Compare Airtel and Aircel and someone would immediately say what crap? Airtel is the leader in mobile network in India and I’ve only heard about Aircel recently.
Well, I’ll not be surprised when someone says that but, I have something to tell you.
Small players such as Aircel are Big players in one field and that is the mobile Internet. Plans of Airtel come no where closer to that of Aircel. You may have seen the advertisements of Dhoni saying he keeps in touch with his friends whether he is playing cricket or not using the Aircel Pocket Internet?
Did you ever bother to look for details online after seeing that Ad?
If not here are the details. The Aircel Pocket Internet Unlimited plan costs only Rs.98 for 30 days. Browsing is unlimited and the download charges are applicable depending on the product you download (like songs, ringtones, themes etc). What’s more, you can also use this plan to surf the Internet on your Desktop/Laptop. Just use a data card/USB or get a Bluetooth Dongle. But don’t come and scream here seeing the speed.
There’s also another plan at only Rs.14 which is also an Unlimited Browsing plan but only for 3 days. Prepaid customers can get GRPS by sending an SMS; WAP to 121 and save the configuration message as default settings. But the charges for this default pay as you go is really bad; 10p for 10kb of browsing. What’s worse, you are even charged for browsing the Aircel portal.
Airtels’ charges of 30p for 50kb download seem to be better in case of prepaid connections.
Before you go out to buy the post paid unlimited browsing pack, let me say that this is only a limited period introductory offer and no one knows except Aircel when the price gets additional wings.
Update 2013: Aircel has persisted with low 2G data rates when almost every other network has increased their rates. For Rs.47 recharge, one will get 1GB data. For Rs.97 recharge, 1GB of 2G data and 300MB of 3G data (where there is no 3G network, this will be in 2G speeds as well) for 28 days. The truly unlimited 2G data plan for Rs.251 still exists with 90 days validity.