Are you addicted to Facebook Â on Mobile ? Can’t live without Twitter for Mobile? Chances are you pay through your nose for Data Access to your telecom operator. Unless you use something called a “Data Pack” – a special plan which reduces the cost of Data Access on your mobile.
Let’s talk about the technology behind data packs. We have three variants of cellular technology being used today. 2G or 2nd Generation is the basic network capable of carrying voice and text (SMS). Over past few years, only 2G was available in India. When GPRS-enabled phones entered in market, and prices slashed as well, users demanded data connection. Here’s where 2.5G comes. 2.5G carries data Â along with voice and text using GPRS(General Packet Radio Service) technology. It divides data into particular sized packets and transacts with base station. GPRS proved to be an efficient technology, being lossless, but it was not able to meet high bandwidth requirements. Then EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) technology, an improvement over GPRS, Â led to a 2.75G network. EDGE has improved bandwidth than that of GPRS. But it still cannot support data intensive applications like Video Calling. ( which will become possible with 3G)
Almost all the GSM networks in India provide either GPRS or EDGE connectivity throughout the country. Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, Aircel, Tata Docomo are some of the good data service providers.
Let’s have a look at what top operators offer us under GPRS or data plans. Better still, lets hear it from you! We have listed the top 6 data pack providers in survey below.
So which one amongst these 6 is the best? You should consider cost , but more importantly the quality of data access you get from these providers.
If you think we have not listed the best, please enter the details of the Pack in the last Category.
The winner of the poll below* will get Rs 200 bumper recharge FREE from mobikwik.com! Last Date to enter the contest is 17th August.
*1 Lucky winner will be selected among those who select the data pack provider which gets the highest votes.