Sunday, January 17, 2010

BSNL's EVDO In Hyderabad Review

After a thorough research about BSNL's EVDO card 2 mb/s , I had a horrific experience bringing it home. Here is how it went and my comments on the newly launched internet card by bsnl. I went to the Telephone bhavan (Khairtabad) and enquired about the card, plans and coverage information. I got very little information from them, as they themselves had no knowledge about it lol, suprisingly they called it a customer service center. After 3 days of struggle I got the card today!.

Here are the important points to remember:
  • Card costs 4000 Rs to buy or we can get it on a rental basis. I'd suggest you to take card on the rental basis (550 Rs per month + 200 Rs rent). But intially you got to pay 1562 Rs it includes deposit and installations charges.
  • BSNL says they are providing 2 mb/s unlimited but most of the towers in hyderabad are still 140 KB/s. They are saying, all the towers will be upgraded to 2 mb/ps in 3-6 months.

  • Coverage of the towers is still a problem. I am using it in Banjara Hills, here the signal is good but in Masab tank and other interior areas its very poor.
My net speed is varying from 100kbps - 130 kbps, and browsing speed is not so good.

Bottom Line: Don't expect too much from EV-DO as of now, better wait for few more month(s).

Disclaimer: The coverage info is totally based on my research in the city (Hyderabad), It may wary.

Update: Jan-17-10

I appreciate all your feedback, after few months of usage I thought I should post the recent update, how its working currently.

Following things are improved:

1. Signals: Signals are improved now, and I get full signals and light is always green most of the time, which is very important to get good speed.


2. Now we can download from Rapidshare and other sites.

3. Can connect to VPN without any issues.

4. Speed is improved, now I get avg download speed of 40 KB/s (as shown in the image) and Torrent speed of 70 KB/s, again this may vary based on signals.

Share your thoughts on the recent updates!!

52 comments:

  1. THanks a lot for the valuable information.

    Hope it will be better with upcoming 3G towers.

    I am planing to take one though.....

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  2. @kk
    Better wait for few more days...browsing speed is too bad at times.

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  3. hai i need evdo card now buy or not plz tell me

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  4. @anonymous
    If you are from Hyderabad..Not now..wait for 3 more months. According to BSNL guys..it takes at least 3-4 months to upgrade and fix VPN issues etc.

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  5. nice work mayte!!!;)
    keep it up!!! liked ur blog!!
    And specially liked the way u presented!!!
    this line
    " "YOU HAVE GOT 100000$ claim it" lol..nobody will give you money for free, instead you will get virus for free." and this
    "I got very little information from them, as they themselves had no knowledge about it lol"

    ahahahah!!!!
    anyway superb work!!!keep it up mate!!

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  6. Has the EVDO speed improved now? If so, in which areas is it good?

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  7. @Sudheer

    Not much improvement...I have tested the speed in Kalyan Nagar (S.R Nagar Area), Download speed is around 9-10 KB/s. So far, I have tested it in Banjara Hills, Masab Tank and Kalyan Nagar..Speeds are around 10-15 KB/s. And the VPN and Public IP issues are still not yet resolved.

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  8. I am afraid..still not much improvement in Banjara Hills area.

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  9. hi,
    the current status now... beside Banajra hills-RD 12 @ Syed Nagar - 2 [Kaman] side.

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  10. @Feroz

    Wait till elections are over, the tower are heavy towers and it takes some time to setup them up to cover whole city

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  11. Hi Chaitanya,
    I urgently need to decide between Reliance Broadband + and BSNL EVDO. Can you please suggest as per the current speed status of BSNL EVDO, I live in Banjara Hills Rd No 1.

    Rgs, Pankaj

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  12. @Pankaj

    Go for BSNL EVDO without second thought. It is doing fairly good in Bajara Hills area.

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  13. Thanks Chaitanya,

    Can we access BSNL EVDO in roaming i.e. outside AP state as I am frequently in roaming?

    @Pankaj

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  14. @Pankaj

    Your are most welcome, NO..you can access only in A.P.

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  15. Hi chaitanya
    Urgently need ur help.Does this work in AMBERPET did u ever tried in this area.And what about MADHAPUR??

    @Rajeshwar

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  16. @Rajeshwar

    I haven't tried in AMBERET but I works gr8 in MADHAPUR and Jubilee Hills areas.

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  17. Hi,i stay at srinagar colony i asked bsnl guys they said its gud here,if so whts the speed ,i have bsnl's 256kbps brdbnd but the probs is it disconnets frequently so i wanted to shift to EVDO.any help wud be appreciated.

