Aircel Adds Highest Number of GSM Subscribers in August followed by Airtel; Vodafone Loses : COAI

According to the recent report by industry body COAI, the GSM subscriber base in the country grew by 1.78 million in August 2013 to reach a total of 674.41 million, thus registering a growth of 0.26% from previous month.

Aircel leads the chart with addition of 0.88 million new subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 62.60 million by August end.

Gsm Subscriber Base August 2013

COAI Gsm Subscriber Base August 2013

Bharti Airtel, the market leader with 28.50 percent market share has added second highest number of GSM subscribers in August, 2013. During the month under review, the company added 0.83 million new subscribers, taking its total to 192.22 GSM subscribers.

The Aditya Birla Group company, Idea Cellular added 0.75 million new subscribers, taking the total to 126.02 million ranking 3rd among the GSM operators with an 18.69 percent market share.

Vodafone however continues losing its subscribers for second consecutive month. The company lost over 85,000 users from its network in August which led its base shrinking to 154.34 million. Uninor and state-run MTNL are the other two operators that lost subscribers in the month under review.

This Article Was Written By: Chhavi Miglani

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  • gaurav September 23, 2013 5:24 pm, 5:24 PM

    Vodafone provides worst 3G service in my area. I too Port into Idea 3G. Idea provides better 3G services than vodafone.

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  • BRAMESH REDDY September 22, 2013 11:05 am, 11:05 AM

    in addhra pradesh …aircel gives FRC 2 = LOCAL/STD 1P/2SEC & AIRCEL TO AIRCEL FREE 5AM TO 5 PM ,MORENING 3G PACK 6AM TO 9AM

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  • Kunal September 21, 2013 8:25 pm, 8:25 PM

    I am from west bengal circle, Raychak, here aircel also rocksss, good network and best tariff, but so sad here every provider provides very low 2g speed 10-15 kbps from airtel to aircel. even so sad any provider not launched 3g network here till now, india is so backdated country in the world.

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  • Kaushik Roy September 21, 2013 6:05 pm, 6:05 PM

    For Kolkata Vodafone Prepaid Users, get one month additional validity period by USSD
    Vodafone RC 49 pack – which provides all local & std @ 35 paise/min for 60 days for last 12 months.
    This pack can be activated by dialing *111*7# and choosing all call bonus pack
    Rs 49 will be deducted from main balance. So minimum Rs 50 main balance should be required for activating this pack. I am using it for last 12 months. Others can also try it to check whether the offer is there or not on their numbers.. I tried on 4-5 vodafone prepaid numbers in kolkata and all numbers are eligible for this offer.

    Normal Bonus card 49 giving all local 40 paise/min and all STD 35 paise/min for 30 days – same as airtel RC 49

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  • Kaushik Roy September 20, 2013 11:17 pm, 11:17 PM

    Special tariff vouchers in Kolkata (GSM only)
    Airtel and Vodafone – RC 65 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
    Reliance – RC 52 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
    BSNL – RC 44 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days and RC 122 – local 1.2p/2s for 90 days
    Idea – RC 34 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
    Aircel- RC 13 – local 1.2p/2s for 45 days

    from the above aircel is cheapest in kolkata
    but in coverage and quality its worst in kolkata
    people are moving towards other operator than aircel since with STV per month of 30-65 they can get same tariff as aircel with better coverage and quality
    Majority will find rs 30-65 per month not too expensive
    only those who find them expensive will go with aircel
    If aircel can provide local & std both at 1.2p/2s then they can start a new tariff war
    In kolkata no operator giving all local & std at 1.2p/2s

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    • Souradip September 21, 2013 8:58 am, 8:58 AM

      @kaushik
      since docomo is present in koklkata you can enquire about dual pack std and local since in mp docomo is providing dual pack at 66 for 60 days
      call rate is 1.5p/2s after activating it

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      • Kaushik Roy September 21, 2013 11:00 am, 11:00 AM

        I am using vodafone RC 49 pack – which provides all local & std @ 35 paise/min for 60 days for last 12 months.
        This pack can be activated by dialing *111*7# and choosing all call bonus pack
        Rs 49 will be deducted from main balance. So minimum Rs 50 main balance should be required for activating this pack.
        Normal Bonus card 49 will give all local 40 paise/min and all STD 35 paise/min for 30 days – same as airtel RC 49

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        • Souradip September 21, 2013 2:25 pm, 2:25 PM

          Dada ur right i use docomo in Madhay pradesh circle above mention is offered in my circle vodafone dosent offer any such offer in my circle i.e dual pack nor airtel. aircel has wirthdrawn from my circle.

