Vodafone India in an effort to counter Airtel’s ‘Cyber Cafe’ pack has launched its own unlimited 2G data packs at Rs.7. Airtel was the first to introduce this 1 hour unlimited 2G data plan for Rs. 5. Thus setting a new trend for the other telecom operators to follow.
This pack can be subscribed only via USSD or an e-topup. Just dial *444*7# and you’ll be able to use unlimited 2G data for 1 hour.
As reported by Telecom Talk, the recharge confirmation would be received within 15 mins and the benefit would be credit into the subscriber’s account within 4 hours. You can also check Minutes balance of your pack by dialing *111*6#.
I believe that this would be maximum time that it might take for pack activation. Normally recharging via USSD codes and e-topups are real-time. Also this would be valid only when the subscriber is on Vodafone network.
Is This Pack Worth it? Let’s Find Out
Now, let’s talk numbers. Normally telecom operators like Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel cap the maximum speed on 2G data packs for pushing the sales of their 3G data packs, which is not ethical. But that’s not the topic of discussion now.
Most of the times, the theoretical download speed is limited to 144 Kbps i.e. 18 KBps. So in real world conditions the will speeds to the order of 16 KBps or so. In order words, you would be able to download a maximum of 56.25 MB in an hour.
Now, let’s compare it to the Vodafone 1 day internet pack of Rs. 9. This pack offers 35 MB 2G data. The 2 day internet pack costing Rs. 17 offers 70 MB 2G data. Which means this hourly Vodafone unlimited pack is a good buy if just want to download something (under 56 MB, of course), or have some urgent work on the internet.
Another blessing in disguise of this pack is the fact that you won’t get addicted to the internet as you will get to spend only limited amount of time on the web. This means that you will waste less time on the internet and do more things that you really want to.
What are your thoughts about this? I think it is a really good offering for those who need the internet only for some urgent work and are not addicted to IMs like WhatsApp and Hike.