3G revolution or Data trap? – The truth behind Reliance 3G data at 2G rates

India’s largest dual technology telecom operator Reliance communications recently unveiled 3 very attractive 3G data packs for new and existing prepaid and postpaid subscribers in all 13 circles in which it holds 3G licenses. Reliance dubbed this offer as 3G data at 2G rates.

Reliance 3G mobile net plans

These new packs have become the talk of the town, as data enthusiasts from all over are rejoicing over Reliance’s philanthropy and being the only operator working in the favour of the subscribers. However all that glitters is not gold and there are always two sides to a coin, so from a telecom analyst’s point of view I dug a little deeper to find out the true intentions of Reliance behind this move.

The first 3G auctions in India were held in 2010 and it’s been 3 years since then and yet 3G has not received mass adoption, the reason for this being that Indian market is highly price sensitive, the only way to lure a customer to shift from 2G to 3G is to make 3G cheaper than 2G, which is exactly what Reliance did, increased the rate of 1GB 2G data to Rs.127 and decreased rate of 1GB 3G data to Rs.123. This move came at a time when the 3G handset market has reached full maturity and entry level 3G capable android phones are available for as low as Rs.6000 making it even easier for subscribers to upgrade.

Reliance is using these low tariffs as a bait to get 2G subscribers hooked on to its 3G network with the instantly loading web pages and the zero buffering in streaming videos. Once the subscriber has the taste of 3G it is virtually impossible to go back to 2G. At these high speeds the average data consumption per user will increase and they will eventually upgrade to higher denominations of 3G data packs, adding to the ARPU of Reliance.

Now let us focus on what changes Reliance has made behind the scenes with its existing 3G data packs, which has for obvious reasons not been publicized on their website or anywhere else, as reliance intended to make a silent change which no one would notice in the wake of their new 3G at 2G rates campaign.

Here is a list of FUP based unlimited 3G data packs that reliance was offering before this campaign.

3G-data-pack-before

And here is a list of the revised tariffs of the same plans being offered by reliance after the campaign

reliance-new-3G-plans

(Source- myservices.relianceada.com)
As we can see, 5GB unlimited pack has been hiked from Rs.800 to Rs.850, 10GB pack has been hiked from Rs.1099 to Rs.1399 and 15GB pack has been hiked from Rs.1300 to Rs.1750. This clearly shows that Reliance is trying to get new 3G subscribers onto its network with low tariffs and then later exploit them with hiking tariffs once they have fallen into the ‘Data Trap’.
Also check out the ‘long validity’ 3G packs of 90 and 180 days validity in the table below which have been withdrawn by reliance after their new campaign (source- myservices.relianceada.com and *333).

reliance-new-pack

The Rs.3000 pack offered 30GB data for 6 months bringing the per GB rate to Rs.100, the reason for withdrawing these long term packs is to force the subscribers to take monthly packs which will again add to their ARPU generated from data.

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Dr.Esmail

In Depth Analysis by : Dr. Esmail Beguwala.
Who is a freelance Physiotherapist by day and a techno buff by evening he has a keen eye for the latest buzz on the telecom block and Mobile data which is his area of special interest.

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  • Retheesh - Delhi July 25, 2014 3:31 pm

    Never Purchase Reliance 3G Data Card, I have bought a 3G Connection, they offered a speed of 7Mbps. I subscribed the Plan of 10GB per month for Rs:950+Service Tax. I didn’t get even the speed of 50 Kbps ( Speed around 7kbps to 20 Kbps ). I can’t use even my 2GB data. And the big contradiction is that, the signal strength is very high. So If anybody is planned to purchase reliance connection for Internet purpose, best is to avoid it. I think Airtel 2G service constantly give you around 30 Kbps in Delhi.

  • Allen Naorem July 6, 2014 10:19 pm

    I switched from airtel to reliance as i was like “Woah! 30GB@3000 only!” What i got was a highly throttled speed with a max of 100 kbps and an average speed of 20kbp. I mainly use my net for playing online games. But with this speed, i cannot play as it lags a LOT!! I mean Airtel is really slow, but Reliance, well, when it comes slow 3G@20kbps (upto 7.2 mbps according to ads), Reliance gets the cake.

  • amit verma May 7, 2014 7:38 pm

    I have use used my 3g reliance net in dongle. My net balance was 749mb and the i inserted my sim in dongle and connected it to my laptop, my entire data got lapsed within minutes. This has never happened to me earlier. And i contacted reliance customer care, they said that its my fault that why i used mobile internet on dongle and showed their helplessness in resolving my problem.
    Please suggest me what to do now?

  • Deepak Bakshi April 19, 2014 2:20 pm

    Hey Guys
    Reliance people are not just chors, but idiots as well !

    They deduct your balance for no reason, and when you call, they tell you that you have activated xyz service. Then you need to lecture them that you are using a mobile phone for last 10 years and hold an MBA degree and understand how to activate a service – and you DEFINITELY did not activate any. They’d still insist that you did, as if they are the only ones who understand how to operate a mobile phone.

    I have had so many issues with Reliance, if I start telling them, people would laugh their stomach out. ! These people are morons, stay away from them.

    G’day

  • sam April 2, 2014 12:27 pm

    Those saying reliance chor first check yourself
    1.123 1gb plan is only for mobile sim not for dongle if u put that sim in dongle or recharge dongle sim they will deduct your balance and data also.so those morons who don’t check properly terms and conditions and croon after recharge 1st do your homework.
    2.No network can claim constant seamless 3g coverage in every nook and corner.
    Aircel is pathetic reliance sucks too bsnl try yourself and you will learn the sarkari company how it works.
    Airtel voda better but plans are expensive so on cost benefit analysisr reliance is better for students and budget users.
    3.every company tries to make maximum profit nobody is doing philanthropy so before recharging check conditions carefully do an e recharge via company or other websites and talk to customer care before recharging so that you are not cheated.
    Don’t try to be smart by putting mobile only sim into dongle.
    4.and about coverage you always have option to throw away a sim of dongle or port to a new network of you don’t like it.

