Will Airtel Stop 3G Services? Why BSNL Is Offering Unlimited Data, Voice For Rs 100?

Airtel wants to focus only on 2G and 4G now. And BSNL wants to lure new customers.


India’s 2nd largest telecom operator, Airtel, has announced that very soon, all 2G and 3G SIMs will stop working, as a push for 4G is gaining ground.

Airtel will stop 3G services?
Airtel will stop 3G services?

This means that very soon, Airtel will be 2G and 4G only network, stopping 3G services altogether.

Meanwhile, state-run telecom carrier BSNL has declared unlimited voice, calls for just Rs 100. But, hold your guns – This offer is only for new customers, who port-in to BSNL’s network.

Airtel Will Stop 3G Services?

Airtel’s Chief executive Gopal Vittal has hinted that very soon, they will stop 3G services, and offer only 2G and 4G services.

And the work has already begun.

The premium 900 Mhz band, which is right now used for 2G voice services, will be shifted over to provide 4G services, whose usage and demand both are increasing.

2G will be only provided via 1800 Mhz band, and 900 Mhz bands will be tuned in only for 4G services. This leaves no space for 3G services, and as per the indications, 3G can be entirely stopped in the next few months.

He said that “the demise of 3G technology is rapidly drawing near” as revenues from 3G is falling down, and 4G is increasing.

The usage of 900 Mhz spectrum for 4G has already started in Karnataka and the same would be now deployed all over the nation. The deployment will“vary circle-wise and hinge on the degree of revenues emanating from 2G services”

BSNL Offers Unlimited Calls, Data For Rs 100!

To entice telecom users from other companies, BSNL has rolled out a new offer: Pay Rs 100 and get a new SIM, and unlimited calls, data for 74 days.

Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL confirmed this, as he said, “Mega offer is a truly unlimited welcome-gift to new and MNP prepaid customers where at Rs 1.35 per day for 74 days,”

Few pointers related to this offer:

  • The offer is only valid in 7 states: Uttar Pradesh ( East & West), Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Jammu & Kashmir
  • Only those new customers who have ported-out from other telecom operators and ported-in to BSNL will be eligible for this offer.
  • The port-in customers will need to showcase the BSNL coupon for this offer, which will be visible on the LPG bills of IOCL/HPCL. And the coupons will be only visible in the 7 states mentioned above.
  • Named as Mega Offer, users can also get Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) and free 100 SMS per day under this plan.

We will keep you updated, as more details come in.

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1 Comment
  1. Vivek narain says

    So what happens to 900mhz only phones,such as nokia 5110?

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