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  18. @Praveen

    I don't have the information of srinagar colony, but I am sure it will good in that area. I want let you know few points before going for it:

    1. EVDO uses same public so, you cannot download from rapidshare, because many people use the same ip.

    2. You can connect to VPN.

    3. Last but not least don't expect 100-200 KB/s download speed, Signal on software shows 1mb/s but you get downloads around 35-50 KB/s. It again varies.

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  19. Hi,
    Can you please suggest as per the current speed status of BSNL EVDO, I live in Banjara Hills Rd No 1

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  20. hi guys i bot evdo card
    u know iam getting speeds of 800kbps
    i stay at srinagar colony

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  21. Hi, I bought the EVDO after 2 days of struggle with khairatabad office and vijaynagar colony. I had to shell out 4,200 bucks. I am unable to connect as on now, it says 691 error. the username and password are wong but this is what those guys gave and wrote on the box. what to do now?

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  22. Contact those khairtabad guys, they might have given the wrong password/username. Usually password would be same of the username i.e is your number which they gave to you..starting with 40.

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  23. Hi is your evdo account got activated?how is the speed?is 4200 you paid is it including activation charge?

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  24. It is 4000 to buy the card but 1560 is deposit+activation.

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  25. What average speed you are getting?

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  26. Hi any one know how is the coverage of evdo in ammerpet area and how is the speed?

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  27. In kalyan nagar, I am getting speed's around 30-40 KB/s, download speed. But sad part is that we cannot download links from Rapidshare and while playing online games it lags. Pings are too high.

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  28. Some one from sanathnagar share their speeds

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  29. Is this 3g tower is in madhapur...?

    Is any one using EVDO connection in madhapur..?

    i am staying in vivekanada nagar(2km from madhapur)....

    if any one....knows

    please send details to my mail..
    rainbow.315815@yahoo.com

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  30. Is EVDO coverage present in alwal?

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  31. Any one from mayurmarg(begumpet) know about coverage and speeds

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  32. Any users from kukatpally? What speed you are getting

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  33. any users from chintal, bala nagar
    i use tata photon plus and i get a speed of of 921 kbps.
    how abt evdo?????

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  34. how much do you pay for tata photon plus??

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  35. 750 for 2 gb usage,
    tata is pretty fast but there is no unlimited plan. also my bill is usually around 950
    its to expensive

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  36. yea :o too expensive, I cannot afford.

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  37. how is evdo??
    does it provide satisfacttory performance???

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  38. anyone tested speed at uppal,habsiguda ramanthapur areas??

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  39. Hi,

    I have EVDO device, bust i lost the connection settings details, Any one knows the the phone number to connect, do i need to connect,by default it as #777, if any one know please share the information

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  40. @ kish, డీఫాల్ట్ డయలింగ్ నెంబర్ #777. దానితోనే ట్రై చెయ్యండి, మీ యూజర్ నేమ్, పాస్ వర్డ్ కలిపి!

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  41. hi, is EVDO is available for Pragathinagr

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  42. hi,
    I got evdo last month from charminarxchage n am using at chaderghat n itz quite ok. may i know does it works in districts particularly at Khammam town? bsnl guys sys that it is al ovr a.p. which is not true! any one using at Khammam town, cud u please email: moid034@yahoo.com
    expecting your response eagerly.
    thanks

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  43. hi, does evdo works at Khammam town? bsnl guys sys it works bt i tried it personallay there n itz nt working. when approached them, they are escaping to solve my problm. sme say s and sme say no at Khammam town. am very confusd nw wat to do. cud u please mail me to: moid034@yahoo.com if any of u personally experienced it posivtiv there.
    thanx

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  44. hi drs.
    cud n pls let me know evdo works at Khammam proper? pls give me positiv reply.
    with regards
    moid034@yahoo.com
    thanks to all

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  45. i want 2 buy BSNL EVDO.I live in ramanthapur area,near t.v.studio.pls give info abt speed.i heard abt conection and speed problems.shud i buy it or wait?also i m thinking abt cdma 1x device.wt is its performance and tariff?

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  46. Anybody using BSNL EVDO in Beeramguda area near ICRISAT ?

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  47. Does it work as well on a Mac?

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  48. BSNL EVDO is gives very speed in Bangalore. Unless you live right beside a EVDO tower, don't take it. BSNL 3G service is much better.

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  49. Also, EVDO works on a mac, but you need to do some configurations manually.

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  50. Hi, I have a EVDO device, is it possible only to purchase BSNL EvDO SIM in hyderabad? Please suggest.

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  51. Is there any new update on BSNL EVDO coverage? I am not getting good signal at Bharath nagar colony, Moosapet....

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