Month: August 2010

Using Other sims with bsnl 3G data card

I know many want to know how to use other Sim’s with bsnl 3g data card (usb modem). My review of bsnl 3G will be coming soon. Bsnl 3g data card is the only one that allows the bsnl sim to be removed. If you remove the back you can take out bsnl 3g sim and use any other sim even non 3g sim. You can even connect using the bsnl 3g software, no hack required.

Just change the settings to the settings of the particular sim and connect as you would with bsnl 3g sim. I tested this with aircel.For aircel the settings are

Telephone Number : *99#

Username & Password : Leave blank

APN : aircelgprs

I got pretty good speeds, these speeds were as good as the 2g data card speeds. So when you need cheap internet connectivity use your aircel, airtel or any other sim to connect to internet using this method.

It only cost 97 Rs per month to get internet on aircel sim. This method could be a good back up when you don’t have internet through other means or when you don’t want to pay for one full month.It even works on mac’s

Update

Here is a video i recently made to prove to everyone that it does indeed work.

Update

Here is the bsnl software for bsnl 3G data card.

Click on the link below which will take you to Google docs, from there click the file menu and download the original file which will be a zip file with the software.

Bsnl 3G software Windows Version, Mac Version, Linux Version

Aircel is the one for your data needs

I am always on the look out for cheap internet usuage. So i wanted a sim that will give me unlimited internet even while roaming and has to be a prepaid sim. There are not many option out there. There are some unlimited options, but the have a fair use policy, which means its not unlimited. So after my exhausting search here is the winner.Aircel has the best unlimited gprs plan out there, its 97 Rs per month. This is truly unlimited, no fair use policy bull shit here. I have used nearly 5 Gb for this month alone and its still working. I have been using this service for the past 1 year. I always use more than 5 Gb per month. The best part is it even works unlimited while roaming. This is the best option for a data sim especially if you are in the south of India.I wouldn’t recommend it as your phone sim, because they have very little coverage. But for you data and internet need this is it. It even works as a usb data card sim, if you use it with bsnl 3g usb modem. Its got good speed too, i got 80 kbps with the data card.Now others are offering unlimited plans, but aircel been doing that for the past one year.By they way if you want to know what i use the 5 Gb per month for. Its mostly for podcasts, i use listen app on my HTC hero. If you are using android phones with auto sync turned on, it will suck up quite a bit of data.

Don't buy tata photon pocket wifi now

Tata photon are offering a new device that they are calling tata photon pocket wifi. Which is a router with a sim that gives your broadband speeds. This device is priced at 4999 Rs.What is the main feature of this device. This device acts a wifi hotspot and allows you to connect 5 different devices to internet.Why i am asking you to not buy this device now. They data plans are shit compared to BSNL 3G plans. Tata photon are offering the same plans they offered for Tata Photon Plus. So if that data wasn’t enough for you, now you can share the same connection with five more devices.Even their hardware is crap, the main selling point of this device is portability, so you would guess a router could at least last as long as the laptop battery lasts.

Has an in-built battery for a 2.5 Hrs operation

So if you are in the market for something like this a wifi router that is portable with an internet connection that you can carry. I have two solutions for you.1. Get a portable router that powers via usb, they are available for 3000 Rs. Get a BSNL 3G usb modem and hock that into the router and you have the same thing that is cheaper and lasts as long as the laptop battery. Bsnl have good data plans and especially an unlimited plan.

2. If you have a 3G usb data card like BSNL 3G or any others. You can share that connection via computer to other devices. Here is how i do it.I connect the BSNL 3G usb data card to my mac and turn on internet sharing in settings menu  -> sharing -> internet sharing. And now using the mac’s wifi i can connect any device that has wifi to internet. I know there are ways to do the same on windows too.So don’t buy the tata photon pocket wifi, wait till they come out with a good battery like (10 hours or more) and an unlimited plan like BSNL 3G.

