The 4G internet plan promises to provide faster internet connectivity than the 3G plan. By accessing these websites, downloading files or playing online games, you can be assured of better connectivity than the currently available 3G services in India. 4G means “fourth generation” and is the successor to 3G mobile services. Its downloading speed is around 50 mbps which is 5 times faster than 3G services. Let’s have a look which are the best 4G internet plans in India.
Top 4G Internet Plans in India
• Enjoy 4G features on 2G / 3G smartphones
• True 4G Speed - Download speed up to 150 Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps
• Make video and HD voice calls, audio and video conferencing, send SMS with Jio 4G voice app
• Connect to 10 Wi-Fi devices at the same time
• Best in class battery (2300mAh) supports up to 6 hours of surf time
Let’s take a deeper look at some of the 4G plans. Let’s start with Airtel.
Update: Here are the updated prepaid plans of Airtel.
Airtel is one of the first to offer 4G internet in India. You can get a download speed of 25 Mbps which is very good and the signal strength assures to be decent. Cost is also determined appropriately and is easy to install. A user can upgrade from his old SIM to the current 4G plan after a few steps.
- Initially find the 20 digit SIM number that appears on the back of the SIM card.
- SMS to 121 SIM <20 digit number.
- Type 1 to confirm your request.
- Once your phone is disconnected from the network, you can remove the old SIM and replace it with the new one.
- It will take about 5 minutes for Airtel SIM to become active and once it is ready, you will get APN settings which will have to be saved.
- Now you are set and your 4G connection is ready to go.
Some prepaid plans offered by Airtel are unlimited internet with 5GB data plan which comes at a cost of Rs 1749 (valid for 28 days). With 7GB, there is another unlimited roaming facility across India which will cost you Rs 2249.
4G Data Plans From AirTel
|Rs. 649||Rs. 849||1 GB||5 GB||Rs. 1999||Rs. 2999|
|Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music||Unlimited Music|
|Unlimited Local AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel||Unlimited Local Calls + AirTel to AirTel|
|Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies||Unlimited Movies|
|1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||5 GB||Roaming||Roaming|
|STD calls||STD calls|
|7 GB||15 GB|
Reliance Jio 4G data plan (postpaid and prepaid)
Reliance has come up with 4G services called Reliance Jio. As per the plan, they are offering cheap 4G enabled smartphones for Rs 50. Currently Jio’s plan is only available to its employees and will soon be available to users across India by 5 September 2016. (Update – Jio is now live and taking India by storm.)
Cheapest Reliance Jio 4G prepaid plan – The cheapest prepaid Reliance Jio 4G plan is for Rs 96 (Prime), which comes with free voice, unlimited local and STD calls and roaming on any network in India.
It also has 0.1 GB of free unlimited data with a FUP limit of 1 GB / day. Also includes 0.2GB WiFi data and access to Jio Apps. However the validity of the pack is only 1 day 7 days.
Reliance Jio 4G prepaid plan
Depending on the validity of how many days you can choose the prepaid plan of Reliance Jio. Starting from just 7 days, you can go for a year and prices vary accordingly. What I really like about Jio is the flexibility and choice you have.
Update: Here is an updated list of Reliance Jio prepaid plans. Here are the latest Reliance Jio Happy New Year plans.
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Post paid plan of Reliance (after introductory launch offer) starts from Rs. 19 per month and Rs. 9,999 per month. (See chart above. Click on image for larger image.)
(The above mentioned plans, starting at Rs. 19 are not available anymore. It was part of the launch and introductory offer that came with it.)
Reliance Jio 4G Postpaid Plans (Old – Not available anymore)
Reliance Jio 4G postpaid plans starting from Rs. 149 / – to Rs. 1400 per month.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.149 / month plan – free voice, unlimited local, STD, roaming in India + 0.3GB data + 100 free SMS.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.499 / Month Plan – Free Voice, Unlimited Local, STD, Roaming in India + 4GB Data (Unlimited at Night) + Free 8GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.999 / Month Plan – Free Voice, Unlimited Local, STD, Roaming + 10GB Data (Unlimited at Night) + Free 20GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS in India.
Reliance Jio 4G Rs.1499 / month plan – Free Voice, Unlimited Local, STD, Roaming in India + 20 GB Data (Unlimited at Night) + Free 40GB WiFi dta + Jio Apps + Unlimited SMS.
This smartphone comes with inbuilt Jio app and will be available to consumers under the name of Reconnect. Reliance Telecommunication plans that the entire range from entry-level phones of Rs 2000 to iPhones will be up to Rs 20,000. He has already tied up with 24 handset manufacturers and five chipmakers for this launch. The idea is to offer more devices for less than 4000 and it plans to cover 10 crore of the 90 million population. Official details here.
Vodafone has launched its 4G services in many cities of India. Today they have more offers than any other service providers, with a plan for everyone. Starting from Rs. 102, they have plans of up to Rs. 1,247. Currently, they are selling both 3G and 4G services under a single plan and 4G plans are available for selected plans as per the user’s choice.
Update (1 December 2017): Vodafone launches 5 new plans for Vodafone customers. These are called Vodafone “Super Plans” and provide a combination of data, short messaging service, unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls to its customers. Have plans here
Rupees. 509 Vodafone plan – 1GB data per day, 100 free short message service, unlimited local, STD and national roaming for 84 days.
Rupees. 347 or 70 days validity with 287 days validity – 1.5GB data per day, Rs 199 with 28 days validity and Rs 79 with seven days validity.
Update: Idea has introduced a new 392 plan, in which you get Rs. The 392 offers 1GB / Day + unlimited calling. (Source)
Update: Idea has launched new postpaid schemes called “Nirvana”. Check the plans here.
Idea is the third largest mobile operator in India and has been ranked among the top 10 operators in the world. The company has already won 4G licenses in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and North East. The company has managed 65.2MHz spectrum from the 900 MHz auction as well as the 1800 MHz auction.
Their 4G data plan is much cheaper as compared to Airtel and Vodafone but is limited to coverage in some states.
So, which is the best 4G data plan in India?
If you want to go for an all India coverage brand, AirTel and Reliance Jio is your best bet. But if you want cheaper rates, Idea is a good option. They are however not available all over India. Vodafone has done an amazing job in coming up with a lot of data plans that can suit many people according to their requirement. Their connectivity and quality of service are however debatable.
Are you planning to get a new 4G data plan? What are you going for
If you are a heavy or medium data user and stream videos, use applications etc., Reliance Jio’s Rs .303 / month (28 days) is a great offer. Even Rs. If you can afford it then the offer of 499 per month is a clean deal. With the eco system that comes with it, Reliance is building a huge fan base and it seems a better bet to be with them than any other at the moment. But of course, in the telecommunications sector things change rapidly and changes happen rapidly. So, let’s keep looking at this space.