    • DEBRAJ DEY April 4, 2014 2:23 pm

      ALL OPRATOR ARE SAMELESSLY COMPITE WITH BSNL WITH THE HELP OF THEIR POOR INFASRATUE.OY BSNL HAVE 21 CIRCEL 3G PERMISSION.THERE IS NO OTHER COMPANY IN INDIA HAVE THE SAME NO OF CIRCLE 3G PERMISSION.IN 3G CIRCEL PVT CO HAVE 2- 3 LOCATION WITH GOOD 3G COVERAGE.OTHER LOCATION THEY GIVES 3G SERVICE DREPANDS ON BSNL.LIKE VODAFONE THEY HAVE 3G LICENCE IN WEST BENGAL CIRCLE.BUT THEY GIVES REAL 3G SERVICE ONLY 7-8 CITY.LIKE-SILIGURI,BOLPUR,HALDIA,ASANSOL,DURGAPUR,BARDHAMAN,KRISHNAGAR AND HABRA.BUT THEY SELL 3G IN EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE IN WEST BENGALCIRCLE.GOVT SHOULD TAKE ACTION AGAINST THIS TYPE OF BUSSINESS

  • jimzubemo March 19, 2014 9:00 pm

    I was using Reliance for some time but have dumped it. Pathetic service. I was bearing with it for sometime when 3 of my recharges did not give the full data as supposed to I contacted the customer service. They said I received the data but they won’t give me logs. Data balance checks right after recharge showed less than 2GB when I should have received 4GB for Rs492. After contacting the customer service for nth time to explain the 3 recharge discrepancies I gave up.

    Besides, the core balance thing with reliance sucks. And you can’t get it recharged online and I had to run to a retailer shop to do that. The data service also stops when the core balance becomes nil. This is the most irritating part for me.

  • chandu February 23, 2014 7:09 pm

    i m using my reliance sim since 6 years…..n yeah i can say it’s d worst company who uses cheap tricks to grow. i hav rchrgd my sim wid RC 123 after in using it in mobile for 2 days, i connected it wid my dongle….after that all my 3g data balance+my main balnc…all lapsed..

    i tried many times(30-35 times) to connect customer care but there is no respond.. POOR SERVICE !!

    GO FOR VODAFONE..best in service n all others

  • Mohit Kumar January 25, 2014 12:42 pm

    Excellent research. Keep up the good work.
    The iPhone plan is a better choice. Still reliance has a plan in my circle through which we can use 2gb 3g per month for 3 months with a frc of ?300. Also we have an aircel 3g plan costing ?450 providing 2gb 3g per month for 3 months + 4gb 2g with a speed of 128 kbps (16 KBps) + unlimited 2g with a speed of 32 kbps (4 KBps).

    these are some 3g plans for monthly users.

    P. S. MY CIRCLE IS BIHAR JHARKHAND.

  • reliance dongle user January 10, 2014 10:51 am

    Chor reliance company….. i am using their 3g dongle, their price is so high and on top of that very slow speed, their software shows more than 250kbps, but when i open facebook or gmail it takes forever….. sometimes i can’t even connect even after trying multiple times, then i just have to call it a day…. choor reliance there’s no good customer support too.

  • 3G-user December 29, 2013 4:26 pm

    I am surprised at the biased article & comments.
    What Reliance is doing is legitimate.
    It is giving 3g speeds at dirt cheap rates. Even if it is to “LURE” the customer. Let the user take an informed decision. Why crib ??
    All other companies are charging almost double … Is that not loot ?
    And after all this cribbing & bad words people will keep on using Reliance … Why ???
    Because it saves money. Period

    • john February 11, 2014 8:49 pm

      Who asked Reliance to proved 3G for cheap… It is a cheap marketing stunt from RIL to deviate customers from using other products…

  • OPA December 25, 2013 11:23 pm

    I recharge my reliance with Rs3000 and it run smoothly but from three to four days back i cant connect my 3G why now 3G signal blink for 1second and gone validity is for six months i cannot connect my 3G day i still counting what kind of service is this !!!!!!!!!!! im not happy at all

  • frank December 22, 2013 11:25 pm

    Reliance is chor company all your 3G data gets expired in 2-3 days even when you don’t use it it sucks. I have tried this multiple time the same thing happen chor company.

  • raja sharma December 18, 2013 11:08 pm

    Reliance sucks …. planning to throw the sim. ..

  • Emmanuel Leorn December 14, 2013 10:46 pm

    best is to stick with Aircel…… you will still have connectivity issues for one or two days in a Month and may face speed issues but they dont lure customers with false promises….. Im using aircel 3g for almost 6-8 Months and im satisfied….

    • vinod February 21, 2014 10:03 am

      aircel is a no 1 fraud company

  • Narendra Shinde December 12, 2013 12:17 pm

    hey guess here Chor REL hard ur sound & now they hike there tariff plans price from Rs 123/- to Rs 156/- very nicely for 1Gb data plan, after all people r foolish they use it. Keep it up REL, ur company growth more important than people sound.

  • Noor December 12, 2013 8:08 am

    Yup you were……the same thing is happening now.

  • Anuj Kulkarni December 1, 2013 8:33 pm

    Excellent Research….Thanks a lot n keep it up…!

  • anmol November 30, 2013 11:28 pm

    reliance is a big cheater.I recharged my 3g sim with 123 pack and they didnt informed me that its only for mobile not for dongle. and i used it in dongle and pack expired in just 5 mins .when i called cc they told that you have to recharge with dongle pack costing 249 for 1 gb; how astute reliance is if i have 2 rechrge wd 249 den its btr 2 rechrge wd airtel 255 which provides suprsonic speed and runs both in dngle and mble . stupid;harebrained and chor reliance wd 0 speed.

