Its Official Loop Mobile’s Subscribers in Mumbai Now to be part of Airtel

Loop Mobile today announced a strategic agreement for their operations in Mumbai service area with Airtel. The proposed association will undergo seamless integration once definitive agreements are signed, and is subject to regulatory and statutory approvals. The agreement will ensure continuity of quality services with wider network coverage with strong retail presence.

Airtel-Loop Mobile

The proposed transaction will bring together Loop Mobile’s 2G/EDGE enabled network supported by 2,500 plus cell sites, and Airtel’s 2G and 3G network supported by over 4000 cell sites across Mumbai. It will also offer subscribers the widest exclusive retail reach with 220 outlets that will enable best-in-class customer service.

This transaction will help Airtel to emerge stronger in Mumbai with over 7 million subscribers. Loop, which enjoys highest ARPU in the circle & 30% postpaid customer base has only 44.36% active subscribers, which is second lowest in the market.. As a reader what you think from this move do let us know via comments.

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  • Kyonmgr - THANE September 1, 2014 6:28 am

    Hi, I’ve been using 3 prepaid numbers : Vodafone, Loop and AIRCEL. Recently I’ve been approached by Reliance for porting My Loop. I’m ready for it. The Advtage I have noticed is good connectivity and good offers Rs.99 plan. But I want to know they have said 1GB of high speed 3G data free… Is this only for a certain billing period or for a life time?
    Are there any other better option for Aircel and Vodafone too as I want to use 3G mainly.

  • Pratham - Mumbai August 23, 2014 8:27 pm

    Loop Mobile yesterday Stopped Selling New Connection from Gallery and Market also one person from AIRTEL sits in Loop Gallery as i m having 5-6 postpaid connection of loop mobile i asked that Airtel Agent what about continuation of existing Loop Plans he replied all plans under 100 Rs rent will be shifted to Rs 199 and above. He also promised me RS 100 Wavier on 199 Airtel My plan If i Port my nos to Airtel so in 99 they are offering me 4 MY packs for my existing plans whose Rent is Rs 50 P.M. Where as Reliance is Offering 99 rent Plans for existing LOOP customers

  • RajS - Mumbai July 31, 2014 12:22 pm

    I have 3 post paid connection of loop.
    1. Will my plan will be same with air tel even after takeover or it will change?
    2. Do I have to submit pappers again to air tel?
    3. What I need to do once take over is completed?

    Please reply.
    Thanks, Regards.

    • idea88 - mumbai July 31, 2014 3:10 pm

      @raj. 1- ur plan will change or not depend upon what Airtel will decide once it happen. 2- they will hold press or they will inform u via call/sms for whether u have to submit paper or not. 3- ur decision is upon u , if they don’t change plan then don’t port out . otherwise port out if ur plan charges increased. i think will plan will change but not high. @pratham plse ask ur chembur gallery friend when will loop finally airtel. and reply me.

  • Vicky July 23, 2014 8:33 pm

    I am user of Loop Mobile… and just wanted to know if airtel treats calls made to Maharashtra and Goa circle as local or std… Loop Mobile treats called made to mobile of mah/goa circle as local calls.. can u please confirm if is it same for Airtel too…?

    • Pratham - Mumbai July 23, 2014 8:58 pm

      Airtel is Roaming free in Mumbai- Maharashtra and Goa, All calls made from airtel mumbai to Mah&Goa and vice verse are Local where as out of MAH&G are STD, I think Airtel Mumbai is also Roaming free in Gujarat

      • Vicky July 24, 2014 10:14 am

        Thank You for your prompt reply… Pratham : )

  • Jaffar - Mumbai July 6, 2014 8:21 am


  • Jaffar - Mumbai July 6, 2014 8:20 am

    Loop best service
    i will loose loop because they are providing me 1p/2sec but airtel will not provide that if so then they will charge me above 80 only for month
    airtel foolish comp :( :( :(

  • upendra May 19, 2014 8:08 pm

    loop is good

  • Karthik May 11, 2014 10:36 pm

    If have no experience on Loop Mobile. But i can say that Loop is best operator in Mumbai.
    by Customers Experience Supports & Subscribers base!

