If you are planning to buy a smartphone this year, the one thing you should look for in the specs sheet is 4G connectivity. 4G networks can theoretically provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps, though real-world tests yield download speeds of up to 40 Mbps, i.e. 1GB in 200 seconds.
4G services debuted first in India in 2012, though telecom companies have been a bit slow on the uptake until now. Aircel and Airtel presently offer 4G services in over a dozen cities in India, while Reliance plans to roll out their 4G network in over 700 cities this year.
The 4G phone you buy must be purchased keeping the network operator in mind, as not all 4G phones will work in India. Indian 4G operators operate in the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz band using FDD-LTE and TD-LTE technology. 4G phones have become quite affordable lately, four of them are available under Rs 10,000. Let’s take a quick look at them.