When I was on vacation last month, I was provided with a Reliance Netconnect BroadBand+ USB data card to stay connected if required for office related works. Past few years have brought in a dramatic technological advancements into the internet connection industry. I have been growing with the bulky *dial up* modems during college days to tiny usb data cards like this one till date. When I got broadband connection at home from BSNL in the initial days of broadband launch, Huweii broadband *wireless* router was not only less bulky, but the speed of 2mb just amazed me. Wouldn’t that happen when you get an upgrade from a dial up connection with a max speed of 56kbps to 2mbps? But now the time has changed to bring in the mobility factor! A small USB data card like the one shown below can operate at 3.1mb!
The Reliance Netconnect BroadBand+ worked great in multiple cities and villages too during my vacation. They have some 35+ cities that operate on Reliance HiSpeed (HSD) network while the rest of villages and towns all over India can operate on Hispeed 1x mode. It is advisable to leave the modem to operate on ‘Hybrid’ mode which auto switches to appropriate mode without having to go through connection disruption. If you are looking for Wireless Mobile broadband, this product from Reliance is arguably the best in India as of now. I wasn’t worried about the data plan or the cost since it was provided to me on a temporary basis since I was on the go.
But if you are planning to buy this, it will cost you about Rs 3500/- for the device and you have options to chose from various data plans which start at Rs 299/- per month. Depending on your usage pattern you can again opt for either of prepaid or post paid tariff plans. Since they have a wide network across India, this would be a very handy device for people who travel a lot and wants to stay connected on their notebooks. Installation of the device and setting up was a matter of seconds and can be used on Windows and Mac OS X platforms. In my case it was seamless with Leopard OS on MacBook Pro.
Reliance broadband is much more reliable and better when compared with Tata Indicom data cards. I had a terrible experience with Tata’s service earlier this year. Glad to see things moving in the right direction to access Internet irrespective of location – i.e., rural or urban India :)