Airtel 3G services discontinued in Kolkata?

mithun

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After wasting a couple of 100 rupees trying to renew my 3G data pack on my Airtel connection in vain, I finally decided to pay a visit to the nearest Airtel relationship centre today. I was told that Airtel has discontinued all 3G services in the Kolkata circle!

Airtel has always been using Vodafone's 3G network in Kolkata as it did not have a valid license here and to the best of my knowledge the workaround has wrinkled a few eyebrows at TRAI/Govt lately.

Now, I have been using this connection for over 10 years and I need a little bit of 3G connectivity daily. Hence my queries:
1. Is the 3G services permanently discontinued in Kolkata Circle by Airtel? Their executives seem clueless.
2. Is MNP a hasslefree procedure? How quick is it to transfer to say Vodafone retaining my number?
 

prateekS

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MNP is 7 or less days hassle-free.

There will be a 12-24 gap between airtel sim being deactivated and vodafone sim being activated.
 

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I shifted from Vodafone Karnataka to Airtel for the same reason. Was pretty much hassle free for me. Took me around 7 days of waiting.
Hmm i'm still using Vodafone 3G in Bangalore even though they don't have a valid license...
 

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Yes, it is discontinued till the case is cleared by courts and Airtel legally licenses. Since we are in India this could take forever. Best switch to Vodafone or Aircel.
 

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Hmm i'm still using Vodafone 3G in Bangalore even though they don't have a valid license...
How do you know that vodafone does not have a valid 3G license in Bangalore ?
 

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Thx for clarifying, who'd have thought it. This is actually an important point.

Is there any unambigious way to find out in which circles operators have licenses for ?

I ain't going to believe what the sales guys say.
 

prateekS

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When u choose circle, and go to 3g it's written there.

Aircel doesn't have 3g in mumbai..
 

manu1991

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That's because Mumbai is a separate telecom circle from Maharashtra whereas Bangalore comes under the same telecom circle as Karnataka.