Tata Docomo BuddyNet vs Uninor Call at 29p

Tata Docomo, the Tata-NTT DoCoMo JV which stirs the market with its innovative products from its launch time in June, 2009 is most aggresive telecom operator in recent times, steadily adding 3-4mn over the past four months. Tata Docomo launched Per Second Billing(PSB), other carriers opt it! Tata Docomo introduces cheap STD calling(1paisa/second), other have to do so. Tata Docomo also offers free missed call alert and voice mail. Well in SMS segment Reliance did the revolution. Recently BuddyNet comes out from Tata Docomo.

End of 2009 Uninor (Unitech-Telenor JV) also took its first flight in India, rings 7 circles at one day – with a cheapest 29p/min (local) & 49p/min (STD). But Uninor’s tariff is mostly got negative reviews due to its call set up charge of 39p and daily rental of Rs. 2. Inspite of this negative review Uninor registers 12 Lakh subscribers in its first month of launching.

Here is the exclusive comparison chart between the two plans:

Tata Docomo’s BuddyNet costs Rs 7/week while Uninor’s daily rental basis plan costs Rs 2 per day. Tata Docomo is backed by NTT Docomo when Uninor by Telenor, both are topmost global telecom players.

Tata DoCoMo’s Buddy-Net Uninor’s Daily Rental Basis Plan
Details Join BuddyNet for free, weekly rental Rs7 (per day cost Rs.1), for first month it’s free of cost as free trial. Pay Re2/day
Tariff Local 1p/6sec, STD 1p/2sec among BuddyNet members Local 29p/min, STD 49p/min
To which calls Cheaper call rate among BN members(of course TD customers) who also paying Rs7/week(for first month free). You have to pay Rs2/day to call cheaper to Any time, Any numbers, Any network across India.
Leaving the plan You can leave BuddyNet anytime and go for TataDocomo basic plan of call rate 1p/sec You can migrate to Uninor’s 2nd plan where call set up charge is 39p per call.
What’s the Deal Say, you have 5 friends to whom you like to call @ cheaper rate.


  1. you & your 5 friends have to be Tata Docomo customers.
  2. after the 1st month enjoying Buddy net free, frm the 2nd month six of you have to pay Rs 7/week

Cons: Everyone has to pay here.(Rs 42 per week for 1p/6sec among group of 6 people.)

Pros: It’s like network, everyone can connect at 1p/6sec.

It’s flat simple. You pay Rs. 2 daily and call any local no @ 29p/min
Verdict Get for 1st month free of cost! Then move to others for calling onnet numbers at cheaper rate, for eg Reliance’s UL/ ULweekend/UL night pack. Economically daily rentals are not good, you have to pay more than the daily rental, as in most cases you don’t get full talktime. For local calling Idea offers 40p/min. or get MTS for 1p/2s local & 1p/sec std for onetime lifetime recharge(Rs 95 / Rs 198)

Now it’s your time to say : “ab mera number hai”  but to whom it’s your decision.

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  • Prateek Singh February 22, 2011 11:58 pm

    First of all i dont have ny words to xpress abut UNINOR n its services….Becoz its unbeatable , uncomparable n d best thing is that it doesn’t make hole in ur pocket money ….
    Its tariffs are so cheap tht u guyz can’t get ur eyess off from the cost of tariffs as compared to the tariffs of another company.

    I m a proud user of UNINOR and here in telecomtalk.info they had provided the wrong information abut different types of tariffs available in UNINOR.The best tariff provided by UNINOR is d DISCOUNT PLAN.In this minimum local call charges is 0.20 paise n maximum call charge is 0.47 . And if u recharge ur number by Rs 28/- then your STD will be charged same as d local call… NOw u guys are more smarter ..SO have a look on d above plan and decide which is best. ..!

  • Gaurav July 6, 2010 6:17 am

    Uninor is awesome. voice clarity is so good, network is good, call charges is good. then what we want? EAST OR WEST UNINOR IS THE BEST.

  • viv May 26, 2010 1:11 pm

    uninor’s dynamic plan is quite unique… but the question is how much discount, in general, are people getting?

