Indians can finally enjoy the 4G LTE technology, thanks to the biggest telecom operator in the country, Bharti Airtel. Considering the delay in launching the 3G services, the 4G launch deserves some appreciation, specially since India is amongst the first countries to get this cutting edge mobile technology. But having seen the dreadful tariff plans for the 3G services from most of the operators, will 4G LTE manage to bring some cheers from the general public? Read on to know more.
Earlier today, Airtel announced the launch of 4G LTE in India, with the eastern metropolitan city of Kolkata getting to enjoy the service first. Considering that Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles, we can be sure to see 4G LTE in these states very soon.
Airtel 4G Tariffs & Data Plans
To start with, Airtel has launched two compatible devices and three data plans. The cheapest data plan comes at Rs. 999 (approx $20) and will be accompanied with 6GB of free data at speeds upto 40Mbps. Shockingly enough, once you cross 6GB, you will be strangled to death with 128kbps speed. Yes, it is 128kbps!
Other two 4G data plans are priced at Rs.1399 and Rs.1999, with 9GB and 18GB of free data respectively.
All the above plans are available in both prepaid and postpaid.
Airtel 4G Devices
Airtel has also launched 4G LTE compatible multi-mode USB modem at Rs 7,999 and the indoor CPE with Wi-Fi module at Rs 7,750.
|Device||MRP (In Rs)|
|Indoor CPE with wi-fi||7750|
|4G Multi Mode Dongle||7999|
Considering that there aren’t too many 4G Smartphones available in India, these 4G LTE devices might sell well.
- On the Rs.999 postpaid plan , customer will get a money-back for a value equivalent of one month’s rent, spread over first 6 bill cycles.
- Customers will get a bill discount of Rs.167/bill for 6 bills.
- On the Rs.1399 and Rs.1999 postpaid plans , customer will get a money-back for a value equivalent of two month’s rent, spread over first 6 bill cycles.
- Customers will get a bill discount of Rs.466/ bill for 6 bills in case of Rs.1399 plan , and Rs.666 / bill for 6 bills in case of Rs.1999 plan