Tata DoCoMo Announces 3G Data Plans; Tariff War Likely to Get Fierce

Written By Sam on 11 November 2010
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This is what Indian mobile subscribers have been waiting for. Tata DoCoMo has finally launched its 3G tariff plan. It is aggressive and looks eager to entice some of its existing 2G customers into jump on to its 3G bandwagon. And this time the company has brand has not made any difference between its pre-paid and post-paid customers. It has, however, added a special plan for its pre-paid customers, wherein they can pay Rs 350 a month to avail of 500 minutes of talk time (Both local and STD) and 150 MB of data usage.

Here are the highlights of the new plans:

  • For a normal voice call, 3G customers would be paying between 0.66-1.1 paisa per second
  • Data plans will ranges between 250 MB and 2GB of data usage for Rs 500 and Rs 2000 respectively per month.
  • Plans are same for pre-paid and post-paid customers. In a special plan, pre-paid customers can pay Rs 350 a month for 500 minutes of talk time and 150 MB of data usage.

For Tata DoCoMo 2G customers, who are not ready to shift to 3G yet, but would want to see how 3G life feels, have the option of paying Rs 200 for 200 MB or Rs 500 for 650 MB of data usage per month. The plan looks promising, especially when one compares it to BSNL’s. The PSU telecom player in fact has no plan that includes both voice and data services.

The company has been offering voice calls between 49 paisa to Re 1 per minute and has a data plan of Rs 549 for 1GB of data. The company scores on its data plans of Rs 999 for 10 GB of data and Rs 1359 for unlimited data. However, it’s the talk time that will come at extra cost. So it seems like each has its own stuff to flaunt. And we should note competition in the 3G sphere has only just begun. As more private carriers join the 3G bandwagon, the tariff war will only get more aggressive – something the customer should not mind.

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