Vodafone’s EVDO Data Services NetCruise Launched in Selected Cities

Vodafone NetCruiseVodafone has entered into the EVDO based mobile broadband market with its NETCRUISE products.

At this moment Vodafone Netcruise is available Pune (Maharastra), Mysore (Karnataka), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Coimbatore (Tamilnadu) as a Pilot Project.

If you are thinking about dual license of Vodafone, please let me clear it.

Vodafone and SSTL come into an agreement, by which SSTL’s EVDO products are to be sold under Vodafone brand, i.e. MTS MBlaze is got a new name Vodafone NetCruise! It is just like Tata Photon+ services are also available under Virgin branding as ‘vFlash’.

“Vodafone Mobile’ branded services is being offered by SSTL through a brand franchise with Mobile Commerce Solutions Limited (MCSL). MCSL will provide SSTL with designing, marketing and servicing of ‘Vodafone Mobile’ branded products being powered by SSTL.

Priced at Rs 2050 Vodafone NetCruise wireless internet modem is a Plug & Play device which supports downlink of up to 3.1 Mbps and uplink of upto 1.8 Mbps (EVDO Rev A). It also includes a MicroSD card slot.

Postpaid Plans of Vodafone NetCruise:

Type Charges (Rs) Usage (MB) Validity
Postpaid Starter 699 1280 30
Unlimited 799 3.5 GB (FU) 30
Unlimited 999 6 GB (FU) 30
Unlimited 1299 9 GB (FU) 30
Overage 40p/mb
FU = Fair Usage with Throttling @ CDMA 1x Speeds post Bundled usage
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Prepaid Plans of Vodafone NetCruise:

Type Charges (Rs) Usage (MB) Validity (days)
Starter Plan 498 650 60
Medium usage 499 700 30
Medium usage 699 1280 30
Unlimited 799 3.5 GB (FU) 30
Unlimited 899 4.5 GB (FU) 30
Unlimited 998 6 GB (FU) 30

Over usage 50p/MB.

Vodafone NetCruise comes with online prepaid recharge and bill payment facility with BillDesk.For more details call NetCruise tollfree helpline 1800 120 1111.

Vodafone NetCruiseBottomline:

As a long time MTS MBlaze user, I can say Vodafone NetCruise plans cannot beat MTS MBlaze plans. MTS MBlaze unlimited (throttling at 12GB) plan comes at Rs 999 on prepaid and Rs 899 monthly rental on postpaid. So better you go for MTS Mblaze which is pocket friendly.

Vodafone NetCruise directly compete with Vodafone 3G/HSPA services and MTS MBlaze EVDO services. It is not clear who is like to take advantage from the deal, is it SSTL to take momentum of Vodafone’s long term branding in India and earn new customers or it is Vodafone who like to expand its wireless broadband coverage with SSTL’s wide EVDO coverage. In that case Vodafone will also bring dual mode dongles or WiFi device like Tata Docomo Wifi Hub.

I also think about another second option, that MTS is going to roll out EVDO Rev B (speed upto 14.7Mbps) in these circles at initial phase and MTS’s current EVDO Rev A product range will go rebranded as Vodafone NetCruise, but this is very unlikely.

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • Saurabh December 7, 2011 12:10 pm, 12:10 PM

    @Anil

    Netcruise is a re-branded product of MTS EVDO data card service MBlaze. If MBlaze covers these areas then you can use it. For coverage info. visit

    MTS India by clicking this link.

    As far as roaming is concerned, I don’t think they charge extra for roaming. But not sure. Check their website.

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  • Anil December 7, 2011 11:37 am, 11:37 AM

    I am planning to buy a netcruise usb modem ,i usually move around chennai,mumbai and vizag does the device work in these areas and are their any roaming charges applicable ,i am currently in chennai where i shall be purchasing the device.pls advice

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  • suresh November 20, 2011 7:49 pm, 7:49 PM

    how much download speed your vodafone netcruse tellme yar @senthil velavan

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  • Vodafone India July 18, 2011 3:34 pm, 3:34 PM

    Hi Senthil,

    Thanks for writing in. Please share your number with us here http://bit.ly/oSp108 One of our executives will contact you shortly to address your concern.

    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care

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  • senthil velavan July 16, 2011 8:58 pm, 8:58 PM

    Sir,
    Where to recharge VODOFONE NET CRUISE either at MTS dealer or vodofone dealer. I think the coverage available only where MTS network functions

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  • VodafoneIndia July 14, 2011 1:17 pm, 1:17 PM

    Hi Pratap,

    Please share your number with us here http://bit.ly/poYpCf We’d be happy to contact you to address your concerns.

    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care

    Reply
  • Pratap Madgulkar July 14, 2011 11:36 am, 11:36 AM

    looks expensive than MTS ….

