Activate 3G in Vodafone 2G SIM card for first time instantly

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Activate and enable 3G internet network service instantly in 15 minutes on your new or old Vodafone SIM card with pre-activated 2G edge.

I bought new SIM card from Vodafone store, which was not activated with 3G service. It was pre-activated with 2G service, but I wanted to get 3G speed. So searched on various website, blog, forums, same as you did.

Finally your search ends, here is some cool steps to activate 3G service instantly* on your newly activated and verified SIM card.

Step #1: Change your Network Mode setting in your mobile to Automatic, so that it can change to 2G or 3G which ever network available.

Step #2: Restart you mobile.

Step #3: Now send message activation from you new Vodafone SIM. “ACT 3G” to 111 (without double quotes) or “ACT 3G” to 144 (same, without double quotes).

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Note: If above SMS is not working, please try sending message: 3G<space><your-mobile-number> to 111

Step #4: You will receive two messages continuously.

Enjoy high speed Internet and downloads, Video Calls, Live Mobile  TV, HD Gaming with Vodafone 3G. We have your request for 3G service and will revert shortly

After awhile, you will receive second message

3G services on your phone will be activated in 24 Hrs.

Note: In-case you receive any error message for using wrong keyword, as I got, try send same message to 144 it will work out.

Step #5: Now wait for 10 minutes so that your request will be accepted and changes to propagate in Vodafone server. After a while again change you Network Mode  settings to UTMS.

Step #6: Now keep you mobile with SIM card switch off for 5 minutes and start it. Now you start data connection, and you will see 3G network working in your mobile phone.

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Hope you are happy with our tutorial on activation instantly.

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[* I used word Instantly, because generally it take one day to activate. In this case it takes 15-20 minutes]

Photo Credit: Vodafone India

NoteNew Vodafone SIM cards are already 3G enabled. 

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144 Responses

  1. sneha says:

    what if the sim is 3 months old!? Will the same process applies to that?

  2. Sagar says:

    I have 4 days old sim . I tried 3G activation but doesn’t work , a message appears “Hello! you have entered the wrong keyword”. After how many days or months 3G activation can work .

    • Editor says:

      It is Instant. You can raise a request even on same day of activation. Have you entered the Keyword correctly (without double quotes) ? Retry.

  3. Gursimran Singh says:

    I am not able activate the 3g because every time vodafone care send message me-” Sorry! your data pack could’nt be activate due to insufficient balance you are already activate on an internet or trail pack.
    So what can i do?

    • Editor says:

      As it clearly says that you dont have sufficient balance in account. Recharge your phone with some amount atleast 10rs.

      • shaurya says:

        i have 150 rs bal…….still i got this message –Sorry! your data pack could’nt be activate due to insufficient balance you are already activate on an internet or trail pack.

  4. Subbu says:

    I tried all the paths repeatedly. I send ACT 3G to 111, received a message saying “Hello! you have entered the wrong keyword” . then Isend it to 144. again the same msg. what’s next to do???

    • Editor says:

      Now a days, Vodafone SIM are 3G enabled. You can use 3G directly without Activation. Follow Step #5 and #6 mentioned above. If problem persist, Call customer care and ask them for help.

  5. suvankar says:

    i hav a lumia 510 mobile which has already 3g facilities..i bought new vodafone sim yesterday..bt wen i sent the msg its replying your request couldnot be processed.what to do??

  6. praveen pandey says:

    I want to convert 2g voda. sim into 3g

  7. PAWAN TANWAR says:

    I have already 2g data activated in vodafone sim I have got 3g data in 150 rs postpaid I want to activate 3g speed in my plan it disturb my old plan

  8. Sumit says:

    I have activated 2G netpack with unlimited data plan for 1 month, after applying this trick will my data plan be deactive?????????? Because there is no data plan balance is showing on my sim??????

  9. Mohit says:

    My mobile shows only two options in network mode GSM & WCDMA.. Can I still use 3g service?