  • kratos May 20, 2010 3:04 pm

    uninor changing discount plan offers discount upto 60%.. that means we can get call rate as low as 20p / min…. the call price will vary between 20p to 50p according to the discount being offered..

  • Bijumon April 22, 2010 6:08 pm

    AirCel – quality of voice is really sympathetic most of the time. Uninor has same voice clarity as BSNL. Aircel’s customer care also is not good compared to others. Uninor 2 Rs rental is now reduced to 49 Rs/month. So it is very good option for talk more people. It is better to keep BSNL for calling very short calls using the per second plan.BSNL 20 Ps/Min can be set to dearest person. So BSNL (very short call) + Uninor is a best combination.

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  • ritz January 26, 2010 11:38 pm


    all these offers are crap..
    in my view bsnl 5p/min is the best 🙂

  • S.J.B January 20, 2010 8:51 pm

    Suresh :
    uninor’s per day/per call rental is crap…i much rather prefer tata docomo’s ‘pay for what you use’ concept…apart from this buddy net platform tata doocmo’s other tariffs are also awesome but it is best to get all ur buddies on buddynet as all calls are 1p/6sec…unlike all these other operators where they allow only ‘Gang of 5? and other such friend n fmily offers, tata docomo has gone a step ahead and is saying anyone on buddynet (even if they dont know each other) will get the benefits of buddynet/ cheaper call rates! thats innovative

    Rightly Said

  • S.J.B January 20, 2010 8:46 pm

    Every one has Different calling habbits so one should or will choose the tariff based upon his calling pattern for eg. I & my my gf we both talk to each other for atleast 1 to 2 hours on Working days usually Monday to Friday and on sat and sun we talk for around 10 to 11 hours (Sat and Sun combined) so in a week we usualy end up talking say about 18 hours, and we used to Talk at 20 paisa/min on Idea @ rent of 15Rs/month( 30Rs for both of us) So that wud turn around to 214Rs/Week + 14Rs/Week(Rent) For Both of Us. So a person like me would be certainly happy to Switch back to Docomo ( Inspite of its bad N/W where we can save Half at 60Rs/Month rent(Both of Us) that is 30 Rs additional to save 108Rs/week or 432Rs/month. Realy not Bad at All. And Of course i Would Keep My Idea also for Incase there is really Bad Network with Docomo.
    Just one thing in Which TataDocomo is lagging is Of course It’s Network. I had switched to Reliance But now because of Buddynet i guess my Second No. would again be of TataDocomo.
    Uninor is good to all who dont usually have Long conversations for hours.. but still the call conecting charge would make people think twice. and daily rent of 2 Rs is a Strict no no no for many or all of Us.. We can Afford 1 Rs rent for 10 paisa/min but not 2 rs for 30paisa/Min.

  • krishna January 18, 2010 2:28 pm

    i would definitely go for uninor man! 29p/min..so ecomnomical…DOCOMO buddy net doesnt seem a practical option.

  • sumit January 18, 2010 2:26 pm

    strange, how docomo and uninor are comapred!
    one is primarily for docomo users and the other is for all telecom providers!

  • sean January 18, 2010 2:23 pm

    i agree..i would rather go for MTS or reliance, better tariffs with no hidden costs!

  • amitabh January 18, 2010 2:19 pm

    MTS -1/2 paisa per sec for all Local with Re. 1 daily rental
    Reliance (GSM and CDMA) – Re 1 for 3 minutes without any rental
    Uninor – 29p/min tariffs
    so y would anybody go in for DOCOMO?

  • Anoop tripathi January 18, 2010 1:46 pm

    why would opt for DOCOMO?? nobody i know is using DOCOMO!
    i would rather go for a Reliance or Vodafone or even Airtel..they are already existing and well experienced companies..