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  • Saurabh gupta July 12, 2011 9:19 pm, 9:19 PM

    sameer :
    Tata docomo delhi me kab a raha hai.

    in next 2-3 months…..

    Reply
  • ravi shekhar July 12, 2011 7:56 pm, 7:56 PM

    VodafoneIndia :
    Hello Krishnendu,
    Thanks for writing to us. We are sorry for the inconvenience faced. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/pzu3Nl we’ll get back to you with assistance at the earliest.
    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care.

    bole to not interested……..

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  • ravi shekhar July 12, 2011 7:54 pm, 7:54 PM

    VodafoneIndia :
    Hello Ravi,
    Thanks for writing to us. We are sorry for the inconvenience faced. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/ppAAPr we’ll get back to you with assistance at the earliest.
    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care.
    Sorry,I am not interesting in your data service.

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  • sameer July 12, 2011 2:08 pm, 2:08 PM

    Tata docomo delhi me kab a raha hai.

    Reply
  • VodafoneIndia July 12, 2011 11:12 am, 11:12 AM

    Hello Krishnendu,

    Thanks for writing to us. We are sorry for the inconvenience faced. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/pzu3Nl we’ll get back to you with assistance at the earliest.

    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care.

    Reply
  • VodafoneIndia July 12, 2011 11:05 am, 11:05 AM

    Hello Sir/Madam (TD),

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/pKtnMt We will have one of our executives get back to you with assistance as soon as possible. You may also call us on 198 (toll free).

    Kind Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care

    Reply
  • VodafoneIndia July 12, 2011 10:49 am, 10:49 AM

    Hello Ravi,

    Thanks for writing to us. We are sorry for the inconvenience faced. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/ppAAPr we’ll get back to you with assistance at the earliest.

    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care.

    Reply
  • VodafoneIndia July 12, 2011 10:47 am, 10:47 AM

    Hello Sir/Madam (devx101),

    Thanks for writing to us. We are sorry for the inconvenience faced. Please share your number with us at http://bit.ly/pP7yPb we’ll get back to you with assistance at the earliest.

    Regards,
    Vodafone Customer Care.

    Reply
  • SUKHEN July 12, 2011 10:04 am, 10:04 AM

    BSNL EVDO unlimited plan at 750 per month. Its Great. BSNL is the best.

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  • 3G July 12, 2011 12:49 am, 12:49 AM

    tata docomo comes delhi very sooooooooooooooon

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  • TD July 12, 2011 12:04 am, 12:04 AM

    They should better concentrate on 3g….what they trying to do? This is ONLY company which have some type of mental problem with data services/GPRS….

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  • krishnendu July 11, 2011 11:19 pm, 11:19 PM

    looks like vodafone is going backwards after all their bekar 3g plans!they should launch this service 2yrs back!really feeing for vf!

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  • Sam From Kashmir July 11, 2011 10:11 pm, 10:11 PM

    BSNL EVDO service/ Speed is good/batter then Photon + it give gives speed in kbps in kashmir from last 1 2 months….. and BSNL EVDO gives good nice like speed 1 2 mbps BSNL rocks…. iN kashmir…… so enjoy BSNL Baki sab Bakwaas……..

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  • chaitanya July 11, 2011 6:11 pm, 6:11 PM

    RELIANCE 3G SIM AT FRC 103/- GET 3G SPEED FOR 3GB DOWNLOAD 30DAYS IN WEST BENGAL WITH VERY GOOD D/L SPEED.BAKI SAB BEKAR.. EVDO IS LESS SPEED AND OVER CHARGES.3G WILL SOON COME WITH RS.1000/- FOR UNLIMITED LIKE USAGE. USE AND WAIT FOR MORE 3G COMPANIES

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  • rajiev July 11, 2011 5:34 pm, 5:34 PM

    but modem looks good!

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  • Rohan Singh July 11, 2011 1:55 pm, 1:55 PM

    Future seems to be of mergers and acquisition. Future seems to be of mergers and acquisition.

    Reply
  • rajiev July 11, 2011 12:58 pm, 12:58 PM

    kya bakwas baat hai

    Reply
  • devx101 July 11, 2011 11:52 am, 11:52 AM

    the plans are bekar compared to Bsnl Evdo

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  • Arif July 11, 2011 9:28 am, 9:28 AM

    I think Vodafone chanay kay jhad per chad gaya hai, MNP say logon nay Vodafone per port kiya to usay lagta hai ab sab Vodafone kay naam per sale ho jai ga.

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  • I45 July 11, 2011 8:51 am, 8:51 AM

    Y is BSNLnot aggressively marketing its EVDO

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  • ravi shekhar July 11, 2011 2:08 am, 2:08 AM

    EVDO has limited coverage,better to go for 3G.BSNL provides cheapest EVDO data service,Rs.750 for unlimited download.Yaha toh loot machi hai…..

    Reply
  • siddharth July 11, 2011 2:05 am, 2:05 AM

    gud

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