5 Best 4G Internet Plans Available in India

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

Let’s take a deeper look into some of the 4G plans. Let’s start with Airtel.

Airtel 4G

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
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Official Airtel 4G website.

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 April 2, 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_Prepaid_Plans

Reliance Jio 4G Postpaid Plans (Updated April 2, 2017)

Reliance’s post paid plans (after the introductory launch offer) start at Rs. 303 per month (28 days) and goes up to Rs. 9,999 per month. (See chart above)

Reliance Jio 4G Plans (Updated Feb 21, 2017, Not available anymore)

Reliance Jio Plans

Source – Livemint

Reliance Jio 4G Prepaid Plans

(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)

Reliance Jio 4G Postpaid Plans

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.

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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 4G

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.

Vodafone_4G_Plans

Idea 4G

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.

Idea 4G Data Plans
More details here.

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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My recommendation

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.


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  • Hi, only BSNL is what you can rely upon. No hidden charges, good speed all across India and truly unlimited. All others are liars

  • Hi,

    What about BSNL 1099 unlimited plan? Looks like it’s the best plan in the market with great speed without any restrictions and unlimited too.

  • I bought the Jio 4G VoLTE device but its performance was dismal with a connection speed of only 1Mbps .This is not a 4G device at all.However this was a part of the free offer and I only paid for the device. I am planning to visit India again in September 2017.Do you think it is wise to pay for a prepaid plan and this might actually deliver 4G speed once the promotional free period is over?

  • Hello Mani,
    Kudos! You are running an awesome blog!
    I am living in Pune, Pimple Gurav area ( currently abroad but will be in Pune next week).
    Want to get good reliable internet at home.
    Heard Airtel is so far best by most reviews I read/heard around.
    Could you please guide what is the difference in connectivity/reliability for HotSpot, Wifi-Router, Broadband (wired), dongle plans?
    My main purpose is to do work from home, so reliability and connectivity is IMP.
    Data limit and download speed (video etc) is not that IMP but ya, speed is IMP from work point of view (emails, website access, online meetings, remote ssh etc)

    Thanks & Regards,
    Nikhil

  • Hi Mani,
    I plan to visit India for about 3-4 weeks max and I would be in different places like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Raipur, Indore, and some interior places in West Bengal. I would need kinda uninterrupted unlimited internet from 6:30PM to 2:30AM Indian Time in order to connect to my work through VPN. For day time use I don’t think I would need more than 4-5 GB of data. Can you please suggest me which 4G connection I should opt for which I can use in order to create a WiFi Hotspot on my phone so that I can use that HotSpot to connect my laptop? What’s the average speed offered on these 4G networks at the peak time and during the evenings and late nights?

    Currently I’ve an Airtel 3G SIM which has a terrible speed, so I’m looking for a better option. I use this SIM for International Roaming as well. I’m wondering if I move to Reliance Jio can I port my number and use the Reliance Jio for international Roaming? Currently I pay Rs150 to keep the number active on International Roaming and I don’t mind paying for activating International Roaming on the Reliance Jio SIM and paying comparable fees for keeping the number active on International Roaming. Any thoughts?

    Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

  • Hi Mani,

    I will be in Central-Eastern Kerala for 30days (esp in Pathanamthitta District) with my Android, heavily dependent on internet. Could you please suggest the best plan and ISP I should use?

    • Hey Prakash,

      Kerala has a lot of option. However connectivity in interior areas could be a problem. If you are traveling to interiors, then you will find that BSNL is the only option, but through out the cities, AirTel and Idea are good options. Kerala is a great place to stay, I hope you enjoy your stay. Let me know if you need any help. Cheers!

  • Hi Mani,
    I am planning to be in Delhi. Got a nexus 6p. Very heavy internet user. What is the best carrier for me ? Reliance JIO ? Thank you for helping out a lot of us out there with your recommendations.

  • Sir ,
    Can you please tell me the best broadband internet provider in kerala,cochin ? I am big online gamer so the ping (latency) matters a loot to me … Airtel gives me very high ping …. The is one new provider here known as peakair .. Will that be good ?? … And is bsnl fiber good for gaming ??? Pls reply … Thank you

    • Hey Harmon, you got a great name there!

      From my experience and my friends over at Kochi, AirTel is probably the most reliable. I know that you won’t get the broadband outside the city, but assuming that you are in the “dug up” area, you will and that’s the best broadband you can get in Kochi. For gamers, I would assume you need a decent customer service too. BSNL may not be your best bet. Peakair looks great on paper, but if I was you, I would ask them a thousand questions on availability, speed, guarantee etc. And if possible, get things in writing. Because new players are always a risk and unless you have a bunch of new happy customers, I wouldn’t want to be the crash test bunny.

