I finally got myself a laptop, and with that a net connection was but ofcourse needed.
Options that I thoug of were : BSNL, Airtel and Tata Indicom.
One look at Tata Indicom reviews on mouthshut were enough to make me not even bother looking at its tariffs etc.
Regarding BSNL, my cousin had applied for it (and though shes happy with it), she got the connection after much running behind them after 2 months..
I coudnt wait that long, so I decided to go with Airtel Broadband.
I checked up the tariff plans on their website, deciede to go for Unlimited Plan at 128 kbps (thats 16KBps) for 700 per month.
Called up their customer care centre, the agent took my address and number.
The VERY next day, an airtel person came to my office and collected address proof, identity proof, and rs.500 as deposit money, and filled all the relevant forms.. all this took only 10 minutes.
On the 3rd day after the form was filled, the engineers came, did the wiring, delivered the modem, landline instrument(that comes with the net connection), setup the connection, (all this in 1 hour flat) and my net was up and running !!
I absolutely never expected such fast delivery, I suspected that after they take the 500 rs. as deposit, I will have to run behind them for installations, but NO, it was quite the opposite, they were ready to give me connection on the same day, but due to traffic problems here I could not reach home and got the connection done on a weekend..
As I said, i have opted for the 128kbps(16KB) speed, the speeds i actually get are:
- While surfing : 10-14 KB
- Downloading : 7-10 KB
- Uploading : 7- 10 KB
But guess what, if I use any Download accelarator, I get speeds of 16 KB for download/upload, thats the maximum possible, so Iím really happy with the speeds, I am getting what I am paying for..
They also give a landline instrument along with this, There is no rental for that, only calls made are charged at 1.10 local and rs.2 STD.
If you are looking for a broadband connection with quick cusotomer service and decent enough rates, then for for Airtel (i recommend unlimited plan if you plan downloading anything).