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          • adil September 21, 2013 5:32 pm, 5:32 PM

            i’m from up west and uninor coverage is also decent here and they provide me @RC19 all local call @1.2/2sec

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  • Kaushik Roy September 20, 2013 10:56 pm, 10:56 PM

    Vodafone doing the right thing by reducing inactive customers from its data base
    If every operator follow this method then all operator will lose customers than addition
    because number of inactive customers are more than new connections added
    It will help the operators to increase Average Revenue Per User
    MTNL also doing the same by reporting negative customers

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  • SS September 20, 2013 9:37 pm, 9:37 PM

    So airtel 3g on 2g data offer expired on 27 august. Sad but wait…..

    I have come to know that airtel and vodafone are going to launched unified 2g and 3g pack very soon. So lets wait and pray.

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  • reddy September 20, 2013 6:06 pm, 6:06 PM

    @saurabh
    Bro I know how to change network operator by manual search but I don’t know how to check available towers please explain… I have a huwaei e1732 unlocked modem and MDMA software…. Pls explain

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    • Saurabh September 20, 2013 8:44 pm, 8:44 PM

      Bro, every BTS has its own unique identity called the Cell ID. In MDMA you can check it on top at about center below the RSSI. If it changes the it make sure that you are receiving signal from two or more cell sites. Connect to Internet and see whether you find any difference in speed on different cell site. If yes then remember the number of that cell ID and whenever you get ID of other try to change the position of the modem so that it latches on the one with better speed. For me XXX72 provides better speed then XXX91. So whenever cell ID shows XXX72, I get 35-40KB/s and even while connection is idle and cell site changes my speed goes down. So until unless XXX72 is there, I keep getting speed. But its really hard to keep it as our devices keep contacting different cell sites depending on the distance and strength reduction.

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  • abhishek chatterjee September 20, 2013 1:41 am, 1:41 AM

    aircel rockzzzzz…. super……..!!
    i dwnld 15GB to 20GB per month on aircel 2G network..
    i recharge Rs198 (earlier Rs128) unlimited 3G plan..
    aircel gives 30kbps+ dwnld speed constantly n approx 256kbps surfing speed on 2G network…… in 3G i got 420kbps+ dwnld speed in 3G network.

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    • S.Sudhakar September 20, 2013 11:29 am, 11:29 AM

      That is totally impossible. Which circle are you talking about?. There is not even a single operator in India which gives 100% EDGE speed (236 Kbps) to each and every user in all the telecom circles.

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      • Saurabh September 20, 2013 1:45 pm, 1:45 PM

        Ambala, Haryana

        @S. Sudhakar, I’ve told you many times before that many operators are providing average speed upto 256 Kbps and even more on constant basis but it depends on the area where service is being used. Here Vodafone, Videocon, Tata Docomo, Idea, Aircel, Airtel all are providing me over 240 Kbps speed and that too on average. EDGE maximum speed is not 236 Kbps. It is 236Kbps only with Class 12 devices. It is 472 Kbps in India and may users have got over 360-400 Kbps on their Nokia phones having EDGE class 34. With Vodafone I got 280Kbps on average till 10AM in morning. I have downloaded around 223MB of data last month in just 120 minutes with it at average speed of 32KB/s. If you are not getting that much speed in your area it may be because of congestion or more number of users.

        With Tata, I was able to download 65MB in 39 mins before it disconnected. Even surfing speed is good with all these 6. Currently using Aircel which is providing 240Kbps average and that too on 2G network, no matter whether you surf or download and I used 350MB yesterday. I activated 90 days unlimited pack on Sept 8 and until now I’ve used 2.2GB which include 80% surfing. Speed is same 24 hours a day as rarely an Aircel user is left in my circle. I think in my town I’m the lonely user to have its SIM active. If I download say for continuous 10 hours it can be anything between 950MB to 1GB a day or even more. But with Idea 3G same takes around 17 minutes. lol

        He may be getting constant speed that is why he is able to download that much. The speed gets cap after 1GB to 128Kbps and after 5GB to 32Kbps on Aircel 3G network. But it remains same on 2G network. So anyone getting constant over 240Kbps can download that much data like he told. So nothing to doubt about it. :)

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        • S.Sudhakar September 20, 2013 2:23 pm, 2:23 PM

          You are talking this much know?.
          The below proves that India is technologically slum in terms of technology implementation. Shame on indian telecom.
          Can you point out a single operator who is giving 100% class 12 (236 Kbps) speed to each and every user in all the telecom circles?.

