24 Hours with Telenor 3G

3G and 4G services have started to commercially roll out in Pakistan. This post is to share my experience with Telenor 3G on the very first day of commercial launch.

1st June, Telenor Pakistan announced commercial launch of 3G services, gives the tarrif out on the website and sends an SMS blast to all to sign up to a package, free trial is over. Pretty much excited, I was expecting speeds and reliability of the 3G connection to improve with the commercial launch, assuming the users will stop using the service the way they were during the free trial. So far, I’ve found myself to be wrong.

Here are the findings.

Speed

Telenor 3G speeds have been similar since the day they launched the trial services. The speed hardly ever goes beyond 1Mbps, hence download speeds of 100 kilobyte per second is the max you’ll attain. Usually the download speed is found to be 2.5 to 3 times higher than that of the upload speeds, so expect around 300kbps uploads when on 3G.

Maximum Download Speed:  1 Mbps (1000 kbps )
Maximum Upload Speed  0.4 Mbps ( 400 kbps )

While these speeds are pretty good as compared to the Edge or GPRS connections we were using earlier, the claims and hype of dozens of Mbps found across social media and forums boils down to this.

Price

Announced 3G packages by Telenor Pakistan are fairly cheaper than that of Ufone 3G , the only other packages announced so far for 3G tarrif. Whether you go with the bundle offers or you let the standard rates charge, Telenor is cheaper for sure.

Coverage

We can’t talk much about the coverage yet as it’s just the beginnging. All networks claiming to be going to a number of cities of Pakistan, tough, when you are in those cities, it’s usually a disappointment to find no 3G signals in most of the cities. You can find Telenor coverage map here for Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindn/Islamabad here.

Battery Life

My experience has been different with Telenor 3G and Mobilink 3G. Mobilink takes way more battery on 3G as compared to Telenor. Is that because Telenor 3G runs on 5Mhz and Mobilink on 10Mhz? Can someone share there experience?

Please note that these tests were conducted on an iPhone 5 on a pre-paid Telenor sim in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Tried traveling across the city to find locations where the speeds were better and then posted the best scores.

Please share your experience if that is different from mine.

3G is here in Pakistan

While the auction for the licenses by PTA is just winding up, we can already see 3G signals showing up on phones 🙂

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And here are some speedtest results.

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Death Anniversary – Allama Iqbal

Today, 21st April is the death anniversary of Dr. Muhammad Allama Iqbal. I only want to request you here to pray for the great leader on his death anniversary.

We salute the great leader and poet.

Allama Iqbal
Dr. Muhammad Allama Iqbal

Asia Cup 2014 Final: Srilanka vs Pakistan

Asia Cup 2014The Asia Cup final is today, where the two great Asian cricket teams Pakistan and Srilanka are against each other. Pakistan has won the toss and have elected to bat first. Srilankan team has not lost a single match in this tournament whereas Pakistan has made its way to the final after winning the matches from crunch situations. We are hoping a great match between the two sides as both teams are equally matched. You can watch the match live by clicking on the links below.

Asia Cup match 3: Pakistan vs Afghanistan

Asia Cup 2014The Asia cup is under way in Bangladesh where the Asian cricket teams are battling for the Asia Cup trophy. Two matches are gone in which India and Srilanka were victorious. Today is match number three in which Pakistan and Afghanistan are against each other. Pakistan started steadily until score of 55-0 in 12.2 overs but lost quick wickets after that. Currently Umar Akmal and Anwar Ali are on the crease trying to put a decent total on the board. Afghanistan side has put a good show by making Pakistan work hard for the runs. If you are missing the live action you can watch the live action online from the links below.

WhatsApp hoax about voice calls

 

WhatsApp has now been flooded with this hoax message and just like any other chain letter/hoax people continue to fall victim for it. The message asks you to forward it to everyone in the contacts to get some free voice calls and this forwarding will ensure that your account is active and blah blah blah and so on.

Dear fellow WhatsApp users, if its about free calls, why don’t you make free calls using Skype, Viber or any other similar service? Just take a chill pill and relax. It’s just a fake message you’ve fallen for, have you?

The purpose of the hoax message has not yet clear except doing exactly what it asks you to prevent, yes, to make WhatsApp servers overloaded by huge number of broadcast messages.

Here’s the full text of the message I received a number of times in past few hours.  Enjoy!

✅ Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform
to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have
Become a free user for life.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp ☑ ®
Send it to all your contacts to update the application
♻send this to 10 people
To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0
100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW… With free calls!!!

Android on Nokia, my dream come true!

 

Nokia X

I always wanted Nokia phones to run Android OS. Here comes the day when the dream comes true. Now begins an era of Nokia’s hardware strength and Android’s OS marvel to work together and the phones will soon be in the hands of end users (yes you).

While Nokia is trying to keep themselves as far as possible from Google services for obvious reasons, this does not mean the users, developers and even phone sellers have anything to loose here. This is an amazing development where Nokia is trying to help drive more and more users to Microsoft services including Skype and Sky Drive (recently renamed to OneDrive)  using Google’s Android OS.

So if you are a grumpy Nokia users and a loyal customer, grab a Nokia X phone in near future and I’m sure you’ll have way better set of software apps available on Nokia X than your old Symbian or Nokia OS phone. Win-win for the Nokia user, whether you pick a Windows Phone or Nokia X (Android) phone.

For developers, it creates a whole new market too. Time port your apps to Nokia X fellows, just visit this site to get started.