  • Suresh January 18, 2010 12:08 pm

    uninor’s per day/per call rental is crap…i much rather prefer tata docomo’s ‘pay for what you use’ concept…apart from this buddy net platform tata doocmo’s other tariffs are also awesome but it is best to get all ur buddies on buddynet as all calls are 1p/6sec…unlike all these other operators where they allow only ‘Gang of 5’ and other such friend n fmily offers, tata docomo has gone a step ahead and is saying anyone on buddynet (even if they dont know each other) will get the benefits of buddynet/ cheaper call rates! thats innovative

  • palak sinha January 18, 2010 11:44 am

    @Suchisuvra Sen
    I know..Telenor is the 6th largest company in telecom industry..Uninor is going to be good..and how can anybody compare the two i.e. docomo and uninor?
    docomo is only meant specifically for docomo users, where as, if i take a uninor connection, my calling to any local number would be 29p/min..
    so people where and how is there any comparison..this is just ridiculous!

  • archie singh January 18, 2010 11:40 am

    I wouldn’t really say 3rd class, but it isn’t really practical nor economical…it is just for DOCOMO users and i really don’t know SIX docomo users, so how can it fall cheaper?
    honestly, if there is a comparison between the two i.e. docomo and uninor, then i would have to say uninor is the more economical one even with rs. 2 rental, as calling ANY local number (not just uninor) is 29p/min!

  • ankur January 18, 2010 11:36 am

    i mean seriously, how can u compare both? DOCOMO is just beneficial if you and 6 other friends are using DOCOMO, but Uninor is better for anyone! your calling, even with Rs. 2 rental will be cheaper for all networks and not just anyone specific network..so wheres the comparison when clearly Uninor would be a more cost-effective option! not that i am taking sides or anything, but talking practically!

  • Dominique January 18, 2010 11:28 am

    good reply…thinking practically none of my friends are actually using DOCOMO nor Uninor, but if i had to choose i would certainly choose Uninor as all local numbers would be @ 29p/min, not like DOCOMO whose calling only 6 DOCOMO numbers would be cheaper for me..so Buddy Net loses hand down to Uninor’s simple tariff plans,

  • GMH January 18, 2010 11:24 am

    why would i go for Buddy net when only a few friends are using TATA DOCOMO and others are using various other telecom services?? doesn’t make sense. i would rather stick with a newbie like Uninor who is offering 29p / min to any local number! and by going all out and targeting just Uninor really shows insecurity on DOCOMO’s part!

  • gursun January 18, 2010 10:59 am

    THINK PRACTICALLY … all your friends are not on docomo network and THE FACT IS uninor is the most economical service provider

  • Observer January 17, 2010 8:35 pm


    A good analysisi… impartial… that’s what we want.

  • Amit Kumar Sharma January 17, 2010 8:03 pm

    I have many better plans than Uninor 29 paise per minute plan.

    MTS -1/2 paisa per sec for all Local with Re. 1 daily rental.
    Tata Indicom- pay per second plan 3 pe 3 free without any rental.
    Tata Indicom- pay per call plan with Re. 1 daily rental.
    Reliance (GSM and CDMA) – Re 1 for 3 minutes without any rental.

    Uninor plan don’t attract me.

  • JD January 16, 2010 5:56 pm

    Please don’t depend on them. As their network is too bad. I have complained several time.But failed.

  • Kiran January 16, 2010 2:53 pm

    yes this scheme is very good but i want full information for buddy net. Exp.Docomo to Other network how many charges in your Plan?

  • IDRIS January 16, 2010 1:51 pm

    Apart from GPRS No one can challenge Reliance plans….
    Reliance lags in gprs it is extremely slow…If you want gprs dont go for reliance, it is not good…It is Bad but you get good speed with BSNL,DOCOMO,Airtel
    but rates are a bit higher ,,,I wont recommend IDEA as it costliest Rs.999/- per month for unlimited gprs. aircel is also good u get unlkimited gprs at Rs.98/- per month and on vodafone u get unlimited GPRS for 95 only.

  • atanu January 16, 2010 12:03 pm

    SMS segment Reliance did the revolution. also in 50 paise roaming. and also in per sec roaming plan.

  • Chandan January 16, 2010 9:24 am

    Uninor PR team trying really hard over tata social guy! Earlier tata guy did campaigning of GPRS Pack with compressions of Aircel from verious blogs and site, now Its seems Uninor did the same to counter the tata docomo

  • rizwan January 15, 2010 10:47 pm

    ofcourse 2/day is 4 all netwrk….n buddy net is ..on net…
    so …there should not be ne comparison between the 2

  • Anuj January 15, 2010 10:02 pm

    Thats a good news!

