Here, we’ve compared 4G data packs offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone. 4G internet plans provide 3 or 4 times faster download speeds than a 3G connection. Downloading large apps and games from the Google Play store or iTunes, syncing files between your PC and a cloud storage platform is faster over a 4G network than 3G. If the service provider permits, the download or upload speeds on a 4G-LTE mobile device can reach up to 75 Mbps.
Telecom firms rolled out 4G-LTE services in India in 2016. Airtel was one of the first firms to make 4G SIM cards available to consumers. JIO was the 2nd company to launch 4G cellular services across India followed by Vodafone and Idea.
In case you have bought the latest phone and want to upgrade from 3G to 4G-LTE SIM card or if you’re unhappy with the plan and network speed offered by your existing service provider, go through the following paragraphs to learn which 4G SIM or plan is ideal for you.
Note: To compete with Reliance JIO, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and Airtel have introduced unlimited 4G plans.
Airtel 4G Plans
Airtel is the biggest telecom firm in India. According to OpenSignal, Airtel is the fastest 4G network in the country. The operator promises download speeds within 5 to 30 Mbps. Download speeds can exceed 30 Mbps if the user’s location is within half a kilometer of Airtel Tower. Being a large operator with over 100 MN customers, Airtel has a comprehensive network coverage.
The firm makes use of high-quality networking components. Hence, your 4G internet connection will not drop unless Airtel is facing a major network or hardware issue.
The following unlimited 4G plans are live in 20+ major circles in India. Please contact Airtel CSC to check if 4G is available in your city.
|Price In Rs||Total data (GB)||Daily usage (FUP)||Validity in days|
In addition to the above plans, Airtel has launched the below postpaid plans that would allow Airtel users to enjoy high-speed 4G mobile broadband service and make unlimited local or STD calls.
|Tariff||Data (GB)||Local STD Roaming calls||Bonus data|
|399||10||Roaming outgoing calls are chargeable||–|
Last year, Airtel had launched a hotspot device and dongle for Rs 1950 and 1500. The hotspot’s battery backup is 6 hours. These two devices support 4G-LTE connectivity. They are ideal for sharing internet connection with PC or laptop. The Airtel WiFi hotspot is now retailing for Rs 999.
See latest Airtel plans here on its official portal.
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Reliance JIO 4G Plans
Reliance group incorporated its telecom wing JIO aka RJIL last year. The RJIL 4G services became operative last year. To acquire a large number of subscribers in shortest time duration, Reliance provides JIO Welcome offer wherein customers enjoy high-speed 4G internet free for three months. According to TRAI, JIO was the fastest 4G network for June 2017.
As of today, Reliance JIO has over 132 million subscribers. The telecom firm is adding 1000s of new customers every day. JIO Provides 4G plans for every budget. It has launched a 4G device called JIO FI for those users who cannot buy a 4G mobile phone.
Earlier this year, RJIL had introduced 7 new JIO prime plans that would provide unlimited data for 12 months to the users. March 15 was supposed to be the last date for joining the JIO prime membership program. The date was shifted to April 1.
Apart from shifting the date, Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of RJIO had announced the special Summer Suprise Offer that provided up to 2GB of 4G data every day to JIO Prime members for 3 months on a payment of Rupees 303 or 499.
Following an order from TRAI, JIO had to scrap the Summer Surprise offer. Immediately after abandoning the SS offer, RJIL unleashed the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer.
If you haven’t recharged your JIO number yet, then this is the right time to do so because the new JIO Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is as exciting as JIO SS.
Reliance JIO DDD offer plans (Unlimited 4G data with FUP)
|Tariff||Total Data (GB)||Daily FUP (GB)||Validity in days|
To recharge your number with any one of the above two plans, please visit JIO website or your nearest Reliance retail store.
Vodafone 4G Plans
Europe-based Vodafone group is one of the major players in the Indian telecom Industry. It is the 2nd largest operator in India with 50+ million subscribers. Like Airtel and Vodafone, Vodafone has 4G network coverage across all major Indian cities. In case you don’t like the Airtel 4G plans or don’t want to stand in long queues for getting the free JIO SIM card and welcome offer, Vodafone 4G plans are for you.
To make 3G SIM card users switch to 4G, Vodafone has kept tariffs on LTE data same as its 3G plans.
Also see: Best 4G mobiles below 10000 Rs in India
Idea 4G Plans
Idea Cellular has launched some special offers for existing and new customers. If you recharge your 4G handset with Rs 1499, you’ll get 6GB data for the current month and 1GB data for only Rs 51 for the entire year.
If a customer subscribes to Idea 4G network, he’ll enjoy 10GB free LTE internet data.
Existing Idea Cellular subscriber will earn 2GB free data on upgrading to LTE SIM cards.
Below are the latest Idea 4G plans:
|Price||Daily usage (GB)||Validity|
The plans are applicable in all states. Idea Cellular has launched 50+ non-limited 4G plans across India. The tariffs differ from state to state. Visit Idea Cellular website to see the latest 4G-LTE plans other than the ones mentioned above.
Note: The above plans have a validity of 28 days. The companies may change the plans after 3/4 months
As you can see in the above tables, RJIL and Airtel have the most affordable 4G plans. Idea and Airtel Cellular are the only two operators that are giving JIO a run for its money. Other operators i.e. RCOM, Aircel are struggling.