Saturday, April 10, 2010

HISTORY of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)

hi!
han! GPRS/EDGE service  is all over now!
but i would like to discuss how  far to an extent the telecom operators have given their best in rolling out the GPRS/EDGE services to it's customers!
well this might be old, but the beginning of new era of services, it may be 3G(coming days) or it might be 4G which are in progress to roll out in 2012 in INDIA,these steps might be the building blocks for success for more advanced internet services on mobile's or hand helds!
coming to the old operators i have used
let me come in order:
1)AIRTEL
2)VODAFONE
3)IDEA
4)BSNL
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the new operators
5)TATADOCOMO
6)RELIANCE (GSM)
7)AIRCEL
here i would like to mention GSM for reliance because i never used a CDMA mobile and hence i am experienced only with the GSM internet services of RELIANCE !

i will elucidate each one depending on the speed, how responsive the network is ? and what are the restrictions ? and a little about cost !so that to make it clear.

here it comes

1)AIRTEL
this is the first operator,from which i accessed my first WAP page!
at  first the service from this operator is my world coz don't know abt anything else!
so ill explain, i called the care ppl asked them how to activate, cost and speed.
they pushed me the settings to my mobile , activated the unlimited plan Rs99/- monthly plan which is available some time back and i started to browse. but many doubts arose in my mind that time ?
1)DOES this cost for downloading?
2)CAN i access all the sites i did on my computer?
3)WHAT are the other plans available and can i connect it so that i get internet on my computer?

these are the primary doubts every one get at their first time experience.
first of all i will thank AIRTEL for leaving and providing access to all the WAP sites available so that downloads from them is free ! AT the same time i curse it too for blocking access to yahoo mail and rediffmail  from its GPRS services for free.
if anyone wanted to open these they need to pay some monthly rental for that, which annoyed me much!
(all these tracking is only done if we use an inbuilt phone browser)
thank GOD opera saved me that time, but for using opera on any other phone there need to be an ACCESS POINT defined which is not available on any other phone except nokia s60 series !  This  made me to activate MOBILE INTERNET from MY AIRTEL number to use those services!which costs 15/- per day! not only on mobile, we can connect this to our computer to use those internet services by using nokia mobile and pc suit.

OK finished setting up with everthing ill directly come into the matter.
MY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES
Drawbacks
1)slow browsing speeds
2)not responsive on immediate accessing of sites
3)blocked yahoo rediffmail and other such official services!

Advantages
1)unlimited downloads
2)access to all external WAP sites for downloading
3)cheap data plan
4)Free AIRTEL PORTAL browsing

MY PRESENT EXPERIENCES
Drawbacks
1)disconnects rarely for which, also i am charged
2)no cheap, customer friendly plans available, if available also a bit high

Advantages
1)more responsive than previous
2)Good speed on EDGE network
3)access to all sites openly
4)amount deducted is shown after every session.
5)now-a-days charging for even browsing AIRTEL LIVE PORTAL at more price rates than the ordinary sites.

2)VODAFONE
ha, this is the next operator on which i accessed internet on mobile.
setting up and everything same as airtel, but only a little change is data plans available.

MY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES
DRAWBACKS
1)restricted access to downloadable wap sites like wap.getjar.com , wap.waptricks.com and so on so that users cannot download any stuff from them.
2)no unlimited plans available
3)no facility for connecting to computer from ordinary plan available, but have to pay huge amounts to get connected in that way!

ADVANTAGES
1)good responsiveness
2)never get disconnected
3)good speed
4)(this is non-technical , even when i browsed much it costed me only a less)

MY PRESENT EXPERIENCES
DRAWBACKS
1))restricted access to downloadable wap sites like wap.getjar.com , wap.waptricks.com and so on so that users cannot download any stuff from them.
2)unlimited plans available only on fair usage policy

ADVANTAGES
1)good responsiveness
2)never get disconnected
3)good speed
4)(this is non-technical , even when i browsed much it costed me only a less)
5)provided ACCESS POINT facility so that one can connect it to computer even with a regular plan
.