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          • Saurabh September 20, 2013 3:42 pm, 3:42 PM

            @Sudhakar,

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            • Saurabh September 20, 2013 4:08 pm, 4:08 PM

              @Sudhakar, For this to happen they need to double the number of BTS which will increase their cost and finally we have to shell out more and more. You always shout by taking in some facts but you have to understand that if companies start building up infrastructure for every 50-100 customers, they will never be able to recover cost. I mean not all the time people are using Internet. There is a time after midnight when average user per tower falls to as low as 15 only and at that point of time all the 15 can get same speed. In day it ranges from 40-50/tower in some areas and even 80-100 users in others which leads to slow speed. One single BTS is capable of handling 40-50 customers at a time as with 5 MHz spectrum an operator can allot 50 channels to both Voice and Data users. The channel provided to data users can stay active or busy for 5-6 hours or until user disconnects.

              The other factors are most of the companies deliberately bring down the quality on some BTS for Internet so that voice users can use it. I give you an example: I receive signal from 2 Vodafone towers at my place. On one of them (Cell ID- XXX91), if I use Internet, speed is only 5-8 KB/s and when I get signal from other (Cell ID- XXX72), speed is 30-40KB/s. Reason for this is they don’t want to keep both the towers for data users as they have to cater voice too. By looking at slow speed a user normally disconnects and this free up the channel. But those who have that slow speed BTS near their home have to suffer. Same thing is with Airtel, BSNL, Reliance and Tata here. Signal from one BTS gives good speed even with low strength and signal from other gives very poor speed even if you have full strength.

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            • S.Sudhakar September 20, 2013 4:16 pm, 4:16 PM

              The 2G speed (in class 12 mobile) of all operators in Tamilnadu is below 15 KB/s even in city limit with strong coverage.

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        • Rama September 20, 2013 2:26 pm, 2:26 PM

          Could you name a few class 34 Edge smartphones available in india.Is iphone 5 having class 34 standard

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          • Saurabh September 20, 2013 4:26 pm, 4:26 PM

            There were few from Nokia based on Symbian OS and my N8 was one of them and it had a Class A specification means I was able to use both Voice and Data at same time. When I used to receive call or send text, the Internet connection kept working. Class B and Class C devices allow only one at a time. When you are using voice they put data on hold. Don’t know about other brands having same class 34. Some are still with Class 12. But Nokia phones launched after 2008 had Class 32 and after 2010 it was class 34 in some.

            There were many users from other states who posted screenshots of receiving 60-70KB/s speed on EDGE in morning time and it was not fluke as 10 mins screenshot shown 40-42MB of data download and at that time 3G was not present. Even I received 50KB/s on my phone for few minutes once with Aircel latched on Tata network in morning before it settled at 35-40KB/s.

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        • reddy September 20, 2013 3:06 pm, 3:06 PM

          @saurabh
          The statistical data provided by COAI showing there are only 11000 subscribers remained in Haryana so I thought Aircel is closed in Haryana. I am from Andhra Pradesh and Aircel closed its operations in 7districts completely and vizag city also don’t have signal but in these districts some Tata towers are used to provide signal to Aircel while I’m on national highway near my area I used to get Tata tower working for Aircel but in my town even Tata is providing full signal it won’t allow Aircel sims on its network…

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          • Banda September 20, 2013 3:21 pm, 3:21 PM

            So there may be a possibility of one or two Aircel towers in Kerala because it has 4000subscribers

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            • Saurabh September 20, 2013 3:51 pm, 3:51 PM

              It can be as they are allowing others to port out and shutting down BTS. In April they reported a -25000 numbers in Haryana and since then customers are same at 11,092. In Kerala too they reported -25000 this month. Gujarat, UP (W) and MP data is also same from April. May be from next month you keep getting the same numbers without any change. :)

              The thing is now from April they are not reporting numbers for Gujarat, Haryana, MP and UP(W) and from next month Kerala will stay unchanged.

