Airtel 4G: Here’s everything you should know

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Airtel launched its 4G services across 296 cities in India last week, making it the first telecom operator to roll-out the next-generation mobile Internet technology in most parts of the country. This move also keeps Airtel ahead in the competition where Reliance Jio is expected to start its 4G operations around December. If you’re wondering what Airtel 4G is all about, read on to know more.

What is 4G?

4G is the fourth generation standard for mobile communication. A successor to 3G, 4G technology offers ultra-fast broadband Internet with higher data transfer speeds and improved services. Also referred to as LTE (Long Term Evolution), Airtel network is equipped to offer max speeds of up to 45Mbps (megabits/seconds). With such high download speeds, users can enjoy zero buffering while streaming high-definition videos. Also, a 1GB file would take roughly about three minutes to download. But of course, these are peak speeds.

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As an introductory offer, Airtel is offering its 4G services at the cost of 3G; with plans starting as low was Rs 23. Once the Airtel 4G SIM card gets activated, you can subscribe to the 4G data services right away and experience high-speed internet connectivity and download speeds. Some of the interesting data plans are as mentioned below:-

Airtel 4G Postpaid(Per Billing Cycle) 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
Delhi Rs 300 Rs 500 Rs 900 Rs 1,550
Mumbai Rs 250 Rs 450 Rs 750 Rs 1,250
Kolkata Rs 250 Rs 450 Rs 750 Rs 1,250
 
Airtel 4G Prepaid(Validity – 28 days) 1GB 2GB 3GB 5GB
Delhi Rs 299 Rs 497 Rs 699 Rs 1,099
Mumbai Rs 296 Rs 499 Rs 696 Rs 1,097
Kolkata Rs 251 Rs 455 Rs 652 Rs 849

 

Airtel is also offering some value added services to its new subscribers. For starters, you’ll get six months of unlimited music streaming and download on Wynk Music app. Users get to stream five free movies every month for six months on Eros Now channel in Wynk Movies. In order to use these services, users will have to download these apps on their handset. Both these apps can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes Store, on Android and iOS devices, respectively.

Airtel Infinity – Get more from these all-in-one combo packs!

Airtel has also come up with infinity plans for both prepaid and postpaid customers. These plans are different from the usual billing plans and include goodies such as unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local calls, music and movies streaming, roaming and much more. To offer unlimited music and video streaming services, Airtel has also bundled Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. The benefits, however, differ based on the plan you choose. Here are some of the postpaid plans you can choose from.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 999/month

This is the base plan in which you get goodies such as unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local calls, free unlimited music streaming on Wynk Music and 3GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 1,499/month

In this plan, you get unlimited local calls both Airtel-to-Airtel and other local mobile operators as well. You also get unlimited music on Wynk Music, unlimited video streaming on Wynk Movies, and 5GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 1,999/month

With this plan you get unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and unlimited national roaming. You also get 7GB of data for surfing and downloading. If you’re one of those who makes too many phone calls, have your emails configured, do a lot of web surfing and call across India, this plan might be apt for you.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 2,999/month

This is the most expensive plan of the lot and offers the same goodies as the Rs 1,999 plan. You get to enjoy unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited national roaming, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. This plan also includes 15GB of data for Internet surfing and downloading, which is more than double of what you get in the Rs 1,999 plan.

The prepaid infinity plans also offer the same benefits as the postpaid ones, it’s just that they are a little on the expensive side. Here are some of the prepaid infinity plans you can choose from.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 1,749/28 days

This plan includes unlimited local calls both Airtel-to-Airtel and other local mobile operators as well. You also get unlimited music on Wynk Music, unlimited video streaming on Wynk Movies, and 5GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 2,249/28 days

With this plan you get unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and unlimited national roaming. You also get 7GB of data for surfing and downloading. If you’re one of those who makes too many phone calls, have your emails configured and use a lot of Internet on your phone, this plan might be apt for you.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 3,249/28 days

This is the most expensive plan of the lot and offers the same goodies as the Rs 2,249 plan. You get to enjoy unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited national roaming, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. This plan also includes 15GB of data for internet surfing and downloading, which is more than double of what you get in the Rs 2,249 plan.

While both prepaid and postpaid infinity plans look a little expensive, they are perfect for those people who pay roughly the same amount of bills. The only difference here is, instead of subscribing to four different services, such as a roaming plan, data and voice plan, you get all the benefits combined in one single plan.

So which plan to go for?

While choosing a particular infinity plan will purely be based on your budget, we feel the Rs 1,999 plan on postpaid and Rs 2,249 one on prepaid seems like a cracker of the deal – in terms of unlimited local calls, free music and movie streaming, 7GB mobile data along with free national roaming services.

Availability
Airtel 4G services can be availed by those residing in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Nagpur and Pune among 296 cities across India.

How to upgrade your old SIM to Airtel 4G?

To make the process simpler, Airtel has launched a dedicated website where you can check if your number is eligible for the 4G upgrade. If yes, you can request for a free 4G SIM right way, which will be delivered at your doorstep within four hours.

Step one:

Visit the dedicated Airtel page and enter your Airtel contact number. If it shows that your number is eligible for the 4G upgrade, click on next and fill in the required details. Depending on the availability and your locality, the new 4G enabled SIM card will be delivered to your doorstep within four hours, or on the next day.

Step two:

Once you have the SIM card, you will have to text the 20-digit SIM number to 121. It will ask you to confirm SIM number change, just select 1 to confirm and within the next one hour, your new 4G enabled SIM card will get activated.

Step three:

Insert the new SIM card in your handset and you shall get a welcome message along with Internet settings. Once all this is done, just make the top-up data refill (on prepaid) and you’re good to go and use the high-speed 4G services.

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