Vodafone Launches 3G Services In Kolkata

After waiting for almost a year, Vodafone finally launched its 3G services earlier this year in India. Tata Docomo was the first operator to launch its 3G services in India, followed by Aircel, Reliance, Idea and Airtel. Last week, Vodafone launched its 3G services in Uttar Pradesh. And now, Vodafone went ahead and launched its 3G services in Kolkata circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Sridhar Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Essar East Limited said, We expect a strong uptake and high demand for these 3G Services and we welcome all our subscribers to faster, smarter, better world of Vodafone 3G.

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Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone is expected to launch 3G services in the remaining circles, by the end of this month.

Vodafone offers video calling, high definition gaming and fast internet to their subscribers, along with exclusive access to retransmission of live IPL matches and streaming of entertainment and other content on their smartphones. Vodafone Mobile Internet plans is available at a minimum price of Rs 100 for postpaid and Rs.103 for prepaid subscribers, which offers 100 MB of free data usage. On the other hand, the Mobile Broadband plans is available at a minimum price of Rs.650 for 1 GB of free data usage.

Vodafone also offers local and STD video calling at Rs.3/min. Customers can also enjoy live TV with a subscription pack at Rs 150 monthly or Rs 7 daily.

Idea Launches 3G Services In Maharashtra, Goa, UP And Kerala

After Tata Docomo, Reliance Communication, Aircel and Airtel launched their 3G services in India, Idea recently joined the bandwagon and launched its 3G services in India. In the first phase, Idea launched 3G in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle. Within a week, Idea 3G has been launched in Maharashtra, Goa, UP (East), UP (West) And Kerala circle.

Idea 3G services are currently live in Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Muzzafarnagar, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Rudrapur, Kashipur and Haridwar of Maharashtra circle. It is also available in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad,Jhansi, Sitapur and Azamgarh in the UP (East) circle.

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Idea 3G services have been launched in 30 cities of Kerala – Achanambalam, Adat, Adoor, Adoorengg-colg, Alimukku, Alleppey Town, Aluva, Amabalamughal, Ariyallur, Aroor, Athavanad, Avinsserry, Ayanikad, Beypore Bhavans Hill, Bmnagar, C K Para, Calicut Town, Cochin, Fort Kochi, Carborandum, Chaliyam, Chattiparamba,Kottackal, Vengara, Chelambra, Chelari, Payyoli, Quilandy, Feroke, Beypore, Malappuram ,Kottackal, Kottarakara, Punalur, Vengara, Parappanangadi, Thrissur and Chemmadnow.

Idea has grabbed 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Idea already said that the company is planning to grow at the rate of 10 towns per day. Idea will cover 750 towns by mid 2011 and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12.

To get the Idea 3G settings on your smartphone, just SMS SET to 12345. Check out the Idea 3G tariff plans here.

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Idea 3G Tariff Plans

After waiting for months, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. In the first phase, Idea 3G will be available only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. To activate 3G services on your 3G enabled smartphone, Idea subscribers will need to dial *147# or you can even SMS ACT3G to 12345.

Within few minutes, your 2G data plan will be de-activated and you will be shifted to the 3G Pay As You Godata plan. Idea offers 4 types of data plans – Sachet based, Time based, Usage based and Data rate cutter. Almost, all the telecom operators have provided free trial of their 3G services, but sadly, Idea does not provide any free data for trial. Check out the Idea’s 3G tariff plans below.

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Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Deputy Managing Director, Idea Cellular said, “3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and bring the sector on par with the most advanced telecom markets in the world. Beginning today, Idea subscribers will be the first in India to experience the Gold Standard in 3G services.”

To get the 3G settings on your 3G enabled smartphone, you will just need to SMS SET to 12345. You will get the settings within a minute. You can even video call with your friends and relatives for just 5p/sec (Rs.3/min). If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

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Idea Finally Launches 3G Services In India

All the major telecom operators have already started their 3G services in India. Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance communications launched their 3G followed by Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone in the Q1 of 2011. Idea subscribers were eagerly waiting for the launch of 3G from last few months. And today, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. Idea 3G signals are currently live only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle.

