According to Dr. Robert Pepper, vice president of global technology policy at Cisco, increased usage of hi-speed mobile broadband such as 3G services leads to bigger average per capita income. The GSM Association mobile trade group, Deloitte and Cisco, researched 96 developing and developed markets from 2008 to 2011 and arrived at a conclusion that with 10% shift from 2G to 3Gresulted in 0.15% increase in GDP per capita growth. However, it is tricky to prove the connection between these two factors. It is obvious that the sponsors would like to promote expensive upgrades from 2G to 3G with ambiguous figures and surveys.
Indian mobile networks started to offer 3G services in 2011. At present, a number of networks promote 3G advantages and offer promotional plans and extra benefits. Aircel offers unlimited 3G data plans starting at Rs 8 that work across all locations and devices. Aircel has also launched a package called Aircel Pocket Buddies that offers unlimited surfing and texting, starting with just Rs 22. You can use Aircel online recharge services, also.
Last summer, Vodafone launched Android Smartphone with 3G connection that was promoted as the most affordable Smartphone. Recently, Vodafone introduced the new Vodafone Smart Tab II and again it is promoted as the most affordable 3G tablet in the market. This portable and lightweight tablet, built by Lenovo, offers access to the news, entertainment, and video anywhere, anytime through 3G connectivity. You can win a free tablet this Christmas by subscribing Vodafone data plans. You can also take advantage of Vodafone online recharge.
Bharti Airtel is one step ahead by offering 4G connectivity charging 13-15 paisa per MB. Airtel also offers a number of 3G plans such as Sachet, Standard, FlexiShield, HighValue and Unlimited. You can choose a plan as per your requirements and opt for Airtel online recharge.
Inspite of attractive plans and promotional offers, demand for 3G services in India has not picked up much. However, the operators are optimistic about the growth of 4G/LTE in India that offers mobile broadband connections on PCs and modems.