After covering 3G Internet services in India, I guessed it was time to move to a solution that feels more natural for use with the PC. Truth is, you will hardly find people tethering their Internet from the phone to the PC full on. The phone has a primary purpose, and this kind of a usage does not do justice to it.
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Enter mobile broadband services. Tata Photon was the first of the companies other than BSNL to bring a high-speed modem device that could get you online. Tata Photon is probably the most popular name in the mobile broadband market but is it the best? Let us find out.
I am using the plans for the Mumbai circle in this post. For more updated info, visit the Tata Photon Plus homepage and check plans for your circle. Only change I noticed in other circles was the non-availability of many plans and a price difference of around Rs. 50, not always on the disappointing front. Apparently, Mumbai has all the plans Tata Photon has to offer and any other plan details in any other city looks like a sublet of this huge list. Do take note of the validity period, as it is not all for monthly plans.
Tata Photon Plus Prepaid Internet Recharge Plans
Prepaid plans from Tata Photon plus are utterly stupid when the same 3.1 Mbps connections are available at cheaper rates from all other providers. Using an Internet connection at 3.1 Mbps, it is absolutely pointless to take a plan for long periods as 3 months. In the present scenario, new plans are announced by competitors in around 3 months.
As far as unlimited plans are concerned, Tata Photon provides 5 GB of data at 3.1 Mbps for Rs. 1000. Beyond the 5 GB limit, speed falls back to 155 Kbps still allowing Internet usage, but at a compromised speed.
Tata Photon Plus Postpaid Internet Recharge Plans
In the postpaid section too, Data based and Time based separation adds to the confusion and makes the Photon Plus postpaid offering as bloated as the prepaid.
Rs. 950 gives us 5 GB of unlimited usage and Rs. 1100 gives us 10 GB. I see no reason why anyone will ever opt for this offering.
Is Tata Photon Plus the Cheapest and Best Mobile Broadband Service?
I have one word to answer that question. No. Tata Photon is still living in a world of cyber-cafes when an hour of Internet usage was available at Rs. 30 per hour for dial-up connections. With the existing competition far far ahead of Tata Photon, I guess it is time they buck up and bring better plans with low charges and better tariff.