How are Data packs consumed between 2G & 3G Networks in AP Circle – Analysis

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How are Data packs consumed between 2G & 3G Networks in AP Circle - Analysis

Sometimes even though a 2G data pack is activated you may be charged for switching between 2G & 3G. This tabular form clearly explains how you will be connected with data on different networks in AP Circle.

3G Network OperatorHow  data is consumed between 2G & 3G Data PacksDefault Pack AvailabilityVideo Calling according to Data pack
AirtelAirtel is providing seamless Connectivity experience between 2G & 3G Networks.When a 2G Data pack is activated, in regions of only 2G Networks you will be connected to it and in Regions of 2G & 3G availability you will be connected to 3G Network at 2G speeds and Data is counted from your 2G Data balance.Airtel is Providing 2G & 3G Pay as you Go Data plans by default.Can make Video calls even on a 2G data pack when in 3G Network areas with 2G Browsing speeds.
AircelAircel showed off something different irrespective of its unlimited and affordable 3G Data tariffs in a bad sense here.When a 2G Data pack is activated you need to be only connected to 2G networks (Via Network mode Settings) even though 3G Network is available, else you will be charged according to 3G default base data tariff and your 2G data is not counted.Aircel is Providing both 2G & 3G Pay as you Go Data plans by default.Can’t make a video call when on a 2G data pack even in 3G available areas (You need to switch between different Network modes always incase if you want to make a video call) making this as a disadvantage. If you are on 3G Data pack or Pay as you Go pack you can enjoy Video calling along with high data speeds.
BSNL MOBILEBSNL is also providing seamless Connectivity experience with its Data packs used between 2G & 3G Networks.Whenever you activate a 2G Data pack it is shared between 2G & 3G networks and on 3G networks you get 2G speeds.BSNL is providing Pay as you Go Data plans in both 2G & 3G by default.Can make Video calls even on 2G data packs whenever you are connected to 3G Networks irrespective of what plan you are.BSNL Made Video calling facility a default feature even on 2G plans and to all customers with a compatible handset.
IDEAIDEA is also providing seamless connectivity experience with 2G & 3G Networks. You can use 3G Data pack on both 2G & 3G Networks with respective speeds.IDEA Cellular is also providing Pay as you Go Data plans in both 2G & 3G Networks.You can enjoy video calling facility Whenever connected to 3G Network irrespective of plan activated.
VODAFONE INVodafone is providing 3G in AP via IRCA in non 3G Circles.Though it is good to hear that Vodafone is caring for its data needs in AP it is also following the same way Aircel is doing but with more complications.Whenever a 2G Data pack is activated we will not have access to 3G Network at all. Though only 3G Network mode is selected via Network Settings you will not have access to any network. So you can use 2G Data plan only with 2G Networks.Whenever you activate a 3G Data plan while you are on 2G Data pack you will immediately loose all 2G Data Balance and get connected to 3G Networks.Also the Activation of 3G Pay as you Go plan is a bit irresponsive via SMS.Vodafone recently started providing Pay as you Go Data plan facility for 3G too before which we need to compulsory activate a 3G Data pack to enjoy video calling and High Speed data.Can make video calls only when on an Active 3G Data pack be it pay as you go or any 3G Data plan.

*By default Video calling facility is available whenever you have access to 3G Networks.

*By default you can use 3G Data pack even on 2G Networks incase if 3G Network is not available.

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