I was a happy customer of a Dialog Mobile Broadband Student Package for more than a year. In fact, after getting my student ID of the MSc program, first thing I did was signing up for a student package (So far its the only useful thing I got from this MSc). Signal reception was pretty damn low at my place. No bars at all. But E220 modem managed to connect and deliver around 40KB/s downlink speed on manual network selection.
Recently my girl friend purchased a Mobitel M3 connection. It turned out that Mobitel gives a 8Gb data bundle at LKR 1290/= + Tax. Which is damn better than Dialog student package (5Gb for LKR 1500/= Tax). Dialog connection is pretty damn useless after you cross 5Gb limit. Dialog offers a package with 10Gb data bundle but that is almost LKR 3k/= + Tax. I did a bit of math, and it turned out with a Mobitel Zoom 1290 package, I can use 10Gb per month for a cost of roughly LKR 2k/= including taxes. When you add the taxes for Dialog 5Gb student package, it is almost LKR 2k/=.
I did a test run using a Mobitel SIM just to check the signal strength. It turned out I have used a Dialog connection for more than a year with almost zero reception while Mobitel has full signal strength at my place (Five Bars). Speed was not the best but was ok. Managed to reach 100KB/s at my place. Speeds drop to around 20 KB/s at night. Any ideas on improving this?.
First I had to unlock my device. I just followed the instruction on this page. At first it was bit scary. Last time I flashed a firmware, I ruined a perfectly good motherboard. But the instructions were simple enough and it did not involve changing any firmware.
Finally I purchased a Mobitel connection of my own and asked Dialog to terminate my connection. So far it has been a good experience. Though I would like to hear any ideas on improving speeds at home. I have full signal reception but speeds are only around 100KB/s (Still little better than dialog). At my workplace, with the same connections I managed to go over 200 KB/s (Almost 2Mbps).
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