New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's largest private telecom operator, has launched 4G mobile services for Apple iPhone 5s and 5c users in Bangalore. With this the Garden city becomes the first Indian city to offer mobile internet experience with 4G. The new service allows users to stream high definition videos with zero buffering among other features
Airtel customers in Bangalore on Apple iPhone 5s or 5c will be able to experience 4G on their mobile at the current 3G prices for a ‘FLYing' internet browsing experience while on the move.
For this they need to exchange their existing SIM to a 4G SIM to start enjoying 4G on mobile without migrating from their existing data plan.
The service is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The service lets users download 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, upload full holiday albums in less than 5 minutes by uploading 2 high quality photos per second and connect multiple devices without any experience constraint.
Customers on 2G/GPRS data plans/packs can also opt for any of the 3G plans/packs available and enjoy 4G speeds.
For heavy data users, Airtel also announced the launch of a new 4G plan giving customers 10 GB 4G data for Rs. 1000/-. While data browsing will be on 4G network, voice calls will be routed on 2G/3G seamlessly with the CSFB (circuit switched fall back) technology.
Airtel was the first operator to introduce 4G to the country. It has already launched the service in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh and may soon extend it to remaining license circles. These are Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.
Other operators like Reliance Jio and Videcon and Idea are expected to launch 4G services in 2014 in the country.