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Posted on: Sunday , Nov 23, 2008 At 13:10 PM

Travel And Internet

Being connected is always a problem for me when I travel. Though I don't intend to stay online all the time, it is important for me to be able to see my mails and read a few things at least once a week. A comfort position though, is being able to connect everyday during the hours when I am not doing much.

Initially I was using internet cafes. Most cafes, especially in tourist places, have reasonably fast connections these days. But having to leave the hotel room and going in search of a cafe is painful, and I would avoid it if I can.

Recently, I am experimenting with carrying a laptop and a mobile internet connection device. Though it seemed like a pain to lug laptop, I am finding it useful in many ways - I can work and travel simultaneously and need not worry about having to stay at home to complete some jobs. I am currently on an Airtel USB modem, and here is my experiences so far.

Speed. The best download speeds I have seen are nearly 20kbps, which I think is reasonable. But this is not a consistent speed, and drops considerably, sometimes to as low as 2-3kbps. It is much better in larger cities where they have EDGE connectivity, but if you go into small towns, the connection can test your patience.

Availability. It is not hard to get online - the network is available in most small towns. But surprisingly, GPRS doesn't work well in some areas. I was trying to connect in Kathgodham and Nainital towns in Uttaranchal, where the modem could detect signals, but could not connect. Connecting to the web using a GPRS phone from a handset also did not work.

Airtel is a reasoable choice as long as you are not going too far, or into the mountains. In such case, it is better to look for other options.

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By pratiroop| Posted on:11 Jan 2010

Hi Arun, while experience of reading emails on PC/Laptop cannot be matched, you could look at Jaamun offers a mobile email service that works on SMS. So you don't need to depend on GPRS network, cyber cafe etc to get your emails when you are traveling. The service costs just Rs 49 a month and there is no monthly commitment. I hope you like the service.
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By Manish| Posted on:28 Nov 2008

Hi Arun, You should try Reliance or Tata CDMA card, if you for few more day Reliance is comming with new type of data card which support 400+ Kbps Speed. Manish.
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