RCOM Vs DoCoMo who offers the best CDMA smartphone postpaid data packs?

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tata docomoCDMA is the lesser popular counterpart of mobile telephony which is losing its charm in the GSM dominated Indian telecom industry. As of today, we have just 3 serious CDMA operators in the country, namely Rcom, DoCoMo and MTS. For the sake of this comparison we are considering only Rcom and Docomo since both these operators offer standalone unified HSD(EvDO) packs for postpaid smartphone users while MTS only offers these HSD packs for the prepaid smartphone platform. Tata Docomo has upgraded its network to EvDO Rev.B Phase 1 (Offering maximum downlink speeds of 6.2Mbps) in some key cities while Rcom has upgraded its network to EvDO Rev.B Phase 2 (Offering maximum downlink speeds of 14.7 Mbps) in some cities.

Reliance Mobile Internet Pack
Mobile Internet Plans Rental/Month Benefits/Month Overage Charges Post Bundle Usage SMS Code
700 MB @ Rs. 49 Rs. 49 700 MB 20ps/1MB 700MB@49
1.5 GB @ Rs. 94 Rs. 94 1.5 GB 20ps/1MB 1.5GB@94
2 GB @ Rs. 123 Rs. 123 2 GB 10ps/1MB 2GB@123
5 GB @ Rs. 246 Rs. 246 5 GB 10ps/1MB 5GB@246
Mobile Internet Pack @ 3G like Speed on CDMA - High Speed Data (HSD) network.

Reliance offers the lowest high-speed mobile data tariffs in the market currently, its postpaid data plans begin from as low as Rs. 49 for 700MB with 30 days validity and an overage charge of just 20p/MB. Towards the higher side it offers 5GB high-speed data for Rs.246 (In comparison GSM operators like Airtel and Vodafone offer 1GB 3G data for the same price) with 30 days validity and overage charges as low as 10p/MB which means even if you were to cross the free data allotted you would still be paying approximately Rs.100 per additional GB used which is pretty standard by industry norms.

Tata Docomo postpaid data packs

Rental (Rs.) Pack Name Benefit
100 CMO HSIA 256MB Pack 256MB worth data free for HSIA
300 CMO HSIA 1GB Pack 1GB worth data free for HSIA
500 CMO HSIA 2GB Pack 2GB worth data free for HSIA
950 CMO HSIA 5GB Pack 5GB worth data free for HSIA
1000 CMO HSIA 10GB Pack 10GB worth data free for HSIA
1500 CMO HSIA 15GB Pack 15GB worth data free for HSIA

RCOM Introduces Simply Reliance Tariff on Fixed Wireless PhoneThe lowest denomination of HSD pack offered by Docomo is Rs.100 offering 256MB with 30 days validity. This means the pack is double the price of Rcom’s lowest denomination pack of Rs.49 and offers around 1/3 the data as Rcom. The 5GB pack by DoCoMo costs Rs.950 with 30 days validity while the same 5GB pack by Rcom costs Rs.246 with 30 days validity which means Docomo’s pack is nearly 4 times costlier than Rcom. Also, note that the overage charges of Docomo post free bundled usage are 50p/MB which translates to Rs.500 per additional GB used.
From the comparison, it is evident that Rcom offers way cheaper tariffs as compared to Docomo when it comes to postpaid high-speed data packs for smartphones. Apart from the free bundled usage, Rcom also offers much lower overage charges of 10 and 20p/MB as compared to Docomo who charges 50p/MB. Rcom has CDMA 800MHz spectrum in all 22 circles while Docomo has it in 19 circles and has the roaming agreement with Rcom in the remaining 3 circles. Rcom’s Rev.B network offers peak speeds of up to 14.7 Mbps as opposed to 6.2 Mbps offered by Tata Docomo. Rcom allows tethering of your EvDO handset to your PC or laptop over WiFi or USB without charging extra while doing the same with Docomo EvDO plans meant for smartphone will lead to forfeiting of the entire data. Rcom’s policies regarding registration of imported nonsim EvDO handsets on its CDMA network are much more favorable than those of Docomo. So overall it seems that Rcom gives a better deal in this regard.

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Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He is passionate about Telecom, DTH and OTT video streaming apps. When not writing an article, you can find him binge watching shows on Netflix while sipping on a cup of coffee.

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