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Vodafone 3G in India : Review and comparison

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Companies spent hundreds of thousands of Crores in acquiring the 3G spectrum from a govt. of corrupt officials. Its been more than a couple of years since our country has been abuzz with talk about 3G networks and 3G data speeds.

While in first world countries like the United States, where total revenue from sale of handheld phones is 1/10 of the total revenue in India, Americans are talking about 5th gen networks and the rollout of Nation-wide LTE services, essentially standing on 4.5 G Networks.

Private players slowly yet steadily roll out 3G Services for consumers in India. Docomo and Reliance were among the first few GSM players to launch their 3G services, followed by Airtel and now Vodafone.

Vodafone was slow in the rollout of their 3G services, they claimed that they were “prep-ing the infrastructure”. To think once the service did roll out the users would get seamless 3G services, WRONG!

If you were upset with your network before rollout of 3G, get ready to pull your Hair! The immediate difference between 3G and 2G data connections, is that the minute you switch on 3G, your network will dwindle from 5 bars straight down to 1 bar. The phone will stop ringing, as the person on the other side gets a response ” this number is not reachable”. While you try all apparent Steve Jobs style poses, you will get absolutely no network coverage.

If by some grace of your beloved deity, you do get a strong signal, you will be appalled with the poor quality of 3G data connections, download speed is shaky and always from 240-800kbps, about half of minimum promised speeds.

Here is how Vodafone Fared in 5 tests carried out in different locations in Delhi.

 

1 South Delhi : Defence Colony Market : Download : 447 kbps : 2 bars

2. Central Delhi : CP central circle: Download : 723 kbps: 3bars

3. West Delhi : Punjabi Bagh: Download :200kbps : 1 bar

4. North Delhi : Kashmere Gate : Download 640kbps : 3bars

5. East Delhi : Mayur vihar : Download 989 kbps : 3 bars

 

In all cases phone call quality was poor, a lot of call drops, and the phone was mostly unreachable. We had to turn off 3G in several cases to make phone calls. Turning the phone from 3G mode to 2G boosts the network straight to 5Bars, after which one faces no call drops nor  is the phone unreachable. Download speeds on Edge are a constant 144kbps in all 5 areas of the city.

For comparison purposes we also took a device which was 3G powered with State owned MTNL 3G JADOO services. And here is how MTNL fared in all the areas

 

MTNL TEST

 

  • South Delhi : Defence Colony: Download : 2599 kbps : 4 bars
  • Central Delhi : CP central circle: Download : 1744 kbps: 3bars
  • West Delhi : Punjabi Bagh: Download :2009 kbps : 4 bar
  • North Delhi : Kashmere Gate : Download 1682kbps : 3bars
  • East Delhi : Mayur vihar : Download 1999 kbps : 4 bars

So in comparison MTNL fared quite good and was able to deliver quite close to promised speeds, we also continued to get phone calls and did not face any call drops.

 

Lets do a Tariff comparison.

Vodafone has these offers

  • Rs. 100 – 100MB
  • Rs. 375 – 500MB
  • Rs. 850 – 3GB
  • Rs 1250 – 5GB
  • Rs. 500 – 500MB + 500 Minutes talk time + 500 SMS
  • Rs. 1000 – 1000 MB + 1000 Minutes talk time + 1000 SMS

MTNL has the following in Delhi

 

  • Rs. 50 – 60MB
  • Rs. 99 – 130MB
  • Rs. 250 – 500MB
  • Rs. 450 – 1 GB
  • Rs. 650 – 2GB
  • Rs. 850 – 5GB
  • Rs. 1099 – 10Gb
  • Rs. 1500 – 10GB day + 10GB night
  • Rs. 1650 – 100GB

But there is another interesting aspect to MTNL, they currently have a 4500 Rs scheme where you get unlimited data for 6 months at 3G speeds. Which basically kills all hopes for Vodafone or any other private player. There is a claimed 200GB/month limit, but even if you cross it you are not charged.

