Planning to activate a super-fast internet connection on your tablet or smartphone? Well, only a few cities in India have full access to the 4G-LTE network. To experience the high-speed internet on your mobile phone, you must activate a 3G or GPRS (2G) pack on your mobile device. In 2013 – 2014, 2G was cheaper than 3G. In 2016, the data tariffs for these two mobile internet services are almost same.

Today, we’ll make you aware of data tariff, and validity of the cheapest and the best 3G plans in India for this year. In other words, we’ve compared the top 3G data plans.

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.

Best 3G plans in India for 2017


BSNL is a reliable company owned and operated by the Government of India. Its 3G plans are considered among the best in the industry. This year, BSNL announced several new plans for its customers to stay in competition with big players like Vodafone, Airtel, etc. Here are the latest 3G plans that BSNL is offering:


Check latest BSNL plans here on its official website.

Apart from 3G, BSNL provides attractive home and office broadband plans. See the latest BSNL broadband plans here.

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. Here are its latest plans:

Idea Cellular 3g plans


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. The below 5 plans are available for each circle.


To see more plans for your circle, visit Airtel website.


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:


Visit Aircel website to get tariff details for HSPA.

Reliance Communications (RCOM)

Last year, Reliance had shut down CDMA service in India. CDMA customers were transferred to the superfast 3G and 4G networks. If your CDMA device or SIM card is now compatible with 3G and 4G-LTE networks, you can enjoy 3G internet by enabling one of the RCOM 3G plans.

RCOM has a total of 500 packs. The tariffs are different for each state/circle. Find the latest Reliance 3G data tariffs for your circle here on its website.


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.

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  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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