  • Debjani Barman November 26, 2013 10:00 pm

    Dont ever use relience its a cheeting company
    there was no 1gb data
    relience thept all data in secends

  • Heno walts November 17, 2013 5:49 pm

    Hy,guys i used 3g dongle n recharged 123 3g pack but i can use in dongle even to pc ya..

  • Sahil Burman November 5, 2013 6:27 am

    what best we can do is buy an iPhone 5s from reliance at emi of 3000 per month for 2 years. and get unlimited calling, national+local, free call while roaming, and unlimited 3g ( without fup)

  • Manni November 2, 2013 11:59 am

    Hey
    Am from Punjab
    I have reliance 3G sim
    For just check I get 2signal bar of 3G network on my iPhone

    I just recharge with 3G plan and I get 500kb speed in 2signal bar

    It’s amazing for me cause

    First I spend 200 for 2gb with 2g

    Now 246 for 2gb with 3G data

    But I have a problem regarding network

    I got 3G signal outside my village

    Reliance Need improvement in 3G coverage area

    Otherwise it’s superb

  • Neel October 26, 2013 11:02 pm

    Friends,
    Use 3G data through Android Phones/ Smartphones through ” Tethering option “. No data will be forfeited.
    :)

  • pradeep verma October 23, 2013 9:17 pm

    Really chore company hai sally .maine 123 ka 1gb data recharge karaya and all data collapse with in a second.and custmer care wala kahte hai ki dongle me used kia hai.

  • Amit October 23, 2013 9:42 am

    Chor company hai saali………….giving only 500 mb data at the recharge of Rs.123/-. Customer care maha chutian making fools of Indian people

  • Darshit Mulani October 16, 2013 2:46 pm

    very well analyzed I hope customers will read this and understand its already in top 5 serach on Google for Reliance 3g.

    and yes this is 100% true analysis.

  • winning star October 16, 2013 1:01 am

    How can you espect the service from theif? When you call reliance customer care, they will reply you that server is down and put your call on hold forever. The ambani brothers has trained his employee in this way to make fool the indian people.

    I am very surprised where is the TRAI and what are they doing?

  • kalpesh October 16, 2013 12:59 am

    what reliance done is really good for the customer …. i m using it since this plan launched.and having clear benifit of 3g really at 2g rates. no trap brap…..

  • Sher Pagadi October 15, 2013 9:31 pm

    Reliance is a thief they stole my whole internet balance within a second and saying that I have used that in dongle so it collapsed.Please Never go with Reliance. I officially hate reliance from now .Reliance network is a worst network for services and I am never recommending it to any person.

    • SS October 15, 2013 10:00 pm

      Chor to Chor he rehta hai. It won’t improve. Never go for reliance.

  • frank October 14, 2013 7:18 pm

    if i subscribe to a 3g plan and i dont get 3g speed, instead get 2g speed at a certain place , will i be charged extra for the 2g or will it be included in the plan?

    • Premjit Singh October 15, 2013 12:56 am

      there could be two reasons, my friend, provided there is no fault from Reliance.
      1. The area does not have a 3G facility.
      2. You set your handset or dongle to GPRS/EDGE Only option.
      If these two are not the reason then, call up Reliance. And if you do not get a positive response place your complain in Consumer court. Its effective, trust me.

  • nitesh October 13, 2013 6:43 pm

    i m having a nightmarish experience using relaince 3g, pathetic speed & connectivity. i would advice people to stay away from reliance 3g, really miss using my tata photon +

  • vishal October 10, 2013 3:44 pm

    this reliance is making fool of us….they deduct balance for the reasons not known by themselves ….i recharged 123 net pack and got a msg after 24 hrs dat my pack has expired….now even after complaining 100 times i hv got no solution…..

  • shre September 30, 2013 4:07 pm

    YES …RELIANCE is RUN by a GROUP of thieves … n u can see how they fool people with their half data trick …so the unaware users get tricked … n those who are keeping track .. can run around wasting their time on the customer care line which they rarely answer … reliance does d very opposite of its name .. bunch of AS@#!$# they are .. even i was thinking what d f is happening wen i encountered this thing ..THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY to RESOLVE THIS ISSUE … cut D SIM n throw it .. better get ur no. ported .. to a better provider .. becuz CHEAPNESS has its losses

  • Premjit Singh September 26, 2013 4:42 pm

    The latest update… Beware
    It seems the trap has not been working very well. Everybody is price conscious so does not go beyond the three plans. To tackle this Reliance started a new system. 50% data instant and 50% within 48 hrs for every recharge. Many people are not aware of this and those who do not keep constant track of the data usage and the sanctioned amount loses the rest 50% as most of the times Reliance do not transfer the remaining data unless you do not go for a complaint. I had done Rs. 123 recharge 4 times in two different numbers and each time the remaining data was not transferred. I complained multiple times for each data first by call and later by mail. It took 28 days for the first complain and rest of them about 1 week in getting them resolved. I have the e-mail records, you will spit on Reliance if you see them.

    • Amit January 24, 2014 12:12 am

      Yes you are right. Same thing happend with me. Only got 500mb out of 1gb 3g recharge at 156.
      Tried to call customer care many time but no use.
      Reliance is cheater.

  • Manoj September 7, 2013 12:08 am

    Not new. This tactic is the one used by DTH operators also. First they came close to cable prices, now rates are jacked up by 50% in 3 years, and the equipment is not yours, only on lease, but all repairs to be paid by the consumers.

    With TRAI being a govt sponsored cartel of these operators, and not a regulator for consumers and the sector, this dream sector has also gone south, and will soon end up with only fly-by-night operators continuing.

  • Lakshya marotia September 5, 2013 6:50 pm

    I recharged my Reliance 3G data card on 4th sept, for Rs 123 with my balance around 12:10 PM, which should give me 1GB of Data Usage with one month validity as described in the plan. But I have only received half of the data usage as of now i.e. 512 MB only.

