The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited's offer of free loyalty prepaid mobile connections for its landline customers, which will have numbers similar to those of the existing landline phones, has been extended to October 31.

BSNL Alappuzha general manager T. Natarajan, addressing a press conference here, said customers using BSNL landlines for at least three years could apply for the free prepaid connections, from which all calls to the landline number held by the customer will be free.

The last five digits of the landline number will be given for the prepaid mobile connection. In case the landline numbers belong to the ‘vanity' category, there will be special charges for getting the similar number.

The pay per second connection will have a validity of 180 days and free talk-time worth Rs.15, Mr. Natarajan said. Those interested will have to submit an application along with a passport size photo, copy of the electoral identity card and the latest landline bill to any customer service centre, he said.

The loyalty offer was first launched in Kerala and in one month, over five lakh connections were given in the State, about 30,000 of which were in Alappuzha district.

BSNL's plans to give 30,000 broadband connections in the district by March 2011 were also progressing. The broadband connections could be booked either over the toll-free number 1555, or by sending an SMS to 94465-00555, typing “BB<space>Land phone number (without STD code). BSNL representatives would contact the customer on receiving the SMS and do the necessary for installing the new connection, Mr. Natarajan said.

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