The Government has asked Vodafone, Idea and Airtel to stop their 3G services in circles where they don't hold the license to provide 3G service. These three mobile operators are the main players in the private mobile operators arena and the Court Order has struck them by surprise. Basically these three operators came to an agreement to share 3G services. For eg: In kerala Idea and Docomo holds the spectrum license. So Idea will share its service with Vodafone and Airtel. Similar is the case in all circle, that has stopped now.
Here is my experience with Vodafone 3G in Kerala. I am a regular user of 3G service and I recharge for it every month. When my 3G offer was finished for last month, I went to Vodafone website to see the recharge options. I saw that all 3G offers were taken down and all 2G offers were hiked with a minimal rise of 50%. I normally recharge with Rs.104 for 300MB 3G for 1 month. Now I am asked to recharge for Rs.149 for 1.25GB of 2G for 1 month. How dare they raise the price like this.
I called the customer care and asked for an explanation. The answer I got was, "Government has asked us to stop using Idea's 3G network, so new users won't be given 3G service". I am an old user and I should get 3G service, said the executive. But I am not. Now I am forced to port to Idea to avail 3G service. So to all Vodafone, Idea and Airtel users, you are not going to get 3G service if your mobile operator is using other network's 3G, that is the bottom line.