I have decided to take a broadband connection after slaving so long under a dialup. I have not got it yet, but I have booked it(I have even payed for it). The connection I am taking is 128kbps, Unlimited bandwidth and unlimited time from Tata(VSNL). Since I don't know who good the connection is, I will be testing it for 3 months - if it is good enough, I will move to the 6 months scheme.
I was told that I will get the connection in two day(by Monday - 28th Aug, 2006), but I have read just too many reports of this being an empty promise in the blogsphere. A more realistic deadline will be two weeks.
My options for a broadband connection were...
There are more options(like Airtel, Reliance) - but these were the ones that was most recommended in my city(Cochin).
First I thought that Asianet was the best choice - but many of my coworkers who have this connection has been complaining about very slow speed. An advantage with this connection is that you get free cable - as the internet comes through the same cable that, well, cable TV comes through. So if you disconnect the internet and hook the cable to your TV, you get - cable TV. Series of tubes, people.
I don't know wether this is legal - but I have heard reports of people doing this. Think of the effect this can have if you have a TV tuner card on you PC.
One major problem I have with this Asianet is its empty promises. If it promises free unlimited usage between 2 AM and 8 AM(off peak hours), chances are that you won't be able to connect to the net at these time.
This is considered by many to be the best offer - the charge is considerably less than Tata and you can have if you have the omnipresent BSNL land phone. The reports I have heard says that it have good speed. One problem I have heard about this is that it cannot be trusted - if you have heard an offer that says internet is free between so and so hours, don't fall for it - you will end up paying thousands of rupees that month. A cousin of mine fell for this - and had to pay 7000Rs that month.
Tata Indicom or Dishnet DSL or VSNL is the connection that I have picked. Many in the blogsphere have complained about that you have to wait a long time to get the connection(ie. the time between you paying up, and they bringing the cable to your house). Another major issue some have with it is their poor customer support. These two don't affect me much. This is India, people. Wake up and smell the Apathy.
Some online complaints...
- Broadband and VSNL
- My Indian Broadband Story
- Biting the "broadband" bullet again - Tata Broadband in Delhi
I will let you know when I get a connection, Till then, I will be crawling the web using my trusted Reliance Dialup.