Don’t buy tata photon pocket wifi now

Tata photon are offering a new device that they are calling tata photon pocket wifi. Which is a router with a sim that gives your broadband speeds. This device is priced at 4999 Rs.What is the main feature of this device. This device acts a wifi hotspot and allows you to connect 5 different devices to internet.Why i am asking you to not buy this device now. They data plans are shit compared to BSNL 3G plans. Tata photon are offering the same plans they offered for Tata Photon Plus. So if that data wasn’t enough for you, now you can share the same connection with five more devices.Even their hardware is crap, the main selling point of this device is portability, so you would guess a router could at least last as long as the laptop battery lasts.

Has an in-built battery for a 2.5 Hrs operation

So if you are in the market for something like this a wifi router that is portable with an internet connection that you can carry. I have two solutions for you.1. Get a portable router that powers via usb, they are available for 3000 Rs. Get a BSNL 3G usb modem and hock that into the router and you have the same thing that is cheaper and lasts as long as the laptop battery. Bsnl have good data plans and especially an unlimited plan.

2. If you have a 3G usb data card like BSNL 3G or any others. You can share that connection via computer to other devices. Here is how i do it.I connect the BSNL 3G usb data card to my mac and turn on internet sharing in settings menu  -> sharing -> internet sharing. And now using the mac’s wifi i can connect any device that has wifi to internet. I know there are ways to do the same on windows too.So don’t buy the tata photon pocket wifi, wait till they come out with a good battery like (10 hours or more) and an unlimited plan like BSNL 3G.

Wipeout India's poverty 1% at a time

After reading this tweet from Javed Akthar i had this brilliant idea.

@Javedakhtarjadu: 40% Indians are bellow poverty line.35%  some how manage two square meals.15% are having a party .is it fine by you?

Why are the less fortunate being neglected by fortunate people ?Are Indians not generous? no we are generous people. So why are we allowing so many people to suffer like this. The answer i think is many want to help and don’t know how. If they do know how, they don’t trust the process and think its corrupted.So how can we change this situation ?Most of the charities take quite a lot of effort on the individuals part to contribute. It has to be seamless and people shouldn’t even see the process. So how can we make this seamless, that’s were modern technology and branding come into effect.Have you seen the vegetarian logo on food items, the green square with a green circle inside. Make a charity symbol that looks something like that. Make a logo for it so people recognize it.Now we have branding how to get the money ?Every time a user buys a product that has that symbol he automatically is donating a 1% to less fortunate.1. So how small can the amount be? It has to really small something like 1%.2. So will we put that symbol on everything? No we will not, only on luxuries.3. So what is a luxury? Anything that is above the basic.Here are some of the examplesAbove 500 Rs bill at a shopping center – 2.50 Rs gratitudeAbove 500 Rs mobile recharge – 2.50 Rs gratitudeAbove 5000 Rs phone is a luxury – 25 Rs gratitudeAbove 40000 Rs bike is a luxury – 200 Rs gratitudeAbove 300000 Rs car is a luxury – 1500 Rs gratitudeAbove 1000 Rs fuel fill up – 5 Rs gratitudeSo you see how this works there will be a basic price for everything and anything over that will have a 1% gratitude tax. Its small enough people don’t care about it.You can even make a super luxury section where 2% is given like for cars, watches, perfumes, purses, beauty products etc.How to automate this process ?This organization could make deals with mobile operators, super markets, petrol pumps, luxury hotels, movie theaters, amusement parks, everyone who sells luxury items even manufactures.How much will this earn to wipeout poverty ?456.58 million user of mobile in india as of june 2010 – lets assume only  25 % of them are active users 144 million – lets assume only 25 % users recharge every month 28.5 million users – 25% recharges are for 500 Rs which is 7 million X 2.5 Rs Gratitude taxThats 17.5 million rupees just from mobile recharges every month.I intentionally put all the figures low to show you how much this could earn even with the worst estimates.Now add fuel, shopping and everything else luxury and you see how much money this could bring in to the less fortunate every month.How will this money be distributed to less fortunate ?Everyone who is less fortunate will be given a atm card that works with any atm machine. You might think atm cards are complicated for people with no education.This card will be simple, just put in the card anyway, any side and it automatically give you a fixed amount per month which will be alloted by the organization. No pressing buttons or entering anything. This way people less fortunate can get help with some dignity. They don’t have to ask anyone or wait anywhere.Who is less fortunate ?There are many metrics and more smarter people than me who could figure this one out.Even if you don’t implement all this, even a small part of this idea could wipeout poverty in India. People of India are willing to help others as long as it doesn’t take huge effort on their part. And as long as its small enough that they don’t notice.If anyone can implement this let me know, i will help you in any way i can. i don’t have the know how or the resources to implement this.Here is another innovative idea by Sunil Malhotra to help the less fortunate during disastersI personally donate in different way more about it in another post.

