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How does Vodafone 3G USB stick perform in Bangalore?

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    Default How does Vodafone 3G USB stick perform in Bangalore?

    In Bangalore since vodafone uses partner network Airtel, I imagine Airtel users will be alloted more bandwidth and only any remaining bandwidth for Vodafone users. Is that true? Should I rather buy Airtel 3G USB stick?

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    Vodafone and Airtel 3G will both work the same.
    Both give max 7.2 mbps.
    (3.2 to 5 mbps in speedtest if you have good signal)

    Make sure you buy 7.2 mbps model and not 3.6 mbps (both airtel/voda offer eiether ZTE/Huawei locked data card) MRP is high but you can get around Rs 1500-1700.
    Dont get sweet talked in to buying post paid. keep it pre paid.

    You can get unlocked model in the web stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ulysses View Post
    Vodafone and Airtel 3G will both work the same.
    Both give max 7.2 mbps.
    So Vodafone doesn't offers the 21 Mbps? Their website mentions K4505 USB stick as offering this speed.
    And datacard is different from USB stick, no? I'm talking about USB stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothingworksforme View Post
    So Vodafone doesn't offers the 21 Mbps? Their website mentions K4505 USB stick as offering this speed.
    And datacard is different from USB stick, no? I'm talking about USB stick.
    The speed that the data card allows is 7.5 Mbps it cant go feather even if they provide you the 21 Mbps connection....

    I believe there are no data card that allows 21 Mbps connection speed... but there is an alternative, you can use a smartphone like Samsung galaxy s2 that allows 21 Mbps connection but beware of phone getting over heated......

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    There are data cards that provide 28.8 Mbps speeds and i am using the same. Also it is better to use a high speed data card to get maximum speeds and efficiency. If you use a 7.2 Mbps data card on peak bandwidth it will get heated up and you may face disconnections.

    I have tried and tested the same. The Airtel E1731 modem does not give more than 6.8 Mbps speeds at my work place. While using the same sim in my K4505 i am getting 7.5 Mbps speeds on my modem.


    http://speedtest.net/result/1698283136.png

    So its always better to go for a higher speed modem to ensure long life, good speeds and trouble free operation. This is also one reason why we have low priced and high priced data cards as the quality and performance is different.

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    @dushie:

    Can you please give me the details of 28.8 Mbps data card and where can I purchase it in India...

    Thanks,

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    I wish I had read the posts in this forum before I bought a Vodafone Mobile Broadband 3G USB data card. I can only call it a pathway to misery.
    when i bought it they offered free usage for 1 month as their 3G services were yet to be activated and I had to use their 2G network. but I was in for a surprise, at the end of one month I got a bill for usage, and they took 4 months to sort it out.
    The speed was pathetic, even after they introduced 3G servies, it used to intially give between 81 bps yes bps to 221 kbps and later after I complained for 2 months, that is 3 months after I bought the USB stick, they somehow managed to imporve the speed to 1.43 to 1.78Mbps, but it continued to drop to 231Kbps quite often for long stretches.
    And now they had discontinued the usage data feedback. which means you cannot know how much you have used and what is your balance.
    If you complain they give you sweet answers, like if you want to know the usage please remove the SIM card from the USB stick and place it in the handset, and send a message. but if you do that, you not only lose the data in your phone, later, when you insert the SIM card in your USB, it will fail to recognise the card.Now you will have to run around to their office to get your SIM card replaced. I presume that there is some defect in the USB device or it is corrupted. they have lready replaced mine once. But it continues to give trouble. Even my the authorised service centre of my PC, has raised serious doubts about the quality of their USB Dongle.
    i would never ever recommend their services, atleast in 3G mobile broadband USB stick to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raj.mallesh View Post
    @dushie:

    Can you please give me the details of 28.8 Mbps data card and where can I purchase it in India...

    Thanks,
    It's available on ebay
    Huawei K4505-21 Mbps-Unlocked-Works with all GSM SIMs | eBay

    After buying the modem you need to do the firmware upgrade.

    The speed you get will be service provider dependent.

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