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Comparison of Reliance Net Connect broadband plus, Tata Indicom Photon and BSNL EVDO + Review

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The advertising campaign of various Internet service providers  create confusion among customers to select a service. Reliance Net connect and Net connect broadband Plus are different like Indicom  Photon Plus and Plug to Surf . EVDO, EDGE, Broadband, High speed Internet… all these terms make things more complicated for an average customer. Here let’s compare the services and tariff rates of  the three major Wireless broadband players of India ( Reliance, Tata Indicom, BSNL EVDO)


Reliance Net Connect + Broadband and simple reliance Net connect creates a lot of confusion. Reliance Net connect broadband using EVDO technology and the USB device is different in both the cases. The maximum speed of CDMA (IX) technology is 144 kbps (18KBps) and  for EVDO technology it is 3.1 Kbps(387.5 KBps). Reliance Net Connect Broadband coverage is limited to only a few cities( List shown below). Advertised 3.1 Mbps will be available only at these cities. Rest all places the speed will be limited to 144 kbps.


  • Wireless Broadband
  • Speed up to 3.1mbps in reliance Broadband network
  • Upload speed up to 1.8 mbps
  • Compatibility with Reliance high speed Internet network (CDMA)
  • Plug and play
  • All India roaming
  • Technology: EVDO


Agra ,    Ahmedabad & Bopal, Ajmer , Anand , Ankleshwar, Bangalore ,  Bhilwara , Bhiwadi  Bhopal, Calicut ,         Chandigarh ,Chennai , Coimbatore, Daman , Delhi , Dewas , Dhar , Ernakulam ,           Erode , Gandhinagar ,    Goa , Guntur ,   Halol                 Hosur ,  Hyderabad ,       Indore Jaipur ,  Kakinada Kancheepuram,  Kanpur,  Kolkata,  Kollam ,      Kota ,    Lucknow                 Ludhiana Madurai,  Mangalore, Manipal,              Mhow, Mumbai , Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik , Palakkad , Palladum                 Patiala  Perundurai ,  Pondicherry , Pune, Rajahmundry, Salem, Silvassa , Surat   ,Thiruvananthapuram    Thrissur, Tirupur, Udaipur, Ujjain,Vadodara, Vapi,               Vellore, Vijayvada, Visakhapatnum


Rs 2299/-

Post Paid plans

Tariff Plan Monthly Rental Free Usage Bundled/Month Extra Usage Roaming
Anytime/Day Usage Night Usage
Broadband+ Pay as you go Rs. 299/- Nil Nil Rs. 1 / MB Nationwide*
Broadband+ 512 MB Rs. 499/- 512 MB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 10GB @ Night Rs. 499/- Nil 10 GB 50 p /Min Nationwide
Broadband+ 1 GB Rs. 650/- 1 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 2 GB Rs. 750/- 2 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 3 GB Rs. 850/- 3 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 1 GB day, 10 GB Night Rs. 849/- 1 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 2 GB day, 10 GB Night Rs. 949/- 2 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 3 GB day, 10 GB Night Rs. 1049/- 3 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 5 GB Rs. 1099/- 5 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 10 GB City Rs. 1099/- 10 GB Nil 50 p / MB Citywide
Broadband+ 5 GB day, 10 GB Night Rs. 1298/- 5 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 10 GB day, 10 GB Night City Rs. 1298/- 10 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Citywide
Broadband+ 10 GB Rs. 1250/- 10 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 10 GB day, 10 GB Night Rs. 1449/- 10 GB 10 GB 50 p / MB Nationwide
Broadband+ 15 GB Rs. 1750/- 15 GB Nil 50 p / MB Nationwide
Day usage – 6 AM to 10 PM ; Night Usage – 10 PM – 6 AM
Time based plans
Plan Name Monthly usage Extra usage Monthly tariff
Daily 60 1800 mins 0.50 per minute Rs. 500/-
Daily 120 3600 mins 0.50 per minute Rs. 750/-
Day & Night plan 3600 mins/day & 5400 mins/night 0.50 per minute Rs. 950/-

Pre Paid Plans

Pack Price Validity
Broadband+  300MB Pack Rs. 250/- 30 Days
Broadband+  700MB Pack Rs. 500/- 30 Days
Broadband+  1GB Pack Rs. 715/- 30 Days
Broadband+  3GB Pack Rs. 935/- 30 Days
Broadband+  5GB Pack Rs. 1,210/- 30 Days
Broadband+  10GB Pack Rs. 1,379/- 30 Days
Broadband+  15GB Pack Rs. 1,925/- 30 Days
Broadband+  1GB Pack Rs. 200/- 1 week
Broadband+  6GB Pack Rs. 1500/- 3 months
Broadband+  18GB Pack Rs. 3,000/- 6 months

Additional usage @ Rs. 1 / MB


  • Well coverage
  • National roaming


  • Advertised 3.1 mbps on limited cities only (1.5 to 2 mbps practically) Other places it’s only 144 Kbps(Basic CDMA 1X network)


Tata Tele services introduces Tata Photon+ its new Mobile Broadband Service,  technology for Hi speed Mobile Internet connectivity solution for broadband access.


