Airtel, as the country’s largest mobile operator provides data cards with acceptable speeds for wireless Internet connectivity.
(Note: If you are looking for wireless data cards for home purpose, you may also want to look at a Wireless home router instead)
Airtel provides data cards both in prepaid and post paid mode. The prepaid tariffs are as follows:
Plan I come for Rs.349 with data limit (download+upload+browsing) of 500MB and additional data charged at 20p/5kb.
Plan II comes for Rs.599 with data limit of 1 GB and additional data charged at 20p/50kb.
Plan III comes for Rs.899 which offers 2 GB free data transfer with additional usage charge being 20p/50kb.
All local calls will be charged at 1 rupee/min while STD calls are charged at 1.5 rupees/min and SMS at 1 rupee/min.
Post paid tariff’s are as follows:
Plan I comes at Rs.350 with free data of 500MB and any additional data will be charged at Rs.5/MB
Plan II comes at Rs.599 with free data of 1GB and additional data charged at Rs.3/MB. This plan also comes with 100 free SMS per month.
Plan III comes at Rs.999 which is an Unlimited plan and also has 100 free SMS’s per month.
Local calls/SMS are charged at 1.99 rupees/min and STD calls are charged at Rs.2.99/min.
The instrument comes at Rs.3350.
To use this card, you need to have a PCMCIA slot in your laptop to insert the EDGE card (Data card).
Users who have been using these data cards report speeds on average about 15-20kbps.
However, this form of connection to Internet is an age old method. Instead you may want to use a high speed USB modem that has a good network in your area.