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          • Saurabh September 20, 2013 3:39 pm, 3:39 PM

            @reddy, Yes they scaled down their operations in Haryana in Dec, 2012 and latching on Tata network was stopped in Jan-Feb, 2013 or may be it was March as they provided time to users for port-out. But at my place they have their own BTS which is running from 2010-11. As services were brought down i.e why recharges were stopped. I got talk-time from other circle (Punjab) using talk-time transfer facility and activated the pack using the balance.

            Aircel towers are still live at many places in Haryana. The figure of 11,092 users may or may not be true. But CC told that some people are using it until now and recharging from other circles. They not gonna stop providing the signals and BTS will continue to run. If there was no BTS at my place like at many other, my services would have stopped after latching on Tata stopped. The reason for good speed is simple as there are not enough latchers so tower is free. They are also not sharing it with any. I tried to access Aircel network from all other company SIMs and got NO ACCESS. But Aircel users who come from other circles to my place and active on One Nation plan don;t have to pay extra. So benefiting them also. :)

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            • reddy September 20, 2013 4:05 pm, 4:05 PM

              @saurabh
              Thanks for the reply… Why don’t u use online recharge facility provided by them…I’ve just checked Aircel Kerala and Haryana websites. Kerala website doesn’t contain any rate cutters but Haryana site contains rate cutters. So why are u not using online recharge facility by Aircel or sites like paytm. …

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              • Saurabh September 20, 2013 4:33 pm, 4:33 PM

                @reddy, Bro I did tried in December and even every month before asking my cousin to transfer talk-time. There are 3 denominations available 50/100/500 but none of them really work. After I do everything i.e making payment, I receive message that recharge was not successful and same message arrives on mobile too. It also shows that payment will be refunded to bank account if deducted but no payment gets deducted. I tried from every website PayTM, Mobikwik but it don’t recharge at all and money gets deposited to wallets which I use for other numbers. This talk-time transfer is only way to get credit. Also 50/100/500 provide on Aircel website would have provided lesser talktime but now I got 300 in 207 as my cousin got Rs.100 in 69 under offer and he then transferred the same to me. :D

              • Saurabh September 20, 2013 4:50 pm, 4:50 PM

                Before even rate cutters used to show nothing but now it is showing two packs of 1298 and 2499 and no description about it. Maybe some error as who will buy these costly packs. But I don’t need rate cutter as voice calls are being charged at 1p/s only all over India from my number. I will keep following the same method I did this time i.e recharge my cousin number in Punjab from my end and ask him to transfer balance. He actually don’t use Aircel at all and had bought SIMs for freebies a year ago. I have asked him to bring it when he comes to my place. I will keep it and recharge whenever I need and then transfer money to my Haryana number. ;)

        • chandra September 20, 2013 7:27 pm, 7:27 PM

          I get 250+ kbps ( download speed of 30-40 kBps ) with IDM speed in edge of Vodaone network here in Murshidabad district of West Bengal all the time using my Nokia 2730 classic phone as modem for laptop.
          But with with my Beetel BG-64 data card i get 200+ kbps speed with the same sim.
          Vodafone is giving me 1GB @ Rs.69 and 2G @ Rs.136 for 30 days under their special offers scheme.
          So Vodafone is best for me.
          BSNL and Airtel have 3G network here but their plans are very costly.

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        • abhishek chatterjee September 20, 2013 10:57 pm, 10:57 PM

          @Saurabh.. yup.. sourabh u r 101% right….

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      • abhishek chatterjee September 20, 2013 10:31 pm, 10:31 PM

        m living in jharkhand. here all operators give 256kbps EDGE speed expect uninor.

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      • sid September 21, 2013 2:08 pm, 2:08 PM

        @S.Sudhakar
        Im from chennai, im using airtel 2g in motorola XT389..testing the speed in speedtest.net app it shows 230Kbps (class 12) downloads @ 28-29KB/s. Even Vodafone Gives me around 200Kbps.
        Rest other networks are speed capped, S.Sudhakar please first try to use all network’s gprs and try to comment here…!!XD
        Even i could post the images here so that you could belive the gprs speed.

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        • S.Sudhakar September 21, 2013 8:39 pm, 8:39 PM

          Did you see my words – ‘each and every user in the circle’?. If only you are getting the normal speed, that doesn’t mean that network is fine.

