The best and cheapest 3G plans in Mumbai

I am back again to talk about 3G in Mumbai. Telcos are gearing up to launch 4G but many mobile Internet users in India are yet to make a shift to 3G. What keeps them away? Exorbitant cost of 3G plans and equally bad on-ground speeds & coverage.



Over the last few months, I’ve been using 3G “unlimited” plan by Reliance. It’s something Reliance offered as a custom data plan but does not offer any more. For the first month Reliance priced it at Rs 297 and for the second month at Rs 397. I feel, it was a response to tackle Airtel’s 4G launches and plans.

While Reliance no longer offers the unlimited plan, it still offers a good 3GB data plan for Rs 347. These plans are accessible only by dialling *129#. It’s 1GB per 28 days plan is also comparatively cheaper than the plans offered by other operators.


Vodafone offers 1GB 3G data for Rs 297 per 28 days. I’ve been using Vodafone 3G on my main phone, and I must say the 3G speed that Vodafone offers in Mumbai is just subpar. It’s almost equal to 2G speeds at most. Be warned if you are opting for 3G plans on Vodafone in Mumbai.


Airtel too offers similar plans as that of Vodafone. It’s almost like if one of the operators decide to jump in the well, the other will follow them.


Another noteworthy telco which most users don’t even consider is MTNL. It offers 1GB 3GB data at just Rs 152 per month*. Their network coverage in Mumbai is also fairly good, although there are some areas such a the stretch from Ghodbandar road (Thane) to Borivali where you’ll get patchy 3G coverage.

Do let me know which 3G plan you’re using in Mumbai.

* While most telcos have shifted from a 30 day a month to 28 day a month in order to earn more, I like the fact that MTNL still offers plans on a per month basis.

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October 17, 2015 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

I use Tata cdma for data ani GSM for Voice and 2G internet. Cdma data is cheap and very good. It is as good as 3G. Tata 2G internet is also good. Tata has improved its service. Hope it continues to do so.

Bhavan Vakharia
October 16, 2015 11:37 pm 11:37 PM

I am using RCOM as my secondary sim, it’s connectivity and services is very poor. I am not able to use 3g indoor from last 4 months. I made complaints so many time but they are still working on it.

October 16, 2015 6:10 pm 6:10 PM

Any idea on who is using BSNL 3G Sim Card & who frequently travels to Mumbai. How is BSNL 3G Internet Speed on MTNL 3G Network. Is there frequent disconnection of BSNL 3G Internet Connection in Mumbai Telecom Circle on MTNL #G Network. Please reply…

October 17, 2015 3:09 pm 3:09 PM

I am using BSNL GSM sim and traveling twice a month to Mumbai. I am getting Dolphin Network with a decent 3G speed. but getting only 2G inside my home. mainly I am using it for calling purpose since they is no roaming charges on BSNL in Mumbai.

October 18, 2015 10:08 am 10:08 AM

MTNL 3G can only be utilized if the phone has Only 3G option, otherwise most of the time it stays on 2G only. Also the network constantly gives data usage pop up when the phone switches from 2G to 3G and vice versa, it seems there’s no way to disable that

October 16, 2015 9:52 pm 9:52 PM

Just 2 days back u had travelled to Mumbai bsnl 3g has no connectivity at all though u get MTNL network there was no data transfer. Likewise in Bangalore faced same problem with BSNL. Idea worked perfectly on both location. Bsnl 3g works gud in Goa