2016 is going to be the year of high-speed internet in India. This year we will not only see the launch of much awaited Reliance Jio’s high-speed 4G and broadband services to the masses, but we are also hoping other leading telcos to follow suit.
We are also expecting our favourite state-run telecom operator BSNL to launch some affordable high-speed broadband plans (pun intended).
Reliance Jio is the only telecom operator having pan-India license for launching 4G services, making it the biggest 4G player in the country. RJIo has launched 4G for its employees, but it is yet to become available to the general public. According to the analysts, Reliance Jio will disrupt the 4G data market in India by offering very affordable 4G internet plans.
However, if you are in a hurry and want to try 4G now, then you would have to go for the services provided by Airtel, or Idea, or Vodafone depending upon your location.
We scoured the official websites of the incumbent 4G providers and are listing all the prepaid 4G data plans in this article.
Vodafone 4G Internet PlansWhile looking for 4G data plans on Vodafone.in we found that Vodafone offers the maximum number of telecom circle of Karnataka. No other telecom circles has as many plans as Karnataka. So for the sake of comparison we will consider Vodafone 4G data plans in Karnataka only.
Vodafone is offering 4G data plans close to 3G tariff. The trial 4G pack is valid for 3 days and comes bundled with 120 MB data carrying a price tag of Rs. 29. The 1 GB 4G data pack costs Rs. 265 while the 2 GB plan costs Rs. 465.
Other unlimited (2G speed post FUP) 4G data plans are, 5 GB @ Rs. 855, 8 GB @ Rs. 1,145, 10 GB @ Rs. 1,345, and 20 GB @ Rs. 2,499. All plans come with a validity of 28 days.
Vodafone is also offering long-term plans for iPhone users which carry a validity of 24 months. These plans offer a good mix of 4G data, Local-National minutes and SMS.
|Plan Benefits (per month)||Price (Rs.)||Local-National Minutes||Local-National SMS||Data (GB)||Validity (days)|
|iPhone Recharge- 6K Plan||30,060||6,000||1500||6||730|
|iPhone Recharge- 10K Plan||38,670||10,000||2,500||10||730|
Idea Cellular 4G Internet PlansIdea has its 4G network in more places than Vodafone as of now. It offers its high-speed 4G services in the telecom circle of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu & Chennai.
Idea is also offering its 4G internet plans at 3G data price along with 100% extra data. This extra data makes Idea 4G plans much more attractive than Vodafone and Bharti Airtel. However, as this extra data is available under a special offer, it won’t be available for long.
Its 1 GB 4G data plan costs Rs. 249 and comes with a validity of 28 days. On including the extra data it comes out to be 2 GB 4G data for Rs. 249 with a validity of 28 days.
Idea’s 10 GB 4G data plan (20 GB including extra data) is valid for 30 days and will cost you Rs. 1,346.
RCom 4G Data PlansReliance Communications has recently launched its 4G services in collaboration with Jio 4G aka Reliance Jio. RCom signed a spectrum sharing agreement with Jio wherein both the companies would use each other’s spectrum for offering 4G services to their subscribers.
So effectively both the telcos have access to 850 MHz (LTE Band #3), 1800 MHz (LTE Band #5), and 2300 MHz (LTE Band #40) spectrum for offering the next-generation 4G services.
RCom has announced its 4G data plans starting from Rs. 252 for 1 GB valid for 28 days. Other 4G data plans with higher volume are 2 GB @ Rs. 449, 3 GB @ Rs. 655, 5 GB @ Rs. 851, 7 GB @ Rs. 1,049, and 10 GB @ Rs. 1,349.
We performed a Speedtest of RCom 4G and found that it offers speeds similar to Jio 4G.
Airtel 4G Internet PlansAs of now, Airtel 4G has the maximum coverage area in the country and is operational in tens of big cities. You can visit Airtel and check if your city has Airtel 4G or not.
Unlike Idea and Vodafone which have similar pricing for their 4G packs across the country, Airtel 4G data packs vary greatly.
Airtel 4G data packs will cost you more dearly if you are in Northern part of the country than if you are residing in the Southern part of India. 10 GB 4G data plan will cost you Rs. 1,998 in the North but you can subscribe to the same pack for Rs. 1,347 in the South.
Airtel 4G Data Plans: Trivandrum
Airtel 4G 1 GB data costs Rs. 255 and comes with a validity of 28 days, while the 2 GB, 3 GB, and 4 GB packs costs Rs. 455, Rs. 655, and Rs. 755 in Amritsar. Other cities in Punjab and the nearby regions have similar 4G data pack offerings.
Airtel 4G Data Plans: Amritsar
Cities in Southern India have Airtel 4G data packs starting from 500 MB to 10 GB. Please check the screenshots for more info.
Telenor 4G Data PlansTelenor India has recently launched its 4G network in Varanasi, UP East. It is offering very attractive 4G data plans with the trial packs starting from Rs. 11 (100 MB, 4p/20 KB post FUP).
Telenor’s 1 GB 4G data packs costs Rs. 149 and comes with additional benefits like 25p/min for local calls, and 30p/min for STD calls. The 2 GB data packs is available for Rs. 219. All plans above 1 GB come with additional benefits like free bundled minutes or reduced call rates. Check the screenshot for more information.
As of now, Idea Cellular is the most affordable 4G data provider, thanks to its double data plans. It works out to about Rs. 125 for 1GB. But it remains to be seen what these incumbent players would do, when Reliance Jio launches its 4G services.