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 Plans
Vodafone has been offering 4G services in the state of Kerala for a while now, and has also launched its 4G services in the state of Karnataka recently. Naturally, it doesn’t offer too many 4G data plans in Karnataka as of now, so we are listing down its 4G internet plans available in Kerala telecom circle.
Vodafone is offering 4G data plans at 3G tariff for now. 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. 251 and has a validity of 28 days.
It also offers heavy usage plans offering 10 GB and 20 GB costing Rs. 1,505 and Rs. 2,499 respectively.
Idea Cellular 4G Internet Plans
Idea 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.
Airtel 4G Internet Plans
As 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.
As of now, Idea Cellular is the most affordable 4G data provider, thanks to its double data plans. But it remains to be seen what these incumbent players would do, when Reliance Jio launches its 4G services.
In the meantime, you can try 4G mobile internet provided by any of the above mentioned operators and let us know your experience with them.
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