Speed test using #Airtel4GSpeedTest

Airtel, the leading Telecommunications brand in India recently launched 4G services. There are so many positive reviews about it in the Media and many of my friends have already switched to it. This built excitement in me and I wanted to test the speed of their latest launch in numbers.

Almost all of us use apps on our phones and Airtel has introduced a great initiative, wherein users can ask for speed comparison between 2G, 3G and 4G network. I use Flipkart a lot and they are planning to app-only soon, so I wanted to check how much time it will take to download this app on my smartphone.

So, I tweeted to @AirtelIndia using hashtag #Airtel4GSpeedTest with the name of the app (Flipkart in my case) I wanted to download. One can try for any other app by just following this format:
@airtelindia #Airtel4GSpeedTest <AppName>

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I was pleasantly surprised to see a response from @AirtelIndia in just a few seconds with an info-graphic showing the comparison between 2G, 3G and 4G download speed for Flipkart app.

The result for 4G speed is simply amazing. There is nearly a minute difference compared to 3G network, and 2G would have put me to sleep anyway. Just 10 seconds to download an app – that’s blazing fast by any standards. Generally it takes nearly a minute to download an app even on the fastest on networks that I have used in India. The snapshot Airtel tweeted me has prompted me also to switch to them.

The reply from Airtel on the tweet had a link to their site with all the information one needs on 4G. I found following information on the site quite helpful and adding to my excitement:
1. 4G is available at the 3G price.
2. If our network is faster than theirs, they will pay our mobile bills for life.
3. They will deliver the 4G SIM for free at our doorstep upon request.
4. In order to start with 4G, following snapshot comes in hand.

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Still waiting? Just tweet and get started!

50 thoughts on “Speed test using #Airtel4GSpeedTest

  1. Thanks for the info, Alok; I already am an Airtel 3G user, and presently my number is kept in safe custody, as I am out of India till end October. The speed you are talking about is a strong prompt to upgrade; will do so on my return.

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  2. Hi Alok

    I need to drop in a word of caution here though. Airtel was the first company to have introduced the “Internet Disparity” by affecting the Net Neutrality for bloggers like us. As a part of their strategy, they have compelled the DoT and the Govt against net neutrality issues and soon intends to get into a monopoly market mode.

    Which means things will now become like “Tata Sky ala-carte packs”, in which normal users like us will have to pay heavier prices for accessing essential websites. Only the pricey websites get featured more and the low cost businesses die their own deaths.

    Although the 3G to 4G will be an easier conversion at start, but there are prices to pay ahead. I hope we are able to look into what Airtel is upto….

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