Last week, Ncell announced a new offer for its users: Ncell Unlimited Internet. Renowned for providing super-fast, super-expensive volume-based internet packages, Ncell seems to have stepped into the unlimited internet market with this latest deal. Tired of having to worry about the data consumed all the time, we’ve all been waiting for an unlimited internet package from Ncell. And now, it’s finally here!
However, is it a good idea to jump on the bandwagon and buy this package right away? In this article, we’re going to explore this new offer in detail and give you our verdict on whether this deal is worth your money. So, keep reading!
On the surface, Ncell’s offer sounds quite attractive: First, you buy a certain amount of data which you can use at super-fast 3G speeds. Once you’ve used up all that data, you still get to surf the internet for a certain amount of time, albeit at a reduced speed.
Sounds cool, right? But here’s the catch: The “reduced speed” that you get once you’ve gone past your data package is a mere 32 Kbps. This is a far cry from the nearly 3.6 Mbps that you get within your data limit. To put it into perspective, the difference is similar to reducing your salary from Rs. 1 lakh per month to less than Rs. 100 per month!
True to its reputation, Ncell continues to overprice its data packages. According to Ncell’s official website (as of February 7, 2014), you can get 1 GB of data for Rs. 699, 5 GB for Rs. 1999 and 10 GB for Rs. 2999. These rates are exclusive of taxes, which means you can expect to pay 13% to 15% more during your actual purchase.
Ncell has made it quite easy to buy the data. You can do it from the comfort of your own bed with a simple SMS. After making sure that you have plenty of balance on your phone, simply SMS “1 GB”, “5 GB”, or “10 GB” to 17125. This triggers the recurring subscription, which means that the system automatically renews your subscription every month.
This “recurring” nature of the subscription could prove a bit inconvenient, as most users want control on whether or not to buy the package for the next month. So, to purchase a pack on a one-time basis, add “1” to the message. For example, “1GB 1” is the code for a one-time subscription of 1 GB of data. As the name suggests, this is not automatically renewed once the month is over.
Bear in mind, though: if you use the one-time subscription and do not finish up all your data within the allocated time (30 days), Ncell will gobble up your remaining data, and all you can do is cry until your tears fill up a bucket.
The good news(?) is that they do transfer the remaining data to the next month when you use recurring subscription.
Now, I must confess that I haven’t personally tried this unlimited package offered by Ncell, but 32 Kbps seems like a slap in the face, especially after the blazing speeds offered when within the data package. It’s as if Ncell doesn’t want you to use the internet once the data pack is over. The difference in speeds is just absolutely devastating.
Ncell is like a drug dealer. First, it gets you hooked on breathtaking 3G speeds. As with all good things, you start getting used to it. As long as your data lasts, Ncell is your friend.
Then, one day, when you least suspect it, your data package runs out. “That’s fine! I can still use the internet,” you tell your oh-so-naive self. Then, you actually try using the internet, and are suddenly filled with a powerful urge to throw your device out of the window and bang your head against the wall repeatedly. It’s almost as if Ncell is mocking you for not having enough money to buy more 3G data!
The only way this can be useful is to use the internet in two phases: When within your data limit, use it to surf the internet on your computer. Once you’ve run out of data, use it on your cellphone. If you’re anything like me, this means you’re going to have a brief download spree on your computer followed by a full month of agonizingly slow internet on your cellphone.
So, if anyone’s feeling brave this month, please try out this new scheme. Then, post your review in the comments section of this article. I’d especially like to know your experience after the data package runs out.
Note: If anyone wants to sponsor one month of this package for me in the interest of Science, I’d be more than happy to accept.