In the continuing effort to “stick it to the men” of
telecom, I lost big in
It worked on a previous trip to
a) Cannot buy Hutch (now part of Vodaphone) mobile prepaid
card on-line. Go to Hutch store and there is a kiosk at store but not for
prepaid cards. So, it takes an hour and handling by 5 reps before I get set.
Have to go back to ensure it will allow for roaming in the 3 other Indian
cities I plan to visit. Roughly works out
to 25a c a minute for calls in, 35c for calls back home. Not cheap and lousy
customer service, but lot better than the Cingular rate.
b) Go to Tata Indicom store to buy WI-FI hotspot prepaid
cards. Store has plenty but cannot sell them because system shows “they have
previously been sold”. Not sure what that means, but it is a wasted trip.
f) Stay at Taj Blue Diamond in Pune. Part of the Tata group
of companies. But no Tata-Indicom. WI-FI is another $ 17 a day. On top of an
g) Stop for dinner at Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai near
airport. Find out flight is delayed 3 hours. Like to get on-line, but no Tata-Indicom.
WI-FI is $ 17 a day. – cheaper than by the hour. Signal is weak in lobby. So
h) Go to airport. Flight more delayed. Pick up a weak Tata
Indicom signal in lounge. Shell out $ 6 for hour of better access on EzComm
i) Check my Cingular AT&T bill from my E. Europe trip last month. Recall that I had downloaded email one evening to my PDA. Momentary lapse, and transfer of 1135KB, costs $ 25.
I feel sore. Need to train better to stick it to the Men next time
Update: Boingo must have heard me. They are launching a flat $ 39 a month global plan. I had signed up on their $ 21.95 plus 12c roaming plan last month and it did me well on my E. Europe trip. Did not help much in India where they only showed 5 hotspots in the whole country, none convenient to my travel spots. Hey, if they keep improving the new flat plan will be a winner. Thanks for the stick, Boingo!