Airtel unveils 3G data packs in Karnataka

Bharti has started its 3G journey from Karnataka circle and it will be covering other 12 circles by March 2011. Airtel data plans have now been revealed which are classified on the basis of data usage and time duration. Time based data packs are charged on the basis of time rather than download and so far no other 3G operator has such a concept. As for 3G pricing Airtel has maintained from the beginning that 3G services won’t come cheap and that is reflected in their 3G data tariffs. Also it must be remembered that recently  Airtel in an audacious move had increased its GPRS charges  to Rs 15/MB in such intense competition where prices are dropping vigorously.

Airtel 3G Prepaid Tariffs

Pay as you Go : 2G data rates and 3G data rates have been kept same which are the most expensive in the market i.e. 30p/20kb  which amounts to Rs 15/MB. Tata Docomo and Reliance have data rates of 1p/kb and 10p/10kb i.e Rs 10/ MB while BSNL and MTNL have 1p/10KB i.e Re 1/MB.

Airtel Prepaid 3G Data Packs

Time Based Plan;

MRP:Rs. 45 for 30 minutes

Charges beyond 30 min: Rs.3 per minute

Validity: One day

Flexi Shield Plan:

Monthly Rental: Rs 675

Free Data Usage: 1.25 GB

Data Charges: 1p/100 kb till Rs 2000 data bill . Speed drops to 20kbps beyond that limit and access becomes free.

3G Data Packs Comparison- Private Operators