  10. Sourav says:

    If i convert my Vodafone 2G to 3G service, will all the call rates & roaming tariff plans,will work same as it used to work in 2G network???

  11. sandip says:

    Mera sim 7-8year old hain. 3g active hoga?

  12. bholanath says:

    Whenever i put in 2g/3g auto mode, the sim is in roaming state and whenever i send sms ACT 3G to 144 it always says: Hello! You have entered the wrong keyword. Please enter the desired keyword and SMS to 144. You can also dial *111# to access your account.

  13. partha dutta says:

    mera mobile 3g nahihe me computer pe net karta hun… ab 3g keliye kese activate koru.

  14. Angrej Kumar says:

    Awesome post! Thanks man. It works for me as you explained. I love the way you explained things.
    Thanks Again!

  15. tarun says:

    when i sent ACT 3G to 144. this msg will come. Hello, Your request could not be processed. my sim card port aircel to vodafone. pls help

  16. tushar says:

    Hey bro
    I am already on a unlimited 2G plan if i reqest for activating 3G on my phone will my 2G pack effect or not pls rrply
    I want to use 3G network on 2G as i can do in idea by selting wcdma in 2G plan
    Because it become very slow and disgusting in vodafone 2G unlimited plan
    Pls help
    I have a iphone 3GS

  17. pratik says:

    Hey,sumit said that due to this trick his plan become deactivated if I do this trick so my will also deactivated???? What i do??

  18. Vinay says:

    I have 4 years old SIM. I have tried the steps . It doesn’t work!

  19. Jash Paul says:

    Every time I send a message ACT 3G, I recieve a message ” You have entered the wrong keyword. Please enter the desired keyword and SMS to 144…… bllaaaaablaaa. ” Please help.

  20. Ramesh says:

    I am not able to get 3g access to sim card. I am using the 2g data. how can i get 3g speed

  21. ayush trivedi says:

    I have a sim already actavited 3G

  22. sangboi says:

    i have got only one massage
    ⤵Enjoy high speed Internet and downloads, Video Calls, Live Mobile TV, HD Gaming with Vodafone 3G. We have your request for 3G service and will revert shortly

  23. AKSHAY says:

    HELLO!
    WHEN I SEND “ACT 3G ” TO 111 IT SHOWS FIRST MESSAGE “enjoy high speed……………………………” but the second message will not come even after 2 days……
    please help me…..

  24. SUJIT SINGH says:

    have 4 days old sim . I tried 3G activation but doesn’t work , a message appears “Hello! you have entered the wrong keyword”. After how many days or months 3G activation can work .

  25. prasanna kumar says:

    I have internet pack of 2gb ,i want to use it in 3g

  26. laxman garhewal says:

    sir my sim is 4 year old reliance sim…….can i activate 3g in this sim

  27. BP SINGH says:

    Bro the main problem is that when we try to use 3G service it is available with 3G data plan or without plan but when you activates a 2G plan you will would not resister on 3G network……I tried a lot but when I select 3G network it shows no network coverage……. so the thing is that if you want to use 3G then activate 3G data plan..
    If you have any trick to get 3G network with 2G plan then please rely me….

  28. charan says:

    i’ll try so many times 3g is not working i connected to system it not working

  29. ASHISH KUMAR says:

    WHEN I SEND THIS MASSAGE THEN 1ST MASSAGE IS:- ⤵Enjoy high speed Internet and downloads, Video Calls, Live Mobile TV, HD Gaming with Vodafone 3G. We have your request for 3G service and will revert shortly..
    ……..BUT THE 2ND MASSAGE IS “HI The number you have entered is not valid / active vodafone number

    pls tell me what i am doing

  30. raj says:

    I send the code ACT 3G to 111,144 but i got sms like it is a wrong kyeword

  31. nikhil says:

    I tried act 3g on both 111 144. But wrong keyword mesSage N there is no way for step 5 here. Help

  32. harshu says:

    After messaging ACT 3G ur remaining 2g pack gets dectivated….and final u got charged for d data u r consuming….dis trick fails.

