BSNL has slashed the prices of its CDMA based NIC data card. It now offers the NIC card at just Rs.2500. And what’s more cool is that till the end of September 2009 (or until the stock lasts), under a promotional offer, BSNL is giving away these NIC cards at only Rs.1680.
Network Interface Card of simply NIC card is a wireless CDMA 2000 1X based networking device using which once can access the Internet wirelessly.
The activation charges of the card is Rs.250 which will be done after a security deposit of Rs.1000 is paid (Which is refundable).
If you would like to take the Instrument on a rental basis, you can do so by paying a monthly rental of Rs.150. The Fixed Monthly charges for accessing Unlimited Internet is Rs.350.
So effectively, if your are taking the instrument on a rental basis, all you
have to pay per month for accessing Unlimited Internet is Rs.500 (Plus applicable taxes)
However, it has to be remembered that the speed of this NIC card is only 144kbps. And if you are far away from the BSNL CDMA tower you can even get speeds as low as 4-5kbps.
If you are living in a city where BSNL provides internet services and have a BSNL tower in the vicinity, then you can go for this card. You will get a speed of around 30-40kbps. But then before buying, you should always ask the representative whether there is any network issue in your area. The representative will test the card before handing it over to you. If you find an issue with the speed at that time, you can surely question.
So, this is not a perfect replacement for a Home Broadband but can be chosen as a supplement because of its ease of use and low price.
Update: This is really old technology and one can just forget buying this data card. Some cities now even have 4G network so going for a 1st Generation data card now doesn’t really make sense.