Speaking about the 3G network rollout, Mr. Ambrish Jain, Director Operations, Idea Cellular, said: “Beginning with MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and HP, Idea’s 3G services will expand in a progressive manner to provide expansive coverage across 4,000 towns by year end. Idea will target areas of industrial and commercial activity, centres of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands where broadband is yet to make a breakthrough. Idea has set up the most extensive customer service network to educate customers on 3G and support their requirements, across the country.”

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Idea has also unveiled a new 3G logo. Idea has set up ‘Experience Kiosks’ to provide a flavour of the services that customers can opt for. These will be available to all users at select ‘My Idea’ stores. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. Idea is planning to grow at the rate of 10 towns per day. Idea will coverr 750 towns by mid 2011 and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12.

Idea Cellular had won 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Idea has also selected Nokia Siemens as their 3G partners.

Idea offers peak speed of up to 21 Mbps on 3G handsets. It also allows you to download latest songs, watch videos on YouTube, update status on Facebook, download movies, view photos, play HD games and much more. Idea has introduced Time based Billing plan and Sachet plan. The time based plans all you to download unlimited data for a certain period of time. The sachet plan is basically a trial package, introduced to promote their 3G services. We will soon post the complete 3G plans and offers. Stay tuned for more info.

Vodafone Launches 3G Services In Uttar Pradesh

Vodafone finally launched their 3G services in India. The Vodafone 3G will be first available for customers in the Uttar Pradesh circle. Tata Docomo and Reliance Communication already launched 3G last year. Later, Aircel and Airtel joined the bandwagon and launched their 3G earlier this year. Vodafone 3G services will be first launched in the cities of Lucknow and Kanpur in the first phase, followed by Allahabad and Varanasi in the next month and later it will be available in remaining towns of the Uttar Pradesh circle.

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“Vodafone is the largest operator in UP (E) with about 13 million subscribers. The company is offering its subscribers free 3G services till April 10 and the 3G tariff and packages for it would be announced later. We have the largest EDGE enabled cell sites in the circle numbering 8,200 and we only need to put 3G antennae and some additional gadgets for 3G. The Vodafone 3G services will give its customers a faster, smarter and better mobile experience with internet access at speeds up to 21.1 Mbps,said Ravi Santhanam, ┬áVodafone East UP chief operations officer.

Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone is expected to launch 3G services in the remaining circles, by the end of this month. Vodafone selected Nokia Siemens to manage its 3G HSPA network in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP(East), Rest of Bengal and Haryana circle. While the company selected Ericsson to provide 3G HSPA services in the remaining circles.

Currently, Vodafone users can access 3G services on 2G rates. It means that you will get 2GB data for just Rs.98. This offer is valid only till April 10th for both prepaid and postpaid customers. Recently, I have tried the Vodafone 3G in Mumbai circle and the speed was much better than Airtel and Reliance 3G. Have you tried the Vodafone 3G yet?

Vodafone To Launch 3G Services By March-End

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Last year, Tata Docomo, Reliance Communications and Airtel launched their 3G services in India. Recently, Aircel joined the bandwagon and launched its 3G services in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East, Bihar and Kolkata circle. And now, Vodafone is expected to launch their 3G services by the end of Q1 of 2011. Back in October, Vodafone has already announced Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson India as partners for its 3G network across India.

Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone will roll-out 3G Mobile and Data services in a phased manner by the end of March.

We have a 3G-ready network, currently in optimisation which we will be launching very quickly. Our approach is to give our customers a world class experience, we will launch 3G service a city-wise basis and not pan-India or circle-wise. Presently, trials of 3G service are on and the service is expected to be launched in a phased manner by Marchsaid Naveen Chopra, Vodafone Essar Director (Enterprise and Carrier Business).

Vodafone selected Nokia Siemens to manage its 3G HSPA network in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP(East), Rest of Bengal and Haryana circle. While the company selected Ericsson to provide 3G HSPA services in the remaining circles. Stay tuned for more updates on Vodafone 3G services and plans.