  • Subham September 3, 2013 2:47 pm

    look guys..
    123rs and 1gb data realy realy impressive and interesting too.
    1st of all i still cant find the answer why the give initialy 500mb and after 48hrs +500mb.
    the major problem is i used obviously 3g handset. previously i had used aircel vodafone 3g in my handset. but scince the using relience 3g i still not getting 3g speed. i called customer care several times. i did exactly what they instructed me to do. But nothing happened. but interesting part is when i use is in my dongle it gives me 3g speed. unbileavable.

  • Sourav Mukherjee August 31, 2013 3:38 pm

    Very cheap trick used by reliance…Offers is only for mobile…n if u try to use it in laptops or dongles..3g bal reduces to half!!dont know about the other operators 3g offers..but reliance is cheating its customer by only showing the fig. no……!

    • shrikant raut September 1, 2013 6:06 pm

      please use proxy setting in dongle.
      Make new setting and enjoy pc and mobile
      APN:- rcomwap
      PROXY:-10.239.221.7 or PROXY:-10.239.221.22 or PROXY:-10.239.221.5
      and PORT:-8080

    • DEBRAJ DEY September 7, 2013 12:19 am

      BSNL 3G GIVES 1GB 3G DATA AT Rs 139 FOR USING HOME NETWORK AND ROAM ACROSS THE INDIA.IT USE FOR MOBILE,ANDRIOAD,PC,LAPTOP,TABLET AND DONGLE ALSO.

  • Shubham Rai August 26, 2013 3:17 pm

    I’ts useless as its only for mobiles. no one uses more than 2 GB/month net on mobile

    • Saurabh Patel September 18, 2013 5:27 pm

      if u use nokia 2690 then using 2gb data/month is sufficient,nowadays in hspa+ android phones u can use over 50gb if u want to do.

  • Shimla Vision August 25, 2013 2:44 am

    MOREOVER i have been just informed by reliance that on recharge of 123 you will instantly get only 500 MB and subsequently if we ascertain that u r not using this plan on a datacard we will give u the rest after 48 Hours.
    But the entire amount could be forfieted if its being used for data card

    • Newton Biswas August 27, 2013 12:05 am

      Even I have recharged with Rs.123 but got 500MB instead 1GB. When I called their Customer Scare Center, initially they told me that it will be credited within 48hrs. Later after 48hrs when I called one exe told me that as soon as the 500MB finishes rest 500MB will be added automatically. But now my 80RS. has been deducted automatically & also did not get the 500MB. Even I am not using it in any dongle. Interesting thing is its still showing 2MB left, then what is the logic of deducting 80Rs. Now this is really pain as I have wasted Rs 123 for 1GB data which I did not got. Also Rs. 80 Deducted. I believe MTNL is the only TRUE 3G Service Provider.

  • Pramod August 17, 2013 11:36 am

    Hello All,
    Any comparison on 3G Data speed in Mumbai between Vodafone and Reliance ?

    Thanks,
    Pramod

    • pramod yadav October 8, 2013 11:59 pm

      guys get out of 3g all we want is fast surfing . this can be done at a speed neither 3g nor 2g .. i suggest reliance that they should launcha data plan that would be depend on speeds not on the usage….

  • Kaushik Biswas August 8, 2013 10:35 am

    If Rcom hikes 10GB data pack to INE 1399, then customers may tend to move to Vodafone 3G which is INR 1500 for 11.5GB data (Unlimited 3G, fair usage 11.5GB, post 11.5GB, unlimited at 64kbps).

  • Imran July 28, 2013 5:09 am

    Yes brother, every profit making company to lure more profit is showing carrot. But still 3g at this cheaper rate is rather good where other service providers are offrring the same 3g service at rupees 250 for 1Gb.

  • rao July 27, 2013 10:05 pm

    What trap? All others are looting the costumers. here is an attempt to confuse the users? AVoId is the worst.

  • Mukul jain July 26, 2013 1:29 pm

    What is the trap ?
    Reliance is offering 1GB, 2GB and 4GB, only a fool will go for 5GB for 850 Rs.
    I have seen people buying 2AC train tickets, when they can fly at the same price.
    This article must be for them.
    This really is a great initiative by Reliance, you are only trying to find a loop hole in this…
    Do you really feel that Operators like, Voda and Airtel are doing a good job by not reducing rates ?
    It really is going to be in favour of all, if every body starts using higher bandwidth at lower rates.
    Of course, you can keep on using 2G services at higher rates, because you find it a trap to use 3G services at rates lower than 2G.
    Don’t misguide people and have a heart to appreciate good move.

    • Mohit October 3, 2013 12:11 pm

      They don’t mention clearly that it is only for Mobile and not for dongle. And in fact, I had been using it in dongle successfully for last 3 months but when I recharged yesterday my money got forfeited I was informed that it is “Mobile data plan”. Can someone please please explain them what mobile really means. It does not only mean 3G enabled Mobile Phones, but all mobile devices including dongles.

      And can someone tell me why they give 500Mb out of the 1Gb after 48 hrs, which again
      is a bit shady considering that at least 2 times out of 7, I have not been given the 500 Mb after 48 hrs. And another time I was given the 500 Mb, only after when I contacted customer care when I did not receive the 500 Mb after 3 days.

      • Subham Chanda October 3, 2013 2:15 pm

        reliance is a big chor and liar i must say. they are telling that this is g data. but including me and some of my friends had used back to back month. We have noticed that the speed not rising upto 3g speed. hardly it reaches 400 to 500kbps. this is blunder. instead of advertising 3g speed they should say that they will provide high speed data.

