Category Archives: Mobile

Airtel 3G Prices and Tariffs

Today 3G, Third Generation Telecom Technology, is talk of the town. Bharti Airtel, which is the No 1 Cellular Service Provider and has close to  150 million mobile  subscribers has just unveiled its 3G Services in Bangalore on 21st Jan 2011. As we write this blog post, yesterday they have launched 3G Services in two other south Indian cities, Chennai and Coimbatore, as well and promised to launch 3G Services in 40 Cities by March 2011.

Now a days, Mobile is not only an audio device, it behaves more like a mini laptop by which you can Browse Internet, Check Emails, Send and Receive Faxes and Instantly Download e-mail Messages with Attachments. After 3G‘s advent, Mobile Calls will not be restricted to Voice Call alone. With a 3G Enabled Mobile Handset and access to the 3G Network, you can make Video Calls, do Video Conferencing, receive Streaming Video from Web, watch Live TV, have access to High Speed Internet. almost everything possible with 3G services at hand.You can even switch between Voice Call and Video Call.

3G not only offers an amazing and lightening speed of up to 21 MBPS for Web Browsing and File Download. It can also empower demanding multimedia applications such as Video Conferencing, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), full motion video and streaming music.

But there is a word of caution, you can’t always expect good lightening speed from 3G, it depends upon various factors like including User Location, Network Availability, Mobile Device, Transmission Direction and external constraints. For effective use of 3G it’s better to use high speed HSPA handsets(High speed Packet Access) than WCDMA handset.

Prices and Tariffs:
Don’t worry about the changes involved, its going to eat up from your pocket, it won’t cost you much. 3G services plan would be broadly divided into Time-Based and Flexi-Shield plans.

Time-based Plans:
Occasional Users
Rs. 10, Rs. 45 and Rs. 60 recharge coupons.

Medium Users
Rs. 200, Rs. 450 and Rs. 750 recharge/plans with 30 day validity.

Heavy Users
With a rental of Rs. 650 per month, users get 1.25GB worth FREE data usage. Once the 1.25GB data usage limit is crossed, Airtel will charge 10 paise per MB till 14GB data usage and Rs. 2,000 Bill Cap. If you cross even the 14GB data usage then your data connection speed drops to 128kbps. This plan will most probably be targeted towards Airtel Post-Paid Mobile Subscribers.

This is not the end of 3G services offered by Airtel. Airtel 3G USB Modem Data-Cards have also arrived in the market, which gives you unbelievably high speed internet. As of now, there are two USB Modems available

  • Airtel 3G USB Modem 7.2 Mbps – E1731
  • Airtel 3G USB Modem 3.6 Mbps – E153

More information regarding Airtel 3G Future Launches, Exciting Offers, Prices and Tariffs, you can go to Airtel Website  http://www.airtel.in/Airtel3G/

So what are you waiting for ?? Just go and enjoy the experience of being in a new world of high speed 🙂

MNP (Mobile Number Portability) : Change Your Mobile Service Provider Without Changing Your Mobile Number

If you are really fed up with your Mobile’s Service Provider because of its high call rates, poor signal strength, but at the same time extremely reluctant to switch to other service providers in  order to avoid changing your number, then you have reasons to feel happy. After missing several deadlines set earlier(we almost lost count of how many of them), Finally the day has came when the much-touted and anticipated Mobile Number Portability(MNP) has been implemented all over India on 20th January 2011. To start with, it was first launched in Rohtak in Haryana on 25th Nov 2010. But customers in Rohtak were not very enthusiastic about using MNP, so it had an abysmal slow start with only around 0.75% of the subscribers opting for the service. Here is a complete “How To” about MNP (Mobile Number Portability)

What is MNP ??
This is a service introduced by all Mobile Service Providers, by which Celll Phone Users will be free to Change their Operators, without losing their prized-number.

Prepaid Versus Postpaid
It is available for both postpaid and prepaid customers. But at present, you can’t switch from a Prepaid to Postpaid and vice-versa.

My Prepaid Balance ??
You will lose you prepaid balance, if you switch your Service Provider.

GSM Vs CDMA
Yes, you can switch from GSM to CDMA and vice-versa. But in case  of a platform shift, you will have to change your handset. This means if you decide to move from CDMA-to-GSM or vice-versa, you will also have to change your handset.

How much time to process my request
On an average Seven working days, but fifteen working days in J&K, North-east.

How frequently can I switch ??
A subscriber must be with a service provider for at least three months before he can opt for switching his or her service provider.

Can I retain the same number in another city?
No. You can’t change circles. This means, you  cannot take your Bangalore number to a service-provider in Delhi. You can only change your operator within Bangalore.

Charges Involved
Changing your mobile service provider will cost you Rs 19. This will go to your new service provider.

Process to exercise MNP :

Step 1
Send an SMS to 1900 in following format: PORT – eg. PORT 9999999999.
Step 2
You will get an SMS reply that contains a unique porting code.
Step3
SMS to the preferred operator quoting the unique code. This code is valid only for a few days, and one must apply again if it expires.
Step4
Your existing operator will check with new operator & if there are no dues then approval will be given for porting
Step 5
You will get an SMS on the time and date when porting will take place. Rules mandate that process be completed within 7 days of applying.

So, will MNP(Mobile Number Portability) be a success or will it be just a damp squib after so much hype  ?? Previously, there was a huge competition  among telecom operators to attract new subscribers and they always tried to  lure them by giving away lucrative offers. But it used to be valid only for few days and then customers had to stick with their operators, just because of their reluctancy to change the mobile number. But now that subscribers are armed with MNP,they will be forced to offer innovative and quality services to retain their subscribers.

At the very least, it will appeal more to high and middle class customers who were willing to pay  more just because of their unwillingness to change their numbers. And they will be easy pickings for any Service Provider, who can promise Good Network Connectivity and Lower Tariff to them. So let’s wait and watch, how the saga unfolds 🙂