Best 3G data plans in India

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 13:23 by Tech Correspondent

3G plans and pricing in India compared: BSNL vs MTNL vs Tata Docomo

Many of you have been longing for that day when you could catch live–on your cell phones–the exciting finish of Team India’s encounter against the Australian cricket side, while on your way back from office. Ask those YouTube fans who bemoan the lackluster download speed on 2G networks while streaming their favorite videos. Or, for that matter, how wonderful would it be if one could have access to broadband Internet–right on his cell phone–while on a weekend getaway trip! Well, the prayers have now been answered. 3G (third generation cell phone technology) is in town, folks. High speed downloads, streaming multimedia content (including movies), mobile TV, video calling, etc over cell phones are a reality now.

With TataDoCoMo becoming the first private telecom operator in India to roll out 3G (third generation cell phone technology) services–on Diwali, quite appropriately, one might say–Indian users finally have the option of looking beyond state-run telecom players, BSNL and MTNL, for 3G. And as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications are set to launch their offerings before the end of this year, all we can say is–the more, the merrier. Related: 3G service providers in India

Some of you might bide their time and wait for more options to select that perfect 3G data plan. But for those who want to get straight on to the action, there are more than a few schemes to pick from currently.

Here are the various 3G data plans– ranging from “unlimited” schemes to limited ones–presently being offered by BSNL, TataDoCoMo and MTNL.?

Service provider: BSNL

Standard BSNL 3G postpaid data plans

Fixed Monthly Charge in Rs.(Excluding service tax) Free data in daytime Free data in night (11pm-7am) Total bundled free data Data charges beyond free usage limit (in Rs./10KB
199 (Valid until 20th December, 2010) 500MB Nil 500MB 0.01
319 (Valid until 20th December, 2010) 1GB Nil 1GB 0.01
549 1GB 5GB 6GB 0.01
519 (Valid until 20th December, 2010) 2GB Nil 2GB 0.01
999 10GB Nil 10GB 0.01
1359 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Nil

BSNL is promising a minimum download speed of 384Kbps on its 3G data plans, meaning a typical MP3 file (of around 5MB) should not take more than 13 seconds to download onto your cell phone.

Standard BSNL 3G prepaid data plans

Data recharge voucher (RCV) in Rs.(including service tax) Free data in daytime Free data in night (11pm-7am) Total bundled free data Validity (in days) Data charges beyond free usage limit (in Rs./10KB
222(Valid until 20th December, 2010) 500MB Nil 500MB 30 0.01
352(Valid until 20th December, 2010) 1GB Nil 1GB 30 0.01
606 1GB 5GB 6GB 30 0.01
572(Valid until 20th December, 2010) 2GB Nil 2GB 30 0.01
1102 10GB Nil 10GB 30 0.01
1499 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 30 Nil

Standard BSNL 3G prepaid top-up plans

MRP of RCV in Rs. (including service tax) Free data limit Validity (in days)
10 20MB 1
25 50MB 3
50 100MB 7
197 500MB Nil

Promotional BSNL 3G prepaid and postpaid data plans

In order to lock in subscribers over a longer time period, BSNL has also come up with several promotional 3G prepaid and postpaid plans. Valid until 22nd December, 2010

Fixed Monthly Charge in Rs. No. of months advance payments Total advance payments in Rs. (Excluding service tax) Free monthly data usage
519 19 months 9861 2GB
999 10 months 9990 10GB
1359 7 months 9513 Unlimited

Unlimited BSNL 3G prepaid and postpaid data plans

Total fixed Charge in Rs. (Including service tax @ 10.3%) No. of months advance FMC payments Free monthly data usage
2000 2 months Unlimited
2500 3 months Unlimited
4200 6 months Unlimited

BSNL 3G data cards

Enjoy wireless broadband on the move–including downloads of games, music, and movies to education, shopping, etc.–using BSNL’s 3G data card.

Data card vendor Data card type Model Data download speed MRP (Rs.)
(Including taxes)
Teracom USB Linktop / LW272 3.6 Mbps 2000
Linktop / LW273 7.2 Mbps 2500
Capitel Wireless PCMCIA Option / GTMAX with Qualcom processor 7200 Globe Trotter HSUPA 3.6 Mbps 4000
7.2 Mbps 4500

Service provider: MTNL
What you get:

