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Best 4G Networks in India – Top 5 4G Service Providers in India

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4G has revolutionized the way we use our mobile data. Pre 2015, bachat was the Indian users motto when it came to using internet on mobile.

You only used mobile internet if it was essential as data plans were expensive but post Reliance Jio’s game changing 4g plans in 2015, a 2018 research by the Economic Times revealed users vociferous appetite for data with an average Indian 4G user consuming about 11GB of data a month.

Jio’s competitors have had to follow suit to keep up which has spelled good news for consumers, as India today is one of the cheapest providers of 4G globally.

It is a far cry from the bygone years where one had to shell out in-exorbitant prices for even 1GB of data on 2G and 3G networks with poor connectivity and customer care coupled with high charges post the data consumption limits.

With the world’s 2nd largest smartphone market, 4G also provides mobile operators a great opportunity to tap into a huge potential audience that is spending more and more time on the phone.

Note – To avail 4G services, you need to have a phone that supports 4G. Newly launched phones usually support 4g but many of the older generation phones continue to only work on 2G/3G. Hence upgrade your phone before opting for a 4g connection.

Listed below are 2018’s best 4g networks in India based on their speed, connectivity, downtime/uptime, pricing and customer support.

The plans mentioned are active at the time of writing and may change with time. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest plans.

1. Airtel

 Aitel 4G network

Airtel India is the second largest provider of mobile network services and also second largest provider of fixed telephony in India.

It is the first company to offer 4G services in the country and ranked as the fastest 4 network by Ookla in 2018.

Airtel offers Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services which enables users to experience HD quality voice calling and lighting fast data speeds.

Have a look at some of the most affordable and best prepaid 4G data plans offered by Airtel-

Rs 98 plan: 4GB (2G/3G/4G) data, 250 minutes daily (or 1000 minutes a week) Local/STD calls, 100 SMS a day

(Validity: 28 days)

Rs 199 plan: 1.4GB (3G/4G) per day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 SMS/day

(Validity: 28 days)

Rs 399 plan: 1GB (4G/3G) data a day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 70 days)
Rs 509 plan: 1.4 GB (4G/3G) data per day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 90 days)

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2. Vodafone

Vodafone 4g network

Vodafone SuperNet 4G is the world’s largest 4G network with a claimed super fast internet speed averaging at 4.19 Mbps. Currently Vodafone’s 4g plans include unlimited calling with data at competitive rates.

Below are the best prepaid plans offered by Vodafone

Rs 95 plan: 1 GB (4G/3G/2G) data only, no free calls/SMS

(Validity: 28 days)

Rs 198 plan: 1GB (4G/3G) data, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 SMS a day

(Validity: 28 days)

Rs 399 plan: 1GB (4G/3G) data per day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 70 days)
Rs 509 plan: 1.4GB (4G/3G) data per day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS per day (Validity: 90 days)
Rs 999 plan: 13GB (4G/3G) data, 1GB Wi-Fi data

(Validity: 28 days)

Discover the best postpaid plans here

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3. Reliance Jio

Reliance jio 4G Network

Launched in 2015, Jio sent shockwaves through the industry when it announced that local and national calls on its network would be free for lifetime while data too would be free in the first year of launch. Just 2 years post its launch, the company has acquired over 100 million subscribers and continues to acquire customers at a rapid pace.

Jio’s rise to the top has been so drastic that established industry players Vodafone and Idea merged in 2018 to take on the behemoth.

Below are Reliance Jio’s popular 4g Plans

Rs 98 plan: 2GB (4G) data, unlimited Local/STD calls, 300 Local/STD SMS (Validity: 28 days)
Rs 198 plan: 2GB (4G) data per day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 28 days)

Rs 398 plan: 2GB (4G) data a day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 70 days)
Rs 509 plan: 4GB (4G) data a day, unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day (Validity: 28 days)

Rs 999 plan: 60 GB (4G) data at high speed (post 60 GB usage, unlimited @ 64 Kbps), unlimited Local/STD calls, 100 Local/STD SMS a day

(Validity: 90 days)

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4. Idea

Idea 4G Network

Idea 4G previously owned by Idea Cellular today operates under the umbrella of Vodafone Idea Limited following the merger with Vodafone. In addition to 4G & 4G Volte services, Idea has a gamut of services including cricket to your mobile phone with LIVE HD television and high quality video calling services.

Below are the best prepaid plans offered by Idea

Rs 199 plan: 2G/4G Data: 1.4 GB / Day, extra @0.04/10KB. Local, STD & Roaming Calls: Unlimited. All SMS (100 sms/day)

Validity: 28 days

Rs 398 plan:  2G/4G Data: 1.4 GB / Day, extra @0.04/10KB. Local, STD & Roaming Calls: Unlimited. All SMS (100 SMS/day)

Validity: 70 days

Rs 449 plan: 2G/4G Data: 1 GB / Day, extra @0.04/10KB. Local, STD & Roaming Calls: Unlimited. All SMS (100 sms/day)

Validity: 82 days

Rs 509 plan: 2G/4G Data: 1.4 GB / Day, extra @0.04/10KB. Local, STD & Roaming Calls: Unlimited. All SMS (100 sms/day)

Validity: 90 days

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5. Reliance

India’s fourth largest telecom operator Reliance communications launched its 4G LTE service – Reliance 4G in 2016. Since RCom 4G is based on sub 1 GHz spectrum it can offer better coverage than Jio’s prime LTE bands and also better stability.

Prepaid Plans:

Rs 97 plan – 1GB Data

Validity: 28days

Rs 259 plan – 1GB Data

Validity: 28 days

Rs 455 plan – 2GB Data

Validity: 28 days

Rs 649 plan – 3GB Data

Validity: 28 days

Rs 855 plan – 5GB Data

Validity: 28 days

Rs 1025 plan – 7GB Data

Validity: 28 days

Rs 1399 plan – 10GB Data

Validity: 28 days

 

6. Telenor

Telenor 4G Network

Telenor launched its initial 4G services in the city of Varanasi by deploying narrow-band LTE on 1800 MHz spectrum. Its network is the world’s first commercial lean GSM network that compresses data to improve the efficiency of spectrum. It is soon going to merge its business with Bharti Airtel.

Here’s a list of Telenor 4G Data plans with prices ranging from Rs. 5 to Rs. 786.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, 100 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the cheapest plan, priced at Rs. 9 with a validity of 1 day.

In Bihar and Jharkhand, 150 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the best plan, priced at Rs. 14 with a validity of 3 days.

In Gujarat, 70 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the most affordable plan, priced at Rs. 9 with a validity of 1 day.

In Maharashtra and Goa, 70 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the lowesr plan, priced at Rs. 9 with a validity of 1 day.

In UP EAST, 30 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the most suitable plan, priced at Rs. 5 with a validity of 1 day.

In UP WEST and Uttarakhand, 50 MB 3G / 4G Data Pack is the cheapest plan, priced at Rs. 9 with a validity of 1 day.

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4G has brought about a revolution in India not just for consumers but also for online businesses who have seen a boom in user visits, engagements and sales post the 4G launch.

Which is your favorite 4g network? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, you can also check out the latest mobile recharge offering here.

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