Tariff War: Is it Worth Spending More Than Rs. 1500 for Just 10GB of 4G Data?

4G Internet in India has taken a huge leap and bounds in recent times. With the increasing craze for the mobile internet in the country, operators are heavily focusing on delivering the maximum data to satisfy the consumers.
And this offering has gone to a new level with the introduction of Reliance Jio. Yes, the new entrant has changed the fortunes of Indian telecom sector with their competitive offerings. Jio currently has a plan of Rs. 1499 with which it is offering 20GB of 4G data with a validity period of 28 days.


On the flip side, we have other operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular who are asking the same amount and offering almost similar data to what Jio offers.

When compared with each other, Airtel charges you Rs. 1255 (differs to each state) and is providing 12.5GB of 4G data. Vodafone, India’ second largest telecom network does not compromise on pricing is now offering 10GB of data for a whopping Rs. 1505. Idea Cellular is slowly catching everyone with their offerings, and users can now get 10GB of 4G data for Rs. 1349.

Also Read: Airtel myPlan Infinity 1199 vs Idea Unlimited Combo Plan 1199: Which Plan Serves You the Best?

That said, both the Airtel and Idea plan to come with a validity period of 28 days, whereas the Vodafone plan will be valid for 30 days. That essentially means, in a calendar year, users have to recharge 13 times in Airtel and Idea, but in the case of Vodafone, it will be 12 times a year.

Coming to the final aspect- Is it worth spending hefty of the amount for just 10GB of mobile data? End of the day, the answer boils downs to you. If you’re an avid traveler, then you need large mobile data. For those sort of people, Airtel has the best offer, and it is the India’s largest telecom operator as well and has excellent 4G network as well.

You may ask that Jio has the best plan compared to Airtel, but Jio is still under testing phase and hasn’t rolled out their tariff plans. And several Jio users are still facing problems in internet connectivity. So, ultimately Jio doesn’t come into consideration, at least until March 2017.

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Manish (Presently at Seoul, Republic of Korea)
January 10, 2017 7:52 am 7:52 AM

I don’t know when will our country achieve this much speed everywhere but i am extremely happy to use the top most internet speed of the world at Seoul, South Korea at all time. I am watching YouTube without buffering and download songs and movies very quickly. Waiting for the commercial launch of 5G here in Korea at 2017 winter Olympics by SKT and KT telecoms.

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January 8, 2017 7:18 am 7:18 AM
Those who really want 15GB or more mobile data are those who can’t get or can’t use landline broadband. Why can’t they get broadband? 1. Private company’s broadband access is limited to densely populated city area and for others BSNL is the only resort and many a times even BSNL denies the connection because it has no lines in newly developed residential area. 2. Quality or reliability is not same everywhere thus BSNL may not be worth subscribing thus even the last option is waste. Why can’t they use broadband? 1. Working lifestyle may be such that they frequently change… Read more »
January 8, 2017 6:24 am 6:24 AM

People always want plans like BSNL Rs.1099 unlimited 3G plan. Anyone agreed?
I’m using BSNL Rs.1099 unlimited 3G plan is absolutely one of the best plan, I’m using last 4 days, i get medium signal speed upto 6-12Mbps

January 7, 2017 10:23 pm 10:23 PM
Simple Answer: NOPE. 4G was a waste of investment. 5G has real potential and this is why the gullible user has to spend a whopping Rs.1500 for 10GB with some forcing users to recharge 13 times a year because of the ‘exploitative’ 28Days validity. By the way, even Vodafone resorts to 28Days validity. Recall the time in 1998 when I used to pay Rs.16/min for incoming & outgoing calls. These 4G rates are somewhat of that nature. Besides this TRAI is still being manipulated by these service operators to resort to ‘sleight of hand’ w.r.t net neutrality made worse by… Read more »
adil wadia
January 7, 2017 7:26 pm 7:26 PM
Headline Tariff will not fall unless Jio starts pricing in March. All users except the corporate tariffs have special offers that are available to them, for example vodafone *121# offers more data disguised as promotional offers. Every number postpaid and prepaid is getting crazy offers that are not available on the website and are much cheaper than advertised. If they drop headline rates then they lose the pricing advantage to Jio. It is a known fact that the data capacity of the AVOID operators is underused and they had the opportunity to reduce data price before Jio launched. If AVOID… Read more »
January 7, 2017 6:29 pm 6:29 PM

RDB are you intoxicated??
Im paying Rs 259 for 10 GB (AIRTEL) since October 2016

>> Airtel charges you Rs. 1255 .. providing 12.5GB of 4G data
>> Vodafone … offering 10GB of data for ,,, Rs. 1505
>> Idea Cellular …users can now get 10GB of 4G data for Rs. 1349.

January 8, 2017 7:39 am 7:39 AM

BSNL charges only Rs.549 for 10 GB data but the looting group charges in 4 digit amount. Aircel offers 20 GB data for Rs.498.

I am talking about Tamilnadu circle.

RIT fraudtel and lootafone.

January 8, 2017 1:52 am 1:52 AM

These are the standard charges not ur special offers.

January 7, 2017 6:08 pm 6:08 PM

Well I got 10 GB Airtel 4G data 28 days validity for Rs 496. This is good offer. We need 30 GB data with 3 months with 1500 Rs.

Kirti Delhi
January 7, 2017 3:52 pm 3:52 PM

1gb/day for 30 days @ Rs 1000-1500 should be good if something like this comes into our telecom market,
currently 10GB for Rs 999 is decent but one can consume it in 5-10 days even if you wish it not to use too early. rather avoid mobile data keep 1-2 gb for mbanking WhatsApp etc.

January 7, 2017 2:08 pm 2:08 PM

“Jio currently has a plan of Rs. 1499 with which it is offering 20GB of 4G data with a validity period of 28 days.”

plz count night free data,in that.other’s were charging 1 GB for 40-50 rs till date at night before Jio.In my opinion jio has something for everyone rich or poor.

January 8, 2017 11:19 am 11:19 AM

Aircel is already giving 20 GB of 3G data at Rs1499 far before the Jio launch, nothing new move in this plan.

January 7, 2017 2:02 pm 2:02 PM

Any Kerala Airtel user here ?? I am planning to port to Airtel .But Airtel 4g is not available at my place .I would like to know does airtel having some icr with idea 4g ?? if not does airtel have 3g icr with any other operator ???

Bcz only airtel 2g signal is avilable in my area .And data is the first priority for me .Airtel Kerala users plz replay .

January 7, 2017 8:02 pm 8:02 PM

pls dont switch to airtel 4g. it constantly switch to 2g since airtel doesnt have its own 3g in kerala…Even in Kochi the network switches between 4g and 2g…. better go for idea 4g since its network is constant and covers even remote places

January 7, 2017 3:38 pm 3:38 PM

Airtel having 3G icra with idea 3G (provides excellent internet experience)

January 8, 2017 10:21 pm 10:21 PM

You cannot use an ICR network to provide CSFB fallback for your 4G. Airtel in Kerala will either latch to idea 3G or switch between airtel 4G and 2G. In practice, both are happening. So this constant switching between 3 networks ruins your smartphone battery life.

January 7, 2017 3:21 pm 3:21 PM

There is no 4G ICR for airtel. However, you may try accessing Idea/Vodafone 3G network using your airtel sim (that might work).

January 8, 2017 10:22 pm 10:22 PM

It works but it will reregister itself to airtel network after a few minutes….


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