Just a few days after becoming the first private player to launch 3G mobile services in India, which it is offering for free till November 11, Tata Teleservices has announced its data usage and call tariffs.
Tata Docomo plans to fix call charges at Rs. 0.66 per second. And it is fixing the pulse rate at “per second” usage rather than fixed slabs, and says that subscribers will be charged only for the number of seconds used.
There are a range of tariff plans for 3G supporting smartphones on offer for both post-paid and pre-paid 3G mobile services on Tata Docomo. These plans range from Rs 350 to Rs 2,000, with a fixed amount of data usage and pre-defined call durations. For instance, a monthly subscription of Rs. 2,000 will get 5,000 minutes of voice usage, with data usage of up to 2 GB per month. These plans are valid for 30 days. Related: 3G service providers in India
Reliance 3G too is almost here. Vodafone 3G services too would be announced towards the end of this year or early next year. Aircel has already opened some 3G experience zones in Chennai. Tata Docomo 3G was the first to be announced and subsequently launched in 9 states. Related: Tata Docomo 3G in 9 states
|Plan||3G data usage||Free voice minutes / month|
|Rs. 350||150 MB||500|
|Rs. 500||250 MB||750|
|Rs. 750||500 MB||1,250|
|Rs. 1,000||1 GB||2,000|
|Rs. 2,000||2 GB||5,000|
For those users who are heavily into data usage (such as for use on laptops and desktops), it’s worth taking a look at some of Tata Docomo’s “Unlimited 3G Life” plans. The flagship plan in this is the Rs. 2,000 plan with a speed of 21.1 Mbps, and data usage up to 15 GB. After that, speed will reduce to 256 kbps, but 3G access will be free.
|Connection||Price||High speed data||Validity|
|3.6 Mbps||Rs. 1,000||5 GB||30 days|
|3.6 Mbps||Rs. 1,250||10 GB||30 days|
|7.2 Mbps||Rs. 1,275||5 GB||30 days|
|7.2 Mbps||Rs. 1,500||10 GB||30 days|
|21.1 Mbps||Rs. 2,000||15 GB||30 days|
On Diwali, Tata Docomo rolled out its 3G services in nine regions – Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It offered the service free till November 11, so that users could sample it. The only other players offering 3G at the moment are public-sector giants BSNL and MTNL. Airtel and Vodafone are expected to roll out their services shortly. Related: BSNL 3G unlimited plans
The bidding for 3G spectrum raked in crores of rupees for the government, and therefore 3G is not likely to be cheap for consumers in the initial stages until the players can recover some of their investment. Yet, they are trying to keep it as affordable as possible.
Deepak Gulati, executive president – mobility, Tata Teleservices said that Tata is offering a dual-tone pricing strategy, for small screens (cellphones) and large screens (computers) to match usage patterns and optimize billing.