Wipeout India’s poverty 1% at a time

After reading this tweet from Javed Akthar i had this brilliant idea.

@Javedakhtarjadu: 40% Indians are bellow poverty line.35%  some how manage two square meals.15% are having a party .is it fine by you?

Why are the less fortunate being neglected by fortunate people ?Are Indians not generous? no we are generous people. So why are we allowing so many people to suffer like this. The answer i think is many want to help and don’t know how. If they do know how, they don’t trust the process and think its corrupted.So how can we change this situation ?Most of the charities take quite a lot of effort on the individuals part to contribute. It has to be seamless and people shouldn’t even see the process. So how can we make this seamless, that’s were modern technology and branding come into effect.Have you seen the vegetarian logo on food items, the green square with a green circle inside. Make a charity symbol that looks something like that. Make a logo for it so people recognize it.Now we have branding how to get the money ?Every time a user buys a product that has that symbol he automatically is donating a 1% to less fortunate.1. So how small can the amount be? It has to really small something like 1%.2. So will we put that symbol on everything? No we will not, only on luxuries.3. So what is a luxury? Anything that is above the basic.Here are some of the examplesAbove 500 Rs bill at a shopping center – 2.50 Rs gratitudeAbove 500 Rs mobile recharge – 2.50 Rs gratitudeAbove 5000 Rs phone is a luxury – 25 Rs gratitudeAbove 40000 Rs bike is a luxury – 200 Rs gratitudeAbove 300000 Rs car is a luxury – 1500 Rs gratitudeAbove 1000 Rs fuel fill up – 5 Rs gratitudeSo you see how this works there will be a basic price for everything and anything over that will have a 1% gratitude tax. Its small enough people don’t care about it.You can even make a super luxury section where 2% is given like for cars, watches, perfumes, purses, beauty products etc.How to automate this process ?This organization could make deals with mobile operators, super markets, petrol pumps, luxury hotels, movie theaters, amusement parks, everyone who sells luxury items even manufactures.How much will this earn to wipeout poverty ?456.58 million user of mobile in india as of june 2010 – lets assume only  25 % of them are active users 144 million – lets assume only 25 % users recharge every month 28.5 million users – 25% recharges are for 500 Rs which is 7 million X 2.5 Rs Gratitude taxThats 17.5 million rupees just from mobile recharges every month.I intentionally put all the figures low to show you how much this could earn even with the worst estimates.Now add fuel, shopping and everything else luxury and you see how much money this could bring in to the less fortunate every month.How will this money be distributed to less fortunate ?Everyone who is less fortunate will be given a atm card that works with any atm machine. You might think atm cards are complicated for people with no education.This card will be simple, just put in the card anyway, any side and it automatically give you a fixed amount per month which will be alloted by the organization. No pressing buttons or entering anything. This way people less fortunate can get help with some dignity. They don’t have to ask anyone or wait anywhere.Who is less fortunate ?There are many metrics and more smarter people than me who could figure this one out.Even if you don’t implement all this, even a small part of this idea could wipeout poverty in India. People of India are willing to help others as long as it doesn’t take huge effort on their part. And as long as its small enough that they don’t notice.If anyone can implement this let me know, i will help you in any way i can. i don’t have the know how or the resources to implement this.Here is another innovative idea by Sunil Malhotra to help the less fortunate during disastersI personally donate in different way more about it in another post.