Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I have 3G, Now what?

When it comes to the Indian Telecom sector, things have never been better for the consumer. Getting access to features such as Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is only the icing on the cake. The cake is the data services which are set to explode. Most of the big names in Indian Telecom have started their 3G services and with prepaid 3G plans available at as low as Rs 100 a month, and 3G enabled smart phones as low as Rs 6000, it is time to say good bye to GPRS. 3G stands for 'third generation' and provides blazing fast internet services which can go up to 3 mbps. Let us look at the various new features that we can now enjoy.

Getting Things Done On the Go

With smart phones and tablets becoming common devices for students and working professionals, it is now possible to study on the go and getting work done on the move. However, most of your phone or tablet’s functions would come in handy only if you have a data connection which is not as slow as a GPRS connection. You will be able to check email, do research online, and share information not only faster but also more effectively. From reviewing and finishing online excel sheets on Google Docs to creating content using a word application, 3G has the potential to ensure that you leave your laptop at work, and still be available for that emergency.

Getting Rid Of Broadband

If you are one of those who have a broadband connection at home and also use a GPRS data connection on your phone, then it’s time to bid goodbye to the former, and enjoy broadband like speeds on your phone. Most smart phones and tablets allow you to tether (use your phone as a modem and access the internet on your computer). This not only saves you money, but also helps to get rid of technology clutter at your desk. The connection is made either with a cable (USB or serial) or wirelessly through Bluetooth.

Video Calls

One of the biggest reasons for getting a 3G enabled phone and activating the feature is the ability to make video calls. Video call is a 3G network feature that allows two callers to talk to each other while at the same time viewing live video form each other's phone. To make a video call, both users should have 3G phones which support this feature and they both need to be in range of a 3G network. Once you get hooked on to it, going back to a boring voice call would be extremely boring.


Another cost saving measure that 3G brings is the ability to make calls on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). All of us have at some time or the other, used VoIP applications such as Skype and Google Voice. Now, with the ability to install these apps on your phone or tablet, you can unleash the same functionality on your mobile portable device. Imagine, with just one 3G connection, you can bid goodbye to your voice calls bills too!

Entertainment on the Go

There is no fun in having a smart phone or a tablet, and just working. That’s why you should now Time to Take Your Entertainment Primetime. With a super fast 3G network, you can watch Live TV. Now you will not miss your favorite soaps, cricket match and other TV Shows, when you are out of home for some work or travelling. Also, upload those video clips effortlessly on YouTube and easily share them with the rest of the world.

Now that you know what you can do, go ahead, get the best of it.

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