    But Now Loop mobile subscribers will feel pathetic with airtel services as airtel has brought the company.

    Now Loop customers will seamlessly start transfer to airtel services.

    Now, I can say that Most of Loop customers will port to any other operator.

    Because of airtel’s services & types:

    1. Call rates are too high.
    2. postpaid rates too high.
    3. Unwanted adding of VAS services in airtel & Amt cannot be refundable.
    4. Signal Strucks & 2G & 3G internet High rates.
    5. Remember all new USSD codes
    6. All Plans will made too high. EX: if 1Loop customer paying 30p/min, Airtel base plans are 1.5p/sec means 90p/min

  • Loop87 May 9, 2014 8:30 am

    Now my postpaid plan is 57 it is government employee plan..So when loop network shifted to Airtel network, so my postpaid plan remains same or it will change..
    Plz tell me.

  • idea88 May 8, 2014 2:15 am

    @pratham plse tell when loop mobile will finally airtel?? plsr ask ur friend working in loop gallry at chembur when will it happen..!! abd reply plsr…kk

    • Pratham May 8, 2014 8:19 am

      @idea88 Loop will continue to exist till June or July. If Airtel do not merge with loop as soon as possible then they might loose loop Mobile customers as of TRAI latest release Vodafone is #1 in terms of subscriber base in Mumbai Airtel and Loop together on #2. Due to their delay loop mobile lost Customers Via MNP. Hope they Do Merger ASAP

      • idea88 - Mumbai July 8, 2014 6:09 pm

        @Partham do u have reliance rs.99 person phone no?

        • Pratham - Mumbai July 9, 2014 9:45 pm

          yes i ported out my one number of loop to reliance best 3G plan call Mr. Sunil Gupta Nine three two one two three four five six three

          • idea88 - mumbai July 9, 2014 10:31 pm

            @pratham is reliance charging u any unwanted charges in any bill?? and 3g is given 1 gb is for 1 or for like 1/2 years?

            • Darshan July 10, 2014 1:08 am

              Reliance is not at all charging extra and is.nowadays very much honest for charging
              Ex. I checked to see this I simply downloaded a app of 3 mb from appstore and bfore downloading I had checked the data balance and after downloading i checked the same data amount was deducted I mean it deducted 3.4mb approx the 0.4mb extra was due to opening the store
              So dont be in a thinking that Reliance is cheating only flaw is once u leave mumbai the coverage becomes pathentic
              also I saw the device while in steady state shows H network n while downloading it shows H+ network
              N now u can say that.Reliance 3G is upto Vodafone mark in Mumbai

            • Pratham - Mumbai July 10, 2014 8:49 am

              yes 1Gb 3G Data im using that sim in Dongle it has no restriction on using it in dongle along with it gives 250 loc min and 200 SMS P.M rentals only 99 plus Taxes

              • idea88 - mumbai July 10, 2014 9:40 am

                @darshan thks. @ prtham my question was 3G 1 gb for limited period ?? and i was visited ti recom gsm gallery. they told me if u have rs 99 plan of loop Mobile then only we will give u a Rs 99 plan of rcom. since my plan is rs.49(govt plan). what to do now? explain me @ pratham

                • Pratham - Mumbai July 11, 2014 11:06 am

                  You can call on the number which i gave you of Mr Sunil Gupta he has posted ads on Olx also under Mumbai City, and any prepaid or postpaid no of Loop can be ported to the Reliance and they will give u benefit until you are in the same postpaid plan segment. call mr sunil he will come to you place

  • Rajesh May 6, 2014 4:41 pm

    I am getting call from number 771 888 4328 , Caller says he is from Airtel & needs Documents to be signed for Portability from Loop to Airtel .
    I wonder will they ask this for all 3.1 Million users of Loop Mobile ? or Is it a sort of scam ?