          Using Tamilnadu Aircel SIM in Chennai :
          In Nokia N8-00 I never got even 15 KB/s** stable (as download speed) using Tamilnadu Aircel SIM in Chennai. It is always varying. But the browsing speed (mobile sites like yahoo mail, gmail, facebook etc) is fast compared to Tamilnadu Aircel.

          ** means without any background apps running and tested in strong coverage area.

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          • Sid September 21, 2013 9:29 pm, 9:29 PM

            @S.Sudhakar
            I agree with you…!! Even my friends ported their sim from aircel due to capping of speed….!! Before 3 years when aircel introduced MY POCKET INTERNET pack, the download never goes beyond 5KB/s.

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  • B.BANERJEE September 19, 2013 11:50 pm, 11:50 PM

    Aircel adding subscribers all india wise,sometimes leading than voda,airtel in some places like in Aug.kol voda lost 47,721 consumers in kolkata,aircel adds 1,44,782 new entries as per coai report,but they are not considering customers problem,they are adding revenue to their pocket but not caring about their horrible,poor network coverage in & around Calcutta…disgusting call break,call drop,no network coverage in important urban areas in the city of joy…..repeated complaint to the higher most authority(appellate.etc.)doesn’t bother them.Regarding the connectivity of my aircel no.(ported from idea to aircel from their own store)as per their advice i changed the sim,after replacing the sim i was told that new sim will be activated within 2 hrs.but it took 12hrs.+ for them to activate my new sim(kolkata circle),i had make a call to the appellate about the issue then it was activated…all the people/staffs of aircel have no co-ordination among them,each one is saying as per their own wish….i took my aircel connection on 7th july 2013 till now facing severe problem about network(call break,call drop,no network coverage in cal-700050 area & almost absolutely no coverage in metro railway stations )..but aircel network team & other people have don’t care about it….as they provide cheap rate cutters,call rate in kolkata their network coverage & the aircel employees,their coverage are that much of cheap..!!….aare vai woh network rakhne se kea hoga jis me aap baat hi na kar sako….??!!

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    • Sumit Roy September 20, 2013 7:31 am, 7:31 AM

      Yes Mr. Banerjee… I am also from Kolkata..and I was an aircel customer from Sept 2012 to 18th Sept 2013 and like you I was damn frustrated about aircel regarding their network. Here are some points which are 100 % applicable for Kolkata (Atleast)
      1. Call Drops
      2. No Coverage in open spaces sometimes
      3. No Coverage in all most every metro railway station
      4. Customer Care of Aircel is the Worst of worsest … if some one able to get connected finally with the agent then the agent starts behaving like the problem is nothing and it will be solved with 48 hours…like we live in New York and they are just sending a team …
      5. Now more pathetic is Cross Connection..yes I am talking about call interference.. suppose you and me in a call and then suddenly I start listening other two parties conversation without their knowing.. that equally means may be some other ones listens to me also and this happen only when Aircel to Aircel calls takes place.

      there is no doubt about it that aircel is damn cheap in kolkata…and thats why their network is full of shit..totally frustrated with Aircel and finally moved to Airtel.

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      • B.BANERJEE September 20, 2013 10:32 pm, 10:32 PM

        i am preparing about those issues to fight with them at least on principal,i am preparing a letter to mr.sanjeev garg(business head aircel,cal+w.b circle)…i request people like you to join hand with me & send him some more fact showing end customer letter describing such issues to him,i hope if we can together we will win,at least i believe,since he is the present head something good will definitely happen to consumer like us..!!…at least i’ll not spare them,i’ll take these issues to DOT & Public grievance cell of parliament (p.g.- cabinet secretariat)through p.g website

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        • Sumit Roy September 21, 2013 10:42 pm, 10:42 PM

          Are you mad ! stop acting like this… this is all about a simple cheap network.. so why you are wasting your time ! This is not about cash loan golds cars or neither your health ..toh etar jonno eto kichu korar ki dorkar…leave it … it is already a bakwas network.. let it be bakwas..
          Let me tell you one simple thing…cheap networks like Aircel Uninor are for students mainly and some times for couples also.. But I believe there are so many alternative open for couples.. so unless you are a student dont let aircel become your headache

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          • B.BANERJEE September 21, 2013 11:37 pm, 11:37 PM

            arey vai sumit aircel’er call rate taa to khubi shasta…tai jannei..i am trying….in my area i asked some other people,they are saying they are satisfy with aircel,no such network issues with them…are they lieing…?…i don’t know…hpow it can be possible….as well as you i am suffering & they are saying no issues with aircel…we live in same area & location is also same…!!

