September 2012 : EVDO Data Tariffs Comparison Chart

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If you consider a dongle based wireless broadband services, CDMA operators will be your first choice in India. CDMA operators were the first to offer true Wireless Mobile Broadband before 3G/HSPA landed in India.

Using EVDO rev A ( 3.1 Mbps downlink and 1.8Mbps uplink) over 800 MHz spectrum CDMA operators - Reliance (Netconnect), Tata Tele (Photon+),  MTS India (Mblaze) and BSNL all offer EVDO based HSD data services in India. 

 We have summarized all the EVDO tairff plans offered by above operators in the form of fact sheets. CDMA - EVDO is offered over 800 MHz enjoys better indoor coverage than GSM's 3G/HSPA which is deployed over 2100 MHz.

But CDMA operators are not keen to offer EVDO based data services to their mobile phone users, as a result their high speed data offering is mostly limited to data card subscribers.

Let's check the comparison of EVDO data tariffs:

Reliance Netconnect+Tata Photon+MTS MBlazeBSNL EVDO
1GBRs 153 (7days), Rs 255 (30 days), Rs 98 (2days + 1X UL)Rs 255 (30 days)Rs 96 ( 1 day + 1X UL), Rs 248 (30 days)Rs 285 (30 days)*
1.5GBRs 350 (30 days)Rs 350 (30 days)
2GBRs 449 (30 days)Rs 450 (30 days), Rs 700 (30 days+ 1x UL)Rs 298 (7 days+ 1x UL), Rs 375 (30 days)
2.5GBPrepaid Rs 565 (30 days)*Postpaid - Rs.500/month
3 GBRs 650 (30 days)Rs 750 (30 days+ 1x UL)Rs 490 (30 days)
5GBRs 800 (30 days+ 1x UL)Rs 850 (30 days)Rs 798 (30 days+ 1x UL)
6GBRs 1000 (30 days+ 1x UL)
7GBRs 818 (30 days+ 1x UL)
10GBRs 800 (30 days+ 1x UL)Rs 999 (30 days+ 1x UL)
11 GBRs 1200 (30 days+ 1x UL)Rs 1010 (30 days+ 1x UL)
15GBRs 1200 (30 days + 1x UL)Rs 1298 (30 days+ 1x UL)
17GBRs 1330 (30 days+ 1x UL)
Long Validity Packs12GB  - Rs 1500 (90 days)6GB  - Rs 1500 (90 days)4GB  - Rs 698 (60 days)
30 GB - Rs 3000 (180 days)6 GB - Rs 2501 (365 days)6 GB - Rs 998 (90 days)
20GB – Rs 5000 (365 days)15GB – Rs 1499 (90 days)
5GB/month – Rs 3990 (180 days)
Speed Based (postpaid only)256kbps: 6AM – 10PM 8GB, 10PM-6AM 15GB for Rs 500256kbps: 6AM – 10PM 8GB, 10PM-6AM 15GB for Rs 499
384kbps: 7AM – 11PM 15GB, 11PM-7AM 20GB for Rs 749
Time based (postpaid only)1800 min free usage for Rs 500, extra use Re1/min
True Unlimited plansNANARs 303 (15 days, 12-6am), Rs 550 (30 days, 12-6am) - available in selected circlesRs 55 (1day), Rs 251 (7 days), Rs 440 (15 days), Rs 825 /Rs.750 (30 days)
Special Plans6GB Weekend (30 days) for Rs 295
4GB + unlimited access on facebook, twitter & linkedin for Rs 647 (30 days)
Extra Usage charge50p/MBVaries from Re1/MB to 50p/MB on different plansRe1/MB (prepaid)20p - 40p/MB (postpaid)* On limited plans extra usage charge 10p/100kB (7am to 11pm), 5p/100kB (11pm to 7am)

** Comparison table is based on mostly prepaid plans. Plans can be changed without prior notice as operators change them. Some plans are not available in all circles.

From the table you can understand that BSNL has fewer options, but only BSNL offers True Unlimited plans (Home and Roam), while MTS has widest data plans for its MBlaze customers, which may confuse the customers. Reliance and Tata have more or less similar plans.

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