    • Pratham May 6, 2014 9:12 pm

      No don’t give any docs to anyone i also got call for same from different no . They also called me saying you need to submit docs in order to continue the service. they told me to generate MNP code why the hell the want UPC code? If you fall prey to such things then you may lose Loop tariff and get their higher rentals plans starting @199. my friend who works in Loop gallery Chembur says they will continue till June or July

  • idea88 May 3, 2014 3:39 pm

    @vinayak go to the loop showroom like Vashi in inornbit Mall. and ask them what to do for postpaid to prepaid. n eveytime when u receives bill check unwanted bill charges and call immeditely ehrn when u see bill. i do check on my bill eveytime. call to 198 ask to cc about reversal off unwanted charges. it took 1-2 days. kk. follow my answer.

  • vinayak sathe May 3, 2014 3:15 pm

    Dear Loop Mobile Team,
    i am privilege customer of loop (BPL) i am using three number from last 6years i.e 9773078382,9773091175,9773347480 as prepaid customer.

    Before two months ago i have made prepaid to postpaid connection but i was not satisfied with your Bill thats why i have disconnected it.

    now i want my this three connection from postpaid to prepaid.

    i have visited your customer care gallery two time but did not get any response from your customer care executive .

    so please tell me what is the procedure for the same so i can activate my connection earlier because its very important for me.

    i have already paid all bills as per your bill details.

    your prepaid is better than postpaid

    so please allow me to change it from postpaid to prepaid.

    • Pratham May 3, 2014 7:31 pm

      @ Vinayak You may visit Loop mobile Gallery Chembur and meet Abhishek he will definitely try to get back your numbers

  • Siddhesh April 24, 2014 3:11 pm

    I am using DUS KA GANG plan. will Airtel continue that plann?

  • Pratham April 24, 2014 10:53 am

    Vodafone and Reliance are Out-calling Loop Customers to port to their Network with best MNP offers. I got call from Vodafone and Reliance
    Vodafone offer
    Rental RS 299
    800 loc min PM
    100 STD min PM
    2GB 3G unlimited data PM for 3 Bill cycles
    Rental 99/150/350
    Loc min PM 250/450/1500
    STD min PM Nil/Nil/300
    SMS PM 200/ 300/500
    1 GB 3G Data PM for all Plans

    • idea88 April 24, 2014 11:19 am

      @pratham plse elaborate plan of reliance rs.99 wat is local min. and local and national sms??? comment

      • Pratham April 24, 2014 8:05 pm

        Reliance GSM monthly rental RS 99 Only for Loop Mobile Customers
        250 Local min pm
        200 SMS pm
        1GB 3G data Pm
        Post freebies
        R2R 20p/min
        R2O 30p/m
        STD 50p/min
        SMS 50p

        • idea88 April 24, 2014 8:48 pm

          @pratham it could be very nice if u able to give me mobile no. that person who told this plan. i enjoying rs.49 p.m. 100 local min. 200 sms free and loop to loop all unlimited free. i doubt regarding their billing system.. bill mai chargea kuch bhi laga denge ye dar hai muje.. as per loop executive once airtel final merger announced thwy will offer 1gb p.m. uopto 3 months. god nows what will be or may be they faking to me for not port out. next month aietel will announced.

          • Pratham April 25, 2014 9:57 pm

            I don’t Know about their Billing Transparency you may ask Esmail Who writes Articles for TT he uses Reliance Gsm 321 plan

  • vilas April 23, 2014 4:39 pm

    airtel dealers calling and saying that if loop person do not convert to Airtel, their connection will cut

    • Pratham April 23, 2014 10:10 pm

      They are calling whom? im having 3 loop postpaid nos in my family i didn’t got any call regarding the disconnection

    • idea88 April 23, 2014 10:35 pm

      @vilas loop mobile license exprining by nov 2014. if they announced complete merger once u will get airtel all services. this is final.

      • vilas May 6, 2014 5:50 pm

        again called up from 7718868143 and same story

  • idea88 April 5, 2014 9:40 pm

    @ all it will take 2-3 month to complete tha acquisition.. So might be gang plan will over after that they dont afford to offer 2GB AT rs.20/25 p.m. And about 3G that cant possible as per court order. so u have to stick to 2g plan. aietel plan are very bad in 2g.

  • NILESH March 21, 2014 4:47 pm

    Is airtel vl continue same tariff plan what v r using with loop mobile?

