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BSNL NIC card review

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

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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.

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69 comments

  1. i have heard that bsnl evdo data card mein ,nic sim le k ,nic ka plan dalwa k evdo speed milti hai. try it

  2. I have BSNL CDMA EC 325 datacard, Irony is I lost the driver CD. Now when I need it the BSNL SITE DOES NOT PROVIDE THE SOFTWARE Under download section.

  3. I am using nic card since last one year the bill is coming for 275/- only but the speed is sucks..
    can anyone tell me any card is available for 500/- range in unlimited usage..

  4. if i am not taking for rental basis…. how much should i pay???

  5. Where written Usage is 1 GB for EVDO card, is surfing also included in this 1 GB or surfing is free, it’s only for Downloading……plz help me.I want to go with BSNL.Thanx

  6. I am using NIC for more than two years. For the monthly charge I pay, its performance is satisfactory.

  7. I am having BSNL 3g data card its speed is like to screw you royally. Even you are in city there network is pathetic download speed is worst just god only knows what the hell some bunch of idiot thought to launch such service when they dont deserve to launch 1x service properly (In the name of broadband most of day almost 70% u get 1x speed rest of time u just bang ur head what to do make these chinese made device to work)
    Its the most pathetic organization who is robbing common people and selling us shit
    I wont recommend any one of u any product of bsnl even for free.

  8. hello all friends, i use RELIANCE DATA card 1x the plan is Rs.400/- night plan day usage 50paise minute its a very costly pl sugg. me for BSNL EVDO OR NIC card which is best for me my usage is every month below 1GB

    • IT IS BETTER TO GO FOR BSNL 3G DATA CARD WITH LOW TARIF 222 FOR .5GB FREE FOR 1 MONTH BY PURCHASING DATACARD ONLY FOR 2000Rs

    • hey go with bsnl …. buy micromax modem and bsnl sim first recharge as per retailer….
      276 +15 separate recharge but have a look for rs 15 caz i till not recharge with 15 but using main recharge scheme reliance is poor and costly also i ve seen their broadband pamphlet having commitment of 256kbps…………………………. so sad it is not broadband for upcoming yr 2011 well go and get better

  9. BABULAL SIVAPRASAD

    BSNL PRODUCTS ARE UNKNOWN TO MANY PEOPLE, THE OFFICIALS NOT SO CO-OPERATIVE AS PRIVATE NETWORKS HAVE. BSNL SHOULD SLASH THE MONTHLY CHARGES OF NIC ABOUT Rs 150 THAT MANY RURAL PEOPLE ACCESS IT EASYLY

  10. vijay mathur.....

    hello friend…….
    i want to purchase bsnl data card…..plz help me which is the best for browsing & surfing………which card give’s good result .& also good speed…..
    help me fast.
    e mail me ..vijaymathur09@gmail.com

  11. hello friends iam taking nic card on rent per 150 per month can u pleese know me the speed actually. and i need min 20kbps iam not bying it is it good for me

  12. I live in calcutta, I have a bsnl nic card. you can give me only 100o rupee for the card.

  13. i want to purchase nic pls tell me good for surfing

    • FROM THE SURFING PERSPECTIVE BSNL NIC IS GOOD BUT IF U R LOOKING FOR BETTER DOWNLOAD SPEED THEN PURCHASE BSNL EVDO BECAUSE IT PROVIDE HIGHER DOWNLOAD SPEED THAN BSNL NIC.THE AVERAGE DOWNLOAD SPEED FOR BSNL NIC IN CITIES IS 5 TO 6KBPS.

  14. please tell me the download speed of BSNL NIC card.

  15. 2 days ago i bought bsnl nic-card and i install all the setting but it is not working currently i am using window 7 .can anybody help me to install it.

    • Hiranya Jyoti Bayan

      I, too, purchased the same but it could not be installed into my laptop which is loaded with Windows 7. Can anyone help me ?
      BSNL should have added the fact that the card is not compatible in Windows 7 into the advertisement for the card.

      Hiranya Jyoti Bayan

    • hi
      please change user id=cdma
      password =cdma
      chap
      restart ur computer.
      ok
      after now this not work please change ur operating system.

