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+ vFlash MBlaze BSNL
Device cost Rs. 3,500/- .

Rs 3500

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

Rs 3500 Premium 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 offer Free 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 activation nil Free usage worth Rs 1500 nil
PrePaid/ PostPaid Both available Both available postpaid prepaid Postpaid
Validity for prepaid lifetime N/A N/A Lifetime

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

N/A
Base tariff Re1/MB N/A N/A Rs2/MB without any pack, top ups Rs 299, 699, 999 offering full value After free usage 5p/100KB
Extra Benefits Nil nil nil Free usage on Yahoo India, Wikipedia, MakeMyTrip, Cricinfo, Indiatimes Shopping, MTS India2 nil
Presence & Roaming facility Nationwide 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 pack Nil Nil Nil Nil Yes

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 days Reliance Netconnect Broadband+

(Postpaid/ Prepaid)

Tata Photon+

(Postpaid/ Prepaid)

Virgin vFlash MTS MBlaze BSNL

(Speed upto 2.4Mbps)

250MB — / 200
300MB — / 250
500MB 500/ — 500 498 199
650MB — /500
700MB — / 500
1GB 650/715 650/700 598 299
2GB 750/ — 750/850 750 449
3GB 850/935 798
4GB — /1000
5GB 1099/1210 950/1200 898 649
10GB 1250*/1379

*No Roaming @ 1099

1100 1100 1200
15GB — /1925 1500 1500
30GB 3000
50GB 5000
Night 10GB 499/ — Addon pack at Rs 200 for those are on more than 2GB postpaid pack 595
Night 10GB + Day 1 GB 849/ —
Night 10GB + Day 2 GB 949/–
Night 10GB + Day 3 GB 1049 /–
Night 10GB + Day 5 GB 1298 / —
Night 10GB + Day 10 GB 1449* / —

*No Roaming @ 1298

Unlimited Rs.650 per month With Pan India Roaming.
Post free usage charge in validity period 50p/MB, on prepaid Re1/MB 50p/MB 50p/MB 50p/MB 5p/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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August 14, 2010 1:37 pm 1:37 PM

All these EVDO services will be dead once when 3G network is made available. Who will buy these locked hardware, but even on 3G network they might impliment a software or hardware lock. If so get an unlocked HSPA 3G data modem from ebay. I am using Huawei E122 and is impressed by it’s perf. It’s unlocked so i can use any 2G or 3G SIM to access EDGE and 3G network. Awesome!

Nikunj
July 26, 2010 10:56 pm 10:56 PM

Hi,
in the unlimited BSNL EVDO 2.4MBPS plan, i heard we cannot make a voice call, is that true? What I mean to ask is specifically for calls from Skype and Yahoo, especially Calls with webcam ON on skype and yahoo, is that possible???

Parvej
July 7, 2010 5:38 pm 5:38 PM

can any one give me information about bsnl/mtnl 3g data cards.
and also data plans…..

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