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    • Kaushik Roy September 20, 2013 11:14 pm, 11:14 PM

      Special tariff vouchers in Kolkata (GSM only)
      Airtel and Vodafone – RC 65 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
      Reliance – RC 52 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
      BSNL – RC 44 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days and RC 122 – local 1.2p/2s for 90 days
      Idea – RC 34 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days
      Aircel- RC 13 – local 1.2p/2s for 45 days

      from the above aircel is cheapest in kolkata
      but in coverage and quality its worst in kolkata
      people are moving towards other operator than aircel since with STV per month of 30-65 they can get same tariff as aircel with better coverage and quality
      Majority will find rs 30-65 per month not too expensive
      only those who find them expensive will go with aircel
      If aircel can provide local & std both at 1.2p/2s then they can start a new tariff war
      In kolkata no operator giving all local & std at 1.2p/2s

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  • Kaushik September 19, 2013 9:39 pm, 9:39 PM

    Aircel rockxxx!

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    • B.BANERJEE September 19, 2013 11:52 pm, 11:52 PM

      form which circle you are dear kaushik?!..seens you are saying aircel rocxxx….i hope ur not from Calcutta circle..!!

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  • Saurabh September 19, 2013 4:22 pm, 4:22 PM

    In Haryana, Videocon added the most with 53,257 new additions, taking its total base to 1,024,499 and company has come back to over a million mark after 15-16 months. It happens mainly due to low cost offerings and tariff hike by AVoId. On the other hand Vodafone loses the most with -41,255 making it subscriber base 4,650,402 but still continue to be No.1 followed by Idea. Vodafone will continue to lose customers in price sensitive areas likes towns and villages where it was growing after tariff drop. Now people have finally started looking at cheaper ones like Videocon and to some extent Tata Docomo.

    Vodafone booster packs are up almost by 100% here and it is really tough for subscribers to continue. Even after that you have to pay full cost for 60 seconds or 120 seconds. I had conversation with Vodafone CC and he said that company is now looking at those from whom they can make the most and ready to lose some low ARPU users.

    He also made excuse that Govt has increased charges for license and spectrum which is a reason for tariff hike. That idiot also told that Vodafone has paid Rs.300 crores for Haryana circles to get spectrum. I asked him in which auction company has secured license for Rs. 300 crores? Even in 2010 3G auctions they paid 222 crores. Also when I told him that Vodafone’s license is valid till 2017 in Haryana then why the hell company is increasing charges? There is no license renewal near? He said you don’t know about that company last month paid Rs.300 crores for this circle. Also they have paid more for other circles and will recover cost from all circles. He also said that all operators have same tariffs and when I made him know the tariff of others, he said, “You can’t compare us with any other comapny as we have one of the best network”. When I talked about Videocon, he was like going crazy and started shouting and said you can’t compare us with a crap operator. They have no quality and also their services are in limited circles. When I said I don’t roam much and Videocon has somewhat good network at my place, he asked me to port out by telling the procedure. So it shows that company is now looking at more loyal users then to look at number of subscribers. :)

    It was OK before but now AVoId is going beyond the limit which I would also call unfair. There was a time when companies used to have different plans for different category circles of Metro, A, B and C. Now even in C category circles tariffs are same where companies have secured license at 10-15 times lesser cost.

    My calculations tells that even if Vodafone offers tariffs of 1p/s Local/STD in Haryana, they would recover cost in next 2 years. But they want it fast and will lose customers. But those who need quality over quantity will continue to be with them even at Rs. 1.50/min.

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    • SS September 19, 2013 7:51 pm, 7:51 PM

      @Saurabh

      I think the CC you have spoken to was an idiot for sure since its tarrif are lower than airtel, which has gained. I don’t know the reason why vodafone has lost but i have 6 relatives who have ported in to vodafone this month. The company never had the policy of focusing only on loyal subscribers for sure. I am sure you have spoken to a dumb spoiling the image of this operator.

