1. What is Airtel HSPA?
Airtel HSPA is using 3.5G technology to provide wireless broadband to your machine. Its very useful when you’re on a move.
2. Can I get one?
Yes. But make sure you’ve got 3.5G (HSPA) coverage in your area atleast 3G coverage in your area.
3. How much per month?
1500 LKR per month before tax, and you need to pay 500 LKR as activation fee. With dialog you need to pay around 2000LKR as deposit.
4. How much the USB modem / Dongle costs?
Modem costs 9,000LKR – 10,000 LKR. With dialog you can sign a 6 months contract and buy the same modem for just 5500LKR.
5. What about download limit and FUP?
No download limit in Airtel unlimited package and no fair user policy, therefore you can download as much as you want.
6. Better than Dialog?
mmm… that’s a million dollar question 😉 If Airtel can give wide coverage than Dialog then it’ll become a better choice. Also note that Airtel HSPA downlink is working at 800 Kbps even though promised speed is 3.8Mbps.
As far as I hear from my friends new Dialog customers also are getting the speed around 800Kbps.
7. Airtel HSPA is cheaper than Dialog HSPA?
It seems Airtel HSPA is cheaper because unlimited package of Airtel is 1500 while Dialog unlimited package with FUP and download limit is 3000 LKR. Now you decide 🙂
8. Are you gonna change from Dialog to Airtel?
For the time being NO, because I have 6 months contract with Dialog and I’m getting around 2.0 Mbps speed with my Dialog HSPA connection.
If the Dialog continue to keep the Fair User Policy (FUP) and download limit then probably I’ll think of switching to Airtel HSPA
New question added as per request from readers
9. Can I use 3G mobile as my modem?
Yes, you can use 3G Mobile as your modem. You need to connect your mobile with your computer using data cable.
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