Compare Vodafone 3G with Idea and BSNL

This post explains in detail the features and limitation of Vodafone 3G. I have compared it with other internet providers like Idea and BSNL in terms of speed and connectivity.

All the telecom companies have reduced the prices of 3G data plans. Talking about figures, companies have slashed the prices by about 70-80%. One of the leading companies Vodafone has also reduced the prices for different 3G recharges. Recently I tried the 3G network of Vodafone in Lucknow and was really impressed with the speed of the connection.

How to get a new Vodafone 3G connection

In order to use Vodafone 3G, you will have to buy a 3G SIM. You can visit the local store in your area for a new SIM. The documents required for this purpose include an address proof and a recent passport size photograph. In address proof, you can give proofs like driving license and bank passbook copy. There are different offers with the SIM which come with different amount of data usage. Also the price is different as per the data usage provided. I got the SIM for Rs 120 and there was 300MB data free with the SIM. The validity of the data was 30 days. If you want higher data usage with the SIM, you will have to pay higher amount. Vodafone also keeps coming with various promotional offers that will allow you to get more data usage than the traditional recharges. You can know about these recharges either through the official website or by asking the local stores in your area.

Vodafone 3G speed and connectivity

Speed was really good and I was able to watch the YouTube videos without any streaming. In fact, I found the speed to be better than my earlier BSNL landline (512kbps). However, the exact speed of Vodafone 3G depends on a number of factors like the number of users in the area, time of usage and location of the user. If you will compare the speed with other 3G providers like Idea 3G or Airtel 3G, it certainly gives tough competition.

Vodafone 3G limitations

Now there are few things that I did not like about Vodafone 3G as well. These are:

1) Firstly there is no recharge for unlimited 3G in Vodafone. It means that you have to pay certain usage and after that limit the charge is deducted from your balance. If you check the other 3G providers in the market, there are unlimited plans available. For instance, there is Idea unlimited 3G plan which gives 6GB at 21 mbps and then unlimited data usage at 128kbps. Similar plan is available in Aircel as well. For instance, for Rs 198, you get 1GB data at high speed and then unlimited data usage for 30 days at 128 kbps.

2) I used the 3G connection on my dongle. At such, a lot of data is used while browsing. I ended the whole 300 mb in a day. On an average, if you are using the Vodafone 3G for an hour, your 100mb will be over. This makes it quite costly when compared to land-line broadband offers.


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