customers. It will also provide free 50MB mobile data with a validity of 2 days to prepaid customers. It added that postpaid and fixed line customers, whose bills are due to be paid immediately, will get an extended time to make the payment.

“The uninterrupted rains have resulted in excessive water logging and disruption of essential services in Chennai, thus causing power failures and impacting our services in some regions. We at Airtel are working with local authorities to enable smooth mobile communication for Airtel customers across the city,” it added. As of September 30, Tamil Nadu (which includes Chennai region) had 82.06 million telephone subscribers.

State-run BSNL said it will allow free local and STD calls to other BSNL mobile phone users as well as 100 MB data for seven days for its prepaid users. A rental rebate of seven days and extension of billing cycle by 15 days, it said in a statement.

Vodafone said it is offering a credit of Rs 10 and 10 minutes of Vodafone to Vodafone calling to all pre-paid customers as well as 100 MB of free mobile data. Similarly, RCom is offering 10 minutes of all-India free calling and 50 MB of data free.

Aircel will offer free 10 minutes Aircel to Aircel calls across India to all its Chennai customers for the next three days. Apart from credit of Rs 30, the operator will also provide 10 Free all India SMS and 100MB 2G/3G free data valid for 3 days.

Digital recharge company Paytm is also chipping in to help residents. “Residents can call on 18001030033 and share the mobile number that they want to get topped-up. Paytm will facilitate a Rs 30 recharge instantly free of cost,” it said in a statement.

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    abhinandan
    Dec 3, 2015 at 2:59 am
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      abhinandan
      Dec 3, 2015 at 2:57 am
      Lov E this
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        Anil
        Dec 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm
        all the network providers just Shut up!!! dont use the situation to porise more!! if you are providing really service then it is appreciable but if it only limited to news papers it is rediculous!! People dont believe all these false statements!! they are just using the situations
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          Gandhi Mathi
          Dec 3, 2015 at 6:20 am
          Tried to call mobile numbers from BSNL landline. But it shuts of saying this number does not exist. It happens to all mobile numbers which "actually exist". Free offer is only a gimmick and useless
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            Kumar
            Dec 2, 2015 at 9:28 pm
            It is a very good gesture from Companies to offer this free service. It is highly appreciated, however we have had a completely interrupted service from BSNL for the past many weeks. After complaining so many times with them and repeated follow-up's nothing seems to have been done. In my opinion I feel its only a marketing gimmick on the part of BSNL to be offering free minutes for a service they don't even provide. In such important times when the floods are disrupting us from normal activities, we are helpless and left in a difficult situation without communication services being active. I'm not complaining about lines disrupted due to damage or water logging, but I'm pointing out the lazy atude among BSNL staff in correcting connection problems as and when they are reported. We reside in Neelankarai area where not many Telephone Companies provide landline services and we have to rely only on BSNL for this purpose, and BSNL had rightfully used this situation to their advantage. There is no use in pointing out the mistake on the workers after all all these sum up to the way their higher management works. I hope there is some kind of an improvement with this Company.
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