      The only reason i see behind the loss is a failure in 3g segment where vodafone lags behind airtel and is no where near Idea.

      I also think that the company will regain. The same happened in 2009 and 2010 where people stopped using vodafone for costly tariff but the company regained afterwards

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      • Saurabh September 19, 2013 8:11 pm, 8:11 PM

        @SS, Maybe they are still cheaper there but in last 15 days their packs in Haryana, as I told, have gone up by 100%. In terms of data packs, 2G data in 98 pack is now 600MB and 125 which was giving 1GB now providing 800MB only. The reason why they gained in 2009 was because of lower tariffs. Many people chosen them as they were getting better network with Voda at almost same price of others. In past few days I have received many calls from my near and dear ones Vodafone users to know which is the cheaper option.

        We all know that tariff hike will hit some operators hard especially in those circles where Videocon and Uninor or MTS are present. But many who want quality and I’m one of them, will stay with it. I’m currently on Aircel for data. :D Only same tariffs can stop the shift but yes as compared to AVoId, MUV is moving ahead with cheaper offerings. So it’s time for many to move to MUV. I’ve myself filled 18 port out forms of Airtel-Vodafone customers in last 5-6 days. Everyday someone come to my home or contact me on phone to know whether Videocon or Tata or BSNL is providing better service or not. many choosing BSNL because of Rs.150 STV offering 400 Local+STD minutes or 24000 seconds and it costs Rs.133.50 by SMS. But i also make clear to them that this oofferi si now not permanent and BSNL site says promotional offer valid till Oct 15. :)

        Though AVoId will not lose many but their revenues will go down. But in order to survive they had to take tough decision and let see how it plays out.

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        • SS September 19, 2013 11:12 pm, 11:12 PM

          Hey Saurabh,

          I might be wrong but i checked for 2g plans in up e and haryana and it still shows 1 GB for 128 (up e) and nearly same in haryana.

          Even i received a message on a vodafone delhi sim, enjoy 1gb 2g data @ rs 126.

          If its 800 MB then its shocking. Better if they get a shock, they are thinking to be masters of indian telecom sector.

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          • aashu September 20, 2013 9:24 am, 9:24 AM

            Guys here in up west Vodafone is the cheapest option for data they are providing 500 Mb for just 24 rs and with validity of 7 days. And another is 56 stv provide 1gb 2g data for 15 days . As everybody knows the speed and network of Vodafone. At my place Vodafone is the fastest.it provide full 2g speed 30+ download speed in single attempt. I’m enjoying this offer more then 3 months.

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          • Saurabh September 20, 2013 9:55 am, 9:55 AM

            @SS, Last time website was updated after 6 months when they revised to 1GB. It kept on showing 3GB in 98 and even on online recharge portal it remained same though users were not getting 3GB after recharging from Voda site.

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      • Saurabh September 19, 2013 8:11 pm, 8:11 PM

        @SS, Maybe they are still cheaper there but in last 15 days their packs in Haryana, as I told, have gone up by 100%. In terms of data packs, 2G data in 98 pack is now 600MB and 125 which was giving 1GB now providing 800MB only. The reason why they gained in 2009 was because of lower tariffs. Many people chosen them as they were getting better network with Voda at almost same price of others. In past few days I have received many calls from my near and dear ones Vodafone users to know which is the cheaper option.

        We all know that tariff hike will hit some operators hard especially in those circles where Videocon and Uninor or MTS are present. But many who want quality and I’m one of them, will stay with it. I’m currently on Aircel for data. :D Only same tariffs can stop the shift but yes as compared to AVoId, MUV is moving ahead with cheaper offerings. So it’s time for many to move to MUV. I’ve myself filled 18 port out forms of Airtel-Vodafone customers in last 5-6 days. Everyday someone come to my home or contact me on phone to know whether Videocon or Tata or BSNL is providing better service or not. many choosing BSNL because of Rs.150 STV offering 400 Local+STD minutes or 24000 seconds and it costs Rs.133.50 by SMS. But I also make clear to them that this offers is now not permanent and BSNL site says promotional offer valid till Oct 15. :)

        Though AVoId will not lose many but their revenues will go down. But in order to survive they had to take tough decision and let see how it plays out.

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      • Saurabh September 19, 2013 8:14 pm, 8:14 PM

        @SS, There was an article in ET last month in which Vodafone had said that they will now look at more loyal customers than those who just come and go after tariff hikes.