    • Pratham March 26, 2014 12:54 pm

      They have to continue atleast for one year and slowly shift to airtel plans but Till now merger is not done And Loop Mobile are Giving Sims for RS 30 with 120 RS TT and 1p/s Call

  • idea888 February 21, 2014 11:06 am

    @ss, saurbh surprising news. Vodafone is laying 4G wires in navi mumbai… anyone found this. i talked to a person who checking by using small cycle on road ,. after reliance jio they doing same. they may launch services before R jio. what u say guys???

    • SS February 21, 2014 12:39 pm

      No surprise. They have already announced that they would launch the 4G services in metros becoming the only operator holding 2G, 3G, 4G. In delhi, i am waiting and i am only optimistic for UP E circle as they have enough spectrum in 1800MHz band to launch 4G but its gonna be never soon as UPE comes in B circle and delhi comes in metro circle.

  • SS February 20, 2014 11:46 am

    Oh sorry, i was busy for a little while and then saw your comment that BSNL 3G is live in your town. Congrats but let me remind you that BSNL launched 3G in my town in 2011 and i get full bars inside my room but net sucks. It badly sucks. I am afraid you may meet the same fate. beware!

    • Saurabh February 20, 2014 1:59 pm

      @SS, Don’t worry bro. I wont go for plan over 100 until I test it completely one month with 14 plan twice or maybe thrice. Hadn’t had 3G signal yesterday but today it is fine means no disappearance. For next one month will have regular check at signal and kept the SIM in one of my phones fr the same. Let the testing phase get over and only then I will think to move to it. Till then Aircel is good for me as my plan is active till March 7. If BSNL not get upto mark by this, I will continue with Aircel for another 3 months with 90 days plan. :)

  • karandeep singh February 19, 2014 11:55 pm

    @saurabh but aircel is my last last hope. network of aircel is full in my town. I am using the rate cutter of rs63 which give 500 mb data per month for 2 months and 1paisa/3sec aircel to aircel local, 1paisa/2sec aircel to other local and std 1paisa/sec for 3 months. so after every 2months i recharged this pack for internet. I am also able to use 3g. so think at rs 63 1gb internet for two months then what do you want. In my town i get good net speed but my in my nearby city i face network problem. when i said to my friends those are in in nearby city that i am using aircel they got surprised whether i got full signal or not

  • M&A February 19, 2014 11:25 pm

    Vodafone+Tata Docomo

  • Kaushik Roy February 19, 2014 9:01 pm

    Spectrum auction 2014 started its effect for Kolkata subscribers :
    Old RC 66 offered local airtel 2 airtel – 20p/min and airtel 2 other local mobile 30p/min for 21 days for both Kolkata and West Bengal circle
    Now the tariff remains same for West Bengal but changed for Kolkata
    New RC 66 – local airtel 2 airtel 25p/min and airtel 2 other local 40p/min for 28 days

  • jagish bhanushali February 19, 2014 4:27 pm

    Good news

  • idea888 February 19, 2014 3:48 pm

    as airtel taking tower business and subscribers it means after nov 2014 no one able to use loop network and they may tell u to port in Airtel frm loop mobile. so ultimately u dont have choice except Aircel or Mtnl.

    • SS February 19, 2014 4:19 pm

      No, they wouldn’t ask you to port, however you wake up the day of loop’s license expiry and find that you are roaming on airtel’s network. That’s the funda! ;-)

    • Saurabh February 19, 2014 7:13 pm

      When Vodafone took over Hutch, did you ported into Vodafone. The thing is Loop customers will have access to Airtel network after that and their screen logo will also get changed from Loop to Airtel and tariffs according to Airtel but it is on them to continue tariffs of loop or asking users to switch to new plans by them. Nothing else. After the deal, customers will be able to access both Loop and Airtel network till Nov, 2014 and stop receiving Loop signal after that.

      • Saurabh February 19, 2014 7:22 pm

        One thing that will hurt RCOM customers is they won’t be able to access Loop network now for which Loop-RCom had a deal in past. That will also end with Airtel takeover.

