Aircel 3G Speed Test , get 250 MB Free Usage till Feb 27
Aircel has launched 3G in few cities this week and we got a chance to activate 3G on a number which we had lying around so that I could do this speed test. This test was taken in Chennai. To activate 3G on Aircel you have send an sms START 3G to 121
We did not get any settings but we got a reply that the service has been activated.Aircel has a promotion for 3G in which you get 250 MB of free usage till Feb 27th and 50 mins of video calls
You have to create a new APN / Accesspoint – aircelgprs.pr in order to get the connection working on a prepaid sim card.
The 3G coverage seems pretty spotty and not fully ready yet. The connection kept switching from HSPA to EDGE many times. I managed to get about 1.8 Mbps or 1870 kbps in terms of download speed. The upload speeds never crossed 300 kbps.
Aircel has pretty bad coverage even for voice in my area and I can’t expect a miracle for 3G. But anyways , its always great to have choices. We have 3 operators in Chennai offering 3G services. BSNL, Airtel and now Aircel. The operator had great success with the Pocket Internet plans and now it seems to have some interesting plans for 3G compared to other private operators.
We could not get the SIM to work with a USB Dongle. Let us know if you have any luck.