Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) after completing 17 years of its services has plans to offer low cost smartphones to its customers in the form bundled offers. Although in 2014 too BSNL had launched low cost smartphones & tablets called BSNL Penta Bharat however it didn't succeed and failed miserably in front of other private low cost smartphone manufacturers such as Micromax and Spice.

This time, the news from The Hindu reveals that BSNL has tied up with Micromax and Lava, two local smartphone manufacturers that will offer some low cost handsets to the operator.

The nationwide launch will follow shortly as the operator is in the process of signing the deals with Micromax and Lava from whom BSNL will source smartphones.

While the pricing of the devices have not been fixed, the operator expects the devices to be priced in the range of "Rs 2,500 or less." Principal general manager- Hyderabad telecom district, K, Ramchand told The Hindu that the final cost is still being worked out, but the devices will be affordable.

BSNL has also chosen local manufacturers as part of the Make in India initiative.

Earlier in November 2013 BSNL has already launched earlier version of 'Bharat Phone' at price of Rs.1799 and it was India's first internet access ready phone at this price now the latest version of this smartphone is cheaper than its earlier version at just Rs.1099.

BSNL, just a couple of months back, unveiled -- BSNL Wallet, its digital wallet (mobile payment App) in partnership with MobiKwik to enable one-tap bill payment for its over 100 million subscribers.

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