  • Mihir... July 25, 2013 11:46 pm

    Every gr8 intiative is crtiticized? Whats d trap?? Good move from REliance.. making 3G affordable…

    why pay 250 for 1 GB whras u can get 2 GB of 3G data

  • Idris Andrabi July 25, 2013 1:04 pm

    At an average 1 to 2 GB is good for a common person. I work in a media organisation 1 to 2 GB is more than enough for me on cellular device.
    It heps to get mails,banking chats etc. The price is fine for a common man.
    If anyone wants to use higher data quantity he should go for a Broadband connection. Mobile data is not a replacement for Broadband and wifi its meant for basic use not for heavy downloads. This is how its utilized in Western countries. So paying 250 for 2GB is worth.
    Much appreciate Reliance for the step.

    • Hemant July 25, 2013 5:10 pm

      Hi Idris, Nicely put up.
      The analysis is mentioning a trap which will lure customers for higher packs, but then why not? It might be a strategy of the company and there is nothing wrong in pushing up the revenues. These mobilenet packs are good for sedate mobile usage Those users which are heavy downloaders can go up for higher packs.

    • S.Sudhakar July 26, 2013 10:37 am

      It is not the matter of heavy downloading. All customers ccriticize the oeprators of not providing at least 3.0 Mbps (384 KB/s) in a 3G connection of 3.6 Mbps to each and every user.

      Not even a single operator in India provides full 21 Mbps (2688 KB/s) speed for upload and download (when UL and DL are used seperately) in a network which is capable of 21 Mbps.

      This is why the users condemn the operators. In Tamilnadu, Aircel 3G connects at 21 Mbps (as reported by the newly created LAN icon after installing the Huawei E182E modem which accessed through ‘mobile partner’ software).

      • Anoop John July 26, 2013 12:18 pm

        The LAN icon only shows the modem speed. not the operator allowed bandwidth. for that u can use MDMA for huawei modems.
        I am getting the promised speed of 7.2 mbps (nearly 900+KBPS) constantly on Airtel TN network while downloading from you tube.
        But we know it depends on location.

        • Saurabh July 26, 2013 1:30 pm

          Right…. Speed depends on many factors. If there are only 4 users per tower then only one can expect speed over 20 Mbps but there are many. Also the back-haul network makes data to travel faster and if it is restricted then you can’t get 21Mbps even if you are the only user. MDMA shows 21000Kbps on Idea 3G plans and in Airtel which is using Idea network in Haryana, it is 7232Kbps and you are right, I also got 900KBps constant on Airtel and that’s because of strong Idea network. On Idea SIM, speed goes to 16 Mbps sometimes and there are more chances of getting it in morning. At this point in time i.e at 1:27PM speed is 11700 Kbps (1.46MB/s) avg. Using time based plan which ends in 9-10 mins only instead of 20 mins as given by the company. lol

    • Narendra October 12, 2013 10:39 pm

      We are not in a western country now ok

  • Rahul July 25, 2013 9:51 am

    3g available on reliance as per below circles :
    Source – rcom.co.in/Rcom/personal/3G/HTML/howtobuy.html
    Andhra Pradesh
    Bihar
    Jharkhand
    Chennai
    Delhi
    Gujarat
    Haryana
    Himachal Pradesh
    Karnataka
    Kolkata
    Kerala
    Orrisa
    Madhya Pradesh
    Chhattisgarh
    Maharashtra
    Mumbai
    Punjab
    Rajasthan
    Tamil Nadu
    Uttar Pradesh-E
    Uttar Pradesh-W
    West Bengal

    • J Thomas July 25, 2013 12:13 pm

      Sir, 3G is not available in Bangalore. Highly unlikely that it will be available in the whole of Karnataka when Bangalore is excluded.

    • S.Sudhakar July 26, 2013 10:39 am

      Do not misguide people. Reliance GSM did not even get 3G spectrum for Tamilnadu. Then how can it sell 3G products?.

      • Saurabh July 26, 2013 1:23 pm

        lol. He(Rahul) mentioned all 22 circles. :P Reliance has got license for 13. The page actually shows all the circle. It would be better if you check on first page under 3G coverage on right side.

  • J Thomas July 24, 2013 9:35 pm

    I went to Reliance WebWorld in Bangalore yesterday to convert my 2G plan to 3G. But I was told that 3G is not available in Bangalore. So where is it available ? Moreover, I came to know that my existing dongle will not work for 3G

    • Tharun George July 25, 2013 7:43 am

      Reliance has 3G in most circles in the north, but not even in a single circle in south.

  • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 8:56 pm

    To all :
    This is a brain wash made by the mobile operators to completely wash off the matter of ‘calling rate increase by various operators’ from out mind. Subscribers, do not forget the base tariff hike by the operators to as high as Rs.0.03 per second !!!.

  • Nabeel July 24, 2013 8:38 pm

    There is a plan in jharkhand in which a customer buys a modem sim of Rs 200 with benefits of 4 GB 3G for a month (can be used on mobiles as well). So only to browse & download via 3G there is no need to recharge with Rs 124, cause its good to buy a sim rather than recharging it.

    Its really a good deal For us.

    • Sayan July 25, 2013 3:57 pm

      Hey Nabeel.
      Here in kolkata also d modem sim is available.
      Here its sold as data sim.
      Only data nd incoming calls & sms no outgoing calls.
      Reliance & Aircel both have same price.
      Rs350-2Gb/month 3months(Total – 6GB 90days)mob+dongle data.

      • Nabeel July 25, 2013 4:48 pm

        Hi Sayan
        The point over here is if someone requires large amount of data then reliance data sim is very good and cheap as well, its like a use and throw offer. Once depleted use a new sim rather than recharging it. And for me I use 2 sims one for calling and one for data.

        And these type of offers come on a temporary basis just to show that their data subscribers are increasing day by day. So until the offer gets ends buy a new sim and enjoy 4GB 3G/mth @ Rs 200.

      • Nabeel July 25, 2013 4:57 pm

        Hi Sayan
        The offer over here with Reliance is 4GB 3G @ Rs 200 for a month so high data user can enjoy it.
        In Rs 350 you get 2gb 3g for 3 mths, its good but if the 2gb data is consumed before 1 mth and you do a data topup the original plan is changed to the new one.
        It happens over here.