        • pratham March 17, 2014 12:00 pm

          Also Tata docomo wont be able to use Loop’s network

  • Surendra Salgaonkar February 19, 2014 6:41 am

    Hello, last few year I am using Loop, and of course, I understand slowly it about to die. Now,
    1. I am post paid custormer having E C S facility. So now they are going to change my account number?
    2. In my village, Airtel have no network coverage, so now they just take over, instead of improve it.

  • Kanaga Deepan N February 19, 2014 12:51 am

    Hmm… 700 crore Rs and less 400 crore debt, Loop owners get Rs1000 per 30 Lakh (3 million) subscribers. Not bad for them as their debt is also paid now.

    For Airtel, the 700 crore is paid for 30 OLD Lakh customers as NEW + some 2000+ towers… Airtel can recover it in a matter of few months or a year at the max…

  • hemant jain February 18, 2014 11:30 pm

    Gr8 move from airtel.i m using airtel since 2 years and I m pretty happy with it….

  • Rahul February 18, 2014 8:54 pm

    So Loop Mobile & Tata Docomo will not show in network list anymore in Mumbai !!

    • umesh February 19, 2014 6:44 pm

      Y ? What happened to Tata Docomo ?

      • Rahul February 22, 2014 8:56 pm

        Read in economic times 29 Jan that Tata group will quit telecom business.
        google it.

  • idea888 February 18, 2014 8:30 pm

    @Arun . may be u getting coverage because now tata want to sell business. and in order to increase the Valuation , they no started improving services. so tata dont i think so good. 2 big things roo happen loop and tata docomo. enjy. @Darshan u r right. Airtel 2G bad in mumbai even Aircel 2G here able to open page fast. after loop the last operator is Aircel in mumbai. So i want Aircel here. No one should buy Aircel. :) and The Reliance jio coming by June or rumor . becuse they have tower of relince gsm(1200 towers) . just they want to get spectrum from trai. when wil get Airvaies to use in Mumbai??? Esmail or ss reply.

    • Esmail February 18, 2014 11:23 pm

      Somehow I have a feeling that Tata docomo will be bought out by Jio instead of Vodafone, initially Vodafone seemed as a suitable candidate since it had huge cash reserves from its sale of stake in Verizon USA, but now after having spent so much in buying 900MHz spectrum in 3 metros and so much of airwaves in 1800MHz band, it will not consider buying Tata since Tata has a negative valuation and huge debt, Vodafone has enough spectrum and is a pan india operator and second largest in subscriber base so there is very little sense in it for Vodafone to buy it. If you look at Jio, initially it seemed that Videocon was its prime target and that was the reason it did not participate in the auctions, but Jio won spectrum in two circles where videocon also has spectrum, Instead it could have bid for spectrum in Rajasthan circle where 10MHz remained unsold, Jio did not bid for it even though there was spectrum available, and Rajasthan is not one of Videocon’s circles. The reason Jio did not bid for Airwaves in Rajasthan is because contiguous spectrum available there was partial and there was no guarantee as to when the key areas of the circle would be made available. This could only be risked by Jio if it had made a deal for acquiring a company with pan india spectrum and the softest target here is Tata docomo, if Jio goes ahead with this deal it will have plenty of liberalised spectrum, become Pan India operator, get 3G spectrum, subscriber base. Jio still has plenty of cash reserves to buy out Tata, thats the reason Tata did not bid for even a single circle even though it was eligible to bid for 21 circles.

      • Manoj Abhigyan February 19, 2014 12:30 am

        Agree with you. It would be better if RJio acquires CDMA arm of Reliance communication too.

      • Saurabh February 19, 2014 9:36 am

        Good analysis, bro. +1

      • Kaushik Roy February 19, 2014 10:36 am

        Jio should buy Aircel, the worst operator of India with PAN India spectrum
        Aircel just wasting 2G/3G spectrum and Government doing nothing

        • karandeep singh February 19, 2014 4:35 pm

          nobody should buy aircel as aircel is my favourite operator, cheapest as well as fastest .

