Mobile Broadband India

What is Mobile Broadband?

Mobile broadband is high-speed wireless Internet access on your iPad, mobile phone, laptop, desktop or a tablet.

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It is convenient, portable and fast; allowing you to connect wirelessly to the internet wherever you go. You can surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos, download music, video chat with friends and family, shop online, play online games and lot more - all without waiting.

What is 3G?

3G (third Generation) is one technology used for mobile broadband, it offers data transfer speeds of up to 21 Mbps, with typical speeds of 2 - 3 Mbps.

And 4G?

4G (fourth Generation) is successor to 3G technology, offering data transfer speeds of up to 100 Mbps, but typical speeds will be in the range of 12 - 15 Mbps.

2G vs 3G vs 4G Speeds

Time take to download 180 MB file on: 2G - Typical Download Speed: 40 Kbps / 102.4 Kbps - 10 Hours | 3G - Typical Download Speed: 2 Mbps / 21 Mbps - 12 Minutes | 4G - Typical Download Speed: 12 Mbps / 100 Mbps - 2 Minutes

How do I connect?

You can connect to the Internet using mobile broadband in the following ways:

USB Modem/Dongle/Data Card - Mobile WiFi Modem/Dongle - SIM Card - micro-SIM

A USB Modem/Dongle/Stick that connects straight into your laptop

USB Modem 3G Plans

A Mobile WiFi Modem that can connect upto 5 WiFi capable devices at once

Mobile WiFi 3G Plans

A 3G SIM that inserts straight into your laptop, iPad or tablet

3G SIM Plans

Who are the 3G/4G providers in India?

The following carriers provide 3G/4G service in India:

AIRCEL AIRTEL BSNL / MTNL IDEA RELIANCE TATA DOCOMO VODAFONE
Andhra Pradesh 3G 3G 3G 3G
Assam 3G 3G 3G 3G
Bihar Jharkhand 3G 3G 3G 3G
Chennai 3G 3G 3G 3G
Delhi-NCR 3G 3G 3G 3G
Gujarat 3G 3G 3G 3G
Haryana 3G 3G 3G 3G
Himachal Pradesh 3G 3G 3G 3G
Jammu Kashmir 3G 3G 3G 3G 3G
Karnataka 3G 3G 3G 3G 3G
Kerala 3G 3G 3G 3G
Kolkata 3G 4G 3G 3G 3G
Madhya Pradesh - Chhattisgarh 3G 3G 3G 3G
Maharashtra - Goa 3G 3G 3G 3G
Mumbai 3G 3G 3G 3G
North-East 3G 3G
Odisha 3G 3G 3G
Punjab 3G 3G 3G 3G
Rajasthan 3G 3G 3G 3G
Tamil Nadu 3G 3G 3G 3G
Uttar Pradesh (East) 3G 3G 3G 3G
Uttar Pradesh (West) 3G 3G 3G 3G
West Bengal 3G 3G 3G 3G 3G

How do I choose a 3G data plan?

Choosing a data plan just right for you can be confusing, but follow these simple steps before you sign-up and you will be protected from the burden of huge data usage bills:

1. Coverage 2. Data 3. Speed 4. Price
Find out the which carriers/service providers provide the best 3G network coverage in your area (Home/Office). Figure out how much data you think you'll use. 2 GB per month is magic cut-off for most people. Try out a data calculator to estimate your usage. Decide on the data connection speed* you want when you connect to the internet. Speed of 3.6 Mbps is a good way to start. Last and the most important thing to consider is the price. Fix your monthly spend/budget for your 3G mobile broadband usage.

*Actual internet speed depends on several factors - mobile broadband device, network coverage in the area, network traffic, the number of people nearby using the service at the same time, whether you're on the move etc.

Once you have short listed the 3G services providers, figured out how much data you need, decided on the speed you want to connect and your budget, then simply compare all the 3G data plans based on these criterias and get the plan that is just right for you.

How much data do I need?

Try out below our Internet Data Usage Calculator to estimate your current or proposed usage to help you pick the best 3g data plans in India for your mobile broadband device:

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*The data figures above are examples of typical use and based on the following assumptions:

1 Email (Plain Text) = 35 KB

1 Minute of Facebook = 1 MB

1 Minute of Web-surfing = 2.5 MB

1 Minute of streaming YouTube (480p) = 4 MB

1 Minute of streaming music = 1 MB

1 Minute of Skype Call = 360 KB

Bit = b

Byte = B

Megabit = Mb

Megabyte = MB

1 MB = 1024 KB

1 GB = 1024 MB

How do I find the best 3g data plans in India?

The iCompare.in website is a great place to start to compare all mobile broadband plans in India. It saves you from the hassle of finding out who are the 3g service providers in your circle and then painstakingly gathering all the data across various service provider websites. The 3g data plan comparison website is simple to use, offers a rich user experience with ability to sort and filter all 3G data plans as per your needs, provides comprehensive information and is completely independent.