Who provides the Best 3G services in India?


Its been over 6 months now that 3G services have been launched in India. Most Metros and “A” cities already have 3G coverage. Telecom Operators are rolling out 3G services in smaller cities as well.

I have personally used 3G on different Telecom Operators here in Pune, and honestly, none of them could offer satisfactory services. One problem which I faced across all was that once the 3G is activated, voice call quality takes a big dip. In fact, many times voice coverage goes off completely – one cannot even make calls properly. And, it is not only me, but many people I have spoken to are facing same problems. Even 3G speeds are very erratic!

We ran a poll in March earlier this year asking readers as to which telecom operator offers best 3G services and here are the results of that poll

Best 3G services in India

Question: Which Telecom provider offers best 3G services in India?

Best 3G Telecom service provider

Poll Results (Total Number of Votes)



BSNL 368
Bharti Airtel 194
Vodafone 184
Tata Docomo 172
Reliance 68
Others 62
Idea 44
Total Votes 1092


Poll Conclusion:

BSNL has offered 3G services for quite sometime now – and they have the highest number of 3G users and hence it may have had slight effect on overall numbers. However, compared to other providers, BSNL does seem to offer better 3G services (in my experience as well ) and the top ranking seems justified.

Bharti (18%), Vodafone (17%) & Tata Docomo (16%) are at similar levels – but they still have to go a long way till they start offering satisfactory services. Idea probably has least of 3G users which may have put them at the bottom of the table.

While creating the poll, I had purposely not mentioned option of “none”, as I was sure most of the users would have opted for that and we could not have proper sense of providers offering better 3G services.

If you have not voted as yet, please go ahead and vote!

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  1. Shubham says

    Bsnl is the very low 3g rates in up east 68 rupay me 1gb it is best 3g pack but bsnl 3g network not availe in my area

  2. Narendra says

    I have been using Airtel for more than 2 years, can say not usefull for official use.

    Connection drops and dose not connect till more that 30 min so useless to be dependent on Airtel.

    When made complaint to customer care they just do the time pass, mentioning complaint will be solved in next 7 days and we cant give call directly to the technical consultant directly.

    Also it is not even 2G in the other network where it claims to be 3G in roaming.

  3. praween says

    Vodafone 3G services are limited to few states rather cities. Service is good where 3G is available. Use a post paid. In other states where they claim to have intra circle roaming arrangement with their partners, it is suggested to manually select the roaming partner. But I visited Karnataka (Bangalore) and Ranchi (Jharkhand), but I could not select the roaming 3G partner which is AIRTEL. So all the claims are false claims by the telecom companies. One can only learn through experience.

  4. sukhwinder says

    can someone comment their latest 2013 year experience with data cards. please tell speedtest.net results or data download speed, not what is advertized.by the company.

    1. a4aniruddhi says

      Currently i am using vodafone 3G service. I am getting some where near 2MBPS speed when i am getting 3g service. Unfortunately here there is network issue. Hence most of the time it is in 2G network only.

      1. sukhwinder says

        Thanks for replying. 2Mbps sounds good to me. I use Tata Photon and it gives me pathetic speed. It used to give me good experience till it was postpaid – once I converted it to prepaid the cost has gone from 1000 rupees to 350 but so did the quality :(

        Are you using Vodafone 3G in postpaid or prepaid. – It would be heartening to know if one can get this kind of service in prepaid.

        By the way Reliance seems to be coming out with 4G – any idea about that. any body used airtel 4g available only in 3 cities though. they say 4G has may 100 mbps ????

  5. emin says

    you all ,
    there is a whole lott difference between ‘b’ and ‘B’ !!!!!
    1 Bytes = 8 bits
    Mbps = Mega-bits per second
    MBps = Mega-Bytes per second

    NOw tell what u see when u use your 3G??

  6. vin says

    i purchase a DOCOMO Rs 246 pack of 600 MB for my 3g fone it gets over in 2 hours, i hardly surfed. this happened twice. i have decided to try other reliable service providers like bsnl, airtel or vodafone

  7. M K Nikhil says

    Hey Guys. I was downloading an app “Temple Run” in my mobile phone having BSNL 3G connection. The application’s size was 24 mb. AND IT TOOK ME NEARLY THREE HOURS TO DOWNLOAD IT. NOW THINK YOURSELF.

  8. Anirban Mukherjee says

    Launch the Reliance 3g in all other circle where 3g not launch from Reliance g.

  9. tony says

    BSNL 3g is best.Tarriff affordable comparitely less than other. more coverage Apart a 100% INDIAN company

  10. magesh says

    Hey guys i am an airtel user, just dont think i am supporting them. But the truth is i got 3.5Mbps download speed in my 3g data card and upload was about 1Mbps.

    1. Bhoopendra kushwaha says

      really airtel 3g 3.5mbps ki speed deta h kya 100mb download karne me kitna time lagega.. kis city me itni speed ati h…

      1. pravin kumar says

        chennai me 5mbps deta hai airtel

        1. Rajnikanta says

          maharashtra me to 1gbps ka speed hai

      2. sukhwinder says

        by calculation it will be half a minute – but what i really need to know does it sustain such a rate. I seriously doubt that. A genuine reply would be enlightning.

  11. Bharatesh Jain says

    how much would bsnl 3g device costs need info.

  12. DrUs Gupta says


  13. DrUs Gupta says

    vodafone 3 G is much faster than its rivals with the down load speed of 900 kbps and upload speed of 200 kbs.

    1. Srinivasan says

      I will totally avoid Vodafone for my 3G.Holding a 3G USB Stick.So bad of service.Recharge of ten times rejected by co. and not willing to solve.Post sales is very very bad. Srinivasan Coimbatore Tamil Nadu.

    2. Kishore says

      Yes Agree..!!

      I am using Vodafone 3G … Very Good speed as mentioned….

  14. DrUs Gupta says


  15. ashir sanga says

    I am agree with you all, BSNL is the best. In ranchi i have used airtel, vodafone, reliance and BSNL 3G, I use 3g for data service only. Airtel gave me the worst service, its average downloading spee is 100kbps and hardly reach the 200kbps, sometines it give 2g speed. Vodafone and reliance are same. BSNL’s perfomance is the best, it gives average speed of 400kbps and maximum speed i’ve got is 1.9 mbps.

  16. Kamalakar Pandit says

    BSNL is the best…i am using BSNL services a decade now and 3G since inception in bangalore…quite happy…

  17. Kapil Vaghela says

    Bsnl #g is more powerful and availibility of coverage than other co.

    1. Mahaveer Swami says

      yes i agree with you

  18. Bhoopendra Kushwaha says

    amiging 3g in airtel.

  19. Altaf Rahman says

    May be the reason for good service by BSNL may be due to the fact that when BSNL started they did that with land cable route which gives good consistancy.
    The other private operators took the tower route which may be quick to install but due to many facts like weather etc the service may be unsatisfactory.
    Also BSNL infrastructure may have already depreciated the cost so it is able to offer services at lower rates while others are slugging it out based on volume biusiness models. In becoming disperate for more volumes they are diluting the available frequency to more people.

  20. Raj says

    bsnl offers cheapest 3g as well, they offer 500 MB data usage for rs 200 only whereas other networks are charging much higher

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