Reliance 3G Network Review and Speed Test

I am writing this post from New Delhi and lots of people here prefers Reliance’s 3G connection because of the following main reasons:

  • Reliance 3G plans are quite cheaper when compared to other 3G internet providers like Vodafone, AirTel etc.
  • The 3G Speed offered by Reliance is AWESOME!

Out of curiosity, I also bought a SIM Card of Reliance and in this post we are going to see a short review of Reliance’s 3G Network.

Before going into further details, keep following things in mind:

  • I have used Huawei E3531 USB Stick for performing the speed test. The device is capable of handling download speed of up to 21.6 Mbps (HSPA+) and upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps (HSUPA).
  • The test location was New Ashok Nagar, New Delhi, India.
  • Network strength and speed may vary from one city/location to another. Don’t jump to any conclusion just by reading this review! You should use the network personally on your mobile device and do some speed tests. Don’t take the results of this review for granted.

Activating 3G

As soon as you insert your brand new Reliance SIM card in your mobile/tablet device, the network will send you the internet settings automatically. If you don’t receive internet settings on your device, then you should call Reliance Customer Care and ask them to manually send you the internet settings. Keep in mind that they may ask you your device’s exact model number and its type.

Save the settings on your device and recharge your number with a 3G pack. In case your new SIM card came with FREE 3G data, then there is no need to recharge again.


  • For postpaid users, the activation procedure and 3G packs can be completely different.
  • If you don’t want to recharge your number online, then you can go to your nearest recharge shop.

Setting up your Device with the 3G Network

Following are the network modes available in Huawei E3531 USB stick:

  • GSM.
  • WCDMA.

For me WCDMA mode worked perfectly with the Reliance 3G network. Whenever I tried to select WCDMA/GSM, either there were frequent disconnections and reconnection with the network or the device kept on switching in between 2G and 3G network.

If you are experiencing problem with the 3G network while using a particular network mode, then try switching to some other mode. For a list of all the network modes available in your device, you should refer its manual.

For example, in Android 4.x based devices, you can access Network Mode by going to Settings >> More networks >> Mobile networks >> Network Mode.

Download and Upload Speed

reliance 3g speed

reliance 3g network speed

The maximum download speed which I was able to get from the network was around 11.90 Mbps!!! And I got around 1.85 Mbps as my maximum upload speed. If you don’t believe in these test results, then feel free to check out following speed test video of Reliance 3G network yourself:

Important notes:

  • Speed and strength of the 3G network also depends on the type of adapter you are using. If you are using a cheap mobile device, then you may get very slow download speed.
  • During peak hours (when lots of people are using the network at the same time for calling, texting, browsing etc.) you may get slower download speed from the network.
  • If you’re travelling in a very fast car or a train, then you may experience frequent disconnections.
  • If you have any query then you should contact Reliance customer care/your nearest recharge shop, not us.

Feel free to post your speed test results and network review in the comments section below.

One reply on “Reliance 3G Network Review and Speed Test”

I want to buy a datacard and I am confused b/w dlink dwp 157 and huawei E3531s. Please suggest me which one is better.

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