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        • Amit September 19, 2013 10:57 pm, 10:57 PM

          LOL, what is the use of having such a detailed conversation/arguments with a customer care guy? Is he a decision maker or part of strategic management team?
          Your conversation doesn’t make any sense.

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          • Saurabh September 19, 2013 11:32 pm, 11:32 PM

            You’re right. It was complete non-sense from my end but I just love to take a sense out of non-sense. But just to know what company has told the CC department to intimate customers, I had this conversation. Normally CC executives don’t get into such conversation. But this time he started and I ended.

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    • anubhav11 September 20, 2013 10:04 pm, 10:04 PM

      I think that the main reason for cust. Porting out of vodafone is its voice clarity. Atleast in hp and pb for me and my friends the voice quality of vodafone is awful,it cracks a lot and even bsnl voice is way better than vodafone.
      And yes vodafone increased the tariff in hp too by a big margin and as of now it is the costliest 1800mhz operator in hp.

      Reply
  • nayan September 19, 2013 4:11 pm, 4:11 PM

    aircel 3g and tariff is good but in kolkata i face poor network and also “error in network connection” from last 1weak..

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  • S.Sudhakar September 19, 2013 3:38 pm, 3:38 PM

    Aircel 3G rocks in Tamilnadu because of unlimited low speed internet after finishing the 3G data. Low speed in 3G is better than 2G speed in its (aircel) own network.

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    • Rama September 19, 2013 4:58 pm, 4:58 PM

      Yeah even if aircel stops operation everywhere in india they would not stop operating in tamilnadu.

      Reply
  • abhay jaipur September 19, 2013 3:06 pm, 3:06 PM

    reliance is good..,i think airtel is expensive version of vodafone…rim provids ftt in 30 rs

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  • wf September 19, 2013 2:30 pm, 2:30 PM

    Vodafone needs to get its shit together. Its basically a slightly more expensive version of Airtel. The only reason I use it is because they have a deal with the company I work for, and the latter jams all other providers at my office.

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    • S.Sudhakar September 19, 2013 3:52 pm, 3:52 PM

      Cool man. But airtel prepaid gives seamless international roaming (monthly rent for international roaming will apply) in above 95% countries without hassles. Thats why I keep my airtel prepaid number idle (making one outgoing call every month) for international roaming connectivity.

      Airtel and vodafone are twins in terms of high call rates.

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  • Saket.Bodhgaya September 19, 2013 1:45 pm, 1:45 PM

    I think Aircel is emerging as low cost operator ateast in Bihar …
    Now it has better coverage than Tata docomo. I have port my Tata no to Aircel recently (for unlimited calling only).
    Recently T-docomo has stopped their all cell-towers In Gaya and started using Aircel network. That result a almost no service period from 6pm to 10pm daily.

    In my opinion that should be the main reason for Aircel to gain.

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  • SS September 19, 2013 1:18 pm, 1:18 PM

    People porting to vodafone from docomo and other operators but graph shows negative for the second time. Not to worry much for Vodafone as it happens sometimes, maybe they must seriously look into improving their 3g services.

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    • SSS September 19, 2013 1:59 pm, 1:59 PM

      Vodafone is a foreign operator so the all the profits of vodafone will go to abroad… and it also results depreciation of our rupee value…. so please consider idea or airtel….. and if you are satisfied with BSNl then go with it…

      Reply
      • SS September 19, 2013 2:16 pm, 2:16 PM

        What rubbish!!

        Reply
      • YYY September 19, 2013 2:33 pm, 2:33 PM

        You really dont understand economics, do you?

        BTW around 20% of Airtel, and 30% of Idea is owned by foreigners.

        Reply
        • ZZZ September 19, 2013 2:51 pm, 2:51 PM

          okay atleast 80% of airtel and 70% of idea is owned by india …. but in case of Vodafone 100% is owned by foreigners…

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      • Tharun George September 19, 2013 6:48 pm, 6:48 PM

        As per finance minister, India is losing billions on import of Petrol/Diesel and Gold. May be you should start using coal.

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        • Darshil Lal September 20, 2013 1:48 am, 1:48 AM

          Try reliance better network in Mumbai and best 3g plans 123 for 1 gb .Getting a speed of 10mbps. & its pure Indian too

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