        As of now Reliance sim offer is really good and the speed over here is excellent.

        • Sayan July 25, 2013 9:04 pm

          Well Nabel in dat case Reliance hav another plan Rs200-3GB 30DAYS.
          VODA aswell gives Rs220-2GB 30DAYS.
          Aircel Rs277-4GB 30day

      • DEBRAJ DEY December 13, 2013 2:11 pm

        YOU ARE RIGHT SAYAN.BUT THERE ARE NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DATA SIM AND NORMAL SIM.IN AIRCEL ,THEY SOLD 32K SIM AS NORMAL SIM AND 64K SIM AS BOTH DATA AND NORMAL SIM.IN AIRTEL,THEY SOLD 64K SIM AS NORMAL SIM AND 128K SIM AS 3G AND 4G DATA SIM.IN BSNL ,THEY SOLD 64K SIM AS NORMAL SIM AND 128K SIM AS BOTH NORMAL AND 3G DATA SIM.IN RELIANCE,THEY SOLD ONLY 64K SIM AS DATA AND NORMAL SIM.IN VODAFONE THEY DO SAME THINGS LIKE RELIANCE.THERE IS NO COMPANY IN KOLKATA USE 128K HIGH SPEED SIM FOR INTERNET EXPECT BSNL AND AIRTEL.
        NOW RELIANCE HIKE THE 1 GB 3G DATA FROM Rs 123 TO Rs 156 VALIDITY 30 DAYS AND IT IS ONLY USED FOR SMART PHONE.BUT BSNL GIVES 1 GB 3G DATA AT Rs 139 VALIDITY 30 DAYS.YOU CAN USE IT SMART PHONE,TABLET,PC,LAPTOP ANY WHERE.RELIANCE GET 3G CIRCLE ONLY 13 OUT OF 23.BUT BSNL GET 21 CIRCLE OUT OF 23 CIRCLE.BSNL GIVE REST 2 CIRCLE LIKE DELHI AND MUMBAI WITH MTNL.

    • m July 25, 2013 8:09 pm

      that’s Rs.160 in bihar, previously it was Rs.150.

  • dskushwaha July 24, 2013 7:43 pm

    very good bait. Let other operators com with similar or even better bait.

  • Sudar July 24, 2013 6:03 pm

    Good move by reliance where other operators charges are very high one cannot afford especially airtel, vodafone,idea even these operators have to follow the same suit or they will loose customers soon and fast to reliance.

  • Arif July 24, 2013 5:58 pm

    hey writer here is a info for you. the new 123,246 n 492 plns r only usable in mobile not in a modem according to the t&c of rcom. and the hiked tariff is for modem pln . so its better, stops this kind of brain wash of user!! unexpected from telecomtalk.

    • abhi July 24, 2013 7:23 pm

      u can use them in modem too.. just need a smart 5 min setup.. and u can use it everywhere..

      • Arif July 24, 2013 7:52 pm

        i m already using that in modem n i already said ‘ according to reliance’ . so what we get now , we should use that in a pstiv way rthr confusing other by future plns. rdculs

    • SUSOBHAN DAS July 24, 2013 8:37 pm

      Dear Arif the new plan of reliance 3g working both…kindly use then blame Reliance….

      • Arif July 24, 2013 10:32 pm

        i m not blming . m just saying that this is a rdclus post , posted by telecomtalk. again read my post then ansr!

        • shrikant raut July 24, 2013 10:43 pm

          yes i agree with you

  • Pratap Madgulkar July 24, 2013 5:46 pm

    Good one , but any working person have hardly find much time and just need to be connected will always good with 1GB / 2GB . So this so good ,

    In our price sensitive market 5GB data can be capture at home with any data card with less than 700 with wifi we can use it anywhere . like me having reliance 999 12MBPS for 25GB data per month and 1MBPS after that ,

    I use tata who gives me 222 talktime with Rs.250 recharge with 1GB 3g . IF we do not need this then 255 recharge gives 2GB nowadays online .

    so in any case , this is good move by reliance and I like to support them for this move.

  • ritesh July 24, 2013 5:30 pm

    Do not miss guide ur reader .it is not a trap but a good opportunity to experience 3g

    • Arif July 24, 2013 9:30 pm

      agreed!

    • bittu July 25, 2013 9:25 am

      Agree too!

    • Manoj September 7, 2013 12:14 am

      Have you ever heard the phrase – fools rush in where angels fear to tread? Well, if you switch to reliance just for the 3g data pack, you will experience this. Sorry if this hurts you, just remember my words and tell me after 1 year if this was true or not.

    • hitesh - ghaziabad July 19, 2014 2:29 pm

      Hey reliance is a fraud company. I am using data card for 3 years but they make promises those are fake and even customer care talks rudely. There is no feedback system.

  • Dilip Tiwari July 24, 2013 4:48 pm

    Its not data trap……its called business …..

  • Saurabh July 24, 2013 4:05 pm

    Things always look good from a consumer’s point of view. But I always have and continue to take any revision in telecom as an analysis opportunity. Whatever they do, they can’t bring customers like me to their network which is just a crap. They can never become Airtel or Idea or Vodafone.

    BTW It has come to notice that Reliance has tie-up with Tata Docomo in 14 circles for 2G network sharing and it is already started and will be implemented in next 3 days all over 14 circles but Anil Ambani has tell the court in 2G case that it was Tata who funded Unitech during 2008 license distribution which acted as a front-runner for Tata.

    On one hand they tie-up for network and on other Anil Ambani put the balme on Tata in court. lol

  • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 3:17 pm

    To the mobile operators :
    If subscribers use their SIM only for data, note that they will not bother to buy another SIM of some other operator if you all show your shameless, cheating face after porting in or new number purchasing.

