Airtel and its ridiculous limits

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: India, Internet, Technology | Tags: , , |

Just heard that Airtel India will be putting a cap to all unlimited internet connections! What they term as fair usage policy, is totally outrageous! Although there has been no official circular, many people have called up customer care for clarification, and it is indeed  true.This is what they have come up with

Speeds would be cut to half after crossing these limits:
256 – 10 GB
384 – 15 GB
512 – 25 GB
1 Mbps – 150 GB

And yea, these limits are for the total data transfer, so both uploads and downloads are counted. 10 GB a month for a 256k plan? What are they thinking? Airtel already has very costly plans, although customers are happy to pay a premium for consistent speeds, and very fast response from customer care. But THIS is pushing it! And they have a standard response that it is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) ruling that has forced them to do so, and that all ISPs will follow suite. If that is the case, then TRAI needs to get its policies right, and fix up this mess! We Indians are already at the mercy of ISPs by paying hell a lot for something that is so cheap in other countries. And here we call 256k as broadband, something which cannot stream youtube videos smoothly. And ISPs in India have no policy on quality of service. They give what they please, and get away with it, quoting some lame unreadable clause in the user agreement.

I really hope they clear up all this mess and fast. I haven’t started facing the speed reduction as of now, so I’m waiting. Once it does happen, rest assured, I’m not going down.

P.S: Read this interesting post by another user who is facing the same problem. And spread the word. Call up airtel and make your point.

UPDATE 1: Seems that all plans about 1000 Rs a month will NOT be affected. Its only for those below 1000 bucks. So if you are on 512kbps or higher, you won’t be affected. Seems like cheap strategy to make more money

UPDATE 2: more details here

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