Airtel India’s leading mobile operator has become the first operator to start 4G LTE services for smartphones in India. They have started 4G LTE services in the IT capital of India Bangalore. But as of now these 4G services will only become active on iPhone 5S and 5C as these are the only devices which support the 2,300 MHz spectrum on which 4G LTE is functional. Huawei Ascend P1 is another device which is compatible with 2,300 MHz band. 4G services on mobiles will soon to launched in other cities as well. Airtel plans to offer 4G internet at 3G rates and will give you speeds with which you can download most of the data within blink of an eye. 4G LTE is 10-15 times faster than 3G internet which means you can easily download a movie within 3-4 minutes and watch HD video’s without a hitch.
“We expect more devices will soon come enabled for this band. China has just allocated 4G spectrum in the 2300 MHz band to its operators, so there should be a lot more manufacturing of such devices,” Srini Gopalan, director of consumer business in Bharti Airtel India, said.
Customers need to upgrade to 4G SIM from their nearest Airtel store in order to start enjoying 4G LTE. Apart from this customers will not have to change their existing 3G data plan. Customers on 2G/GPRS data plans/packs can opt for any of the 3G plans/packs available and enjoy 4G speeds, Airtel said.
Apart from Airtel another bigwig Reliance Jio Infocomm is planning to foray into 4G LTE domain, but as of now nothing is clear about the launch date or the pricing. But industry insiders believe that Reliance will give other companies a run for their money by launching 4G LTE at cheaper rates.
If you happen to be a heavy data user then there is a new plan offering 10 GB of data at 4G speeds for Rs 1,000, however keep in mind that 4G LTE is blazing fast and you may consume it quite soon. You don’t need to worry about missed calls while surfing data as calls will be redirected on 2G/3G networks using CSFB (circuit switched fall back) technology.
With the recent concluded spectrum auction alloting 1,800 MHz to mobile operators more telcos are expected to jump into 4G LTE bandwagon before 2014 ends.
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