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Old 6th November 2005, 10:50   #1
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Default MTNL and BSNL's combo plan for broadband

MTNL has come up with a scheme, which I think is very attractive.

Rs.500 per month (Ok, service tax extra) for which you get 200 calls free.

After taking out the value of free calls and taking into consideration the cost of modem rental, effectively, you pay Rs.258 (+10.2%) and you get 500 MB download @ 256 kbps. This is even cheaper than 20 mins of dial-up every day!

Compare to Hathway, where you pay...
Rs. 375 for 125 MB d/l or Rs.600 for 1 GB d/l. (This includes Rs.100 modem rental)

Sify is even more expensive with a high start-up cost. And add to it the fact that Sify doesn't call it d/l but 'data transfer' so that it also includes uploads!

Anyone here still on dial-ups?

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I have used broadband from two other vendors ; IMHO without question Triband from MTNL is the most cost effective and hassle free and fast connection available now. You dont have to deal with fly by night local cable operators ; no renewal hassles; with 256Kbps ADSL router, downloads are reasonably fast and consistent. Good customer care. Remains to be seen if MTNL continues to maintain this level of service in the months ahead.
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The thing is, MTNL has still to come up with a broadband plan which offers unlimited hours and unlimited download (i mean prepaid like the one in Sify 256kbps@Rs.1000)..
500mb with 256kbps i will consume in 1 day.. forget 1 month..

Till that day arrives, i am happy with Sify.
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To my knowledge BSNL counts both downloads and uploads against the monthly limit. Hathway counts only downloads
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Old 6th November 2005, 13:20   #5
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My mistake! The combo plan gives 250MB free and not 500 MB, though from 1st Nov, it is proposed to go up to 400 MB.

deceite, I am curious to know how you consume 500 MB in a day. What all do you download? Despite my quite heavy surfing (2-3 hrs/day) I don't cross 250 MB in a month.

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Hey Minardi!! Topgear, fifth gear anf Best Motoring, not to mention other videos, can claim double that amount in a single day!!!
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deceite, I am curious to know how you consume 500 MB in a day. What all do you download? Despite my quite heavy surfing (2-3 hrs/day) I don't cross 250 MB in a month.
Well when i have 256kbps to play with i just cant resist the temptation to download movies and music... i have already downloaded more than 1Gb this month alone.. and its only 6th!
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May be I should not have asked you guys how to consume so much bandwidth
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Hey Guys,
A little but how exactly do you calculate download speeds. I just took the MTNL Triband Combo 256kn plan for RS199/- which gives 400MB free download. After speaking to the help desk they told me I should get a download speed of 100kbps which I cannot digest as true.

I downloaded a test file from Cnet downloads and did not get more than 22-25kbps as per the Download accelerator. What is the download speed I should get for a 256 KBps connection and for a 512 KBps connection as I plan to upgrade to that plan w.e.f. the 1st December. The plan is DSL 599 for a 512 kbps connection and 1GB download limit for Rs599/- only.

Look forward to some quick replies.

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deceite, I am curious to know how you consume 500 MB in a day. What all do you download? Despite my quite heavy surfing (2-3 hrs/day) I don't cross 250 MB in a month
Wow! Dude...cant' believe that., 2-3 hrs of surfing on a broadband and you still have 300 Mb/month. Do you browse text only pages?? Any decent website has enough of graphics and flash content to make your BW meter really motor

I download about 700-800 Mb per day between 2-8 AM in the night when BSNL gives unlimited downloads. (Ofcourse i am not up at that time, there is a scheduler that takes care of it).
So monthly download comes down to 21-22 GB..

If you explore there are loads of things to download music, movies ,documentaries , videos, Tv shows , books,audio-books etc etc etc..

Try using Voice chat like Skype or Videoconferencing and see how much data that takes.

BTW BSNL counts both the upload and the download as the data transfer.
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Hey Guys,
A little but how exactly do you calculate download speeds. I just took the MTNL Triband Combo 256kn plan for RS199/- which gives 400MB free download. After speaking to the help desk they told me I should get a download speed of 100kbps which I cannot digest as true.

I downloaded a test file from Cnet downloads and did not get more than 22-25kbps as per the Download accelerator. What is the download speed I should get for a 256 KBps connection and for a 512 KBps connection as I plan to upgrade to that plan w.e.f. the 1st December. The plan is DSL 599 for a 512 kbps connection and 1GB download limit for Rs599/- only.

Look forward to some quick replies.

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Let us consider the 256kbps (256 kilo bits per second) connection. Now when you download something, the speed is generally shown in kBps(kilo bytes per second). Now 8Bits=1Byte, therefore, your speed in kilo Bytes per second is 256/8= 32kBps.
So you should get 32kBps as the approximate download speed. (of course not exact 32 but round about 28~31 because of other data transfers..)
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Whats the best plan for mega Downloaders, i mean movie, music, video-conf, games etc???
with 256kbps at least.
These capped systems are a real killer if you go over the limit.
off-topic: if you want to see all the racing tracks on google earth, go to google earth hacks (search in google) and download the racing tracks file. it places markers in google earth, just zoom in and enjoy.
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Well when i have 256kbps to play with i just cant resist the temptation to download movies and music... i have already downloaded more than 1Gb this month alone.. and its only 6th!
get in line, dude

I'm at 3.56GB dnld and 2.53GB upld already this month on Reliance Wireless (unlimited) Internet. And this is at a pathetic 115kbps (best effort).

Movies, music, games via Bittorrent and Bearshare as a background downloader.
Of course, my PC is ON 24/7.
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Airtel 256k unlimited for 999/mo. If you are into downloading movies etc., you will touch 15-20GB/mo so airtel becomes your best bet
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get in line, dude

I'm at 3.56GB dnld and 2.53GB upld already this month on Reliance Wireless (unlimited) Internet. And this is at a pathetic 115kbps (best effort).

Movies, music, games via Bittorrent and Bearshare as a background downloader.
Of course, my PC is ON 24/7.
These sify people deduce 1 day if you download more than 150MB in a day... thats why i am forced to download only at night and that too using sify hacks which automatically logs off at 7:45 am.. if 150MB day download limit was not there, surely it would have been a lot more fun..
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