  • Avi H January 15, 2010 10:01 pm

    @Suchisuvra Sen
    Well said,….with due passage of time uninoe will be in top 3 along with Vodafone and AirTel,…
    But they should provide more range of offers and plans,…

  • RDB January 15, 2010 9:51 pm

    I chose these – Rs 2/day and Rs 7/week rentals

    Next is in Kolkata some parts of Uninor signal- 405 822 is live, ( i catch it in barrackpore anandapuri )

  • vinay January 15, 2010 9:45 pm

    @Anuj yes. comparision is inept.

    @Prasath J u r right. docomo charges 45/m for reduced call rates of 30ps/min whereas in uninor 60/m gives rate of 29 ps/min.

  • Fahad January 15, 2010 9:18 pm

    No comparison at all as both are not worth comparing with each other.
    Betr luck nxt tym uninor and docomo

  • Anuj January 15, 2010 8:22 pm

    yep, these two offers are uneven to compare. One is apple & another is mango.. uhmm.. poor joke.. sorry.. 🙂

  • IG January 15, 2010 7:26 pm

    there would have been a coparision between reliance onnet and Buddy net offer……………………….

  • IG January 15, 2010 7:24 pm

    Buddy net offer is applicable for onnet and Uninor offer is for all local calls………………..so i will not compare between two…….

  • Prasath J January 15, 2010 7:21 pm

    RDB Ji, you should have compared the pay Rs45/month and get Local calls @ 1p/2sec of Docomo and Rs2/day and 29p/min local call of Uninor… Then that will be fair comparision…

    But when you compare on-net pack offer of Docomo and NON-ONNET offer of Uninor, only confusion will be the result…

  • IG January 15, 2010 7:20 pm

    @Suchisuvra Sen
    they are there over many yrs……………………………………….so it is not easy to them to hold a strong footprint here in india………………………..

  • IG January 15, 2010 7:18 pm

    Suchisuvra Sen :I think Uninor soon be strong network in India. As this operator is in top position neighboring country like Pakistan(Telenor Pak), Bangladesh(Grameenphone).

    but Uninor need to offer cheapest call rate without rental…………..

  • siddhant January 15, 2010 6:32 pm

    confusion hai yaar….. samajhne k liye time chahiye
    be simple

  • Danial January 15, 2010 5:46 pm

    buddy net is a net (jaal) to punish all docmo touchers
    i never saw this kind of dangerous net
    keep distance from this mouse net

  • zareef January 15, 2010 4:56 pm

    (!) Mera number aakya chala bhi gaya 😆

  • Suchisuvra Sen January 15, 2010 4:51 pm

    I think Uninor soon be strong network in India. As this operator is in top position neighboring country like Pakistan(Telenor Pak), Bangladesh(Grameenphone).

  • Suchisuvra Sen January 15, 2010 4:49 pm

    First thing of DOCOMO is that they have worst service in Kolkata now. So any offer without tower would not be good for any consumer. Here Idea as newbie have very good tower.

  • Rahul January 15, 2010 4:27 pm

    Uninor dayly dedact plan is very old plan.
    Ab yeh nahi chalega, naya socho.

  • Rahul January 15, 2010 4:10 pm

    Docomo Baddynet plan is most 3rd class plan.

  • Anuj January 15, 2010 4:04 pm

    not getting feel of unbiased article..

  • rajiev January 15, 2010 3:26 pm

    i m idea postpaid customer , and i use 2 year advanced rental plan , there is no any sms pack for idea postpaid user in delhi, i cant migrate to prepaid bcoz saath mein 300 rs mein unlimited gprs plan bhi use karta hoon(laptop or pc). this is benfit for me.other wise i like reliance gsm plan

  • raj January 15, 2010 3:01 pm

    Author in all praise for docomo. Hmmm…

  • Avi H January 15, 2010 2:45 pm

    When are these both players coming to NCR(Delhi)??
    NCR has the penetration rate of 100% compared to national which is around 40%,…..

    When both of you come to NCR then think of (fighting and) winning!!,…

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