    • Best one is bsnl I play online .. I do load 60 to 170 gb in xbox 1 for each games .. without unlimited net there’s no use .. bsnl gives 16mbps with stv 1099

  • Dear Sir
    I would like to inform you that during the past 20 years back I was using Unlimited Broad Band connection from BSNL, Shillong, Meghalaya. As of now, I am shifting my resident to a new constructed building which is 17km far away from Shillong City. In this new location which I am staying, there is no Broad Band facility and no Internet Net work is available either from 4G, 3G, 2G or from any of the company.
    In View of the absence of the internet facility in this new location which is 17 km far away from Shillong. I am therefore to request you to kindly provide me the latest internet equipments either Unlimited Broad Band connection or Internet Wifi connection so that I can enjoy the facility as usually enjoy in the previous area in which I was staying.
    Thanking you once again and assuring you of my best services at all times.

    • In present situation bsnl stv 1099 which give us 250 balance if done by stv .. is best Internet u can have .. if range allows .. it’s unlimited 16mbps /2 mb per sec .. for online gamers .. xbox users and you tubers .. jio is not dependable .. others have no unlimited plan and robs your money with .. call drops and so many offers and bad service

  • hello sir,
    currently i’m using airtel nd in a month we are moving to london may i know best sim to use there for contacting my indian relatives. I use internet alot for watching nd downloading movies nd tele shows nd I use social networks alot.
    pls help me sir

  • Hi Mani,

    Thanks for such information,I need your help to decide my internet plan,
    I am NRI, coming to India in Dec.2016, I am very heavy internet user(always on youtube)And also I need internet package to work through company VPN.I usually stay in South Maharashtra(Solapur)and Hyderabad
    So please suggest me which data package/provider is suitable for me, for a month?

  • Why 4G is required to replace 3G, what kind of users should opt for it, which particular usage would make it compulsory to have 4G and 3G wont work.

      • Dear Mani,

        I am staying in Andhra Pradesh and I would like to check with you for the unlimited internet access, which means there should not be any limit for the internet. Please suggest the service providers in this respect with the cost. Please do note that cost does not matter in this respect.

  • sir i live in pune as well as latur …….which one should i use??
    also tell me which should i use if i live only in latur or pune seperately??

  • I would like to get Airtel 4G hotspot. I travel between Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore.
    Would the hotspot work in remote areas where there’s no 4G network?

    • Hi Gopi,

      Hotspot may not work in remote areas. Best way to check it is see if AirTel has network in that area online, (see https://www.airtel.in/opennetwork/). Even though cities have strong signals, AirTel (or any other provider) does not have carpet coverage in remote areas. In certain cities like HYD, I’ve seen that even the signal strength is different inside and outside the house. Currently, our infrastructure is not sufficient to provide seamless coverage, but I’m sure it will change in the future.

  • Hi Mani,

    Thanks for your time and such a valuable article. I’ve just moved back to India and I use Vodafone currently. I live in North Kerala around 100KM from Karnataka border. Vodafone has suddenly gone bust, and we barely get signal and coverage. Call drops have become a common issue. I’m really looking to switch to another network and I can’t decide. I extensively travel between Karnataka (Bangalore mostly) and Kerala (Cochin mostly). What other network would you recommend which can give me coverage for both states. Mobile Internet (3G is sufficient) is also important, so keeping these in mind would you be able to recommend me something.

    Appreciate your time, and looking forward to hearing from you.

    Regards
    Rahul

    • Rahul, before even getting your hopes up high, let me tell you that getting a red carpet coverage is almost non existent in those parts. Connectivity differs from city to city even with a difference of few kilometers. Having said that, I would recommend BSNL if you are looking at coverage even at the remotest places. But if you’re mostly within city limits, then AirTel is a good option. They’re really good within core city limits and not so good in the remotest parts but given your travel route, it looks more like a feasible solution.

  • Hello !

    I need your help. Below mentioned bands are compatible with my Samsung S7 Edge.
    But when contacted my service provider (Delhi), they are saying that my phone is not compatible with the 4G Band they are providing. They are saying something like, they are providing 2300 Mhz TDD and my phone is of 850 Mhz FDD. Is it true ?. If so, which service provider should I go. Phone is of latest features..

    4G bands
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G935F

    Regards,

  • Hi..I hv a new 4G enabled android OS phone..I m from Hyd..planing for a new simcard … So what’s the best option for me..

      • Hello, Sir I am a Anurag,

        And can u pls pls pls tell me about a Unlimited internet plan because I am really a heavy User
        I dont know How much I use but my Net is on 24×7 whole year. So i want a good internet plan currently I am using BSNL which is really bad ( in support and other things) like if something went wrong your 1 week is just gone hoping when the net will be back soon and this happens about every month. I am sure about it. So if u could pls find a plan for me that is Unlimited in UP East. that will help a lot pls. and love ur site bro. I am a new visitor but as it is said – The first expresion in the last expresion. Keep up the good work.

        • Hi Anurag,

          I suggest you go for Reliance or AirTel. They have comparatively better customer service (not amazing but you know). But at the same time, their plans may be a little pricier.

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