          • Saurabh February 19, 2014 7:20 pm

            @Karandeep Singh,

            Soon Aircel will shot down its operations in Punjab completely as their losses in Punjab are mounting now. Still not able to get 1 mn customers in 3 years. Just like they shut down in Haryana, Gujarat, MP, UP (W), they will close out in Punjab also. If you have Aircel netwotk present in your area, you will continue to get it but won’t be able to use it anywhere else on Tata network and if your Aircel SIM is latching on Tata Network (IND 042) in your area then it would be better for you to port out once news comes in. The news will be there in media soon. I have come to know about it from Local retailers in Chandigarh, Rajpura, Ludhiana and Phagwara. SIM selling is stopped from a year or so at most of places but at some you can get the old numbers. Actually they were to close services in October, 2012 but they hanged on and continued.

      • Raghu February 20, 2014 12:42 am

        please let us know whr did u get news that DOCOMO is going to be taken over by RJIO?

        • Esmail February 20, 2014 10:44 pm

          Its not in the NEWS its just my speculation based on the current financial positions of the operators in the Indian telecom market. Just my gut feeling, could be right could be wrong.

  • Sayantan(Kolkata) February 18, 2014 6:25 pm

    Airtel’s coverage in Belapur,Navi Mumbai is very poor.When I went there with my Kolkata’s Airtel connection,I was having no signal on my phone.On the roads,I used to get signals at certain places but in most of the places it had no signal.Even Vodafone,which operates on 900 mhz in Mumbai,was having no signal.It was poorer than Airtel.Only my BSNL was working fine.
    After this acquisition,Airtel will be the King in Mumbai as vodafone,even after having 900 mhz,was poorer than Airtel.Maybe it would very sad for mumbaikars to say bye bye to loop but for us who is accustomed to 900 mhz in kolkata of airtel,would have the same experience on visiting Navi Mumbai.

  • Abhijit February 18, 2014 5:49 pm

    Soon TT will publish about Loop nos. porting to other providers once the merger happens. :-P

  • juned February 18, 2014 4:27 pm

    tell me which is best in up west vodafone or idea..

    • Jagannath February 18, 2014 7:28 pm


    • XkabirX February 19, 2014 10:53 pm

      In UP west idea has the best 2G and 3G coverage. Vodafone does not have 3G here and their 2G network coverage is not as good as idea.
      Also, Vodafone is too costly as compared to idea.
      Idea has good range of rate cutters.

    • Shivam April 24, 2014 8:38 pm

      in UP west n east IDEA is best in both 2G & 3G, then vodafone…

  • Nirmal February 18, 2014 4:05 pm

    This move is nice but my family is using Dus ka Gang plan from more than 4 years. Will it be remain same or will need to move forcefully to other Airtel plans?

  • Saurabh February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

    BSNL launches 3G in my town in Haryana. Yeah, I also can’t believe this but its true and now BSNL has become the third 3G operator here after Idea and Vodafone. My friends living in other towns told me about 15 days back that they have started getting 3G signals in their area and service is good at starting. So I hoped that it would be done in our town too in a month or so. But today while searching for network with my Airtel SIM, I get the signal. Then put in my BSNL SIM and in UMTS mode got the full signal even inside. BSNL broke the record of Idea and Voda here whose coverage was not good indoor in starting for a month or so but now all have good coverage indoor also.

    Now about the service-

    I activated Rs.14-100MB-3 Days plan and Internet connected in 2-3 secs. MDMA showing Uplink at 8128Kbps and downlink at 16000Kbps. I downloaded a file of 50MB and max speed reached is 7937Kbps with average around 6.3Mbps which is good and I got that speed as rarely knows about the launch here. I made everyone know about it and now some are thinking of porting into BSNL :D Until now haven’t faced no data receiving problem in 10-15 connections. Overall good experience. The 3G signal is now even 2G signal in my area. I get 7 bars in my phone in 3G and 4 only in 2G. lol

    All in all the expansion phase started by BSNL for North is now picked up pace as in Punjab also I came to know they are covering towns quickly under 3G coverage.

    • Arun Chandran February 18, 2014 6:31 pm

      Another unbelievable thing happended like this in my village in Kerala circle. Tata docomo expands its 3G coverage here. Speed and signal strength is good.

