4G Internet plans promises to provide fast internet connectivity than 3G plans. Be it accessing websites, downloading files or playing online games you can be assured of better connectivity than 3G services that is currently available in India. 4G stands for “Fourth generation” and is a successor to 3G mobile services. Its downloading speed is approximately 50 mbps which is 5x more faster that the 3G services. Let’s have a look at which are the best 4G internet plans in India. Update: BSNL launches Unlimited plan.
Top 4G Internet Plans in India
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Let’s take a deeper look into some of the 4G plans. Let’s start with Airtel.
Update: Here are AirTel’s updated prepaid plans.
Airtel is one of the first to have introduced 4G internet in India. You can get a download speed of 25 Mbps which is pretty good and the signal strength assures to be decent. The cost is also priced reasonably and is easy to be installed. A user can upgrade from his old sim to the current 4G plan by just following a few steps.
Initially find out the 20 digit SIM number which is seen on the back of the SIM card.
-SMS to 121 SIM<20 digit number.
-Type 1 to confirm your request.
– Once your phone is disconnected from the network you can remove the old SIM and replace it with the new.
– It will take approximately 5 minutes for the airtel SIM to be active and once it’s ready you will get the APN setting which has to be saved.
– Now you are set and your 4G connection is ready to go.
Some of the prepaid plans offered by Airtel is unlimited internet with a 5GB data plan which comes at a cost of Rs 1749(valid for 28 days). Another one is the unlimited with roaming facility all over India with 7GB which will cost you Rs 2249. (Check out AirTel hotspot review.)
4G Data plans from AirTel
|Rs. 649||Rs. 849||1 GB||5 GB||Rs. 1999||Rs. 2999|
|Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music|
|Unlimited Local AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel|
|Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies|
|1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||5 GB||Roaming||Roaming|
|STD calls||STD calls|
|7 GB||15 GB|
Reliance Jio 4G Data Plans (Postpaid & Prepaid)
Reliance has come out with 4G services which is called the Reliance Jio. As per the plan they are introducing 4G enabled smartphones for as cheap as Rs.50. Currently Jio plans are only available for their employees and soon will be available for users across India by September 5th 2016. (Update – Jio is now live and taking India by storm.)
Cheapest Reliance Jio 4G Prepaid Plan – The cheapest prepaid Reliance Jio 4G plan is for Rupees 96 (Prime), that comes with free voice, unlimited local and STD calls and roaming to any network within India.
It also has
0.1 GB free unlimited data with FUP limit of 1GB/day. Also included is 0.2GB WiFi data and access to Jio Apps. However the validity of the pack is only 1 day 7 days.
Reliance Jio 4G Prepaid Plans (Updated December 15, 2017)
You can choose Reliance Jio prepaid plans based on how many days of validity you need. Starting from just 7 days, you can go up to an year and the prices vary accordingly. What I really like about Jio is the flexibility and options you have.
Reliance Jio 4G Postpaid Plans (Updated October 15, 2017)
Reliance’s post paid plans (after the introductory launch offer) start at Rs. 19 per month and goes up to Rs. 9,999 per month. (See chart above. Click image for larger image.)
Reliance Jio 4G Plans (Not available anymore)
Source – Livemint
(The above mentioned plans, starting at Rs. 19 are not available anymore. It was part of the launch and introductory offer that came with it.)
Reliance Jio 4G Postpaid Plans (Old – Not available anymore)
The Reliance Jio 4G postpaid plans start from Rupees 149/month and goes up to Rs. 1400 per month.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.149/month plan – Free voice, unlimited local, STD, Roaming in India + 0.3 GB Data + 100 Free SMS.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.499/month plan – Free voice, unlimited local, STD, Roaming in India + 4 GB Data (unlimited at night) + Free 8GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.999/month plan – Free voice, unlimited local, STD, Roaming in India + 10 GB Data (unlimited at night) + Free 20GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.1499/month plan – Free voice, unlimited local, STD, Roaming in India + 20 GB Data (unlimited at night) + Free 40GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS.
These smartphones comes with inbuilt Jio app and will be available to the consumers in the name of Reconnect. Reliance telecommunications plans to offer a whole range of smartphone from entry level phones of Rs 2000 to iPhones costing Rs 20,000.They have already signed up with 24 handset makers and five chipmakers for this launch. The idea is to offer as much devices for less than 4000 and it plans to cover 10 crore of the 90 crore population. Official details here.
Vodafone has launched it’s 4G services in many cities across India. They have more offers than any other service providers today with a plan for everyone. Starting from Rs. 102, they have plans going up to Rs. 1,247. Currently, they are selling both 3G and 4G services under the same plans and 4G plans are available for selected plans according to the user’s choice.
Update (1st Dec 2017): Vodafone launches 5 new plans for Vodafone customers. These are called Vodafone “Super Plans” and offer a combination of data, short messaging services, unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls for its customers. Here are the plans
Rs. 509 Vodafone plan – 1GB per data per day, 100 free short messaging services, unlimited local, STD and national roaming for 84 days.
Rs. 347 with 28-day validity or 70 days validity – 1.5GB data per day, Rs 199 with 28-day validity and Rs 79 with seven-day validity.
Update: Idea has introduced a new 392 plan where in, you get 1GB/Day + Unlimited Calling at Rs.392. (Source)
Idea is India’s third large mobile operator and is ranked among the top 10 operators in the world. The company has already won the 4G license in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and North East. The company has managed to bag 65.2MHz of spectrum from the auction of 900 MHz as well as 1800MHz.
Their 4G data plans are very inexpensive when compared to AirTel and Vodafone but are limited in coverage to certain states.
So, which is the best 4G data plan in India?
If you want to go for a pan-India coverage brand, AirTel and Reliance Jio is your best bet. But if you want cheaper rates, then Idea is a good option. They are not available all over India though. Vodafone has done an amazing job in coming up with plenty of data plans that might suit many people according to their requirement. Their connectivity and quality of service is debatable though.
Are you planning to take a new 4G data plan? Which one are you going for?
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If you are heavy or moderate data user and streams videos, uses apps etc, the Rs.303/month (28 days) from Reliance Jio is a great offer. Even the Rs. 499 per month offer is a neat deal if you can afford it. With the eco system that comes with it, Reliance is building a larger fan base and it sounds like a good bet to be with them than any one else at the moment. But of course, things change rapidly in the Telecom sector and changes are rapid. So, let’s keep watching this space.