Planning to activate a super-fast internet connection on your tablet or smartphone? Altough 4G network is available in almost all cities of India, millions of people are still using a 3G mobile device.

Users who down own a 4G smartphone can activate a 3G or GPRS (2G) pack on their  mobile device. In 2013 – 2014, 2G was cheaper than 3G. In 2016 and 2017, the data tariffs for these two mobile internet services was almost same. Hence, instead of wasting your money on a 2G pack, you should buy a 3G data plan.

Is 3G network reliable?

Top telecom operators in India have their towers set up in metro cities i.e Bangalore, Karnataka, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and 1000s of villages across India. Hence, you shouldn’t face network connectivity problems while using a 3G data plan.

What is average download speed over a 3G network?

1 Mbps to 7 Mbps

Best 3G plans in India (2018)

Aircel

Unfortunately, Aircel doesn’t offer 3G network services in every city of India. If Aircel is providing service in your area, you can recharge with one of the following plans:

Tariff Data (GB) Validity
7 0.045 1
17 0.125 2
24 0.250 28
37 0.350 5
44 1 3
47 0.500 28
48 0.500 to 1GB 28
67 0.700 28
74 2 5
76 3 5
98 3 30
119 10 28
146 0.5 56
148 1 28
198 1 28
204 2 As above
289 1 56
333 30 30

Visit Aircel website to get the latest tariff details.

BSNL

BSNL is a reliable company owned and operated by the Government of India. Its 3G plans are considered among the best in the industry. Last year, BSNL announced several new plans for its customers to stay in competition with big players like Vodafone, Airtel, etc. The company is in process of rolling out 4G service. If you have a 3G phone and  BSNL sim card, you can enable one of the following 3G plans on your device:

Tariff Data (GB) Validity
7 0.02 1
17 0.110 1
29 0.150 3
39 0.200 5
56 0.250 21
78 2 3
561 8 90
821 12 120
1099 UL 30
98 1.3 10
109 0.650 28
155 1.5 17
198 2.2 25
291 4 27
549 10 30
2798 72 365
3099 15 90
1498 36 1 year
1949 40 270
3998 110 1 year
4498 160 1 year

Check latest BSNL plans here on its official website.

Idea Cellular

Two of biggest telecom firms, Vodafone and Idea will be joining forces to take on RJIO and other top 4G service providers. Idea 3G plans are great for non-4G mobile phone users. Idea has launched 10 to 20 plans for each circle. The plans vary from circle to circle. Please see the latest Idea 3g tariff on the company’s official website.

Airtel

The 3G plans from the largest telecom service provider in the country are satisfactory. Like other companies, Airtel has introduced several plans. Plans and tariffs are different across the circles.

To give you an idea of what Airtel 3G tariff is like, we’ve shared the latest 3g plans for GJ circle.

Tariff Data (GB) Validity
2 0.1 28
28 0.2 5
29 0.15 30
48 0.4 10
49 1 1
55 1 1
98 1 28
99 2 5
145 1 7
175 2 28
248 3 28
398 5 As above
992 20 365 days

The tariff and data will be different for your circle. To see the latest plans for your circle, download a wallet app or visit Airtel website.

Reliance Communications (RCOM)

in 2015, Reliance had shut down CDMA service in India. CDMA customers were transferred to the superfast 3G and 4G networks. 2016 was a bad year for RCOM. Rcom sold its assets to JIO in December.

RCOM has not shut down its 2G and 3G service yet. The company introduced over 500 3G packs. The tariffs are different for each state/circle. The following 3G plans are available in the Gujarat circle.

Tariff Data (GB) Validity
180.057
24 1 1
39 0.2 28
68 0.225 7
89 0.250 30
125 0.218 14
179 0.312 28
185 0.650 21
249 1 28
449 2 As above
697 3 28
786 180 180
949 5 28
1299 7 28
1849 10 4 weeks

See latest RCOM 3g plans here on its official portal.

Vodafone

This operator has classified its internet plans (3G) into two types:

  1. Unlimited: Your browsing speed will drop to 64 KBPS when you’ve reached the free usage limit.
  2. Regular and small packs: Additional usage costs 4 paise per KB.

Vodafone offers excellent customer service. It has launched the My Vodafone app, with which you can get details on your current data packs, phone balance, etc.

Vodafone 4G tariffs are similar to its 3G plans. In unlimited 3G plans from this telecom operator, the connection speed will drop to 56kbps post FUP limit. Vodafone offers more than 10+ plans for each its circle. It is not possible to cover the data tariffs for each circle here. Please visit the official Vodafone website to see latest plans for your circle.

Conclusion: If you find the plans covered in this article costly, start using a broadband connection. Go through my review of Tikona and GTPL broadband to get a glimpse of what Indian broadband service is like.

Please confirm the plans from the local shop or customer care executive of the respected operator before you activate it by dialing these USSD codes.

6 COMMENTS

  1. sivaram

    Aircel 7gb at rs 143 validity 28 days

  2. Dillip Choudhury

    Aircel giving 20GB for Rs. 289, and 28days validity.
    10 gb day and 10gb night

  3. Ravi Kumar

    RCOM has 1GB 3G Data Pack for 49/- with 28 days Validity.

  4. P.K.Das

    Dear promod ji…please update all the data rate and its validity as it was little or much hiked by all most all the operator …pls also provide comparison table of data plan of each operator…thanks and regard.

  5. Raj ```

    The data is old. Request you to update especially after the recent data charges hike by the operators

    • Pramod Choudhary

      Yes! I’ll update the article soon.

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