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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Airtel launches 4G data services

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 02, 2014
First Published: 12:08 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(2/5/2014)

Internet has become a necessity for business efficiency, communication, mobility and to simply keep up with the pace of life. Faster internet on the move through phones is perhaps the key demand that most home and office users express nowadays when questioned on the topic.

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Sensing a business opportunity here and considering the relatively educated and elite profile of residents of the tricity with what the company claimed was a ‘data-hungry now’ young population, Bharti Airtel has launched, along with Apple and other phone makers, the facility to log into the internet highway, on your mobiles, at 4G speeds.

This makes Chandigarh, including SAS Nag ar and Panchkula, the second city in the country, after Bangalore, where 4G on mobile is available as a service. The company has been offering the 4G service through its dongles and wi-fi router since last year, but now it has upgraded its technology to allow the same speeds on the phone as well. The 4G internet service, for now, can be used on four phones - Apple iPhone 5S (models A1530 & A1518) and 5C (models A1529 & A1516) and Xolo LT 900 and LG G2 (model D802T).

Customers using Apple iPhone 5s or 5c have to just upgrade their existing SIM to a 4G SIM and select from any 4G plan or pack. Existing and new prepaid customers can get on the 4G network by selecting any of the affordable 4G packs after upgrading their SIM to a 4G SIM, postpaid customers can customise 4G plans by opting for an Airtel myPlan of choice and then select myPacks or myBoosters with 4G benefits. While data browsing will be on 4G network, voice calls will be routed on the 2G network.

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