After 2G and 3G auction in India, most of the network operators entered in the competition of providing the telecom service. After this auction had confirmed as a scam, we came to know that most of them are cheap networks, also they have entered in this competition of Indian Telecom.
Rank #1: Airtel
I personally prefer and use Airtel, it has the best network coverage even in rural areas. Taking about its offers, it provide good offers and value added service.
Customer support 121, is also quick and easily accessible. I would give the Airtel as the best network award.
Rank #2: Vodafone
never used Vodafone but, all my friends do use this telecom. The service provided by this Vodafone is good. Network coverage is also good but only in urban areas. I don’t prefer to suggest this network in rural areas even they have network coverage over there.
Update: Vodafone has given a tough competition of Airtel last year. But only drawback of Vodafone is there tariff rate. It costly for average Indian users.
Its 3G signal and speed is awesome as compare to other service providers.
Rank #3: Idea
Idea is one of the oldest network along with Airtel. Network coverage is also good in rural and urban areas. They don’t offer best goodies. The tariff rates are higher than other. It offers good 3G pack but connectivity to 3G is very weak, it gets disconnected.
Rank #4: Reliance
Reliance India Mobile had first introduce in CDMA then it step into GSM field. The network coverage is good but most of time it has problem. There are many migrants from Reliance to other telecom because of contant network problem.
Rank #5: Tata Docomo
Same as Reliance Tata has stepped into GSM after its success in Tata Indicom landline CDMA. With the collabration with the Docomo telecom of Japan. It entered in India telecom service. There is problem with the network connectivity with this telecom. Offers provided by this company is awesome. Cheap and best so it is ranked better than BSNL.
Other network which are in India are Cellone, BSNL, Uninor, Videocon, MTS, and more.
BSNL or Cellone, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is government of India undertaking, but the network of this is very bad. Most of the time the IVR gives only one error message that “Person you are calling is out off coverage area” even though BSNL person is standing just beside you.
Update 2: BSNL is trying to improve there overall service in 2015 Union Financial Budget. We do hope they will increase there user base and provide best service as other private telecom companies.
Uninor, is the cheap network came in during the 2G scam. The offers provided by Uninor is great but the problem is with the network coverage. I have recently heard that, TRAI has cancelled the licence of Uninor.
Aircel, this is very famous in southern part of India. As it was first launched in Chennai so most of the people in south prefer to have this network.
MTS, it provide the best internet data speed and plans. But after scam came in to picture, its licence was also got cancelled in major circle.
Number of user in 2014 [updated list]:
- Airtel – 310 million user
- Reliance – 310 million user
- Vodafone – 220 million user
- Tata Docomo – 210 million user
- Uninor – 210 million user
- Aircel-201 millon user
- Bsnl -115 million user
Update: Check out the recently updated mobile network subscriber list.
Note and Conclusion:
Even though there are lot of upcoming telecom service providers, giving you best plan, call rates, talk-time etc. still prefer to go for top 5 only. It will not cause you any future problems.