BSNL 3G – to be or not to be!

Recently I became a frequent traveler. I evaluated many fast – wireless internet solutions like photon +, reliance bb etc. They are good enough to give me good speed where ever they have coverage. To have a cost effective solution, I got a BSNL 3G data card from Coimbatore. After 2 to 3 months, here comes my review.



I checked the service in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Ariyalur, Chennai and Tiruchy. Most of the places are not announced officially. I guess, testing is in progress.

Chennai, Erode, Tiruppur are one among the best. I am able to reach peaks. Email with attachments are getting downloaded at no time. Browsing is pakka. I am able to reach the same speed offered by photon + or reliance broadband wireless highspeed internet.

Coimbatore – I am not that much satisfied. Though it is good inside the city, it is very bad at the suburbs like Singanallur which is just 8kms away from central part of CBE. In addition, it is frequently getting disconnected inside the city.

Tiruchy is not implemented fully I guess, since I am able to connect only with Edge, though it shows 3G icon.

My recommendation is – BSNL promises all the district headquarters will be covered with BSNL 3G before end of this year. Where there is no coverage, GPRS or Edge is working fine (I tested in remote places of Tamilnadu. I am able to reach 100 KBPS max). If you want a cost effective solution, You can select this. I want BSNL to be more sensitive towards this because their support, service are worst in their categories!

Please see my earlier posting on the BSNL 3G setting

BSNL 3G GPRS setting – Chennai and Tamilnadu

Earlier I wrote about my difficulty in working with 3G connection. I got a new sim today and I am able to get connected with decent speed. Here is the connection details.

set the APN as bsnlnet
(The older APN is not working for the past two days in my area–updated on 22-nov-2010)
Username and password as your 10 digit phone number (94xxxx)
no ip no proxy. keep the authentication as none. Select your internet profile as your default. restart for safety. thats it.

With samsung and nokia phones people are able to browse without any issues seems. But I have problem with Omnia. I am facing trouble in indoors. Being a dual mode phone, it automatically switches to Edge or GPRS 2G connectivity.

In addition, please be informed that customer support guys are giving false gprs settings.

finally, I got a lovely gift from BSNL :)test