Sneak Peek Into EVDO Wireless Broadband Tariffs and Devices

While 3G spectrum auction is delaying every time it is scheduled, CDMA operators using its EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized) technology have started to offer 3.1Mbps wireless broadband Internet to consumers.

The EVDO is very similar to 3G in terms of data connectivity or Internet Speed and to test the High Speed 3G Wireless Broadband without the 3G GSM service one can go for EVDO Data Service offered by various CDMA service providers. First look who are offering such wireless broadband Internet, Reliance Communications offers Netconnect  Broadband+, TTSL-Photon+,Virgin Mobile (Under TTSL) vFlash, MTS India-Mblaze and  State operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) EVDO Data Card.

We have summed up the USB device cost and Tariff Plans with comparison chart of all CDMA EVDO service providers of India. We take only volume based plans in consideration for comparison, no time based plans is considered for comparison.

Reliance Netconnect Broadband+Tata Photon+vFlashMBlazeBSNL
Device costRs. 3,500/- .

Rs 3500

Get the device free with advance payment of 12 months opting 1/2/5/10 GB data plans

Rs 3500Premium Modem – Rs 3,499 (has slot for microSD card);

Standard Modem – Rs 2,999

Rs 2100 or Rs 3500 (circle specific) ;

Only in BSNL Subscribers are allow to buy their own EVDO device but installation charge (Rs 350) has to be paid;

If any one willing to take Device on Rental basis  than BSNL provide at Rs 200/month

Intro offerFree rental for the first month

OR

Monthly discount of Rs.200/- for 12 months (worth Rs. 2,400/-) on any monthly rental plan above Rs. 1,000/- 1

10 GB free data usage with every activationnilFree usage worth Rs 1500nil
PrePaid/ PostPaidBoth availableBoth availablepostpaidprepaidPostpaid
Validity for prepaidlifetimeN/AN/ALifetime

* Subscriber showing zero activity for 180 days will be temporarily deactivated.

N/A
Base tariffRe1/MBN/AN/ARs2/MB without any pack, top ups Rs 299, 699, 999 offering full valueAfter free usage 5p/100KB
Extra BenefitsNilnilnilFree usage on Yahoo India, Wikipedia, MakeMyTrip, Cricinfo, Indiatimes Shopping, MTS India2nil
Presence & Roaming facilityNationwide coverage, complete Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ coverage in 38 major cities, seamless integration with High Speed 1x for National coverage.Complete Photon+ coverage in more than 50 major cities, seamless integration with High Speed 1x for National coverage.Complete vFlash coverage in more than 50 major cities, seamless integration with High Speed 1x for National coverage.At present 1x covers Rajasthan, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Karntaka, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar & Jharkhand; More than 20 major cities of these states covered by MBlaze.Nationwide coverage with more than 60 major cities.

(The Roaming facility Intra & Inter Circle) as per technical feasibility)

Unlimited packNilNilNilNilYes

1 Exchange your old Reliance Netconnect Hi-Speed 1X modem with Reliance Netconnect Broadband+  USB modem & upgrade to Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ paying Rs. 1,999/-  and monthly discount of Rs.250/- for 12 months (worth Rs. 3000/-) on any monthly rental plan above Rs. 800/- ; PREPAID offer: FREE data usage of 10 GB valid for a period of 30 days 2 Upto 31.01.2010

Tariff Comparison Chart:

Free Data usage/30 daysReliance Netconnect Broadband+

(Postpaid/ Prepaid)

Tata Photon+

(Postpaid/ Prepaid)

Virgin vFlashMTS MBlazeBSNL

(Speed upto 2.4Mbps)

250MB— / 200
300MB— / 250
500MB500/ —500498199
650MB— /500
700MB— / 500
1GB650/715650/700 598299
2GB750/ —750/850750449
3GB850/935798
4GB— /1000
5GB1099/1210950/1200898649
10GB1250*/1379

*No Roaming @ 1099

110011001200
15GB— /192515001500
30GB3000
50GB5000
Night 10GB499/ —Addon pack at Rs 200 for those are on more than 2GB postpaid pack595
Night 10GB + Day 1 GB849/ —
Night 10GB + Day 2 GB949/–
Night 10GB + Day 3 GB1049 /–
Night 10GB + Day 5 GB1298 / —
Night 10GB + Day 10 GB1449* / —

*No Roaming @ 1298

UnlimitedRs.650 per month With Pan India Roaming.
Post free usage charge in validity period50p/MB, on prepaid Re1/MB50p/MB50p/MB50p/MB5p/100KB

BSNL,TTSL, RComm, Virgin & MTS also offer CDMA Data Card dubbed as BSNL CDMA Data Card, Photon Whiz, Reliance Net connect, vLink and MBrowse respectively with 144 to 153 kbps on CDMA 1x with lower price, while with Photon+ , Netconnect BB+, MBlaze, vFlash which are the EVDO service users can get 3.1Mbps speed according to the operators claim.

Inputs: Sanjay Bafna

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