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D Link DWR 131 Hands on And Tata Photon + Config

These days I started travelling a lot and I use a Tata Photon+ data card to connect to Internet. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a Working driver of Tata Photon+ for Mac Lion OS X and I ended up purchasing a D Link DWR 131 Router. It’s a 3G router, which convert your 3G connection into Wi-fi connection and give you the power of portability. This works with almost all the popular Indian 3G card along with Data card like Tata Photon +, MTS, Reliance and many more. I will come to the setup part later but first lets look into some of the features of D Link DWR 131 Router.

D Link DWR 131 Router feature and review:

I’m a big fan of Belkin and D link product when it comes to router and I picked D link 131 router for almost 360o INR ( $70) from a local gadget shop. Though, you can always search it online and get it for much cheaper price and deal.

DWR 131 3G router comes with 1700 mAH battery and offer many feature which you may or may not use. Specially, if you are looking for a cheap and simple solution, there are other cheap options too but if you are looking for something long term and offer more features like Ethernet connection, multiple Wi-fi connectivity and simple to configure Wizard, D link DWR 131 router could be one of the good pick. This 3G router supports multiple network (EV-DO/CDMA/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS) and in the accessories it comes with one Charger, Battery, Router and a Lan wire.

Configuring D link 3G router with Tata Photon +:

The reason I ended up buying this router is because of two reason:

  • No Tata Photon + working driver for Mac Lion OS X 10.8.2+
  • Connecting multiple device with same data dongle.

I could have used my Mac book as Wi-fi router but that is not very convenient when you are travelling and you want to preserve battery as much as you could.  By default this router doesn’t work with Tata photon+ but you can manually set it (Which is easy and configure your D link router to work with Tata Photon +. Follow this step by step guide:

  • Switch on your D link DWR 131 Router and put in battery and connect it with Charger.
  • Plug in your Tata Photon + data card
  • Open 192.168.0.1 in your browser
  • Default username: admin Password: Blank
  • Click on Setup > Manual Internet connection Setup

Now in the Ethernet Port select Wan and use Dial up profile as manual.  There are few settings which you need to make and those are easy. 

  • Country : India
  • Telecom : Others
  • 3G network: WCDMA/HSPA
  • username: internet
  • password: password
  • Dial number: #777

Click on Save settings and it will reboot the router and you will be connected to internet using your Tata photon + data card. Check out this screenshot for any confusion:

D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

That’s it and now you can enjoy the power of Wi-fi even when you are moving and you can connect to multiple devices at one time. If you are a frequent traveller and have multiple gadgets with you, you should consider buying D link Pocket router or from any other company, not only it will give you piece of mind, but you will also be connected to Internet all the time.

Do let me know if you are stuck anywhere and I will try to find a solution.

MTNL 3G settings for iPad2 [How to]

I bought a 3G iPad2 3 weeks back and I can’t get enough of it. I have stopped using my iPhone for any other purpose apart from Calling and SMS. iPad2 is seriously addictive and if you have installed right iPad apps, you might not look for another digital entertainment source for couple of days or may be weeks.

Anyways, one reason why I bought a 3G iPad2 is because I travel a lot and I can use 3G service from any service provider on my iPad. Of all the popular 3G service provider, I opted for MTNL because they are offering unlimited 3G for 6 months for just 4500. Which I believe is a good deal considering Unlimited data download without any FUP. (Yah Airtel sucks when it comes to FUP).

Anyways, here is a quick starter guide for configuring MTNL 3G on your iPad device. Just for info, MTNL doesn’t offer Micro-sim like BSNL Micro-sim but you can either buy a SIM-Cutter or if you good with DIY stuff, you can convert normal SIM into Micro-sim. In our head-quarter, we enjoy manual work and @droidsid took the pain of cutting down normal SIM into Micro-sim.

Step by Step guide to configure MTNL 3G Jadoo SIM on iPad2:

Put the Micro-sim into your iPad and go to Settings >Cellular Data > APN setting

iPad2-MTNL-APN-Setting Click on APN settings and enter following details :

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  • APN: pps3g
  • Username: mtnl
  • password: mtnl123

Now once you have added MTNL 3G APN settings, now restart your iPad and your 3G will start working on iPad. It’s been more than 2 hours that I’m trying out MTNL 3G and so far I’m impressed with the speed. Though speed fluctuates a lot, but for 750/month (4500 INR for 6 months), I can’t expect more than this.

Do let us know if you are using 3G SIM on your iPad? Which network provider are you using and how’s the performance? If you face any issue setting up 3G on your iPad, do let us know via comment.

