Moving To Mtnl

sandeep108

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Jan 19, 2007
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Hi all! Making the move from Hathway to MTNL, under limit plan. Reasons:1. Higher speed2. Mostly requirement of e-mail, browsing, updates, etc.Hathway rarely gave the promised speed (only recently somewhat better) and is now more expensive. Plus some friends praised MTNL.However reading this forum, maybe have I done the right thing? I have opted to purchase the D'link GLB502T (since cost is recovered in 1 year, no point in rental). Seeing the amount of problems people are facing here with MTNL, including wrong billing, I am somewhat apprehensive. Do I need some sort of download manager? Never used one with hathway as most downloads were 10-20MB (updates, etc.) Since the router has a firewall, do I disable my Sygate?What else do I need to watch out for?Any hints/tips will be appreciated.
 

amish

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yes i recommend to go for mtnl.billing issues were mainly because of NU plan. all u need to do is to switch on and off modem at7:55 AM and 8:05AM (to adjust for time difference betn ur pc and mtnl server)and also after 12:05AMavoid downloading much betn 7:55 and 8:05 as MTNL uses some unknown weird algorithm incalculating free to charged ratio like if u download 30 mb before 8 but switch off modem at 8:15then MTNL appears to divide the MB into 50:50.keep checking ur records regularly.so if u care abt all this u wont find billing issues
 


sandeep108

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Jan 19, 2007
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Ok, that is a bit of a relief. I am going for basic plan at first, since as I said, my requirement is mostly e-mail/browsing. This should not consume much more than 300-400mb (my usual usage in Hathway). Since unlike Hathway, MTNL does not allow carry forward of unutilised amount, I feel it is better to go for basic and then pay for extra in case I use, rather than upfront higher commitment.I just like fast browsing and hathway was really falling behind - often getting gateway errors, having to click 2-3 times, timeouts, etc. and also not getting advt. speed of 512kbps. Most downloads were at 28-35 KBps, instead of 50-60 KBps, except recently but again very erratic.
 

nosh

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Jan 14, 2007
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I have friends who have moved to MTNL from other services and they seem to be very happy with it. One has a problem about getting disconnected when somebody uses the cordless phone - the other has been facing the recent upgrade related disconnects but they are both pretty satisfied with MTNL, esp. the speeds. Since you're on a limited plan I'd say you've made the right move.
 

broadband

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Jan 16, 2007
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dude i suggest you not to buy ur own modem bcoz if some problem occurs in future then mtnl will simply say problem in ur modem not our fault... so u better take mtnl modem which rent cost only Rs.50 a month....
 


sandeep108

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Jan 19, 2007
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Thanks guys, waiting for the activation...With the modem being quite cheap and rentals were 80rs/month, not 50, I opted to buy. Also MTNL ladies at inquiry 2 or 3 times said no problem if i buy. My PC fellow also said i will get connection faster and he is selling 2-3 modems a day with no problems. Somehow do not like concept of 'hafta' B) plus service tax, etc. In any case, I may need another connection at another location, so if I have problems, I will transfer my modem and go for rental in my main location.
 

Sushubh

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whatever suits ya...just take care to preserve your modem/router by giving it enough time to cool down after long usage.
 

sandeep108

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Jan 19, 2007
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Thanks for the tip. I do not expect my modem to remain on 24x7 or anything. Max. length of time may be 10-12 hours, and it will be in AC cabin, so should be ok. Hathway cable modem also becomes pretty hot, but has never given me problem all these years. Just got call from MTNL asking for my modem details. They confirmed model was ok (they said they did not like internal adsl modem) and should be activated in a couple of days.I agree that once paying rent, modem can be abused and one need not worry - it is MTNL problem. But I generally take care of stuff, whether belonging to others or not.If there are unresolvable issues, I can always go back to Hathway (I own the cable modem) and use MTNL at my other location.
 

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