Yes, you can now say that with joy. Thanks to IDEA 3G launched by IDEA Cellular - India’s third largest mobile operator.
Now, GET AN IDEA.
Idea Cellular has launched its 3G services in 4 zones currently :
- Madhya Pradesh
- Gujarat and
- Himachal Pradesh as of today.
They have also setup Experience Kiosks at selected My Idea stores, for customers who would like to test before they opt for 3G.
Idea has kick-started their 3G ad campaigns too. Take a look at this ad:
Idea’s 3G services will be available in 200 towns by this April and progressively cover 750 towns by mid 2011. Idea plans to cover 4,000 towns by the end of March 2012.
Idea wants to offer 3G services in rural, Industrial and centers of learning where broadband services are not yet available.
What all can I do from Idea 3G ?
- Now, don’t just call, video call
- Be updated on social networking sites in a flash
- Upload and download heavy files at blazing speeds
- Watch Live TV on your mobile
- Catch up on all your favourite videos, on demand
- Explore 30,000 + apps and games at Idea Mall
Idea 3G data plans
Idea has given 35 different plans for its users to experience, namely – Sachet Based, Usage Based, Time Based with additional Data Rate Cutter and Dongles
Sachet Based Plan
Sachet based plan enables every Idea customer to get a taste of 3G. It varies for different regions with a minute change in the range of Rs.8 to Rs.55 with a free usage of 10 and 50 MB along with 1 and 3 days of validity respectively.
Usage Based Plan
Idea has usage plans to match the usage needs which ranges from a minimum of Rs. 97 to a maximum of Rs. 1745. Even this has minor changes in tariff depending on different regions.
If you are someone who makes best use of time. Then this is for you. Ideal for Downloads/Uploads.
This has a range starting from Rs.44 to maximum of Rs.155. Again there are minor changes in the tariff rates depending on different regions.
Data Rate Cutter
For heavy users, Idea has a Data Rate Cutter facility that will reduce your overage charges to 1p/10KB.
This card carries a price tag of Rs. 55 and is valid for 30 days and is applicable to both Prepaid and Postpaid.
Don’t have a 3G enabled phone, but still want to surf internet on your Laptop or on your Computer? Then get hold of Idea 3G dongle with exciting plans..
If you are hearing about a dongle for the first time, then let me tell you that a Dongle is a portable device that attaches to a USB port to enable a PC to connect to WiMAX and or 3G networks while on-the-go.
This again has price variation depending on different regions.
I am not sure of how much surfing or download I will do!
Well, Idea has a solution for this problem of yours too.
Usage Calculator – Depending upon your surfing and download pattern, the internet usage calculator presents you a rough idea that will help you in choosing an appropriate plan.
How to Activate Idea 3G?
For all those who are idea customers of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh all you need to do is to just send a simple sms as “ACT3G” to 12345 (toll free) or alternatively you can also dial *147# (toll free USSD Method) after which your current 2G plan will be stopped and you will be migrating automatically to 3G “Pay as you Go Plan” with charges as 10p/10kb.
When will my circle get the Idea 3G ?
They have planned to launch their 3G services on their other circles gradually such as Maharashtra & Goa, Kerala, Haryana, UP East, UP West, AP, J&K and Punjab where they have acquired 3G licenses.
They are also in talks with other operators to launch their 3G services in other circles too.
Fasten your seat belts and get ready for blazing speeds. What is your opinion on Idea 3G ? Leave your comments below..
About the Author (Author Profile)Nikhil Chakravarthi is a Software Engineer by Profession and a Blogger by Passion. He is in Love with just one thing - Technology. He is from Silicon Valley and enjoys simple living.
Sites That Link to this Post
- Indian Telecom | TechnoJourney | March 30, 2011
- Idea 3G FAQs and other likely questions answered | TechnoJourney | April 2, 2011