How to use FaceTime over 3G or EDGE with FaceBreak [Cydia]

Even though FaceTime works just fine over 3G or EDGE, Apple chose not to allow it. FaceTime is designed to work over wi-fi only. Apple chose it to ensure consistent call quality and also because carriers might hate to have so much load on bandwidth. So here’s a Cydia tweak to use FaceTime calls over 3G, EDGE or GPRS.

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Use Your TV to Browse Internet with Vodafone Webbox Keyboard

Vodafone unveiled something really interesting at the Mobile World Congress that will definitely change the way TV’s are used and make the ‘ Idiot Box’ look smart. So if you’re one of those who like to sit and watch TV the whole day and also are addicted to Facebook or the Internet, then here’s your chance to do all of that with the Vodafone Webbox.

The Vodofane Webbox is an Internet device that connects directly to that Idiot Box (TV) via standard RCA connectors and lets you enjoy Internet, Radio, Games, various applications and even Music. The Webbox is a plug and play QWERTY keyboard that requires a SIM to directly access the Internet, but a 3G SIM cannot be used. So that’s a downside, but soon a 3G version will be out so no need to worry.

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Once connected to your TV, you will be able to browse the Internet with the pre-installed Opera Mini 5.1 browser, view and send e-mail, SMS and listen to music via Radio or the built in music player and also view photos. The user interface is very simple and as it runs on Android 2.1 Eclair and also incorporates some Android apps such as Calculator, notes, calendar, Youtube and few more. This was designed to help people who can’t afford to buy a laptop/desktop and is quite affordable.Watch the demonstration video after the break.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals stated;

The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high. The simplicity of the product is striking – it brings the internet to the TV, be that at home for the family, in schools for education or in small businesses to assist local economic growth.”

The Vodafone Webbox will be available at Vodashops and Vodacom outlets for a price tag of about $100 and will soon start shipping to Ghana, Kenya, India and Turkey. It’s already been launched in South Africa and the Webbox comes with a 2GB card and 100mb of free web traffic. For more information visit Vodafone’s website.

Review: Micromax MMX 310G 3G USB Modem

3G services are finally rolling out all over the country. We decided to review the various USB modems available in the market. We started out with the Micromax MMX 310G 3G USB modem and were really pleased with the results of both the software and hardware that came along. This modem can be used with any GSM sim card be it Airtel, Docomo or BSNL among various other 3G providers in the country. Unboxing pictures and full review after the break.

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5 Cheapest 3G Phones in India [Price & Specs]

After a long wait, 3G is rapidly expanding in India. Many Telecom service providers are going to launch their 3G services in Various Cities. Whereas some of the companies had already started their 3G services like Reliance, TATA Docomo in India. You might be excited to enjoy the 3G services, but for that you need to get a phone which is 3G Compatible. If you want limited & low budget 3G Phone, Here are the top 5 Cheap 3G Phones available in India.

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Nokia 2730 Classic

It comes to Nokia 2730; it is one of cheapest 3G phones from Nokia. It features all the basic needs of a multimedia cum 3G phone. Nokia 2730 Classic will be costing you around  Rs. 4000

Nokia 2730 Classic
Nokia 2730 Classic

Features of Nokia 2730 Classic

  • 2 MP Camera
  • Single Camera
  • MicroSD Card Support
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack Support

Samsung Metro 3210

It is a newly launched 3G phone from Samsung and features ergonomic keyboard and High-Speed 3G HSDPA Connectivity.  It is going to be the cheap phone from Samsung, but the price is not revealed yet.

Samsung Metro E3210
Samsung Metro E3210

Features of Samsung Metro 3210

  • 3G HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • VGA Camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • MicroSD Card slot support and Internal Memory: 36 MB

Nokia C2-01

Nokia C2-01 is an elegant design mobile phone with beautiful finish. It is offering high-end features at very low price, like 3.2 MP camera, Expandable memory upto 16GB and 3G Connectivity. It will be costing you around Rs. 4000

Nokia C2-01
Nokia C2-01

Features of Nokia C2-01

  • 3.2 MP Camera
  • MicroSD card slot expandable upto 16GB
  • FM Radio Support
  • Symbian S40 Operating System.

