Airtel 3G launched in Chennai & Coimbatore !

Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading telecom service provider has today launched their 3G services in two of Tamilnadu’s major cities Chennai and Coimbatore. FoneArena was present at the launch event today. Cinestar and Airtel’s Brand Ambassador Karthi Shivakumar was present at the event, and was one of the first persons to try out Airtel’s 3G video calling.

Mr. Atul Bindal, President-Mobile Services and Vineet Taneja, Operations Director (South) mentioned about some of companies services that could take complete advantage of their 3G network. And those services included were – video calling, live streaming of video, high speed internet, mobile TV

Check out the launch promo video below

And here is the speed we got in a PC connect to the network with a dongle. We got about 1-2 Mbps on a handset though !

Also the existing Chennai & Coimbatore Airtel users can avail the 3G service through existing sim cards. For laptop users Airtel has also come up with 3G dongles.

Rate plan goes like this : (Pretty much same as the tariff announced in Bangalore)

1. PAYG VBC (Pay as you go):The customer will pay the 30p /20Kb for 3G access.

2. Sachet Plans: These plans will have validity of lesser than or equal to 10 days.

3. Standard Plans: These plans are best suited for the mid to high-end users of data and will have a validity of 30 days.

4. FlexiShield Plan: This plan has a combination of free data usage and a low inbuilt VBC rate.

Note: Sachet Plans available only on Prepaid, FlexiShield Plan available on both postpaid & prepaid

They do have ‘internet usage calculator’ which will help you to chose the right plan according to your data and other usage. For more on 3G tariff plan, do check out Airtel’s 3G tariff : Airtel 3G Tariff.

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  • Shankar

    Well, I signed up ( I thought I signed up ) for 3G this morning, by calling Airtel Customer Care. Was told it was activated, since then got a SMS also saying the same.

    But it’s been 5 hours since then, I still don’t have 3G. Neither do I have 2G (which I had before they said they’d have to terminate that to enable 3G)

    Since then I’ve called customer-care, tech support for about 7 times and Airtel is clueless. Once they said, 2G is still active, call 198 to deactivate it. 198 said 2G is still active since their servers are down (!!), another rep said, 2G is down, 3G is also down, but I see ‘E’ on my iPhone.

    Nothing has worked so far. Airtel’s 3G still continues to be a joke!

    • rams

      Still nothing is got in airtel 3g , nothing to trust….