Why BSNL Broadband is Better than Others – An Experienced BSNL user Review
Hi friends, I have been using BSNL broadband for past 2 years and BSNL internet for more than 5 years now. My father is also in BSNL but I told you this as I wish to tell you that I’m not biased to BSNL due to this [ I’m not getting paid by BSNL anyway for this review 🙂 ] . Here is my sincere and honest review about BSNL’s broadband service .
Places I have used BSNL Broadband
- Saharanpur (UP) – Very Good connectivity and at max 1 or 2 failures and too due to me playing around with Telephone wire 🙂
- Ghaziabad (UP) – Pretty erratic and frequent disconnections and disconnections even for 2-3 days ( but if it is running fine and no hardware fault or exchange problem comes up then it runs for months without any problem )
- Dehradun (UK) – The Best so far, and also my current broadband plan as of October 2009 ( High speeds and not even a single disconnection or period of inactivity for past 3 months )
BSNL Broadband Plans I have Used so far
I have used the following BSNL plans so far , mentioned with their pros and cons
- Home 500 Combo Plan – Also known as the night unlimited Plan , this is the Best plan for Downloaders/ Office/college/Non Techie people who are busy during day and only get time during night to browse and download stuff. ( Using free download manager – you can automate your downloads to start from 2AM and stop before 8AM)
- Home unlimited 750 (256Kbps ) – An unlimited plan with 256 Kbps speed which is about a 100MB in 1 Hour at full speed , this one is good for users who stay most of the time online and want to surf a lot, but not much into HD videos , youtube streaming content etc. although you can listen to streaming 128Kbps mp3’s quite well
- Home unlimited 1350 ( 512Kbps ) – The best and the highest speed unlimited plan offered by BSNL yet , great for heavy Internet users and for downloading HD stuff and watching youtube videos ( This is My current plan )
Benefits/Merits of BSNL Broadband over Others ( Airtel, Photon, Reliance , Sify and more)
mentioned below are issues on which according to me BSNL beats most of other major Broadband providers
- Available nearly everywhere even in Rural areas and small cities ( I consider this a great achievement , and it definitely benefits people who live in not so Big cities can have broadband access )
- Best price/performance ratio – believe me you cannot get anything faster within a price cheaper than what BSNL offers ( although Airtel seems to be taking the lead with it’s new Turbo 1299 plan , but as I said it’s not available everywhere ,it’s not in Dehradun a big city and capital of Uttarakhand )
- Dynamic IP provided – Good for downloading stuff from Rapidshare and other servers which impose limit on downloads per IP , also you can setup a Webserver from your own home using any Apache PHP MYSQL stack or IIS .
- Speeds Better than promised – As far as I’m concerned and my friends , BSNL always gave speeds even better than the speed in the plan ( Like a 256 Kbps plan should get me a maximum of 32KB/sec but i have gone to even 40KB/sec , similarly for the 512 Kbps plan I reach 70KB/sec , when I should be getting something around 64KB/sec )
- No FUP – since the talks of Airtel limiting the unlimited plans to prevent unfair use of bandwidth , Unlimited plan users were annoyed but there is no such things with BSNL , I have myself done around 25GB in a single month on that 256Kbps plan and currently doing 9GB in 4 days on the 512Kbps unlimited plan )
Disadvantages Demerits and Shortcoming’s of BSNL Broadband
Here are some problems with BSNL broadband that you may come through
- Slow customer care and response from officials – Well that is the most well known shortcoming associated with BSNL broadband and even telephone connections , as people say that BSNL personnel work in a much “BABU “ kind of way like in “Sarkari ( govt. )” offices. I agree it’s true I have to go through such issues even though my dad is in BSNL . But nowdays I find that BSNL customer care picks up the phone quick and they solve the problem too , Let’s hope for the best
- Huge Broadband Bills or Overcharging – As far as I know from my father and other BSNL personnel I know, the overcharges and bills are always genuine, it’s due to customer’s mistake that such things occur ( specially if you are using night unlimited plan and forget to stop download before the free time finishes and cross your monthly bandwidth limit )
- Difficulty and Time delay in getting a connection – I know Airtel is pretty quick and sometime you get your internet connection within a day , while on the contrary BSNL takes around 4-5 to 15-20 days . But believe me the wait is worth the high Speed and low price you get .
Well, I hope that was enough of “My thoughts” to have you intelligent species be forced to write your views in comments , correcting or supporting me and I will keep this post updated with information from your comments .
As for me I Iove BSNL over the years and I like Airtel too but it’s not available in many cities and also not at every place , so BSNL rules the spot according to me !!