    To all subscribers :
    Cool. If you use the SIM (GSM or CDMA*) only for data, then do not care about changing the operator (if 90 days has completed in the existing SIM) or buying new SIM (if 90 days has not passed).

    * means – CDMA subscribers, check whether the modem is unlocked before buying from the providers (like MTS, Reliance or Docomo).

    Both CDMA and GSM subscribers be alerted that the operators will reduce the data rate and will sell locked modems and you have to roam out to get it unlocked.

  • siddharth July 24, 2013 2:59 pm

    as 4g come more plan will come in 3g & it should be rs 49/ for 1gb and rs 499/- for 10gb then customer may go for they 3g plan in data or smart phone

  • Himanshu July 24, 2013 2:36 pm

    Every operator does such things. They claim unlimited but is anything truly unlimited. If its a trap its a good one. How many people can use more than 1 GB on their handsets in a month? Even if someone uses 2GB he spends only 246. Earlier he had to pay 450. What about airtel. They have the same offer which is just one time offer? Isn’t it a cheating?

    • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 3:26 pm

      Yes. Cheating. If a common man does not pay income tax, the IT officials will come to his home and will snatch away all his belongings. If private operators are cheating like this, then why can’t the government seize their property and give it to BSNL (based on the condition that customer care must improve immediately) for FREE?.

      In 2005 – 2008 period and all, airtel Tamilnadu provided unlimited (without FUP) 2G data for Rs.375 per month. I enjoyed it. The speed was above 20 KB/s (160 Kbps) and came upto 30 KB/s (240 Kbps). I think I may have used 5 GB in a month.

      Such golden days are over.

      To all the Indian citizens :
      As you all know that there is 49-O (not 49-zero) category under which you can caste your vote. If you do not like or satisfied with any political party, please vote under this category. But to not boycott voting as these shameless politicians may caste illegal vote under your name for their party !!!.

      The central government :
      Wait and see. You will be chucked out of the power and most of the people will vote under 49-O category.

  • Sathish, Gobichettipalayam. July 24, 2013 2:27 pm

    Nice article! Thanks to TT team.

    Good move or bad move. . .

    I always believe in “the changes is always give some good result”.

    After long-time, now we can expect some changes in 3G Data Tariffs.

    So that for the first time one of the 3G operator, Reliance has done something new!

    Other 3G operators will play their data game is better than Reliance 3G.

    Wait and see!

  • spiderman July 24, 2013 2:26 pm

    If they hike, will port out ! Simple
    Still Aircel s better, For 150 Rs getting 2 Gb data using 447 plan
    Does Reliance have 3G in Karnataka or Kerala circle ? Using ICRA or whatever ?

    Its very bad step taken by the Authorities to use ICRA, currently am not able to use 3G service on my Vodafone no in KA circle..!

    • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 3:06 pm

      I support you and telecomtalk in this matter. But no one can port out before completing 90 days. This time must be reduced to 30 days.

  • ksavai July 24, 2013 2:26 pm

    Who can use 15GB data on 2G in one month?

    • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 3:09 pm

      Thats true. I cannot even use 500 MB in a day in 2G network !!!. Not even crosses 5 MB even if 1 hour has passed !!!.

    • Neel July 24, 2013 8:41 pm

      Well I can, thats pretty easy, one can use all the 15GB in under 15 days…. I guess that is not a big deal ryt?

  • SS July 24, 2013 2:20 pm

    Umm… They are not that smart i guess because they are unable to detect Huawei unlocked data card. :-p

  • Linto July 24, 2013 1:38 pm

    As long as the offer is available people will use it by porting in , because it is the cheapest 3g plan available, When they hike the tariffs people will surely port out if any better offer is available.
    Tata Docomo made a good trend by offering call rates @ 1p/Second @ a time when STD rates were 1.5-1.75/minute . Tata earned lots of revenue by that trending offer. Still tata maintains a good customer base for a beginner only because of that offer…
    Reliance may be bringing out a trending offer and sure Tata will be following ….

    • S.Sudhakar July 24, 2013 3:11 pm

      Thats true. But the operators show their real face after 30 days of subscribers port in. Then?. Their fate. They have to stick on to their present network for another 60 days (total 90 days) to port out.

      The MNP time must be reduced to 30 days for all operators in India.

  • Aman July 24, 2013 1:14 pm

    True! And same case with AirTel even in 2G also.
    Why don’t TRAI look over such matters? Are they only to look over the Money matters and not Subscriber Exploitation?

  • SS July 24, 2013 1:10 pm

    Yup, its a trap and surely you are gonna end up in eating all your data very soon so infact its a good business stategy.

    Btw, Calls to CC of Reliance are charged on ICR Aircel Delhi network, strange!!!

  • shailendra July 24, 2013 1:02 pm

    Reliance is saying that we can’t use it in dongles. but how come they will know whether we are using it in mobile phones or dongles???can anyone tell me???

    • Anil July 24, 2013 1:54 pm

      Dost, this is not rocket science. Every time you insert a sim card, the mobile sends information like “brand”, “model no”, “imei”, “modem type” etc back to the tower.

      There is more. These telecom companies use this data to prioritize internet speed on some phone models. If you use high end mobile phones(20k~), you will get faster internet speeds because the company see’s you as a valuable customer. These companies want high end users to use their sim cards.

      When you see someone using a aircel sim card on his “samsung note 2″, that in itself becomes marketing. You will think that this maal-daar guy is using aircel so its internet connectivity MUST be excellent.

      • Vysakh StickForest July 24, 2013 2:25 pm

        friend, do a wifi hotspot on ur celfone….

        • shrikant raut July 24, 2013 10:48 pm

          please update your knowledge… you are knowledge so week……..