  16. i want to purchase bsnl nic card if any one interested to sell male me
    with selling price

    • Soma sekhar babu

      Mr. Jagdeep, Where are you living? I am from AP, Warangal. If you are at far from me you can call the BSNL project Udan people they can approach at your door step and arriange the nic card.

      ThanQ for preferring BSNL services.

  17. Rohitsinh Dumasiya

    i have install the windows 7
    butttttt
    NIC driver is not work…..

    so give me website for driver dowanlad????

    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Soma sekhar babu

      BSNL arrianged seperate team country wide for NIC cards and other services. pl contact your near BSNL office.

  18. Dear All

    I have purchased a NIC Card today, but not tested till now, I have only one purpose to buy is video chatting on SKYPE etc. is it Ok for that work or not.
    pl.advice me as its with me for a trial period
    Thanks

    • I don’t think 144kbps speed will be enough for Video content. If BSNL EVDO is present in your area, go for it or at least go for something like Tata Photon or your best bet is to wait till Sep/Oct for 3G to arrive.

    • RAMANANDA PATRA

      IF SIGNAL IS GOOD, YOU WILL JUST EXPERIENCE THE VIDEO CHATTING, BUT CAN’T DO IT.

      • RAMANANDA PATRA

        YOU NEED A SPEED ABOVE 128 DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD, SAME SPEED AT YOUR PARTNER TO ENJOY STREAMING VIDEO CHATTING. AND YOU WILL EXPERIENCE LIKE A WINDOW TO YOUR CHATTING PARTNER.

  19. hi im living in ooty in tamil nadu shall i use nic card in ooty is it vil be speed ah

  20. As i have purchased a NIC bsnl data card and i am suffering from very slow browsing speed and also link drops sometimes..
    I want to replace my NIC data cerd by EVDO data card or Wi-Max data card
    So i want to know that how can replace

    And can i return back this NIC data card to Bsnl.
    And how much i pay for replacement..

    Please Please Please give me suggestion

    or cont. me at my e-mail id – brajesh222724@yahoo.in
    plz if u have some information about that then tell me please……
    waiting…

  21. hi am looking for bsnl nic card,if anyone want to sell the nic card plz mail me.am from mehdipatnam ,hyderabad.my email id valgot.naresh at gmail.com.

  22. As i have purchased NIC bsnl data card,
    and i am suffering from very slow browsing speed and also link drops sometimes..
    I want to replace my NIC data cerd by EVDO data card
    So i want to know that how can replace

    And can i return back this NIC data card to Bsnl.
    And how much i pay for replacement..

    Please Please Please give me suggestion

    or cont. me at my e-mail id – tejsingh_kaurav at yahoo.co.in
    plz if u have some information about that then tell me please……
    waiting…

  23. I have purhased one nic card in orissa and the service is so poor. I advice not to purchase for any movie download etc. But for normal browsing its ok. For normal browsing you can also use mobile with rs 100 pm why to spend 300 on nic card.

  24. i have tata whizz cdmax1 usb modem….. i was wondering whether if i can use this tata modem on BSNL NIC sim card, coz tata is charging 799 on unlimited, due too high tariff thought of switching to BSNL, if anyone knows, its possible to switch, pls enlighten me…… thanking u in advance, cheers!!

    • Please i info on this urgent, i have tata whizz, i want change to BSNL NIC, please help me plzzzzzzz

      Thanks
      Rajasekhar

    • hai, i m sinkun. i m from orissa. i m using bsnl nic card. its good but not the best. i think brodband is above all. my uncle is a senior officer in bsnl orissa circle. he told me that bsnl brodband is the best.

  25. the bsnl nic card has two plan one is rs 250 without roaming and other is Rs 350 with roaming…the downloading speed we got is about 8-10 KB/s….but bsnl GPRS has
    even high downloading speed i have used it in jalandhar on 2G Sim and i have got around 12-15 KB/s speed on avg with N-73 handset…….current existing plan of GPRS Rs 275 unlimited…from Rs 220..really before BSNL i have used AIRTEL since 2005 till date and i never got speed above 5-8 kB/s and it plan are double than BSNL…. so at last BSNL is good as i used it for last 8 months…..