Standard MTNL 3G postpaid data plans in Delhi and Mumbai

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Plan name 3G 50(for Delhi only) 3G 99 3G 250 3G 650 (for Delhi only) 3G 750 (for Mumbai only) 3G 850 (for Delhi only) 3 G 1099 (for Delhi only) 3G 1500 (for Delhi only) 3G 2500
MRP (including tax) in Rs. 50 99 250 450 650 750 850 1099 1500 2500
Free Data Usage 60MB 130MB 500MB 1GB 2GB 2GB 5GB 10GB 10GB + 10GB night usage (11pm to 7am) Unlimited (For Delhi); 25GB (for Mumbai)
Free talk time in Rs. Nil Nil Nil Nil- Nil 53/- (own network) 62/- (own n/w) Nil Nil
Validity for free data and free video calls 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days
Free local video calling (own network) in minutes Nil Nil 25 min. (for Delhi); 50 min. (for Mumbai) 50 min. (for Delhi); 100 min. (for Mumbai) 75 min. 150 min. 20 min 50 min. 100 min. 150 min. (for Delhi); 300 min. (for Mumbai)

Other MTNL 3G postpaid data plans in Delhi

MTNL users in Delhi can also opt for the ‘3G Jadoo Pay-per-second’ plan, which has a fixed monthly rental of Rs. 149 and an activation fee of Rs. 500. In return, you get free talk time worth Rs. 100 per month. To enjoy data download at 3G speeds under this plan, be ready to pay Rs. 0.01/10KB (pulse of 10KB).
Another postpaid 3G plan for Delhi-based subscribers involves MTNL charging an activation fee of Rs. 300–with zero fixed monthly rental. The data usage charge remains at Rs. 0.01/10KB (pulse of 10KB).

Standard MTNL 3G prepaid data plans in Delhi and Mumbai

Plan name 3G 50(for Delhi only) 3G 99 3G 250 3G 450 3G 650 (for Delhi only) 3G 750 (for Mumbai only) 3G 850 (for Delhi only) 3 G 1099 (for Delhi only) 3G 1500 (for Delhi only) 3G 1800 (for Delhi only) 3G 2500 (for Mumbai only)
MRP (including tax) in Rs. 50 99 250 450 650 750 850 1099 1500 1800 2500
Free Data Usage 60MB 130MB 500MB 1GB 2GB 2GB 5GB 10GB 15GB 100GB 25GB
Free talk time in Rs. 14 12 (for Mumbai); 4 (for Delhi) 14 (for Mumbai); 5 (for Delhi) 16 (for Mumbai); 6 (for Delhi) 7 18 53/- (own network) 62/- (own n/w) 13 1 20
Validity for free data and free video calls 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days
Free local video calling (own network) in minutes Nil Nil 25 min. 50 min. 75 min. 75 min. 20 min 50 min. 100 min. 50 min. 150 min.

Other MTNL 3G prepaid data plans in Delhi

MTNL users in Delhi can also subscribe to the ‘Dolphin 3G Pay-per-second’ plan, which has a fixed monthly rental of Rs. 149 and an activation fee of Rs. 500. To enjoy data download at 3G speeds under this plan, be ready to pay Rs. 0.01/10KB (pulse of 10KB).

Another prepaid 3G scheme for Delhi users is the ‘Trump 3G Jadoo Pay-per-second’ plan, whose SIM costs Rs. 100 and the data usage charge is Rs. 0.01/10KB (pulse of 10KB).

MTNL 3G data cards in Mumbai

For those who are keen on using 3G services wirelessly, MTNL is offering two data cards with both prepaid and postpaid coupons.

First, you have the Teracom 3G HSDPA data card (MRP – Rs. 1,799) whose activation charge is R. 250 and which comes with 2GB of free data for a 30-day valid period. Users don’t have to pay any fixed monthly rental fees for using this dongle. MTNL also has the i-Lemon HSDPA data card (MRP – Rs. 2,590), which comes with 15GB of free data for a 60-day valid period.

To use these data cards in a postpaid plan, users can select from any of MTNL Mumbai’s five schemes – 3G99, 3G250, 3G450, 3G750 and 3G2500. If one wants to go in for prepaid data plan, then the data usage charge is Rs. 0.01/10KB (pulse of 10KB) comes into effect.

MTNL 3G data cards in Delhi

MTNL is providing a 3G data card ((MRP – Rs. 1,799 and 2GB of free data for a 30-day valid period) in Delhi, with both prepaid and postpaid data plan options (you can select any one from the wide range of MTNL’s data coupons).

Service provider: TataDoCoMo
What you get:

TataDoCoMo 3G postaid data plans

Fixed Monthly Charge in Rs. Free data limit Free talk time (local and national)
500 250MB 750 minutes
750 500MB 1250 minutes
1000 1GB 2000 minutes
2000 2GB 5000 minutes

TataDoCoMo 3G prepaid data plans

MRP in Rs. Free data limit Free talk time (local, national and roaming) Validity (in days)
350 150MB 500 minutes 30
500 250MB 750 minutes 30
750 500MB 1250 minutes 30
1000 1GB 2000 minutes 30
2000 2GB 5000 minutes 30
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One Comment

  1. prince said on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:07

    tata docomo r totaly worth..!