Is EVDO Good enough for video chat?

anuragwam

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Jun 19, 2012
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Hi,I live near ISI Kolkata (Dunlop) area, I am currently using BSNL's Dataone unlimited 750.I was thinking of switching to BSNL's EVDO Card with unlimited 750 plan. Will this be good enough for me?The main purpose is to chat with a relative in the US (who has very fast internet connection over there).My main concerns are:1. Upload speed (Now I get 1-2 KB/s upload and 23-24 KB/s download on Skype, which results in poor picture quality on the other end and frequent call drops)2. Disconnection (currently I've to lodge a complaint once in a month, takes 2-3 days to recover)3. Latency (shouldn't be so high that I can't video-chat comfortably)EDIT: I'm only interested in BSNL's EVDO card, so no need to post about reliance netconnect/mts/tata photon.
 

sean1880

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Feb 26, 2008
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i have used mts evdo data card and video chat is good enough with no call drops (And no internet disconnectons at all) ...(I did a video call in india...don't know how will it fair for an international video call)
 


Jul 2, 2012
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Him Anuragwam. BSNL EVDO having CDMA and GSM. I am using CDMA and Getting full tower (Signal). I am using Skype and it is very good in video chatting. Check the Signal strength at you locality before going forward. If you have enough signal, BSNL Evdo is best that you can get for UL 750.
 

RDBMAC

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^^^ BSNL EVDO is CDMA, not and never GSM, everyone on BSNL EVDO is getting CDMA signal !
 
Jul 2, 2012
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^^^ BSNL EVDO is CDMA, not and never GSM, everyone on BSNL EVDO is getting CDMA signal !

BSNL released Capital modem that uses GSM Cards to access Internet..
 

RDBMAC

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Jun 14, 2009
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^ then you must be talking about 3G data cards! in case you are to use BSNL 3G, never buy data cards from them, rather get Huawei/Micromax/Lava unlocked dongles or buy Airtel/Idea's 3G 7.2 Mbps data card @1200 and unlock free of cost at home. there are lots of such articles to help you.
 

anuragwam

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Jun 19, 2012
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Well, I made the first post on behalf of my dad. I'm in the US now, yesterday he purchased EVDO card from BSNL's Chiria More office. In fact I forced him to do so! Thought it'd improve the call quality for me. I don't know if its a CDMA/GSM modem, its black, named 'Prithvi', connects to the USB port. It cost him around Rs 1500.Today when I called him on Skype, I experienced all symptoms of poor call quality, blurry/dark video, chopped sound, echo, and Skype's warning for slow connection. It is in fact worse than Dataone. On the other end, he could hear/see me perfectly, but that was also true for the broadband. On "Call technical info", it showed that he was receiving 50KB/s but sending only 1-2KB/s, thus the awful call quality on my receiving end. I told him to remove the card and turn on the Dataone's modem, it was like before again, not much better though, but I could at least hear him properly.Is EVDO upload speed really that bad when running Skype? I feel really sorry and ashamed for wasting his money like this, he never really wanted to go for it. Also he doesn't like the new dialer interface called 'BSNL Internet Connection Manager', which has to be kept running in the background as long as he is connected to the internet.MORE INFO: 1. My dad's apartment is just under 3 minutes walking distance from ISI. 2. I told him to hang up and go to a speed-test site, which reported 0.3Mbps downlink and 0.1Mbps up.3. The dialer interface keeps showing high Tx/Rx/... value in Kbps, if only it translated well into reality!
 

anuragwam

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Jun 19, 2012
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deleted. (due to some forum problem, the previous post disappeared for a day so I had to post here again)
 

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