  26. what is the current price of the bsnl nic card and also what facilities are there ?

  27. i have NIC card… But service is so poor…
    so give some meaningful idea…

  28. Hi all, i was looking for NIC card. My freind said me that he has nic card…should i buy it? i live in Baroda-Gujarat.

  29. i am nic custemer.my consumer no:70952601.i am facing network problem.
    please correct my network

  30. I am using Nic card… i m also facing big network problem as it give low browsing and downloading speed….please notify me whether the fixed monthly rent is 250 or 350 as it shows that the fixed monthly rent for roaming plan is 350.

  31. hello,
    i am staying in pallimukku,kollam,kerala
    i have already purchased the nic data card.i would like to know the maximum speed?and how long the continous connection will exist?

  32. hello friends i will decided to purchase nic connection. but i dont know it is good or not to use of browsing and downloading please say me my mail address prasad.yuva19 at gmail.com

  33. hi.. me rakesh i had purchased a EVDO Data card ia actually gives the speed 2.3 Mbps(210 kbps/mine).And avg speed always 1.5 Mbps(140 Kbps) Thanks to BSNL

  34. I have purchased nic card connection last month.you have showing the speed144 kb ps but ihave recieve the speed 230 kb ps. thank u my nic card bsnl services….

  35. i have purchased the nic card under CDMA Ix plan @ cost Rs 250 per month in speed of 144 kb ps. But i am recieving the bill for Rs 350 (with tariff Rs 386) every month regulerly, why? why do i pay the high tariff? Please rectify & get correct.

  36. how can i use sim in nic card,there is space 4 sim
    .plz rply

  37. Hello,

     I am staying in Kaup, Udupi, Karnataka.
    I am planned to purchase your nic-card.I am aroung IKm radius far from your network located in as mentioned area.
     My question is:
    1)What is the speed I am able to get;
    2)What will be the full rate of the modem;
    3)What may be my first free un-limited charges, please also specify the downloading speed

  38. stupid people says something in BSNL Site in BSNL office they are collecting more mony

    May be BSNL website says that they have reduced price of NIC data card to 1680 and EVDO to 2100 but they haven’t handed any written instructions to there local departments.

    In Dehradun, the cost of NIC (144 kbps) is still 2500 and that of EVDO is still 3500.

    Although they have increased rent (as per there announcement on there website) to 350 and 650.

    Its really unfortunate that BSNL still doesn’t takes announcement on there website seriously.

  39. can we use nic card as a mobile bcoz it have a space of sim what space is this can u tell me…..

  40. when it will available in Agartala??????????

  41. It is one of the most disgusting service of bsnl. we should not adopt service becoz. IT depends upon the nic card’s network coverage . And we all know the bsnl coverage. I am having lots of trouble by such card. and its speed which they are telling 144 kbps. Well i know it original speed. It is just ’44’ KPBS NOT 144K BPS. THEIR LACK OF SPEED FOR SUCH SERVICE WILL REMOVE THE MARKET OF BSNL. I M WORKING WITH SUCH INSTRUMENT FROM LAST 3 WEEKS. iT IS STILL GIVING THE MAXIMUM SPEED OF JUST 35 KBPS NO MORE. SSO IT IS VERY BAD TO SPEND MONEY BEHIND IT.

  42. there is no NIC or EVDO card/s not available in Himatnagar SSA.till last 2 or 3 Month there is all waiting and waiting…………………. reply

  43. details nic

  44. May be BSNL website says that they have reduced price of NIC data card to 1680 and EVDO to 2100 but they haven’t handed any written instructions to there local departments.

    In Dehradun, the cost of NIC (144 kbps) is still 2500 and that of EVDO is still 3500.

    Although they have increased rent (as per there announcement on there website) to 350 and 650.

    Its really unfortunate that BSNL still doesn’t takes announcement on there website seriously.

  45. Where can i get bsnl nic ec325 software and driver?
    plz help me

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