Originally posted by [email protected]
30 2005, 11:24 PM
I myself has been downloading about 7 GB of data per month with dialup networking with a monthly cost of Rs.900/- (including service tax).
Those who says that 1 GB per month limit for 256 K Boradband is suffice, either do not have the very sense of broadband internet or are with the BSNL.
Theoretically, if u get the max speed for the modem @7KBps and keep the computer running 24x7, u'd get aound 14GB of data p.m.. 7GB is not bad for a modem but u need to have a very good and consistent connection for that and need to keep the computer running all day of the month. Not many have that good dialup connection or can keep the computer running all day (only to return frm work to find that connection disconnected after 1 hrs.).
But there are other considerations, e.g. what is the nature of software u r downloading. Surely its not the run of the mill demo versions of softwares - they r available in any decent CDs that comes with computer mags. But the real things r available in the IRC chatrooms, thru peer-to-peer s/w etc. Many of the peer to peer s/w like emule require u to upload and download simultaneously - ur download speeds would be reduced if u simultaneously upload thru dialup. Not so in ADSL
. There r many sites which allow u to download for a short time bfore they block access. Without a fast connection u cant dream of downloading anything frm them. IRC chatrooms put u in a long Q and in case of any disconnection, u r kicked out of the Q - so the quicker u download the better. Evidently, a 24 hr. unattended dial-up connexn is not suitable for that.
That said, obviously the 1 GB limit is not suitable for that kind of download. But neither is the 24x7 dialup. One is limited by data transfer and the other by its speed. Inspite of the lower cost, a dialup is not suitable for the nature of data that I want to download.
So what do I gain from having a fast ADSL with a fixed cost and 1 GB limit? Well I get to see the sites faster, upload data to the sites that I own faster, check my 10 gmail and hotmail accts faster, get to upload photos to yahoo faster, get less radiation frm the monitor and lesser chance of getting RSI, can chat and video conference in almost real time with my frnds abroad, get the occasional MP3s and small softwares faster, save electricity by not having to run my computer overnight and peace of mind with lesser chance of disconncetion - all for Rs.500 with 1 GB limits. I think that's cost effective for me even for all its disadvantages. If they increase the limit, I'd perhaps download some more s/w and music
, but the basic advantages remain the same 4 me.