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Comparison of 3G Prepaid Data Plans in Andhra Pradesh

Monday, 18 July 2011

In Andhra Pradesh telecom circle Aircel, Airtel and Idea are offering 3G services in addition to state-owned BSNL. BSNL is the first mobile operator started offering 3G services followed by Aircel, Airtel and Idea. Vodafone is also offering 3G services(using Idea 3G network, as Vodafone didn't get license for 3G services in Andhra Pradesh).  Here is the list of available data plans for prepaid mobile customers. This post may help users in finding the best 3G data plans.

3G Data plans from BSNL:


Recharge(Rs) Free Data Validity
10 20MB 1 day
25 50MB 3 days
50 100MB 7 days
203 500MB 30 days
403 1GB 30 days
606 6GB (1GB day + 5GB night) 30 days
716 2GB 30 days
1102 10GB 30 days
1500 15GB 30 days
3000 35GB 30 days
2500 12GB 180 days
5000 30GB 180 days


3G Data Plans offered by Aircel:


Recharge(Rs)Free DataValidity
78MB1 day
2225MB3 days
92100MB30 days
202250MB30 days
6021GB30 days
9752.5GB30 days



3G Data Plans offered by Airtel:


Recharge(Rs)
Free Data
Validity
9
10MB
1 day
60
65MB
3 days
99
100MB
30 days
198
250MB
30 days
450
600MB
30 days
750
2GB
30 days



3G Data Plans offered by Idea:


Recharge(Rs)
Free Data
Validity
8
20MB*
1 day
48
100MB*
3 days
103
200MB*
30 days
200
500MB*
30 days
450
1200MB*
30 days
599
2GB*
30 days
650
2.5GB*
30 days
750
4GB*
30 days
850
6GB*
30 days
1250
10GB*
30 days
2501
12GB
90 days
5000
30GB
125 days
 
        *with double data offer, till 31st December 2011.

3G Data Plans offered by Vodafone:


Recharge(Rs) Free Data Validity
25 25MB 1 day
102 102MB 30 days
375 500MB 30 days
850 3GB 30 days
1250 5GB 30 days




Which one to choose?

^There are no unlimited data plans from any operator.

^BSNL & Idea have more number of plans compared Aircel and Airtel.

^BSNL & Idea are offering plans with more than 30 days validity.

^BSNL's cost per MB is varying from 50paise/MB (10Rs/20MB) to 8paise/MB(3000Rs/35GB)

^Idea is currently offering double data till 31st December-2011, current cost per MB is, highest- 40paise/MB and lowest-12paise/MB

^Without double data offer, Idea's cost per MB is, highest- 80paise/MB and lowest-24paise/MB

^Vodafone's cost per MB is , highest 1Rs/MB and lowest 24paise/MB

^Aircel's cost per MB is, highest 87.5paise/MB and lowest 38paise/MB

^Airtel's cost per MB is, highest 90paise/MB and lowest 36paise/MB


Conclusion:

BSNL and Idea are offering more number of data plans to choose from, and also at less cost per MB compared Aircel, Airtel and Vodafone. With Idea's double data usage offer it is second best provider to choose. BSNL is the best among all, with the lowest data rates.

But while choosing the best 3G operator we have to consider other parameters like speed, availability, voice plans etc..,  in addition to the data plans, those are not discussed here.

***Information regarding data plans is retrieved from corresponding providers website on 17th July, 2011.

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