IDEA
i would like to bring out a small story ppl.i first used IDEA internet while travelling in a bus!just then activated the service and started .it gave me blazing speed then too...
MY PREVIOUS AND PRESENT EXPERIENCES BOTH MATCH EACH OTHER~!
DRAWBACKS
1)not able to access openly all available WAP sites
2)no cheap plans available till date!
3)(non-technical reason , even when i just open my browser and close this ended up with moderately deduction of money)

ADVANTAGES
1)good speed
2)can connect to computer with regular plans (but ends up with huge amount deductions)
3)best responsiveness



BSNL
though this is a GOVERNMENT network . there are no words left with me to elucidate this operator's GPRS/EDGE  network.
first of all there need to be minimum of 150/- in account as a balance. in my opinion this is not a minimum amount but a maximum amount any prepaid user will have, if no balance no GPRS/EDGE service.
so keep quite and sit.

MY PREVIOUS AND PRESENT EXPERIENCES
DISADVANTAGES
1)min balance needed to avail services
2)complicated in setting settings
(like there will be atleast 3 settings  to be configured for using this for ordinary phones.have not come across this service on high end phones!)
3)have no intention to connect this to laptop( so could n't cover this point ,sorry)

ADVANTAGES
1)BEST SPEED
2)Quick responsiveness
3)cheap tariff available in market but no unlimited plans available



TATA DOCOMO
it's the youngest operator i have ever mentioned
so setting up is easy and find your way to ur site!

DRAWBACKS
1)costs more on ordinary plans
2)rarely irresponsive

ADVANTAGES
1)good speed
2)good responsive network
3)access to all sites for free
4)now available different plans with DAILY PLANS by @tatadocomo



RELIANCE
frankly speaking this provider have a weak signal in our area!but managed to work with it by going to a different plance.
setting up and pushing the network settings is easy with the sim menu options available.

DRAWBACKS
1)responsivensss is ok
2)costs much on an ordinary plan (DIFFERENT plans available as options)

ADVANTAGES
1)speed is good
2)all sites can be accessed easily
3)setting up is easy
4)provided application download from main portal itself .
(if every thing is good also we find some network faults often, making it to lag the page loading time)



AIRCEL
it's the descent GPRS/EDGE service i have seen ever.with it's attractive plans its creating sensation to those who are with it.this network supports EDGE at the day of it's launch only.
MY PRESENT EXPERIENCES

DISADVANTAGES
1)most probably i did not find fault with the service section of this operator!

ADVANTAGES
1)good speed
2)nice responsive network
3)unlimited download tariff available
4)can be connected to computer for accessing internet
5)can access all wap sites on mobile
(using unlimited plan with aircel rocks, while without any plan is ok)


OVERALL GIST AND MY IDEA ON GPRS PLAN
Han , worked out with my personal views on networks!
now coming to the conclusion i will mention few things only as a gist.
MY IDEAS
1) A special portal within the main portal should be allocated to GPRS SUBSCRIPTION SECTION only
so that one can subscribe/unsubscibe from the sevices and also to change the data plans .
(i thank RELIANCE foe doing this innovative implementation).
2)This potal also includes the START  dates and STOP dates of services and plans
3)ALSO every network should provide like a pop up message view like after call balance in the same way for GPRS/EDGE services also mentioning the following data

1)SESSION TIME
2)DATA BROSWED
3)AMOUNT CHARGED

(i thank AIRCEL for providing this pop up message after every session also AIRTEL which only show the amount deducted leaving the browsed data)
4)ALSO on my special interest i would like to suggest "THE DATA LIMITED' plans also to be charged depending on 1PS/1KB thats like or anything only on KB basis . coz when a signal drop occurs the providers are charging for the data unsed also.
LET ME explain
some mention 10Ps/10KB
so when we browse 11Kb these charge 20Ps. see again a loss to the user.
some mention 1ps/1kb is is a good plan so that is charged accordingly!

hope this post (sorry this is like a story) would be helpful to help you choose a  good GPRS/EDGE in future a 3G provider!
for any info on the tariffs available plz click on the links provided in the BLOG ROLL section, which would be helpful to you in some or the other way!

HaPpY BrOwSiNg!

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