  • Speed offered: 3.1 mbps (maximum)
  • Non RUIM( Removable User Identification Module) based programmed device


State Cities
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Warangal, Puttaparthi
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar, Naharlagunj
Assam Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Nagaon, Sibsagar, Silchar, Tezpur, Tinsukhia
Bihar Patna
Delhi Delhi & NCR
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Baroda, Surat, Vapi, Mundra, Ankleshwar, Daman, Silvassa
Himachal Pradesh Shimla, Solan, Nalagarh, Baddi, Ponta Sahib
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Kathua, Katra, Srinagar, Udhampur
Karnataka Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Bellary, Manipal
Kerala Cochin, Trivandrum
Maharashtra Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Kolhapur, Pune, Goa
Manipur Imphal, Thoubal
Meghalay Shillong, Tura
Mizoram Aizawl , Lunglei
Nagaland Kohima, Dimapur
Punjab Chandigarh, Jalandhar
Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore
Tripura Agartala, Bhubanban
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow, Kanpur, Dehradun, Saharanpur
West Bengal Kolkata


Rs 2399/-


Tariff differs from place to place. Visit Tata photon site and select the city to view the tariff.


  • Better upload/download speeds.
  • Works easily with Linux.


  • Limited cities coverage
  • Advertised 3.1 mbps on limited cities only (1.5 to 2 mbps practically) Other places it’s only 144 Kbps(Basic CDMA 1X network)


BSNL EVDO hardware BSNL is using EVDO device AC8700 manufactured by ZTE. It is a sleek USB device. BSNL has burnt in the phone number and hence the EVDO comes with a phone number on it. The user id is the phone number prefixed with area code and password is typically the last 4 digits of the phone number.


Download speed  upto 3.1 mbps


The following two types of data Cards will be available for BSNL customers:

(A) Network Interface Card (NIC) : For internet speed up to 144 Kbps.

(B) EVDO Card: Internet speed up to 3.1 Mbps*


Sl No. Particulars EVDO
1 Sales price of data card in Rs.(inclusive of all tax) 2500*
2 Activation charges in Rs. Free
3 Activation charges in case customer brings his own data card in Rs. 350
4 Initial usage value with card in Rs. 399
5 Validity of initial talk value in days 50 days
6 Data usage charges (peak hour) Rs.0.05/100KB
7 Data usage charges (Off-peak hour- 11.00 PM to 07.00 AM) Rs.0.025/100 KB
8 Normal recharge top ups applicable to CDMA/WLL Voice Plans will be allowed under NIC & EVDO Card

Prepaid plans

Sl. No. Charges Free usage limit Charges beyond free limit Validity
1. Rs.150 500 MB Rs.1/MB 30 days
2. Rs.250 1 GB Rs.1/MB 30 days
3. Rs.500 2.5 GB Rs.0.80/MB 30 days
4. Rs.750 Unlimited NA 30 days


Cochin- Coimbatore- Dhanbad -Durgapur-, (West Bengal)- Ernakulam- Erode -Firozabad-Goa-Gurgaon -GuwahatiHyderabad Indore Indrapuram Jaipur Jammu Jamshedpur Kanchipuram Kaushambi Kerala (Most Towns) Karaikal – Kerala-ilvelur -Kolkata-Kottayam-Kurnool-Lucknow-Ludhiana-Malapuram-Mohali-Nachiyarkoil-Nagpur-Noida.-Panaji.-Panchkula- Palakkad, Pathanamthitta- Patna- Puducherry- Karaikal- Pune-Rajkot- Ranchi- Salem- Shajapur, M.P-Surat- Tirunelveli – Palayamkottai Exchg- Trichur- Trichy- Trivandrum-Vadadora- Vasundhra- Vaishali Region of Ghaziabad


  • Well connectivity
  • Unlimited usage
  • Attractive Tariff


  • Poor customer service

Plan Name

Monthly Rental

Monthly Free Usage

Additional Usage Charges

Pay as you Surf




Get Started 400


400 MB


Photon+ 1


1 GB


Photon+ 2.5


2.5 GB


Photon+ 5


5 GB


Freedom Plan


10 GB


Photon+ 15 GB


15 GB


Photon+ 20 GB


20 GB


Terms and Conditions

  1. Data Usage refers to total data transfer (Upload + Download).
  2. The plan rental and free data usage in the first bill would be prorated.
  3. The free unutilized data usage cannot be carried forward to the next month.
  4. Voice calls & SMS will be barred on this device.
  5. Above mentioned plan tariffs are effective from 4th Sept 2009.

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146 comments… add one
  • Hi lokendra,

    if you are in bhopal then go for reliance netconnect+ it works very well in bhopal…
    if you looking for land line internet connection then Airtel Broadband with Unlimited Plan is the best in bhopal… i used Airtel Broadband about 4-5 years in bhopal… 🙂

  • rahul kumar

    i am leave in namakkal district near salem tamilnadu. which data card is best to using in this area

  • rahul kumar

    i am leave in namakkal district near salem tamilnadu. which data card is best to using in this area


  • sarath

    my home down is kattuputhur, its 30km away from namakkal. i need a reliance data card, can i get a reliance signal coverage in my area?


    I am using at present BSNL broadband and at times I find the speed is very low like dial up connection.
    I tried some datacard of Tatasky and Reliance also BSNL EVDO. The speed claimed by them is upto 3.1mbps. I never had speed even more than 1.5mbps and normal speed I get below 1mbps.
    can any one suggest any other datacard available with assured speed?

  • harshit

    i am living in kanpur up east and area is near phoolbag….reliance net connect + is good in this area or not.

  • I am looking for unlimited data plans in Hyderabad, i am planing for reliance

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