  33. Aravind k says:

    Hello editor
    I am using 2 Vodafone simcards (both are ported from different network). My handset is moto g xt-1033 (6months old).

    Complaint what I am getting is 3g coverage. It is not fluent. Some time I am getting 3g coverage (H+) sometime I am getting 2g(E). But I have made my preference as 3g. I don’t know why I am getting like this. Could you clarify and help to get continuous 3G.

    I am just within the range of 500 meter radius circle of that tower. I am staying in tamilnadu

    Note: I lost the hope of Vodafone technical assistance.

    Thanks in advance

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Hi Arvind, thanks for drop.

      If you have full 3G range in area then no need of 2G. You have to change settings to use only 3G (called WCDMA) in your device. Follow below step:
      Go to Settings >> Mobile Networks and select network mode as “WCDMA only“. Hope this will resolve your problem.

      Note: If SIM is automatically changes to 2G that means your device doesn’t have enough 3G signals.

  34. Mady says:

    Sir I have a Vodafone no which is port from reliance… and when I m sendind the massage ACT 3G THEN reply come and said you have entered not valid/active Vodafone number si give me some advice A.S.A.P

  35. Amit says:

    How to activate vodafone 3g???

  36. fayaz ahmad says:

    I have internet pack of 2gb ,i want to use it in 3g

  37. Sanjoy says:

    Hi…I sent ACT 3G to 144….and I got a reply saying…Hello Your request could not be processed…

    May I know how to activate 3 G in my phone

  38. Sandeep singh says:

    Hi! The number you have entered is not valid / active Vodafone number. I’ll received form Vodafone . really I’m very disappointed for that . plesae give me a right following to active 3g network .

  39. Bharat says:

    I Want to convert 2g into 3g data pack

  40. Amiya Pradhan says:

    Boss, nothing will work if you’ve been provided with their promotional data. It’ll only get activated once you’ve returned the offered data to Voda or you’ve done using that data. Then you’ll have to recharge with any 3G pack of your choice and get the 3G service activated in your mobile.

  41. muthukumar says:

    i am using basic model mobile but using internet using modem in laptop. how to convert to 3g in my mobile

  42. veerendra says:

    My no. is near about 1 year old and i also want to change my no in 3G. Maine ACT 3G likh kr send kiya to reply aaya “enjoy high speed internet and downloads………….” and 2nd msg aaya “Hello! This is not a valid keyword. Please send the correct keyword to 144 (toll free) as an SMS from your vodafone mobile phone. ” then what i do now…?

  43. Jestine says:

    Hi, My number is being ported from docomo 2g to vodafone 2g.No i want to change to vodafone 3g.Please suggest me the way for that

  44. K.vetrivelan says:

    Can you say have to go to network mode settings please

  45. Bishal says:

    when I send ACT 3G TO 111 THEN I GOT THIS REPLY MSG I Hello Your request could not be……WHEN I TRIED THE NEXT PROCEDURE THEN I GOT
    Hello. Requested service will be activated on your Vodafone phone in 24 Hrs. now what to do ????????

  46. shruti chalke says:

    Can we convert 2G plan in 3G

  47. Naba kumar mandal says:

    2gactvated 3g

  48. shruti chalke says:

    Can we convert 2G data plan in 3G

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Sorry, but we can’t convert 2G plan to 3G. If you try to recharge with 3G plan, then your 2G plan will be lapsed.

  49. AJY says:

    In normal other sim card we can select 3g network in 2g plan… Bt in Vodafone im nt able to do in Delhi region….
    Is there any solution to get 3g network while 2g plan activated…
    Thnx in advance…

  50. kannan says:

    i am getting the message “hello enjoy 3g data……..”but i am not recieving the next message….
    what should i do next?

  51. Sumit says:

    Always same message comes that “YOU HAVE ENTERED WRONG KEYWORD” .
    This tutorial is not working.Help me!!Please.

  52. ajith says:

    sir. any. Vodafone. free. data’s for this year .

