No more 3G services for Delhi users from January 15 onwards, says Vi

  • Amid the pandemic, Vi urged all its users to visit the physical stores to upgrade their SIM to 4G, or else they cannot avail any benefits.

The financially crunched telecom operator, Vodafone-Idea that operates under the Vi brand now, has announced to put an end to its 3G services for all its users in the Delhi circle. Back in August 2020 during the lockdown, the company had announced to do the same, but somehow it extended the deadline. Now, it wants to upgrade its users from 3G to 4G and to avail the prescribed benefits all the users will have to visit the offline store to get their new SIM.

According to Vi, it aims to provide a top-notch experience of faster networks coupled with high-speed data for which users have to upgrade their SIM to 4G. It should be noted that many users in India are still relying on their 2G and 4G phones and many of them cannot afford to buy a new phone. Hence the concern is for those who cannot buy a new phone at present, as to use 4G and 5G your phone should support it. 

To offer high-speed 4G, Vi intends to use its 900MHz, 1,800MHz, and 2,100MHz spectrum for which it conducted a trial in June with Nokia, which is claimed to be the globe’s biggest deployment of Dynamic Spectrum Refarming (DSR). Moreover, during the spectrum bidding time in March 2021, Vodafone-Idea announced to join the league with its rival Reliance Jio, though telecom experts are skeptical about it.

Few of the unnamed telecom experts, on the other hand, feel that this move by Vi will perk-up the operator’s crippled revenue in the coming time because it will improve its services devoid of augmenting any capital expenditure. 

Faisal Kawoosa, founder and chief analyst at TechARC, told Gadgets 360, “It could run in a couple of hundred thousand people to visit a nearby store to switch to a 4G SIM, which is not a good idea right now. Instead, the operator could also offer doorstep delivery to replace. They know their customers and their addresses. So, it shouldn’t be an issue.”

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