A few days back we had covered various news posts about all major telecom operators in India increasing the 2G data plans. Now, they’ve almost doubled the price for 1GB of 2G data.
Almost all telcos had been offering 1GB 2G data for Rs. 150 approximately. Now, Airtel and Vodafone have cut the amount of data allowance under packs costing close to Rs. 150 to ~500 MB only!
This is the second hike in data tariff this year and this what an Airtel official had to say about it:
“We did this sometime back in a few circles. Other telcos like Vodafone have also followed suit.”
It looks like these telcos are getting united against the customers and charging them too much for 2G data. I am not concerned too much about the pricing, but the fact that they caps our transfer speeds bugs me to the core. 2G internet is very well capable of speeds to the order of 30KBps and more, but we don’t even get 16KBps consistently!
A TRAI official said, “Cash-strapped telcos have adopted a strategy to propel first-time smartphone users to use 3G and push their existing 2G data users to experience faster speed on 3G. Clearly, the move is to pull out all the stops to cover costs and improve margins.”