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Help: Russian needs a flat with Internet

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    Greetings!

    Dear people, I need your opinion and advice.

    I've decided to live in India from April until summer and maybe even longer.

    I need fast and stable Internet (from 1Mb) for my work in a flat near the shore (maybe Cochin).

    But I'm limited in money: I have 30000INR monthly for everything (rent, Internet, food and so on). I'll be living alone.

    Can you reccomend me where to seek? Is it possible to rent a flat with already installed broadband for such budget?



    Thank you in advance!

    Artyom,
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    Normally landlords will not rent a flat with telephone and broadband. There are security implications, the details of which I will not go into. I myself refused rental to a potential client because he wanted a flat all ready to move in - he said that he will move in with his suitcases only. Everything else must be available. He was ready to pay top-money but I told him that I will not provide telephone/BB - rather I will help him get it.

    I will recommend you BSNL's UL1350+ plan that gives unlimited usage @ 512 kbps. You will get a landline with zero rental with this plan. The charges are as under:

    One time charges:
    Installation: rs. 250/- plus 12.36% service tax
    Modem purchase: Rs. 1000/- (Type I/III) or Rs. 1600/- (type II/IV)
    Security deposit (refundable): Rs. 1350/-

    Regular monthly charges:
    Internet usage: Rs. 1350/- plus 12.36% service tax
    Voice: Re. 1 per metered call plus 12.36% service tax

    Please visit http://www.bsnl.co.in/service/dataone_tariff.htm for more info.

    Since you will be living alone, a one bedroom apartment should suffice your purpose or at most 2 bedrooms. I am not from Cochin, but I expect that the rent to be around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000/-. Food expenses can be managed at Rs. 5000/-, if you do not eat out everyday. Public Transportation is available but could be quite an experience for you. Rs. 30,000 should be sufficient, if one lives well within limits.
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    I would recommend wireless internet service from Tata Indicom and Reliance. Or else u can opt for BSNL's EVDO service.

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    Hi Balgator

    Welcome to India and Welcome to the IBF forum .

    BSNL would the right choice for you. But I am not sure about the level of service you get in cochin. Airtel is a little expensive but I have heard their service is good.

    You might want to check your rent, daily food and travel expense before deciding to jump the gun with the Broadband Plan

    Airtel Plan
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    cool_techie_tvm is from kerala so he might be able to help you choose an approriate plan.

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    Thank you for immediate replies and goodwill!!

    As far as I understand wireless won't suit me simply because I can rent a flat in a place with bad coverage.. Moreover, I can't rely on wireless (un)stability in my work so I think it's better to go broadband.

    How long will it usually take in BSNL or Airtel to make everything ready?

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    It totally depends on the area, I got a BSNL connection two days in chennai, TamilNadu and when I was in Blore I got Airtel in a matter of two days. There are members who have bad epxriences with both providers. Gut feel says Airtel might be faster than BSNL , less red tape to clear .

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    BSNL can provide u with a wireline connection. But it depends upon the efficiency of the employees in the nearest telephone exchange. I have seen BSNL giving away connections within 2 days of applying for it to two months after application date.

    Airtel broadband has limited coverage. If u are residing in the city or 2~3 kms from city, Airtel can fix u up with a connection..

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    Well as I thought it will be rather hard and unpredictable task.. Unfortunately I have only 2 weeks for accomodation and after that my work begins.. So probably it's better to have some wireless while I'm waiting for broadband.

    The problem is to find a place with coverage for both And with acceptable quality..

    Where it's better to go? Is Cochin a good choice? What are the chances that I'll find what I need there (if I'll do my best)?

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    Service providers give much importance to Kochi as it is considered as commercial capital of the state. So u can always expect a good QOS in Kochi. Of course u will find what u need in there, but one employee can make your holiday hell !!

    Kindly checkout Tata Indicom's wireless offering USB Modem, Wireless Internet Modem & Internet Cards from Tata Indicom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balgator View Post
    Well as I thought it will be rather hard and unpredictable task.. Unfortunately I have only 2 weeks for accomodation and after that my work begins.. So probably it's better to have some wireless while I'm waiting for broadband.

    The problem is to find a place with coverage for both And with acceptable quality..

    Where it's better to go? Is Cochin a good choice? What are the chances that I'll find what I need there (if I'll do my best)?
    In which city exactly is your posting going to be ?
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    BTW please checkout the offering of Reliance :: Welcome to Reliance Mobile ::

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    In which city exactly is your posting going to be ?
    Sorry what do you mean under posting? Is Kochi indivisible city or there are cities in it?

    cool_techie_tvm, thank you very much!

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    I think he meant the exact location of the place in Kochi.

    Quote Originally Posted by Balgator View Post
    cool_techie_tvm, thank you very much!
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    I think he meant the exact location of the place in Kochi.
    If he means that - I don't know.. I guess any rather safe location will suit me if only there is required coverage..
    Help is always at hand in IBF
    I am very pleased to see such good response

    Yet one request..

    Please, write about 5 cities with the same likelihood of good Internet as in Kochi? Including the North.. To be on the safe side if someone will join me and I'll have to change my destination.

    Thanks :001_rolleyes:
    Last edited by Balgator; 18th February 2009 at 08:48 PM. Reason: addition

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    Five cities within Kerala? Or outside Kerala?

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    Outside except Delhi, Blore and Mumbai. Maybe some northward of Delhi (Amritsar, Saharanpur).

    I've found fellow traveller and he insists on northern stay because of south heat. As I don't limit myself to a certain place and it's funnier to travel in company I can consider this option too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balgator View Post
    Outside except Delhi, Blore and Mumbai. Maybe some northward of Delhi (Amritsar, Saharanpur).

    I've found fellow traveller and he insists on northern stay because of south heat. As I don't limit myself to a certain place and it's funnier to travel in company I can consider this option too..
    if u want to beat the heat, then u shud stay at or around mumbai... cause the area around delhi is cool only till about april start, then starts the real summer .
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    Hi Balgator

    Welcome to India and IndiaBroadband Forum

    as you said you don't have plans for Delhi so can not offer any help but if in case you come to delhi then do remember to shout on me, can arrange most of the things here.
    Like Home, Internet, Food, Transport etc. can be arranged anytime

    again wish you a nice stay in India and IndiaBroadband Forum

    smoothvibes

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    From Google search;
    "cochin broadband connection"

    Enjoy high speed unlimited PLUS plans bundled with business enrich services like Static IP, Domian Name Reg, Mail Services, PC Security

    Contact :
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    Mobile: +91-92495 56052

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    Internet Service Providers Cochin|Broadband & Dialup Internet Connection Providers Cochin

    see the list at the bottom. Check the locality where you intend to stay.
    Last edited by essbebe; 19th February 2009 at 12:09 AM. Reason: duplicate post edited

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balgator View Post
    Outside except Delhi, Blore and Mumbai. Maybe some northward of Delhi (Amritsar, Saharanpur).

    I've found fellow traveller and he insists on northern stay because of south heat. As I don't limit myself to a certain place and it's funnier to travel in company I can consider this option too..
    Pune would be a good choice except in April, May.
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    I have a furnished apartment available for rent in cochin. Can work out special rates for long term occupation.

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    Thanks everybody for your sincere advices and proposals!

    Finally me and my fellow traveller decided to stay in Rishikesh As I found, there are cyber-cafes in budget hotels (256 and even 512) and I can ask staff to make Internet in my room through wire. Let's give a try... If it won't work I am back to Delhi and ask smoothvibes for help

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    sure mate you are welcome anytime

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