Idea cellular, the 3rd largest mobile service provider of the country, has recently launched the Gold standard for 3G services. In starting, these services will start from MP, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh. They will ensure supreme customer experience in 200 towns by the month of April 2011 and around 4000 towns by the end of 2012. By subscribing these 3G services, the user can enjoy Mobile TV, Video conferencing, Video on demand, Idea Mall and fastest speed of Internet.
Mr. Himanshu Kapania, the Deputy managing director of Idea Cellular told about its services, “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.” The company has targeted growth from the semi-urban heartlands of India and it will keep starting to drive its 3G services from agricultural, industrial and educational regions. About 3G services rollout, Mr. Ambrish Jain, Director of operations, spoke, “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.”
Some Ultimate Features of Idea 3G services
• Watch Live TV on mobile
• Video Calling
• Connect with your friends via social networking
• Explore more than 30,000 apps and games at Idea Mall
• Download as well as upload your huge files at high speed
• Watch all your favorite videos on the demand
But, to avail all these ultimate 3G services, an individual should have 3G compatible handset. Usually, Idea supports up to 21.1 Mbps over 2G speeds of 256 Kbps. Nevertheless, different handsets may support different speeds, for instance, from 384 Kbps, 3.6 Mbps, 7.2 Mbps or 21.1 Mbps. Also, speed of Internet will also depend upon the plan you’re going to opt for. There is no other requirement for setting up Mobile Internet. But APNs are essential for 3G service. So if you have 3G compatible mobile phone, you should subscribe at least once Idea 3G services.
How to Activate: The 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.
Idea 3G Prepaid Plans for Haryana, UP West, UP East, Andhra Pardesh, HP, Kerala, MP, Maharashtra and Goa.
MRP (In Rs.) Free Data (In MB) Charges after Free Usage Charges after Free Usage in Gujrat
103 100 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
198 250 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
450 600 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
649 1280 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
749 2048 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
1750 5120 10p/10 KB 30p/20 KB
View Detail: Idea 3G Tariff Plans