Discover what all you can do everyday on a 3G data plan and find the best value for money 3G plan for USB Modem, Mobile WiFi, 3G SIM, iPad and Tablet.
Mobile broadband is wireless high-speed Internet access on your iPad, mobile phone, laptop, desktop or a tablet via portable devices.
It is fast, portable and convenient.
You can get connected using either a small portable USB Modem (often called as a USB dongle, USB data card or a USB broadband stick), Mobile WiFi Modem or directly via inserting a SIM card in your iPad or any other tablet/mobile device.
2G, 3G and 4G are mobile network technologies that deliver mobile broadband.
2G (second Generation) was designed primarily for voice and text, although capable of transferring data but only very slowly and unreliably.
3G (third Generation) is successor to 2G and is primarily designed for data transfer. It can transfer data up to 21 Mbps, with typical speeds of 2 - 3 Mbps.
4G (fourth Generation) is the latest mobile broadband technology offering (only available in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Chandigarh) data transfer speeds of up to 100 Mbps, but typical speeds will be in the range of 12 - 15 Mbps.
Choosing a data plan that is just right for you can be confusing, but we can help. Simply follow these steps before you sign-up and you will save on huge data usage bills:
First, find out the list of carriers/service providers who provide 3G network coverage in your city.
Second, estimate how much data you think you'll use. The magic cut-off for most people is 2 GB per month. Try out our data calculator to calculate your data usage.
Third, decide on the data connection speed you would like when you connect to the internet. Data speed of 3.6 Mbps is a good start.
Finally, and most importantly is the price. Fix your monthly spend/budget to determine the price for your 3G mobile broadband usage.
Once you have identified the 3G services providers, estimated out how much data you need, decided on the speed you want to connect and your monthly budget, then simply compare all the 3G data plans based on these criterias using our comparison tool and get the plan that is just right for you.
The worst decision you can make is to rush out and buy a 3G data plan without really knowing whether the service in your area is any good.
Most 3G providers will give you a demo to test coverage and speed in your area. So make sure you Try before you Buy.
Your data usage will drive the price you pay for your 3G data plan.
Estimate your data usage using a data calculator to get a rough idea about how much data you will need every month.
It is very important that you monitor your data usage once every few days, so that you don't cross your 3G plan's data allowance.
Crossing your data allowance will lead to a huge data bill if you don't have a capped or a reduced speed plan.
Buying a 3G USB Modem / Dongle / Data Card or Mobile WiFi device packaged with a data offer from a service provider is tempting but it will come locked to it's own network restricting you from switching in case you are not happy.
Most service providers will allow you to bring your own unlocked mobile broadband device when you buy a 3G SIM Only data plan.
You should always read the fine print before you sign-up for a 3G data plan.
Check for things like data allowance, plan validity, speed, capped amount/speed, data charges when you exceed the limit, roaming charges and any other restriction that comes with the plan.
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