          • Shrikant Raut August 27, 2013 11:36 am

            You can use this Reliance 123 rs 1 GB on dongle also. Just insert your sim on dongle and recharge 123 rs. and enjoy the speed. Reliance not find this is a mobile or dongle. Because in india no other company find there is is work on dongle or mobile. Just add apn:- rcomnet dial number *99# and leave user and password blank. Mobile company only get information like imei number of phone register on network and which tower signal is use you mobile, not a model number of your mobile. So please enjoy the speed in dongle, i am using this in unlock dongle.

            • Akash Kothari September 6, 2013 9:50 pm

              Are you sure? i have a micromax wifi data card..is it possible to use it along with this plan??

  • Tharun George July 24, 2013 12:43 pm

    Good findings by Esmail.

    Anyway as long as Rcom offer 3G 1GB at Rs 123 I am happy. They should extend offer to EVDO data cards too. Also wonder why Docomo, Vodafone and Idea putting up any similar offer.

    • Esmail July 24, 2013 2:29 pm

      All the three plans launched by Reliance 123, 246, 492 offering 1GB, 2GB and 4GB of 3G data are also available for CDMA customers as EVDO data (3.1 Mbps) which is equivalent to 3G in GSM, the same denominations with the same data benefits.
      If you wish to use these plans with an EVDO data card you will need to own an ‘Unlocked’ EVDO data card and buy an OMH sim from your nearest reliance gallery, once the sim is activated you will need to call CC and request them to activate EVDO on your number, if they don’t do the needful you can complain on pgportal and it will be activated in 4 days. you can now use this EVDO enabled OMH sim in your unlocked dongle. The settings for wich are, dial up number (Equivalent to APN) will be #777 and the username and password will be your 10 digit CDMA mobile number. you can also use this in National roaming, with no extra charges.

      • hardeep July 24, 2013 3:45 pm

        cant see the tariffs you are telling here on reliance website for cdma….. customer care also denies these…..

        reliancenetconnect.co.in/tariff.html#broadbandprepaid

        • Esmail July 24, 2013 5:00 pm

          I saw the plans on myservices.relianceada.com that’s where they appear before being publicised, and confirmed the same with instacare app of reliance for android, have not confirmed with customer care, could be they have not been informed yet. In case you are a CDMA user get your number registered on either myservices or instacare and check it out.

          • hardeep July 24, 2013 5:34 pm

            searched on the site u suggested……. cant find anything such thing….. plz share the link if possible

            • Esmail July 24, 2013 9:11 pm

              Since the voucher and data pack info is from within the myservices site I wont be able to share the direct link to it but here is a link to the snapshot I took of it for your reference
              jetscreenshot.com/demo/20130724-9ctu-49kb
              Also notice the funny part where Reliance is offering 1.5GB data for Rs.94 for 30 days and offering 1GB data for 123 with same validity, I’m sure they will modify it once they take notice of it.
              Now this could well be circle specific it may not be available in your circle, My account is of Mumbai circle, that’s a snapshot of their offerings in Mumbai circle.

      • Kunal Gautam July 24, 2013 4:31 pm

        Meanwhile one can use username and password as “net” too.

      • Sachin C Pimple July 25, 2013 7:52 pm

        Thanks a lot Esmail for your information.I am using same reliance CDMA RUIM for last 2 months, after closure of MTS mblaze in MH and Mumbai.But I was getting just 1X network speed max of 20 KBps. Because of your valuable suggestion of EVDO activation by using pgportal was worked for me . Now I am getting EVDO high speed on my RUIM.Reliance CC activated EVDO in 2 days after lodging complaint on pgportal.
        Thank you once again.

  • Kumar July 24, 2013 12:29 pm

    U r correct. Recently reliance data card reduced the validity of 255 rs monthly data plan to 21 days from 30 days. Since they are better network than others people like me are forced to pick the 350 rs plan. I have bsnl bb for main use, this is only during travel n backup purpose.

  • Kunal Gautam July 24, 2013 12:28 pm

    Remember the days when reliance handset was for 500Rs and also cheap call rates. Since that day we are trapped to use of Mobile and made it necessity :(

  • Anil July 24, 2013 12:27 pm

    This article claims to do an chanakyan analysis but it is actually silly to be honest.

    Because

    Sim cards cost 10 rs
    Advent of dual sim mobiles
    Availability of almost a dozen 2g players in each circle
    Availability of four 3g players in each circle
    Availability of MNP

    You talk as if people will get trapped in a cage unable to escape. haha silly man write something while actually utilizing your brain.

    btw, 3g internet is not cable internet. It is not bsnl or mtnl broadband where you download 30gb every month in night. 3G internet is just meant to provide “fast lite internet”. If you want to download 5-10gb on wireless then wait for 4G because only it has the technology and bandwidth to provide high capacity usage.

    • Rum and Coke July 24, 2013 1:41 pm

      Agreed. I dont know what this “trap” is. We are talking about mobile internet data, not cocaine.

    • subham Chanda January 27, 2014 3:26 pm

      i think you are working in Reliance office. Thats why you defending it./

  • Nikhil Verma July 24, 2013 12:26 pm

    I agree with you “TelecomTalk” that it is not a offer, but actually is a trap on which customers get trapped….First Of all, I want to say that, India is a not rich contury that’s why if Telecom Companies want their 3G to be adopted then they must give 3G at less prices like 15GB 3G Data at Rs999 or so where customer can really get benefit….i don’t know a single people whose monthly consumption is less than 10-15GB so these companies must provide some data packs which really fulfill the needs of the common peoples….And Last but not the Least, they must expand there 3G network that Semi-Urban and Rural peoples also enjoy the taste of 3G.

    • ak July 24, 2013 8:49 pm

      Wondering who is using 10-15 GB of data on phone and for what?

      As for as tap is concern, I don’t think its harmful for anyone. There is lots of alternative to deal with.

      I think its positive move by Reliance and they are showing some movement at least. Other service provider not using their brain to gain the customers.

      Simple funda is “sasta jyada bikta hai “. this move is favourable for both company as well as customers.