Vodafone 4G services have started rolling out in Delhi NCR, starting February 3rd. The company launched the service first in Gurgaon and has planned to cover the entire NCR in a phased manner over the next couple of weeks. The packs start at Rs. 11 for 35MB and go up to Rs. 2499 for 20GB of data.
Both prepaid and postpaid customers can upgrade to 4G SIM cards for free. Vodafone has also included free doorstep delivery for its postpaid users wherein they can get the SIM the very same day if they place the request before 4PM. Prepaid users can go to their nearest Vodafone (Mini) Store and upgrade their existing SIM.
The company, in a surprising first, has also promised 4G international roaming access to Indian customers in the UK, Romania, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Customers using Vodafone 4G will get three months of free access to mobile TV with over 100+ Live TV channels, movies via HOOQ and Hungama Play. The company also announced its music streaming service, Vodafone Music with over 1.2M songs.
To upgrade your existing SIM to 4G enabled SIM, follow these steps:
- Visit your nearest Vodafone outlet. Get a 4G SIM.
- To activate the card, use your existing Vodafone number to SMS ‘SIMEX <your 19-20 digit new 4G SIM card number>’ to 55199
- A response SMS will arrive with partial SIM number
- Send the last 6 digits of the new SIM number to 55199
- Wait for the signals on your current SIM to go off.
- Insert the new SIM and enjoy the 4G speeds.
Inside the premises, it clocked over 95 Mbps but taking into consideration all the external issues, the speeds won’t go beyond 20 Mbps. However, the upload speeds were a little disappointing and as far as consistency and quality goes, there is much to be desired.
Battery Life and faster data consumptions are just a few problems that any new 4G user will face in the coming times. But with the issue of call drops at an all time high, 3G users of Vodafone should not hesitate to switch to 4G. The good thing though is that with 4G services, speeds seem to be slightly better maybe because of less congestion (with some users moving to 4G) or because Vodafone is doing something about it for a change.