Aircel 3G Tariff Plans

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Aircel recently launched its 3G services in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle. Aircel subscribers can try the 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphone, just by sending an SMS with the keyword TRY 3Gto 121 or you can even SMS START 3Gto 121. Aircel subscribers will get 250 MB of free data usage as well as 50 minutes of video calling for free. This offer is available only till February 27.

If you want to continue using the Aircel 3G services after the trial period, then go ahead and check out the exciting 3G plans offered by Aircel below.

Aircel 3G Data Plans:

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Aircel 3G Combo Plans:

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Aircel 3G Data Plans (For USB Data Card subscribers):

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Aircel also offers free data usage on purchase of new 3G smartphones. Nokia customers will get free 1GB data per month, for first 3 months. Samsung customers are eligible to get free 1GB data per month, for first 3 months. Blackberry customers will get free data usage for the 1st month. Dell customers will get free 1GB data per month, for first 12 months.

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Aircel Launches 3G Services In Karnataka, UP East And Kolkata

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Back in November, Tata Docomo launched its 3G services in India. Tata Docomo was the first private operator to offer 3G data services and video calls in India. Soon after that, other private operators such as Reliance and Airtel joined the bandwagon. Recently, Aircel launched its 3G services in Chennai. And now, within few days of its launch, Aircel announced the launch of its 3G services in Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle.

The Aircel subscribers in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle can now try the new 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphones. To try 3G services on your Aircel number, just SMS TRY 3Gto 121 or SMS START 3Gto 121. Aircel subscribers will get 250 MB of data and 50 minutes of video calling for free. This offer is valid for both prepaid and postpaid customers.

Aircel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and North East. Out of which, the company has launched its 3G services only in 4 telecom circles. Aircel is expected to launch its 3G services in the remaining 9 circles before the end of Q1 of 2011. Even Idea and Vodafone is expected to offer their 3G services before the end of March.

Aircel Launches 3G Services In Chennai

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Last month, we posted that Aircel will soon launch its 3G services in India. And now, Aircel finally launched its 3G services in Chennai. Aircel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and North East. Currently, the Aircel 3G services are launched only in Chennai circle and it will be soon launched in other telecom circles in the coming months.

Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel, who launched the services said, We are excited about 3G, as we see it as something that will begin to transform our lives in many ways. The youth comprise over 50 percent of the country’s population and are among active internet users and also avid users of Facebook, YouTube and other social networking sites. The launch of 3G services on Aircel will address the high speed digital needs of the consumers thus unleashing the power of the Internet further creating opportunities for education, employment, engagement and entertainment which will empower the consumers and impact their Lifestyle.

Aircel is currently offering free trial of its 3G services. Both prepaid and postpaid users will get 250 MB data and 50 minutes of video calling. Beyond free usage, customers will be charged data at 3p/10kb and video calls will be charged at Rs.3/min. To try 3G services on your Aircel number, just SMS “TRY 3G” to 121.

The Aircel 3G trial offer will be available only from Feb 22 to Feb 27. We will soon post the Aircel 3G tariff. Even Idea is expected to launch its 3G services soon in India. Stay tuned for more updates.

Aircel To Launch 3G Services In February

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Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance launched their 3G services in India. This month, Airtel is expected to join the bandwagon. And now, Aircel announced that, the company will launch their 3G services in the next 40 to 60 days. It means that, the Aircel customers can enjoy 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphones from late February or early March.

We are planning to launch our 3G Mobile and Data services across 13 telecom circles where we have got the licences and 3G spectrum in another 40 to 60 days. Moreover, Aircel will be one of the first telecom operator in the country to usher into the fourth generation era. We are planning to start 4G /Broadband Wirelss Access (BWA) trials by the first or second quarter of the next financial year i.e. April 2011. The BWA-4G Services will be rolled out by December 2011 or January 2012 in 8 telecom circles,” said Mallikarjuna Rao, CTO, Aircel Ltd.

Aircel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and North East. Aircel has also bagged Broadband Wireless Access (BWA- 4G) license for 8 telecom circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir.

Until now, only Tata Docomo and Reliance has launched their 3G services in India. Airtel, Idea and S-Tel are expected to launch their 3G services this month. And finally, Aircel and Vodafone will launch their 3G services from late February or early March.