Following significant reductions in the 3G data tariffs, it now looks like data card (wireless broadband) tariff is also seeing a huge price reduction with operators like Tata Docomo and Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) (which operates its telecom services in India as MTS), slashing data tariffs of EVDO based wireless broadband services by about 60%, making it on par with the prevailing 3G tariffs in the country. It was an expected move since CDMA/EVDO players focus on data and can’t afford to lose customers.
Tata Docomo/Photon Plus’ new tariffs
The entry level packs for Tata Photon Plus service which previously started from Rs 650/month for 1GB free data and Rs 750/months for 2GB free data, now start at Rs 250 and Rs 450 respectively.
Along with this, the company has introduced new plans for both postpay and prepay customers. Postpay customers can now choose between Rs 950/month plan which offers 6GB free data usage and Rs 1200/month plan which offers 11GB free data usage. It’s worth noting that the postpay plans offer a cash back a Rs 100/month for 12 months from the date of purchase, while the prepay plans offers no such cash backs.
Tata Docomo also debuted reload packs for Photon Plus Postpay customers through which users can top-up their data usage packs once their monthly data pack gets used up. These reload packs will be available at Rs 200 for 1GB data and Rs 350 for 2GB data.
MTS New Tariffs
MTS which recently discontinued its investments in the voice business to become a data-only operator until the spectrum auction commences in the country, has reduced (pdf) its tariff for MTS MBlaze customers in the Delhi NCR Circle, with similar reductions expected in other circles soon.
The new MTS plans starts at Rs 96 for 1GB free data usage and a validity period of 1 day, going up Rs 248 for 1GB free data usage and a validity period of 30 days, Rs 798 for 6GB free data usage and a validity period of 30 days and Rs 998 for 6GB free data usage and a validity period of 90 days. It also introduced a new Rs 698 plan which will offer 4GB free data usage with a validity period of 60 days.
As an aside, the company also claimed that it now has 0.3 million data customers in Delhi-NCR region and 16 million across the country.