Airtel 3G Internet Data Card Review 2017

Today i bought my new Airtel 3G Internet Data Card which costs Rs2100 in india. This post is a review about it.

Airtel 3G Data Card or 3G Dongle Review



Airtel 3G data card,Airtel 3G dongle

Airtel 3G Internet Data Card Speed:

The Airtel 3G USB Modem offers a upload and download speed of upto 7.2 Mbps

I Checked my upload and download speed at the official site and the speed was

Download speed:4.85 Mbps

Upload speed:1.09 Mbps

You might also like to read : Top 10 Unlocked 3G Dongles

Airtel 3G USB Modem cost:

We have to pay Rs 1100 for the  Airtel 3G USB Modem and extra Rs 100 for SIM and activation charges.

Airtel 3G  Internet Data Usage Plans:

Here is a screen shot of the Airtel internet data card plans for coimbatore region


I am currently using FlexiShield  prepaid plan for which  we have to pay Rs675 for a month.I thinking of changing to Postpaid plan as we can recharge the plans according to usage we are going to make.

It needs a 3G Sim to work and it can be inserted easily and a memory M2 card slot is also provided within the USB modem.


Its the best mobile internet service with the highspeed network in south india.

It is well opted for bloggers who likes travelling a lot and works at both home and office and who requires high speed internet connection on the go… 🙂

Hope you liked this Review.If you want to use it with other Networks do read:

How to unlock E173 Airtel 3G Data Card to use with other 3g provider’s sim.

Do share your opinion on what internet connection are you using as a blogger.??How much speed are you getting With Airtel 3G modems??

21 comments… add one
  • Rajeesh Nair Sep 23, 2011 @ 20:43

    hey.. Don’t you think Rs. 650 for 1.25 GB per month is a bit costly…

    I use Tata Docomo 3G… The plan is postpaid and cost me Rs. 900 for 15 GB download per month…

    It may not give the highest speed but yes it has comfort speed of average 1 mbps….

    • Gowtham Sep 24, 2011 @ 18:12

      Ya its costly,But airtel gives upto 7 mbps speed. But Tata Docomo gives only 1 Mbps constant speed and as i like to browse faster i preferred Airtel mobile Internet.. 🙂

  • Mohan Oct 14, 2011 @ 16:03

    I am planning to buy Airtel 3G datacard .
    I have one doubt. The 3G datacard signal is the same as the mobile signal or different. if we get good signal in mobile, can we say that we will also get good signal for 3G network.

    Please suggest …

    • Gowtham Oct 14, 2011 @ 19:08

      @Mohan..The datacard signal will be same as that of the mobile signal.The 3G network is different from our normal EDGE network.3G used HSPA network.If you have a good 3G reception ,Your airtel Datacard speed will be at its best.Thanks.Do visit again 🙂

  • Sadek Oct 31, 2011 @ 23:20

    Looking great.
    Good speed but charge is heavy

  • Gowtham Nov 23, 2011 @ 17:19

    @V3King..Go to Tools>>Options >>Networks in the Airtel 3G dongle connection manager and choose Network type as WCDMA preferred and Band option as All Bands and apply the settings.Do subscribe to receive updates.

  • vicky anand Jan 27, 2012 @ 19:21

    hey what if i use it after unlocking… wid other sim of airtel only.. wid normal net pack…. will the speed differ???

    • Gowtham Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:14

      I speed will differ according to the network you are using and on the internet pack you have chosen.

  • shashank Feb 4, 2012 @ 23:56

    what is the use of M2 slot in the data card?
    as u said it gives up to 7mbps but in a 3g sim how can v increase the speed upto 7mbps…

    • Gowtham Feb 5, 2012 @ 11:49

      @shashank.You can use it like a pen drive by using an M2 card in the slot of the data card.The speed is based on the network capacity.The 3G(Third Generation network)sim can be used to connect to internet upto 7 mbps and more.Thanks do subscribe to receive updated via mail.

  • Aman Feb 11, 2012 @ 22:09

    Airtel 3g is best .. best.. best …

  • Rakesh Mar 5, 2012 @ 10:58

    I have a Airtel 3G connection. The speedtest shows download speed of around 2-3 Mbps and upload speed of slightly less than 1 Mbps. With this, its fairly decent to browse the internet, but surprisingly its tough to work from home. The experience of working from home was decent earlier even with a 512 Kbps broadband connection. Can anyone please help me debug this discrepancy? Somebody directed me to check the health of connection using, which actually evaluates to “D*” with Airtel 3G.

    • Gowtham Mar 5, 2012 @ 21:08

      The speed varies according to the network signal and the network providers.As i am getting Full coverage my speed is upto 5 to 6 Mbps now.
      You can try to unlock your USB modem by reading the link given at the end of this post and then use another network provider to increase your speed.
      Thanks.Do subscribe and visit again:-)

  • rahul Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:54

    1)hi i have purchased airtel 3g datacard unlocked succesfully but i am unable to acess 3g with other networks only 2g is able access is it possible to access 3g of other networks like idea or aircel?
    2) and i have purchased another new airtel data card for my brother but i am unable to unlock it whenever i remove original sim n put a different SIM it is showing a SIM IS NOT VALID instead of asking for unlock code plz help me…

    • Gowtham Apr 23, 2012 @ 18:42

      Hai Rahul,
      1.Just go to Network settings in Mobile Partner software and select Network as Both UMTS and you will be able to access 3G,or you must subscribe to 3G network for IDEA or Aircel by calling customer care.
      2.What series did you buy,if you wanted to use all the sims(Service providers),Its better to go with a new Unlocked Huawaii Datacard.

  • josan Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:49

    i was using airtel 2g internet plan and i want to try airtel 3g plan so i enable airtel 3g , i did’t find any connection diff. and my entire money in my account loot by airtel in one night . next morning my balance was .05 ps. i don’t know why they left 5 ps for me in my account. i complaint to customer care but they made me fool and disconnect the phone 3 times. i have a balance of 250 in my account they ate that in one night and waiting to loot me once i recharge .so please don’t go for airtel 3g

  • Gaurav Kumar Apr 26, 2012 @ 13:58

    Hi, I want to purchase new internet data card, but confused to go for which one?
    Usage is normal. Kindly suggest in this regard

  • srinivas Apr 27, 2012 @ 16:48

    Hi i have bought airtel 3g 7.2mbps datacard yesterday, I do not know how to check the data usage, is there any possiblities of checking in net as reliance datacard do.. Thanks in advance..:-)

    • Gowtham Apr 27, 2012 @ 20:45

      After running Airtel internet software,see whether Check Usage option is present.If not Click on Upgrade option and update your software.
      Then you will see a Check Usage option through which you can check your usage.
      Thanks.Do visit again and subscribe to our updates to get the latest information:-)

  • MANJUNATH Jan 20, 2013 @ 18:55


    • Gowtham Feb 10, 2013 @ 10:17

      Go to settings and make sure that you have chosen WCDMA as network type in your airtel modem software.

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