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In India almost all mobile telecom networks launched their 3G services all over the states as well as cities too. From that, Airtel, Aircel and BSNL are the leading mobile network to cover their 3G data connectivity major cities and villages. Here is the comparison between Airtel 3G and Idea 3G rating prepared with 3G coverage areas, prepaid tariff and recharge plans available in Tamilnadu (South India) for your 3G enabled handsets or 3G data card (Multi SIM datacard) which offers to receive HSPA, UTMS signal.Airtel-3G-Vs-Idea-3G plan tariff

How to activate 3G service in Airtel 3G and Idea 3G?

For airtel user- activate 3G services by sending SMS “3G” to 121 or call 12134.

For Idea user- To activate 3G services SMS ACT3G to 12345 (toll free) or Do dial *147# (toll free) to know about all the plans on offer.

Check Aircel 3G Vs Airtel 3G

Airtel 3G Vs Idea 3G data Tariff plan comparison

Time based plan:

Airtel 3G- Rs. 8 for 30 minutes unlimited usage speed upto 21.1Mbps unlimited download and upload validity 1 day.

Idea 3G- Rs.8 for 20 Minutes unlimited usage speed upto 21.1Mbps unlimited download and upload validity 1 day.

Note: Both the network stopped this time based plans

Usage plan compare updated on June 2014 August 2015

Airtel 3G unlimited and Data usage plan:

MRP (In Rs.) Bundled Usage Validity Charges after Free Usage
8 25 MB Till midnight 3ps/10 KB
28 85 MB 3 days 3ps/10 KB
34 150 MB Facebook only 28 days
38 200 MB Whatsapp 28 days 3ps/10 KB
45 140 MB 4 days 3ps/10 KB
101 325 MB 10 days 3ps/10 KB
127 425 MB 12 days 3ps/10 KB
142 500 MB 14 days 3ps/10 KB
197 800 MB 21 days 3ps/10 KB
255 1GB 28 days 3ps/10KB
325 1.15GB 28 days 3ps/10KB
351 1.5GB 28 days 3ps/10KB
375 1.6GB 28 days 3ps/10KB
451 2GB 28 days 3ps/10KB
601 3 GB 3G UL, 28 day validity, Post free benefit @ 2G Speeds 28 days
751 Unlimited Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 4 GB,80 Kbps above 4 GB 28 days
855 Unlimited Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 7 GB,80 Kbps above 7 GB 28 days N/A
955 Unlimited Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 6 GB,40 Kbps above 6 GB 28 days NA
1255 Unlimited(Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 11 GB,80 Kbps above 11GB) 30 days N/A
1298 6GB 60 days 3p/10kb
1555 Unlimited(Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 12 GB,80 Kbps above 12GB) 30 days N/A
2251 12GB 90 days 3p/10kb



Idea3G Usage plan: updated on August 2015

MRP (In Rs.) Bundled Usage Validity Charges after Free Usage
8 20 MB 1 day 4ps/10 KB
34 100 MB 3 days 4ps/10 KB
41 125 MB 5 days 4ps/10 KB
45 150 MB 5 days 4ps/10 KB
59 200 MB 7 days 4ps/10 KB
79 250 MB 10 days 4ps/10 KB
95 325 MB 10 days 4ps/10 KB
103 300 MB 12 days 4ps/10 KB
124 425 MB 12 days 4ps/10KB
164/166 600 MB 17 days 4ps/10 KB
194 800 MB 21 days 4ps/10KB
215 850 MB 28 days 4ps/10 KB
224 900 MB 28 days 4ps/10 KB
249 1 GB 28 days 4ps/10KB
276 1.25 GB 28 days 4ps/10 KB
347 1.5 GB 28 days 4ps/10 KB
374 1.6 GB 28 days 4ps/10KB
451 2 GB 28 days 4ps/10KB
649 Unlimited Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 3.25 GB and 40KBPS post 4 GB10KBPS post 5 GB 28 days N/A
851 Unlimited Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 5 GB,40 Kbps above 6 GB 28 days NA
952 (maharashtra-goa) 5GB 90 days 4p/10kb
951 (kolkata) Unlimited with FUP @ 5GB (40Kbps) 30 days N/A
1251 Unlimited(Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 10 GB,40 Kbps post 10 GB,10 Kbps above 11 GB) 28 days NA
1501 Unlimited(Speed 21.1 Mbps upto 12 GB,40 Kbps post 12 GB,10 Kbps above 13 GB) 28 days N/A
2501 (andhra-pradesh) 12GB 90 days 3p/10kb


From the above table Idea offers lots of recharge offer 3G plans in TamilNadu and Chennai users while Airtel provides limited recharge 3G plans.

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3G coverage compare:

Airtel 3G coverage in Tamilnadu: Ambur, Chengalpet, Chennai, Chidambaram, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Gummidipoondi, Hosur, Kanchipuram, Karaikal, Karaikudi, Karur, Kodaikanal, Kovilpatti, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Nagerkoil, Namakkal, Neyveli, Ooty, Puducherry, Palani, Perundurai, PN Palayam, Pollachi, Pudukottai, Rajapalayam, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Salem, Sivakasi, Sriperumbadur, Sulur, Tanjore, Thanjavur, Theni, Tirupur, Trichy, Tiruchengode, Tirunelveli, Tiruvallur, Tiruvanamalai, Tuticorin, Vaniambadi, Vellore, Viluppuram.

To check airtel Internet 3G pack with coverage details  in your city go here

Idea 3G available Tamilnadu cities: Ariyalur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Coonoor, Cuddalore, Erode, Hosur, Kancheepuram, Karur, Kodikanal, Madurai,Neyveli, Ooty, Palladam, Perundurai,Pondy, Ranipet, Salem, Sivagangai, Sivakasi, Sriperampudur & sez, Tiruppur, Trichy, Vellore, Villupuram.

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Airtel has more 3G coverage area in tamilnadu region but Idea 3G covered only major cities in tamilnadu.

Note: 3G Tariff plan and coverage  are time to time change and collected as on June 2014.


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