      • Saurabh February 18, 2014 8:19 pm

        Looks like this is a month to stay unbelievable as villages tower is also covered by BSNL. I visited 2 villages which are at a distance of 3-5 Kms from our town and both the towers are giving 3G signals.

        One more unbelievable thing is Aircel which stopped its services in Haryana in Dec 2012 but their 5 towers around my town were active and are still running has added new cell site as I have started getting signal in my Aircel SIM from new cell ID and also old one is there. Actually Himachal Pradesh border is too near to our town and Aircel is active there. So they are not stopping towers in our area so that HP customers roaming in our town get seamless coverage but addition of new cell site is completely out of my mind.

        Enjoying 2G Internet on Aircel by borrowing balance from other circles via transfer. :D

        • Mahmood Junaid February 19, 2014 12:02 am

          U guys are lucky. My village is just 600m away from calicut city limit and that too national highway side… still no 3g…

    • Vaibhav February 18, 2014 8:13 pm

      Same here in maharashtra…i was not getting indoor coverage at my home but from yesterday i am getting full coverage in BSNL…

    • Vivek Krishnan February 18, 2014 10:46 pm

      I wish I could say the same – was travelling north for 15 days in Dec-Jan from Mumbai to H.P. via Punjab/Haryana – no data (GPRS/EDGE/3G) at all on BSNL end. Wrote to MTNL CC and got a reply after a month that the issue was with BSNL and they have resolved it. Will be travelling again next month, so fingers crossed!

      • Saurabh February 19, 2014 9:31 am

        @Vivek Krishnan, You are right. No traveler (on BSNL/MTNL network) can have a good experience while traveling thru Punjab, Haryana and HP as BSNL network is in bad shape from long in most of North zone circles. There are signs of expansion from 1-2 months which is limited to towns only before that there was only 10% coverage limited to big cities only. But 2G network still sucks which has GPRS only network not even EDGE. But at-least after 5 years, BSNL wake up to expand 3G network to towns in North zone but how long they can provide quality service is still a question. I was doubtful about indoor coverage of BSNL as when they were unable to provide good coverage with 1800 MHz in our area then with 2100 MHz I was hopeless but now I checked yesterday and it is better than 2G coverage.

        Idea launched 3G here in August 2011 and still the quality is maintained and most of the users are with them because of ubiquitous network as they have coverage to smallest of villages and still they are unstoppable as adding more and more 3G sites everyday.

        I am still confused why towns in Haryana and Punjab have 2G networks running on 1800 MHz band with only 3.8 MHz spectrum when BSNL can easily use 6.2 MHz they have in 900 MHz and that would have been a benefit in terms of coverage but all the cell sites in our town are running on 1800 MHz and there is nothing in name of full coverage indoors and signal strength is between -87 to -95dBm in areas near to BSNL tower. So BSNL is for those who can run outside while receiving a call or to use net on 2G. The voice cracks inside and call drops are normal.

        These are the reasons why BSNL is not a choice of most and people stay with AVoId. Some users who want voice only packs which are good with BSNL opted for it. BSNL has a log way to go to get users trust in North and it can take 3-4 years.

        • Ram February 19, 2014 11:42 pm

          Your “indoor coverage” story reminds me, probably BSNL already started to use 900MHz for 3G!

          Umm! I’m looking for my city. :)

          Thank you BSNL employees. :)

          Can any body confirm this? How can I measure which MHz an MSO is using?

          • Saurabh February 20, 2014 2:04 pm

            @Ram, I can’t say this as I don’t have phone with 3G on 900 MHz. My phone only supports 3G on 2100 MHz so it means BSNL has started it here on 2100 MHz i.e why I’m getting signal otherwise if it were on 900, I wouldn’t got it. :)

            • Ram February 21, 2014 3:52 am

              Ok, thanks for clearing my doubt.

