Airtel, one of the leading cellular service providers in India, has launched 3G services and offers it through 3G USB modems and 3G enabled mobiles. The different 3G plans offered by Airtel are customized to fit the particular demand pattern of a region, and therefore different tariff plans are offered in the different parts of the country. This article talks about various 3G plans and tariff available in Chennai.
Before you subscribe to an Airtel 3G plan, check your handset for 3G compatibility. You do not need to change your SIM card in order to enjoy Airtel 3G service.
In case you are looking for a 3G connection for your Netbook or laptop, you can choose one of the following Airtel 3G modems:
E1731 3G USB Modem: This compactly designed modem offers speed up to 7.2 mbps and supports all latest operating systems including Windows 7, Win 2000 SP4, Windows Vista, Win XP sp2 and sp3, Mac OSx10.4/10.5/10.6.
E153 3G USB Modem: This modem offers speed up to 3.6 Mbps and runs on all latest versions of OS including Windows 7, Win 2000 SP4, Windows Vista, Win XP sp2 and sp3, Mac OSx10.4/10.5/10.6.
These modems are compatible with Edge, GPRS and GSM and you can send/receive SMS through them. You can enquire about the pricing of these modems by dialing toll-free 1800-1030-405.
Selections of 3G Prepaid Plans:
Sachet - Sachet plans are great for trying out 3G for the first time. They are available for Rs8, Rs63 and Rs45 and offer 10 MB, 65 MB and 30 minutes of free data usage respectively. The Rs8 and Rs45 packs have validity of one day and the Rs 60 plan remains valid for three days.
Once you cross the limit of free data usage, the tariff becomes same as 2G plans that is 30p/20kb for Rs9 and Rs 60 sachet packs. You need to pay Rs3/minute after exhausting free data usage for Rs 45 pack.
Standard- One can avail Standard plans for Rs101, Rs201, Rs451 and Rs751 and enjoy free 100MB, 250MB, 600MB and 2GB of data usage respectively. Standard packs offer validity of 30 days and after crossing free data usage limit, the tariff becomes same as 2G that is 30paisa/20KB.
Flexi Shield - This flexible plan costs Rs 675 and is a great choice if you want to put a cap to your usage. It remains valid for 30 days and offers 1.25GB of free data usage. Once 1.25 GB limit is crossed, you can enjoy 3G at 1p/100kb till the billing amount hits Rs2000 mark. After that unlimited browsing is offered at a lower speed of 20Kbps.
Following Volume Based Tariff Plans are good choice for variable usage need:
3G Value Pack - This pack is offered for Rs15 and stays valid for 21 days. The data usage charge is 15p/20kb.
Pay as You Go - With this prepaid plan you can enjoy unlimited usage at the rate of 30p/20kb.
Choice of 3G Post Paid Plans
Standard Plan- Postpaid standard plans are offered for Rs100, Rs200, Rs450 and Rs 750 and offers validity of 30 days. With standard plan you can enjoy free usage of 100MB, 250MB, 600MB and 2GB respectively. Once the free data usage limit is crossed; the charge is same as 2G, which is 30p/20Kb.
Flexi Shield: This 30 day validity plan costs Rs 675 and gets you 1.25GB of free data usage. Once the free usage limit is exhausted, you can enjoy 3G at 1p/100kb till the usage amount hits Rs2000 mark. Post that you can enjoy unlimited browsing at a lowered speed of 20Kbps. This is an excellent plan to start 3G using with low fixed cost and keeping a cap on your usage.
Choice of Volume Based Postpaid charging Packs:
3G Value Pack: This plan 30-day validity pack costs Rs 20 and offers usage at 15p/20kb.
Pay As You Go- With this postpaid plan you can enjoy unlimited usage at 30p/20kb.
3G video calling costs 5paisa/sec for local, STD and roaming.
How to Subscribe to 3G:
You can subscribe to a 3G plan by sending SMS “3G” to 121 or dialing 12134 and choosing a plan that fits your budget and your need.