Though it’s old news for my Twitter friends, it’s just 10 days for today, me being online with HSDPA broadband internet. The lucky (or perhaps unlucky) service provider is Dialog. Booooo! you’ll say. Yes I know, Dialog broadband has collected really bad PR over the time. Number of bad comments about them are rising to the sky. But I didn’t come across any of them before I bought this. Maybe I was blind to those things. And most importantly ‘I regret nothing’.
Dialogs University students package seemed to be a good deal for me at the time. My friend ceevee switched to it from Mobitel & my best bud seejay too bought one. And few millions of calculations convinced me that I can manage to pay for food & travel while I pay for Internet :) . And I finally got one.
The second day I bought this was a nightmare. The speed was even worse than dialup. I couldn’t do anything useful with the connection. I thought my money is just gone. However things turned a wee bit good in night.
When I’m on a 3G broadband network (when modem Huawei E220 indicator shows lite blue) I got following speeds.
On normal GPRS signals (when modem Huawei E220 indicator shows lite green) I experience speeds better than dial up speeds. However my experience for this short time is that when errors come it doesn’t matter which color my modem indicates. Even on 3G broadband network… It simply sucks.
However I should tell this. Whenever I really needed the connection It was with me. And I think I shouldn’t complain for the not-very-good experience comes with GPRS speeds. In the last GNU/Linux event we did in Tangalle, I downloaded all needed packages for ubuntu through my connection because that school did not have Internet. I know it’s not actually unlimited but relative to other broadband connection it’s still the match for me.
People say Dialog is lying customers saying that their HSPA connection is a 7.2 Mbps link. It’s obvious that they don’t have 7.2 on their whole network. And wherever they have 7.2, I’m more than happy to find a user who can get evidence for 4+ Mbps speed. Back to the topic, Huawei modem supports 7.2Mbps speed & Dialog MAY have cells supporting the very speed but it never mean that the end user is getting 7.2 speed. So I ignore Dialogs advertising bullshit. You too better understand that Reality & advertisements are like rails. It’s too early to talk about billing errors since I didn’t get any (bills) yet.
Dialog connection is really unstable. I have problems with Gtalk/pidgin & kopete, which I suspect, occurs due to this. I get so much DNS errors. Sometimes I get the bogus DNS address 10.11.12.13 from Dialog. I sometimes put Open DNS DNS addresses in my /etc/resolv.conf , but I need to switch to open DNS completely & that needs some time & effort to make things easier (Since I use GNU/Linux).
And also I had problems updating the package list on ubuntu (apt-get update). Mr.accident, Suchetha figured out that I am behind a transparent proxy & so I have to use following line of code whenever I want to update my package list. And I still have to find out what else go wrong thanx to this proxy.
aptitude update -o Acquire::http::No-Cache=True
And people keep an eye on this, because whenever you get a problem, this transparent proxy might be the problem. And It has the potential of creating even worse problems in future too. Please take a note on that.
And I heard Bit torrent is quite a pain on Dialog HSPA & my friend CeeVee has the solution here.
I’m looking forward to have a good connection from Dialog. I really love mobile broadband since I am on the move most of the time. If D fail to serve me well…then I have think of what to do next. But *for now* I don’t have big flames on Dialog. Hope they won’t CREATE any.
PS: Dialog HSPA lacks an online usage tracker. It would be great if they can provide a control panel kinda thing. Geeks/ OS junkies/ Web junies will love it alot.