  53. Love says:

    I was heaving 2G unlimited net pack but when i used the code to active 3G I lost my 2G unlimited pack … I have used only 2 day …

    • Editor Staff says:

      Hi Love,
      I doubt, as per my knowledge if you recharge with 3G data plan then only 2G plan will be lapsed. Not on activation. Please check with customer care guys regarding this issue.

  54. NAGARAJAN.R says:

    Sir,
    Yesterday I asked you to activate my SIM card from 2G to 3G.And I already sent SMS as ACT3G to111.But can’t access 3G net work.It says “Hello!you entered a wrong key word”Please help me to activate my SIM card to 3G.
    Thanking you
    NAGARAJAN.R

  55. Jasni says:

    I have 3G offer.. But it doesn’t show H+ always shows E..

  56. avi says:

    hallo sir,
    I have a 2g enabled vodafone sim, can I get 3g speed on it if I recharge it with 3g bonous card without activating 3g on it

    • Kushal Azza says:

      I guess you have Activate 3G first to use 3G Special pack. If you have new SIM card, 3G is by default enabled for new SIMs.

  57. Mehul Sharma says:

    Hey guys who want to use 3G on Vodafone sim u dont need 3G sim ,, directly u can Recharge with 3G data plan and you can enjoy a great speed (for indians).

    For viewers who have Panasonic Eluga S I want to tell you that both the sims are not 3G supported the first name u see is the 3G one ..

  58. fatima says:

    Step #1: Change your Network Mode setting in your mobile to Automatic, so that it can change to 2G or 3G which ever network available.
    after dis my sim is going in roaming mode why ????

    • fatima says:

      and after data :on it is showing rh+ what is dis ??? pls reply

    • Kushal Azza says:

      This is because all the service providers have tied up for provide 3G network cross circles. Let me explain you in detail:
      In Maharashtra, Airtel is not a 3G service provider here. So as per cross 3G network circles, Airtel either uses Idea’s or Vodafone network to provide 3G to their customers, Hence roaming is shown.
      In any other circle if Airtel has and Vodafone or Idea network doesn’t have 3G network circles, they use Airtel’s 3G to provide 3G internet. Hence, customers of Vodafone or Idea will be shown as Roaming.
      This is just a mutual 3G connection between different networks in different circles. And in India, Roaming for Internet is totally free, so no need to panic.

  59. fatima says:

    Step #1: Change your Network Mode setting in your mobile to Automatic, so that it can change to 2G or 3G which ever network available.
    after dis my sim is going in roaming mode why ???? pls reply

  60. khalil says:

    for activating 3g in vodafone send a msg like this
    3G [SPACE] YOUR NUMBER send to 111

  61. Prawesh says:

    How many days does it take to active 3g?

  62. Shubham More says:

    What do [Space] means its normal space na

  63. Shubham More says:

    Thx friend .It worked

  64. Shubham More says:

    Now 3G applied only in first 3 steps

  65. Prawesh says:

    its not working..what shall i do.?

  66. kushal says:

    my current plan is vodafone 2g unlimited but it works slow. so, can i change my net pack into 3g without disturbing my old data balance.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Nope. Your old 2G data will be removed and new 3G plan data will be available, you can not keep both Data at a time in Vodafone.

  67. PREETAM says:

    i have tried this but it says”Sorry! you are not allowed to subscribe this request.

  68. shini says:

    i tried this nd all my 2g data deducted.. :'(

  69. priya says:

    Hi.. on the STEP 5 : “After a while again change you Network Mode settings to UTMS”, “not getting the option UTMS”.. only 2G options are listing( i have got a message saying your mobile is eligible for 3G) any help???

  70. benny baby says:

    it says that your mobile number is eligible for 3G ,Why?

