In this Review you will learn all technical aspects of Vodafone 3G. As Vodafone is one of the largest telecom service provider. As we all are aware that the a number of companies have already spent huge sum of money to acquire the license for 3G Spectrum from corrupt India government officials (Sorry to say this , but this is a Fact). According to my knowledge Vodafone was the highest bidder to acquire the 3G License after the Bharti Artel televentures. Because of the high bidding prices as none of the operator was able to secure the 3G Spectrum for all circles. Vodafone acquired the 3G Spectrum license for 2.5 Billion US Dollars which is approximately 11,617 crore Indian Rupees. Regions where Vodafone will provide 3G Spectrum services Mumbai , Delhi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh East, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Haryana. As these circles are considered to be the most important in Telecom Revenue generation since Vodafone Essar Group generates 67% of its revenue from the above circle.
Private Telecom Company gradually yet progressively rolls out 3G Services for customers in India. IN India TATA Docomo and Reliance was the first few GSM telecom companies to release their 3G network, go after by Airtel and now Vodafone.
Vodafone was very deliberate in the launch their 3G network India, they says that they were “making the proper infrastructure”. To imagine once the network did released to the users would get flawless 3G services, WRONG!
If you were sad through your network previous to launch of 3G network, now you have to be prepared to pull your Hair! The instant dissimilarity between 3G and 2G data networks is that the minute you toggle on 3G network, your network will decrease from 5 bars decreased to 1 bar. The mobile phone will stop ringing, as the caller on the other side hears an answer” this number is not reachable”. While you try every obvious Steve Jobs style poses, you will acquire totally no network coverage. You can use 3G service after activating directly Vodafone mobile connect settings.
If by a little elegance of your beloved god, you do obtain a tough network signal, you will be shocked with the worse class of 3G data connections with 3G mobile phone and Vodafone 3G data card, you will get the download speed is shaky and for all time from 240-800kbps, near about half of least amount of promised data transfer speeds.
Vodafone 3G test result with network bars throughout Delhi.
North Delhi | Kashmir gate - Downlink 650 kbps with 3bars
South Delhi | Defence Colony Market - Downlink 460 kbps with 2 bars
West Delhi | Punjabi Bagh - Downlink 223 kbps with 1 bar
East Delhi | Mayur Vihar - Download 990 kbps with 2 bars
Central Delhi | CP Central Circle - Download 723 kbps with 3bars
In every condition mobile phone call class was very bad; a many of call drops, and the mobile phone network was almost every time out of reach. We had to switch off 3G in some conditions to make calls. And then after switching the network from 3G type to 2G increase in the network directly to 5Bars, after which one suffers there are no call drops never is the network is out of reach. You will get the downlink speeds for a steadiness of 144kbps in all five areas of the city.
For evaluation purposes we as well took a tool which was 3G powered through State owned MTNL 3G JADOO services. And here is how MTNL fared in every the areas.
North Delhi | Kashmere Gate - Downlink - 1718 kbps with 3bars
South Delhi | Defence Colony - Downlink - 2621 kbps with 4 bars
Central Delhi | CP central circle - Downlink - 1801 kbps with 3 bars
East Delhi | Mayur vihar Downlink - 1997 kbps with 4 bars
West Delhi | Punjabi Bagh Downlink - 2012 kbps with 3 bar
So in evaluation MTNL fared pretty good and was capable to offers quite close to assured speeds, we also carry on to get calls and we had not suffered from any call drops or network problem.
Here is the value comparison.
Vodafone 3G tariff in Delhi
Rupees. 100 – 100 Megabytes
Rupees. 375 – 500 Megabytes
Rupees. 850 – 3 Gigabytes
Rupees. 1250 – 5 Gigabytes
Rupees. 500 – 500Megabytes + 500 Minutes talk time + 500 SMS
Rupees. 1000 – 1000 Megabytes + 1000 Minutes talk time + 1000 SMS
MTNL 3G tariff in Delhi
Rupees. 50 – 60 Megabytes
Rupees. 99 – 130 Megabytes
Rupees. 250 – 500 Megabytes
Rupees. 450 – 1 Gigabyte
Rupees. 650 – 2 Gigabytes
Rupees. 850 – 5 Gigabytes
Rupees. 1099 – 10 Gigabytes
Rupees. 1500 – 10 Gigabytes day + 10 Gigabytes night
Rupees. 1650 – 100 Gigabytes
Other than there is one more interesting feature to MTNL, they at present boast a 4500 Rs plan where you obtain unlimited data which is valid for 6 months at 3G speeds. And the MTNL fundamentally beats all hopes for Vodafone mobile broadband or any different private telecom company.
I have been waiting for 3G services in India for a long time, approximately long enough to not care. If you can, so for 3G i will suggest you to keep a distance from the private telecom companies, in particular in Delhi. Their charges are very expensive and service and network is extremely poor. If you want to use best 3G service then you can go for the MNP and use MTNL 3G with existing any other private mobile phone service provider.