              There is another possibility, the cell site (tower) is very close to the building from where you are accessing,

              or, you got really nice phone/modem. :)

              • Saurabh February 21, 2014 12:40 pm

                No bro, there is no BSNL tower near to my area and that’s why I m also surprised what BSNL used to boost it too much. One is 1.5Kms far which is in BSNL telephone exchange and another one is 2.4 Kms far. I m getting signal from the one which is 1.5Kms i.e BTS installed in BSNL telephone exchange. If they have had installed BTS near our area I would have seen it and also 2G coverage would have been better which still the same and Cell Info Display showing BSNL Exchange in handset after switching to 2G mode. Whatever they used for 3G should be used for 2G also. lol

  • Kaushik Roy February 18, 2014 2:01 pm

    Loop postpaid customers now has two choices
    either forced to shift into airtel my plan or
    choose a operator via MNP

    • pratham February 18, 2014 4:28 pm

      @kaushik, @taru
      Im having 2 loop mobile postpaid connection with plans super value 50&99 which gives 100 loc min+ 200sms AND 200loc min+ 200sms+1Gb net respectively. After this aqcuisition will they force me to shift to their airtel my plan which starts from rs 199

      • harman sidhu February 18, 2014 4:47 pm

        no they cannot force you to shift to a higher plan, although current plans in market might change

        • Pratham February 18, 2014 5:07 pm

          Loop Mobile is still having license till Nov 2014 about 8Mhz so will airtel use it till Nov 2014 post this merger or Loop will operate till Nov and then become airtel?

          • harman sidhu February 18, 2014 9:07 pm

            Brand change will happen after the deal has been paid for, if deal is done within 14-20 days within a month after that brand change will happen, validity till November has nothing to do with Airtel’s takeover of loop. If airtel does not acquire loop before November than all loop connections will get disconnected

  • Rajan February 18, 2014 1:15 pm

    what will happen to the traffic of loop customer bcoz loop plans are much more cheaper and better then airtel for calling and messanging.if they will offer the same plan then only it will be a hit otherwise it will be loose all the loop customers.

    • pradeep February 18, 2014 10:13 pm

      the will slowly reduce the usage benefit
      and finally all the benefit will be nullified
      wanna see
      this is gonna happen after acquisition :)

  • Varun Chopra February 18, 2014 1:12 pm

    What about Loop Mobile 15yrs old employee???

    • G.Venkat February 19, 2014 7:55 am

      sorry Varun….u have to ask the question to your CEO

  • Vineesh February 18, 2014 12:40 pm

    Idea will not sell theirs because they r not in lose. Although airtel can aquire that shitty aircel that wasted 2g and 3g or docomo they r in high amount of lose

  • basil February 18, 2014 12:11 pm

    oohh my dear airtel….. i want airtel to take over idea cellular in kerala so that i can enjoy the super networ of idea in kerala with airtel brand….

    • SS February 18, 2014 1:08 pm

      LOL!! Just like to remind you that airtel is not that high quality in some circles like up east.

      • Darshan February 18, 2014 7:08 pm

        And even in mahrashtra airtel is not having coverage everywhere.As it has no 3g license over here I find nly 1 out of 20 using airtel mostly in maharshtra circle are in idea or bsnl…even vodafone is better than airtel.

  • swapan February 18, 2014 11:20 am

    Airtel will not get the advantage, unless they keep offering the same plans to Loop’s customers. Loop’s customers are special, and Airtel should treat properly.

    • imahesh February 18, 2014 12:10 pm

      Yes airtel needed to keep both prepaid and postpaid plan.
      If they keep then there is chances of addition of more subscriber from other operator via porting.

    • ANKUSH May 7, 2014 11:34 pm

      You all are taking right, common man where to go, they will not hear our complaint due to monopoly of Airtel

  • Amit February 18, 2014 11:10 am

    So this means from now Loop user can have acess to Airtel outlet for service activation etc etc ?

  • Manoj Abhigyan February 18, 2014 11:07 am

    Welcome move. Airtel deserves it.

    • Dinesh Ravat May 10, 2014 6:03 pm

      SO Airtel Buying Loop,
      Vodafone Buying Tata Docomo
      Rjio Buying Aircel
      So for now there will be Only 4 telecom business in mumbai
      1. Airtel
      2. Vodafone
      3. Rjio
      4. Idea