Airtel 3G Roaming Data Charges: Costs Rs15 per MB!

If you think Airtel 3G tariff plans are very costly, you will be shocked, if you look at the fine prints on the 3G usage for roaming. It costs 30 paise per 20KB, which works out to Rs 15 per MB. 

 

If you have the 100MB for 100 Rupees plan, if you are in roaming and used 100MB, it will cost you whopping Rs1500/-

 

Vodafone does not have the Tariff plan during roaming mentioned in their site. We could assume they charge the same amount. In that case it will be far better than Airtel 3G.

How to Activate 3G in Airtel

To activate 3G on your existing Airtel connection steps are below:

1) Check if your city has 3G available

2) Call 12134 to activate 3G or

SM 3G to 121

You will get a response saying reply with “1” to activate 3G. Send 1 to 121. You will receive 3G profile via SMS within 4 hours. Save that and use it for the Internet applications as you do for 2G.

Make sure your mobile Network setting is set for Dual Mode( 2g/3g UMTS) not just GSM mode.

Also see:

Latest Airtel 3G Plans

Airtel 3G USB Modem Models & Price

Airtel 3G USB Modems are available in two models. The details are given below. For availability and price please check the official site for updates.

model no. E1731 7.2 Mbps
Speed HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
Network customized simlock to airtel network, plug n play
Chipset qualcomm MSM6290
Radio for 3G HSDPA/UMTS 2100 MHz, receive diversity
also compatible with EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
GSM/CDMA GSM/WCDMA
Size 71mm*26mm*12.5mm
Messaging yes
VID/PID 12D1/140C
MicroSD Support yes (up to 32GB)
Antenna Inbuilt antenna
OS windows 2000 SP4,windows XP SP2/SP3, windows vista SP1/SP2, windows 7 mac OSx10.4, 10.5 & 10.6 with latest upgrades
USB 2.0 HS

Model 2:

model no. E153 3.6 Mbps
Speed HSDPA 3.6Mbps
Network customized simlock to airtel network, plug n play
Chipset qualcomm MSM6246
Radio for 3G HSDPA/UMTS 2100 MHz, receive diversity
also compatible with EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
GSM/CDMA GSM/WCDMA
Size 70mm*27mm*12mm
Messaging yes
VID/PID 12D1/140C
MicroSD support yes (up to 32GB)
Antenna inbuilt antenna
OS windows 2000 SP4,windows XP SP2/SP3, windows vista SP1/SP2, windows 7 Mac OSx10.4, 10.5 & 10.6 with latest upgrades
USB 2.0 HS

Airtel 3G Tariff Plan. Minimum cost to get 3G

Airtel 3G has announced the Prepaid and postpaid tariff plans.

Update(11 June 2011): Latest plan available as on this date:

1- Rs 0,20KB@30Ps
2- Rs 0,250MB Free, 2Months,20KB@30PS,Nokia X3 3G offer
3- Rs 0,2GB Free, 2Months,20KB@30PS,Nokia N8 3G offer
4- Rs 1099,5GB Free,After 32.66GB 100% Free,100KB@1Ps
5- Rs 20,20KB@15Ps
6- Rs 200,250MB Free,20KB@30Ps
7- Rs 450,600MB Free,20KB@30Ps
8- Rs 675,1.25GB Fr,After 7.568GB 100% Free,100KB@2Ps
9- Rs 675,3375(Adv 6M),1.25GB Fr,After 7.568GB 100%Fr,100KB@2Ps
10- Rs 699,2GB Free,After 3.43GB 100% Free,100KB@2Ps
11- Rs 750,2GB Free,20KB@30Ps
12- Rs 750,3750(Adv 6M),2GB Free,30KB@6Ps
13- Rs 899,3.5GB Free,After 23.5367GB 100% Free,100KB@1Ps
Video Call- 5p per sec on Local, STD & Roaming in all plans If you wish to activate this plan, please reply with the number of your plan above to confirm.

 

Minimum entry cost for prepaid is Rs8/- with 10MB valid for 1 day.

For postpaid the minimum entry cost for 3G is Rs100/-  valid for 30 days.

After the given limit you will be charged 30paise/20K. ie If you use 100MB after the limit, you will get additional rs1500/- bill. This makes the 3G a costly service!

Video calling at 5p/sec throughout India.(Roaming/STD inclusive)

Airtel 3G Availability Cities/Circles

Airtel has launched it 3g Services on 27th Jan 2011. This page will track the available cities and circles that has 3G services enabled by Airtel.

Currently the Airtel 3g Services are available in the following locations:

  1. Karnataka : Belgaum Bengaluru Bijapur Davangere Dharwad Gulbarga Hubli Manipal Mangalore Mysore Shimoga Tumkur Udupi
  2. TamilNadu: Coimbatore Dindigul Erode Hosur Karur Madurai Nagerkoil Namakkal Puducherry Salem Ooty Tanjore Trichy Tirupur Tirunelveli Tuticorin Vellore
  3. Rajastan: Ajmer Bikaner Jaipur Jodhpur Kota Udaipur
  4. Delhi
  5. Maharashtra: Mumbai
  6. Andra Pradesh: Hyderabad Karimnagar Kakinada Rajahmundry Vizag Vijaywada Guntur Warangal
  7. West Bengal: Durgapur
  8. West UP: Agra Aligarh Dehradun Haridwar Meerut Mussoorie Selaqui
  9. Himachal Pradesh: Shimla
  10. Bihar: Patna, Ranchi, Bokaro
  11. Jammu & Kashmir: SriNagar
  12. North East: Shillong Guwahati