No, it’s not Airtel (ohh, its airtel now) that is next to launch its 3G service after Tata Docomo. Reliance Communications (RCom) has come forward and announced its 3G service yesterday in 3 Metros, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chandigarh. RCom has licenses for 13 circles, the maximum that a company got from the auction and the service will be rolled out to all the remaining circles by March 2011, it seems.
Most people thought, if BSNL can do any thing regarding its 3G service, it should better do it before the private players enter the Arena. But seeing the tariff of Tata Docomo and now RCom, BSNL could well see an increase in its 3G user base now, faster than before.
Coming back to RCom’s 3G, the least plan (entry plan) that you could have as a prepaid user is Rs.299 with a validity of 30 days, where you’ll get 300 minutes of Voice calling, 100 free SMS and 200 MB of Data (Compare this with Tata Docomo 3G Tariff). For post paid users, the entry point is even lower at Rs.199 for 1 month validity.
If you have a lightly higher Data usage, there is Rs.699 per month plan (prepaid users) where you’d get 500MB of Data, 600 minutes of Voice calling and 600 free SMS.
There are Data top up plans like Rs.20 per day where you’ll get 25MB Data or Rs.98 per week for 125MB Data.
If you don’t have a HSPA (3G) Mobile phone, there are RCom data cards which are priced as Rs.2599 for a 7.2Mbps one and Rs.4499 for 21Mbps one (Data charges extra).
If you think these plans are too pricey, you may stick with the Reliance 2G Unlimited plans.