BSNL 3G Chennai Speed Test


BSNL announced Commercial 3G services in Chennai and we already have a report for you. We grabbed our 3G SIM Card for Rs.179.  Required documents were 2 Photographs and Photocopy of an ID proof. You need to fill a form which is common for all Prepaid mobile connections these days. And once you are done with the formalities , you get the SIM card in a Credit Card size holder.


We grabbed two of these so that we could test Video Calling. Luckily we have a lot of handsets lying around in the FoneArena Test Labs . We popped the first SIM in the Nokia N97 and the 2nd one in the Samsung Omnia HD.  Since we keep our phones on GSM only mode to conserve battery and 3G is just coming up, we had to change the Network setting to Dual mode. We have tested 3G on AT&T USA , T-Mobile USA, Vodafone UK and O2 UK but experiencing 3G in your motherland India is always something to cheer about. No wonder we are all excited about the launch.

After some initial hiccups about settings we figured out the access point to be simply

Just this and none of the another values in your access point settings matter.

Below is a speed test on a Omnia HD.  It clocked 737 Kbps


Nokia E72 and N97 with 3.5G clocked 1 Mbps max.  Below is Nokia N900 running the flash version of and clocked 1Mbps download speed


This is a Promo Offer in Chennai and if you want to check out how fast is 3G over GPRS /EDGE – This SIM Card is worth trying.

  • Very low data usage prices 1 paisa or less per 10Kb
  • 50 mins of free Video Calls
  • 25 MB free data usage
  • Video calls in same rates as Voice calls Local and STD

You can get yours by visiting a BSNL shop near you and you can find more details at the official website

If anyone of you have tried the service ? How did you like it ? What speeds did you get ?

Author: Team FoneArena

A team of mobile geeks