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Airtel now offers 30GB free data on 4G smartphone upgrade

 Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Friday said it has rolled out an initiative

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Airtel and Huawei successfully tested the 5g network in India. Wikimedia Commons
Airtel launches women's safety app with FLO. Wikimedia Commons

 Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Friday said it has rolled out an initiative under which its customers on 2G/3G mobile devices will be eligible for 30 GB data free of cost when they upgrade to a 4G smartphone.

Airtel’s big deal on 4G update. Wikimedia Commons

Airtel said this programme will complement its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative, under which it is partnering with multiple mobile handset manufacturers to create an open ecosystem of affordable 4G smartphones.

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“Prepaid customers will get free 1 GB data every day for 30 days over and above any pack they charge with. Postpaid customers will get free 30 GB data (with rollover) in their first bill cycle over and above their plan benefits,” Airtel said in a statement.

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Airtel Displays Fastest Download Speed, Jio tops 4G Availability

Vodafone scored 72.6 that was marginally better than Airtel's 72. Though this parameter is important from the users' point of view, for operators, voice calls made through OTT (over-the-top) apps directly compete with their own voice call services

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Bharti Airtel's office.

Bharti Airtel has displayed fastest download speeds of 9.6 mbps and best video experience across all telecom circles in India, while Reliance Jio has extended its 4G availability to 97 per cent, according to OpenSignal’s latest mobile network experience report.

Airtel has excelled in the download speed experience category by scoring 9.6 mbps, followed by Vodafone (7.9 mbps), Idea (7.6 mbps), Jio (6.7 mbps) and 3G-only BSNL (3.1 mbps).

The download speeds are key for streaming of online content, especially videos and games, said mobile analytics company Opensignal.

Latency is crucial for response time. Jio has won the battle on latency with users on its network experiencing response time of 54.2 milliseconds, followed by Airtel at 57.1 milliseconds.

Jio, Airtel, VIL, Subscribers
Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore. Wikimedia Commons

The latencies have improved over the past six months across all operators. As per April 2019 data, Jio’s latency was 62.5 milliseconds.

“The lower latency is on a network, the better experience you’ll receive on a host of mobile applications and services, from web browsing to voice over IP to real-time multi-player gaming,” the report says.

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Vodafone topped in voice app experience — a new metric introduced by Opensignal in the latest survey. This captures the quality perceived by users of voice communication mobile apps — WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.

Vodafone scored 72.6 that was marginally better than Airtel’s 72. Though this parameter is important from the users’ point of view, for operators, voice calls made through OTT (over-the-top) apps directly compete with their own voice call services. (IANS)