 

Conclusion

We have been waiting for 3G in India for too long, almost long enough to not care. If you can, then for 3G stay away from private players, especially in Delhi. Prices are exorbitant and service is poor. Network failure after network failure, not to forget 1/3 of the promised speeds. Companies will need to tighten up their quality if they want their consumers to stick else MNP will be quite handy for those who really want decent 3G quick.

[xrr rating=2/5 label=”We Rate Vodafone 3G” imageset=shiny_yellow_star display_as=fraction_stars]

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Bharat Nagpal

Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+

  • PoonamKarande

    I am using vodafone for past many years I recently changed my network from prepaid to postpaid.because they offered me exciting plan which attracted me to change it. as soon as I changed it and I am trapped in it, they started me charging different plans and expenses on my bill which I never knew what they were, when I called their service provider they gave me assurance that they will remove those unnecessary expenses but they never did, infact now they have given me some stupid plan which I never requested.
    I even when to the vodafone store in mira rd east they gave me reason that their server is down and they cannot open the bill but still they assured me that the will change the plan within 24 hrs. its been 2 weeks there is no response. vodafone usually send u a message to send your feed back in which I gave them bad feedback, on the basis of that a lady frm vodafone high end name bhavisha called me and confirmed me that she will help me out to change my plan and helloo.she fooled me again.
    I SWEAR I AM ALL FED UP ABOUT THIS NETWORK AND THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE AND WILL TAKE ALL POSSIBLE ACTION TO GIVE THEM BACK THE TROUBLE I HAVE SUFFERED.

  • werwrw

    i have taken vodafone sim 1 month back. to be frank this is fucdddking network and they customer care support is worst. i have used idea,tatadocomo and airtel but i don’t see this type of worst service.  if you call customer care it wil take 30 min minimum and they will charge 50paise for every 3 min. i am waiting when 3 months will complete to change to another network.  i am really frustatd and they are torturing customers. please don’t port to vodafone.  they will show you hell.  please folks don’t take vodafone.  worst network and worst customer support.

  • werwrw

    i have taken vodafone sim 1 month back. to be frank this is fucdddking network and they customer care support is worst. i have used idea,tatadocomo and airtel but i don’t see this type of worst service.  i you call customer care it wil take 30 min minimum and they will charge 50paise for every 3 min. i am waiting when 3 months will complete to change to another network.  i am really frustatd and they are torturing customers. please don’t port to vodafone.  they will show you hell.  please folks don’t take vodafone.  worst network and worst customer support.

  • AkshatVerma

    Vodafone 3G plans have become very expensive just look at them http://www.findrecharge.in/vodafone/vodafone-rajasthan-recharge-plans/

  • @mu2 BSNL customer service is pathetic.
    After a complain in the local office of no 3G range in our area. The officials told me to visit locations close to their  tower. The 3G service did not work a single time the whole month. I asked for refund. There was absolutely no reply from them. So as much as Vodafone sucks, worse experience with BSNL! May be some areas it works and people are happy. But this is true for all 3G providers, some areas they may be good. But overall I am yet to find a good 3G service provider in India.

  • rgrover0

    Worst Vodafone Network in Pune

    Vodafone is so irresponsible  and biggest fraud company I have ever seen. You people don’t care about customers feedback and their issues. 

    Vodafone network in my society is pathetic. 

    I am so much frustrated with Vodafone. I do not get any network in my locality. And after so many complaint , I got just few calls from Vodafone with no solution. Only excuse I got is that site is down because of Owner issue. 
    I asked for network engineer visit , but all in vain. No one paid any heed. 

    Now , I am porting all my 3 number to some other operator, which I was using since last 3 years. This request takes 7 days, if you people try to delay it by any means I will sue you for harassment , fraud & bad service to the customer.

    Compaint No : 1445490802, 1445491236 and 1445491372. It has been 3 [9 dec 13] weeks since I booked my complaint. But you people didnt bother to resolve it.

    Your most frustrated customer, 
    Rohit

  • Somesh

    have anyone used VF 3g dongle in Pune….pls. share ur experience…..