  71. afari aboah h. says:

    LET. LOVE LEAD

  72. rafic says:

    I am getting msg like this
    Sorry! you are not allowed to subscribe this request.
    after sending ACT 3G to 111

  73. chaitra says:

    how many days it takes to activate 3G

  74. jitu says:

    any difference in 2g&3g sim

  75. Harshit says:

    Hello,
    When I sent the request to 111 “ACT 3G”, I got the reply – “Sorry! you are not allowed to subscribe this request.” Now, how should I get my sim converted to 3G ?
    Thanks in advance.

  76. VIKRAM says:

    Hmm its working Thanks

  77. vicky says:

    my sim is 3g but rechargede 2g so have any idia how i can convert my 2g data on 3g plzz help me

  78. Kutty Arun says:

    how to change the settings to access access 3G browsing speed with 2G data plan ???

  79. Bappa Mondal says:

    i want to my 2g vodafone sim use like 3g Speed But In my mobile have not this More Network Option . Pls help me

  80. sonia says:

    Hi
    Last month I recharged to 2G and it was of 2G speed and this month I recharged with 3G and the registered network is 2G and it does not convert to 3G after giving ACT 3G to 199. So please tell me what to do now.

  81. Ujay says:

    Hi
    Can i make my 3 year old 2G SIM into 3G .

  82. Utpal says:

    If i have 2g data and then i will activate 3g plan. What happens with my 2g plan can i use me that 2g data after using 3g

  83. tanya says:

    i have new samsung E5 phone but when i txt act 3g to 199.a reply comes that my phone doesnot support 3G.why?

  84. santosh siddh says:

    Sorry! you are not allowed to subscribe this request.
    This message comes what I do?

  85. Srinivas says:

    Dear Friends,
    Here is a Small trick to Activate your Sim(Hutch or Vodafone) from 2G to 3G

    Steps to activate your Vodafone 3G from 2G with your Old Sim Card(Hutch or Vodafone).
    Trick 1:-

    1. Ensure your 3G Signal is available in your Area or Locality(Works in 3G Compatible Hand Sets Only).

    2. Recharge with any 3G Pack,At Present Rs.23/- is Available in AndhraPradesh.

    3. After recharge U may receive Confirmation Message from Vodafone,Then Switch off your Handset.Again Turn on.

    4. Change your Network Mode setting in your mobile to Automatic, so that it can change to 2G or 3G which ever network available.

    Now it Shows 3G or H+ in your Mobile. Enjoy………..

    Trick 2:

    3G to 199.

    You May Receive one Message Like

    Welcome to 3G World or Switch to Superfast 3G. To activate 3G Packs Recharge or Dial *121*43# for Rs.43 like That………. Now Recharge with any Pack. You will Automatically Switched to 3G Network. Now Restart your Mobile and after restart Change your Network Mode setting in your mobile to Automatic(WCDMA/GSM), so that it can change to 2G or 3G which ever network available.

    Note:- Ensure your Area Operator (Vodafone or Hutch) Must Have 3G Signal Bandwidth 2100MHZ.

    I Hope it may helpful to all.

    Regards
    Srinivas

  86. jishu says:

    Sir not woeking please help me
    UMTC NOT SOW

  87. Dhrumil says:

    I have 3g activated sim and 3g data balance but it shows 2g connection what should I do?

  88. Shyam Kumar Mondal says:

    I have just 3G connection activated sim and 3G data balance available but it shows 2G connection so what will I do now?

  89. animesh samanta says:

    my mobile model is htcdesier526g
    I have two Vodafone sim one sim is conect in 3g but when I Chang the sating and conect the other sim in 3g then it not connecting in 3g it.

  90. ashok says:

    I have browsing and downloading speed of 3g in 2g but when I do rechargh of 2g unlimitd my network is swiched into 2g .help me

  91. Sharwan kumar says:

    message send nehi ho raha hai plzz help me and advice me

  92. mizu says:

    its not working

  93. priti says:

    Wt can b done abt the lost 2G DATA? U shud hav kpt this info in the beginning itslf!!!…nw do i hav to activate a 3G pack?

  94. Karan says:

    Do activated 2G to 3G Sim gives less speed in comparable to 3G Sims.

  95. azoe says:

    guys send act 3g to 199

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