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    Default 3G coverage map?

    I'm thinking about living temporarily in India, hopefully in a rural area.

    Where can I find 3G coverage maps for BSNL and other providers? I went to their website but couldn't find anything.

    Thank you for your help!

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    You have to specify the nearest town/city.

    Find 3G coverage in your Area

    Here is a trick (if I can call it) to find out if 3G network exists in your or not. Get your 3G handset and visit the Network menu BSNL 3G network in Hyderabad(Generally this will be in Settings – Connectivity). Select UMTS (or 3G, as it appears) as the network mode and select Manual under the Operator selection.

    Wait for your mobile to search for any available UMTS signals.

    As the figure shows, I have CellOne 3G (in fact 3.5G) signal in my area. If you don’t get any resultant network, it simply means that your area is not covered under the 3G network, currently.

    Note: There is no signal indication above the 3.5G in the figure because I tested it with Airtel Sim using which I will not have access to BSNL CellOne’s network.

    By the way, Airtel has started selling iPhone 3GS in India. If you can some how unlock the phone, the speed of that device (browsing speed, that is) combined with the BSNL 3.5G network will be unbelievable. You will almost throw away your Tata Photons’ and Reliance Net connect devices.
    source : google search

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    Quote Originally Posted by essbebe View Post
    You have to specify the nearest town/city.



    source : google search
    Yeah I saw that result on Google. I'm not in India right now so I can't test out a handset. That's why I need a map of some sort.

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    Give specific state or town to narrow down the search.

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    Presently the following service providers are offering 3G services, either HSDPA (GSM 3G) or EVDO (CDMA 3G)

    BSNL : HSDPA : In limited cities
    BSNL : EVDO : In a large number of cities and towns
    Reliance : EVDO : In about 60+ locations
    TATA : EVDO : In about 60+ locations
    MTS : EVDO : In about 50+ locations

    You need to be more specific on the location to get availability status

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    Okay I think I understand.

    There is no main coverage map which shows all the coverage, right?

    How about Rishikesh in Uttarakhand?

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    BSNL EVDO service is available in Rishikesh

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    whenever you come to India,you can also go for private telecome which provides 3g service like airtel,reliance,tata etc.

    But if you specifically wanted to go for bsnl then,You can get bsnl 3g coverage almost every where, all you have to do is to purchase a 3g sim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    BSNL EVDO service is available in Rishikesh
    Thank you for replying.

    It's just...what if I'm 1km outside of Rishikesh. Is there 3g? How about 2km away from Rishikesh, but on a hill with direct views of Rishikesh?

    In the US I'm used to country-wide coverage maps. In India I guess there aren't maps like this. You just have to go there, turn on your phone and see if you're getting 3g service.

    Thanks for all your help

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    Is 3G available in smaller Uttarakhand towns like Nainital and Almora?

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