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 apps and large games from the Google Play store or iTunes becomes easier when you have enabled a 4G data pack on your cell phone. If the service provider permits, the download speeds on a 4G-LTE mobile device can reach up to 75 Mbps.

Telecom firms began operating 4G-LTE services in India last year. 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, go through the following paragraphs to learn which 4G SIM or plan is ideal for you.

best cheapest 4g plans in India

Airtel 4G Plans

Airtel is the biggest telecom firm in India. It claims to offer the fastest 4G speeds in every state. The operator promises download speeds within 5 to 30 Mbps. 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 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 Data usage in GB Validity in days
93 1 5
94 2 1
95 0.375 11
126 0.5 14
145 0.375 28
146 2 7
154 0.4 28
157 0.425 28
174 1 AA
186 0.475 4 Weeks
199 0.5 4 Weeks
245 0.625 As above
265 1.5 AA
655 5.5 28
994 20 28

In addition to the above plans, Airtel has launched the below 3 new plans that would allow Airtel users to enjoy high-speed 4G mobile broadband service and make unlimited local or STD calls.

Tariff Data Daily transfer limit Validity in days
549 Unlimited 2.5GB 28
29 200 MB -  30
399 70GB 1GB 70

Apart from cellular 4G connectivity, Airtel has launched a hotspot device and dongle for Rs 1950 and 1500. These two devices support 4G-LTE connectivity. They are ideal for sharing internet connection with PC or laptop.

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.

As of today, Reliance JIO has over 70 million paid 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 announced the special Summer Suprise Offer that would have 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

Tariff FUP/day Validity
309 1GB 28
509  2GB 28

Please note that if you’re a JIO prime member and have recharged your number with Rs 499 or 303 before the day SS offer was called off, you are still eligible for the SS benefits.

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 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 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 Usage (GB) Validity
249 1 4 weeks
449 2 AA
598 3 28
651 3.5 As above
851 5 28D
1251 9 AA
1849 15 28
749 7 180 days i.e. 6 months

See latest Idea cellular LTE plans here on its website.

Unlimited 4G plans

To compete with Reliance JIO, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and Airtel have introduced unlimited 4G plans. Here’s the comparison of the unlimited 4G internet plans provided by the 4 telecom operators:

Company Activation charges Monthly tariff Monthly usage (FUP) Daily Limit
RJIL 99 149 2GB
Reliance JIO 99 303 28GB 1GB
JIO 99 499 56GB 2GB
Airtel NA 345 28GB 1GB (512 MB day and 512 MB night)
Vodafone NA 346 28GB 1GB
Idea cellular Nil 348 14GB 500 MB

Note: The above plans have a validity of 28 days. They’ll be available for 12 months.

As you can see in the above tables, RJIL has the most affordable 4G plans. The welcome offer which provides free 4G internet is a bonus. Airtel and Vodafone have competitive plans. Idea cellular has most expensive plans on the list.

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