Samsung Corby Pop

Samsung Corby Pop sports 2.8-Inches screen with 1.3 MP. It support expandable memory upto 8GB, and offers slot for 3.5mm Jack Headphones. It is having Internal Memory of 22 MB. It is priced at Rs. 5500

Samsung Corby Pop
Samsung Corby Pop

Features of Samsung Corby Pop

  • 2.8-Inches Screen
  • 1.3 MP Camera
  • MicroSD Card slot expandable upto 8GB
  • FM Radio Support

Spice G-6500

Spice is also revolutionizing the mobile market with their cheap and featured phones. Spice G-6500 is a cheap Android Phone available at just Rs. 3000

Spice G-6500
Spice G-6500

Features of Spice G-6500

  • 3G Connectivity
  • WAP Browsers Support
  • Dual Camera for Video Calling
  • 262K TFT Color Screen

So what is your choice? Are you ready for Experiencing Powerful 3G Data Services? Do share your views with us. 🙂

First Dual 3G SIM Smartphone : Motorola Glam Launching Soon in India

Motorola is one of most powerful player in the market of mobile phone manufacturers. Recently we have introduced you with an Innovative phone of Motorola i.e. Motorola Atrix.

Soon, Motorola is going to launch Dual-3G SIM phone in India, Yes you have heard it right!! It will be the first Smartphone capable of Dual 3G SIM. The name of the Phone Model is Motorola Glam.

Motorola Glam

Motorola Glam is already available in China. This phone offers 3G enabled dual (GSM + CDMA) SIM cards. Glam runs on most powerful operating system i.e. Google’s Android 2.2 (Froyo). It features HDMI port, Wi-Fi and many more features.

The combination of Dual-SIM and Android OS will be very interesting for the Android and 3G lovers. The phone is expected to be launched in India in the next week.

Motorola Glam
Motorola Glam

In china, phone is featuring Android 2.1, with 3G capability to run on both CDMA and GSM networks.

Features of Motorola Glam

  • 3.7-Inches Touchscreen
  • 3G Enabled Dual-SIM Phone
  • Android 2.2 (Expected) , Android 2.1 (Confirmed)
  • 5 MP camera with Autofocus, LED Flash
  • GPS & A-GPS Support
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Capability
  • A4 paper optical-character recognition software pre-installed
  • HDMI Port Available
  • HD Video Recording

Motorola Glam is very light-weight and decent looking phone, integrated with all the capabilities of a smartphone. Price of Motorola Glam is not revealed yet.

Do share your views about this phone. Would you like to purchase this phone, as soon as it will be available in the market?

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Tata Docomo 3G Postpaid and Prepaid Tariff Plans

Yesterday, Tata Teleservices announced the Tata Docomo 3G tariff plans. The charges for both voice calls and video calls have been released for 9 telecom circles in India.

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Earlier we informed you that Tata Docomo is offering free 3G service for 7 days. In addition to that everyone who purchases 3G services before 31 December, 2010 will be getting an additional 100 MB data usage per month for first two months as an introductory offer.

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The nine circles where Tata Docomo 3G services will be available are as follows:

  1. Karnataka
  2. Kerala
  3. Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh
  4. Rajasthan
  5. Gujarat
  6. UP(west)
  7. Punjab
  8. Haryana
  9. Maharashtra-Goa

TTSL has announced several prepaid and postpaid plans ranging from Rs. 350 to Rs. 2000 which include monthly voice minutes as well as bundled data usage. According to them, the aim is to create transparent and simple plans for both small screen users (mobile phones) as well as Large Screen users(Desktop and Laptop computers). In order to do this they have clarified that the pulse rate will be based on per second usage so subscribers will pay only for number of seconds used. This is a welcome announcement.

The 3G tariff announced will be effective from November 10, 2010 in the nine circles mentioned above. The video calls will cast 0.66 paise per second which is 39.6 paise per minute effectively.

The cheapest prepaid plan for 3G services starts at Rs. 350 per month including 500 minutes talktime and 150MB 3G data usage. Other than that following Small Screen Voice and Data Plans are available as both postpaid and prepaid service:

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The minutes can be used for local, STD or roaming calls on a per second pulse. The validity of each plan is 30 days.

Those who want just the 3G data usage can opt for just the 3G data Top-ups. Here are the Data Packs with 21.1 Mbps speeds:

  • Rs. 90 Topup with 100MB usage for 7 days
  • Rs. 200 Topup with 200MB usage for 30 days
  • Rs. 500 Topup with 650MB usage for 30 days

Similarly, TTSL has announced 3G data package of Rs. 2000 for large screen users. The package includes 15GB of free data usage at the speed of 21.1 Mbps. Beyond 15GB the user can download unlimited data at the reduced speed of 256kbps.

Following Unlimited 3G life plans are also available for internet users who want unlimited usage through their data cards:

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With the announcement of 3G tariff by Tata Docomo, a lot of pressure will land on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in order to compete, when they launch 3G services in the forthcoming months. Specially, the per second pulse introduced by Tata Docomo will have to be matched by other providers too.

Let us know how you like the plans and tariff introduced by Tata Docomo and also which plan will you be opting for?