  • rahulvsenna

    In A’bad Vodafone 3G rocks 5Mbps Downloading but uploading is slow though 0.15Mbps

  • Polo_21

    Vodafone 3G in Bangalore? Avoid please. I got a 3G dongle connection from Vodafone Yelahanka New Town. They cheated on me. Made me purchase the device with all the wrong information. The customer care sucks. I made multiple rounds to no avail. I finally ended up paying 2000 for a usage I was supposedly given free.

  • sbhghosh

    I am from kolkata and I recently bought a Vodafone internet USB stick, which claims to have a connectivity speed of 7.1 mbps and 3G connection. My experience has been extremely bad mainly because of these reasons:
    – network is extremely poor and the the connectivity speed is around 500 kbps or lower;
    – the network gets disconnected very frequently;
    – the connectivity bar is always between 2 to 3 bars;
    – lastly and most importantly, if you are an existing vodafone customer, then before buying the USB stick, do insist on checking the stick. My USB stick turned out to be faulty and I had a tough time getting a replacement. i had to run to the Vodafone store 3 times, just to seek a replacement!
     
    I cannot comment on other service providers, but Vodafone 3G in Kolkata definitely sucks!

  • Ravi Bgm1

    i have used vodafone 3G just for 1 day and my bill has gone to Rs  4200. Its really bad experience for me.

  • Ravi Bgm1

    i have used vodafone 3G just for 1 day and my bill has gone to Rs  4200. Its really bad experience for me.

    • Manodeepc

      no reason to disagree, its is crazy costly, I have made mistake of using vodafone 3g for a month and ended paying more than 20 thousand in that month… just criminally expansive and waste of money…  

  • Guest

    Yes I am very much agree…MTNL & BSNL are far ahead in 3G speed and connectivity. I have a very bad experience with vodafone 3G.

  • Innocent Aj

    Hi..Bharat I m using vodafone 3g in delhi on my desire hd  the problem is my uploading speed is slow . Around 350kbps  and downloading 1725 kbps and in my area is very strong..always 5 bars.
    When i was using trail offer from vodafone i was getting same as downloding..around 1800kbps.

    When i used 3g on my phone its  shows H icon..

    Please tell me my phone is fully compatible or not for vodafone 3g .

  • Vyomkumar

    and i can upload the pic too… but ehere to upload???

  • Vyomkumar

    i am getting 3.53 Mbps with full or 1 less bar with airtel in Noida..

  • mu2

    BSNL 3g rocks…….india gr8

  • Abhishek

    3g on gsm is still costly ……i dont know why cdma tech is not explored properly otherwise it has the potential as well as cost effectiveness in providing data speeds at better rates than gsm….

  • Kapil

    Hey what about Reviews from Mumbai ? Pls see if you can make it !

  • Vaibhav

    I don’t have a tethering plan or a speed test app on my BB, so I don’t really know about the speeds. But, as far as the signal strength is concerned, I pretty much agree with the article. While the 2G network gives my a solid consistent signal, the 3G signal fluctuates a lot. I guess that’s the reason Vodafone hasn’t commercially launched 3G. They are probably still tweaking the network!

  • aseemcool007

    nice comparison
    MTNL FTW!

  • I (chennai) got speeds around 6 mbps d/l and 3 mbps at morning time in my house (virugambakkam) and 1 mbps d/l and 1mbps u/l at peak time in peak area (k k nagar). SO i guess, the speeds are pretty good. And U.S speeds are not as depicted in that picture. Many of them are suffering from very low speeds in 4G connection, with download speed not exceeding 1 mbps.

  • Manu Pushkar

    Good analysis.

    Heartening to see at least somewhere Govt. Teleco stands far ahead of pvt. companies

  • Corruption is the sole behiend everythng yhe ministers have no rights to do this thing but unfortunately no 1 cares it’s time for the yoith to come forward and drive the country in a new generation which is far away from corruption……………

    • Coolgxxxdelhi

      jawee tere maa ki… tu ghnta leel.. nokia 1100 and chinese phone mein 26 , 3g and 4g .. kuch bhi chalele kya farak pdta hai