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Travelling in India soon - which mobile internet is best?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by JunglePocket, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. JunglePocket

    JunglePocket Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Since discovering IM about 3 years ago, I have hardly left the house and spent most days glued to a computer screen trying to make money online. Fortunately, I have done OK in this industry and have decided to spend my savings by traveling around the world whilst running my business using a laptop. The first country will be India, where I hope to be spending 6 months or so and I am looking for advice on which mobile internet service to use.

    My initial thoughts were that I could make do with free WIFI access, but this may not be ideal as I dont know how freely available this will be. The better alternative will be to get some type of mobile internet service to use with the laptop. I am from the UK, and here, the main mobile operators are Orange, Vodafone, T Mobile, O2 and Three. All of these providers offer what is known as mobile broadband whereby you get a USB device which plugs into the laptop and receives internet connection on the move. I am looking for something similar in India, preferably a prepaid service and one which a tourist can sign up for. Can anyone help please? Which network providers are best, how much will it cost per month?
     
  2. jass11

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    Reliance Net Connect(USB Dongle , connect it to your lappy to access net) is Best here
    These Best plan costs about 1200 Rs./month ( 25 USD)
    10 Gb Tranfser per day.

    Other available are -
    Tata Photon Plus
    MTS
     
  3. theindiaphile

    theindiaphile Senior Member

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    If I were you, I'd get a reliance net connect as jass111 suggests. The connection is slow bt you can get emails etc wherever and it's cheap. However, as a foreigner it's not easy, you'll need proof of Indian address, letter from landlord etc. If you can arrange to get a registered one from an indian blackhatter you'd be saving yourself a world of trouble. Then you'll just have to recharge...
     
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    This is a really inspiring post! Indias on my to do list for this year actually :D (although I might have to scale back to Wales... slightly less interesting, but it will mean I don't decimate my bank account lol).
    Earning a western wage and living in the east is the dream! Let us know how it all goes!
     
  5. JunglePocket

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    Thanks, I'm just on their website looking now. Is there a big difference between Netconnect High Speed 1x and Reliance Neconnect+1?

    10GB daily transfer is really high and I dont think I will need it, but with that amount of internet I could still use Scrapebox!
     
  6. JunglePocket

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    Thanks for the input. Will I need proof of address for whichever internet company I choose - even if it's prepaid service? If you are able to provide proof of address, I would be interested! What part of India are you from?
     
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    Go For Reliance Net Connect+
    Go to their Webpage and Check rates which favors you..
    Finally, Welcome to India :)
     
  8. JunglePocket

    JunglePocket Registered Member

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    Just do it!

    As mentioned previously, I have spent far too long just stuck in front of a computer for the last few years - it's all very well making money, but it needs to be spent too! From my initial calculations, I will have more than enough money to survive with a £1000 monthly budget, which as you know is pretty much minimum wage in the UK.
     
  9. ski.bng

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    I would suggest you to go for Tata photon plus, which has good speed in all the major cities and have service in rural India.

    Cost wise compared with reliance net connect more or less its same. They do have prepaid service.

    Wish you have a nice time in India.
     
  10. theindiaphile

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    Put it this way, there's no way you're using Scrapebox on a widget in India - period. No 3g yet... and connection is v slow. Emails will be your best bet and some surfing.

    Not familiar with this new high speed Reliance but if it says it's faster, take it. Anything's worth a go...
     
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    6 months on tourist visa? :O
    I suggest you signup with any 2 providers, some networks have no network coverage in some regions.,and if you are gonna stay in a good hotel,you can use their wifi.
     
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    You can try BSNL EVDO wireless broadband. 2.5 MBPS unlimited bandwidth, 18.50 USD per month.
     
  13. JunglePocket

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    Thanks for the input guys. Having a reliable internet access is my number one concern and I have more than enough information to start researching which will be most suitable.

    Oh by the way theindiaphile, are you the author of All Kinds Of Magic??
     
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    There are many cheap option in India .
    My company provides me Reliance data card(download speed you will get in urban around 125KB),BSNL EVDO(downlaod speed in urban area around 80KB) Tata photon problem with network not available signal everywhere.Airtel is little bit slow.

    Reliance looks easy to get and fast to access.
     
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    Plz consider tata docomo as well. Im getting 6 mbps speed in docomo. Evdo sucks u will get 1mbps hardly. As i know u will get 30 gb/month usage maximum from all providers. Maybe im wrong. Sry for my english.
     
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    Get a BSNL or MTNL (only in Mumbai and delhi) and go for 3g unlimited plan cost around 1600-1800 INR ($35 to $40) for 30 days. That's the best you would get in this price. ;) (it's gsm network)

    Vodafone and other private companies 3g plans are very expensive right now.

    If you want CDMA... look for Tata phonton + , Mblaze and Reliance netconnect. You can checkout the plans at their websites. :)

    If you need help in getting it let me know.. I can ship it to your address.. :p let me know will cost some few extra bucks.
     
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    Tata looks pretty good service and I like their website! You have used their estick dongle before?
     
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    I didnt know Vodafone were in India, I am actually an affiliate with them in the UK! Hmmm, thanks for that, I might have a look at promoting them in the India mobile industry:) Vodafone have a solid reputation in UK and I have used them before so thats interesting. Their website doesnt seem to show any prices though and it seems you have to contact them directly to find out? Do you know roughly how much is it for their dongles?
     
  19. MrSofteeMan

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    Where do you plan on staying in india? Hotel or apartment?
     
  20. JunglePocket

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    Have heard good things about Kerala and that will be the first stop. Am planning on spending a lot of time near the coastal areas by the sea. In the UK I live in a town which is one of the furtherest points away from the sea so it will be good to sample some India beaches :)

    Will be staying in a mix of accommodation from hotels, hostels, apartments, and random people from www.couchsurfing.com. Some Indian IMers who I've worked with before have offered to show me round which will be great.

    Seen this video on how to cross a road which is scary!:

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