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.

best cheapest 4g plans in India

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
498 126 1.4 90
499 164 2 82
448 114.8 1.4 82
399 98 1.4 70
249 56 2 28
199 39.2 1.4 28
179 28 1 28

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 (GB) Free Amazon Prime Subscription
399 20 UL 20 N/A
499 75 UL - Yes
649 90 UL - Yes
799 100 UL - Yes
1199 120 Unlimited - Yes

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.

Must see: Best 4G phones under 15000 Rs in India

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 2018.

As of today, Reliance JIO has over 200 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.

Dhan Dhana Dhan offer has expired. Reliance is now providing 1.5GB additional data in the form of a voucher to every user who’ll recharge their JIO number with INR 300+. Here’s the list of latest 4G plans of RJIO:

Reliance JIO plans (Unlimited 4G data with FUP)

Tariff Total Data (GB) Daily FUP (GB) Validity in days
149 42 1.5 28
198 56 2   28
299 84 3 28
349 105 1.5 70
398 140 2 70
399 126 1.5 84
448 168 84 2
449 136 1.5 91
498 182 2 91
509 112 4 28
799 140 5 28
999 60 N/A 90
1999 125 N/A 180
4999 350 NA 360
9999 750 NA 360

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. Here’s the list of unlimited data plans Idea is providing to its customers:

Price Total Data Daily usage (GB) Validity
199 39.2 1.4 28
227 39.2 (Free VAS) 1.4 28
249 56 2 28
349 84 3 28
398 98 1.4 70
449 114.8 1.4 82
499 164 2 82
509 126 1.4 90
786 126 (+Rs 300 Talktime) 1.4 90

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.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Tabom

    All thanks to jio(Mukesh sir) for letting these telecom companies come to line. Just a year ago their rates were sky high, for just 10gb data we had to pay ₹1500 and if we exceeded our internet usage then mobile balance would be wasted like water in just few minutes now they must have learned their lesson. Thank you Mukesh sir #respect

  2. Lovely

    He is right. But not in JIO. This pack is only for reliance (smart) customers.

  3. geethu

    Should I buy JioFi or not?

  4. Krish

    Airtel is selling 3g in the name of 4g. I have bought the 4g hotspot last month. I get a poor download speed of 1 to 2 Mbps. I want airtel to refund my 999 rs.

  5. shivakumar

    Thanks for collecting all data and putting in one place. Had you put all data in 1 or 2 tables, things could have been lot easier to understand. 🙂

  6. PR.Pravin

    Now Reliance communications offers 28GB 4G data for just Rs 94 with a validity of 28 days (1GB per day) and its Rs 148/ plan gives 70GB 4G data for 70 days.

    • Jitendra

      Where did you get this? There is no such plan.

      • sanjay

        he created a plan of his own

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