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Our entire team was struggling with poor internet speeds offered by The Reliance Netconnect + Internet Dongles. While they promised speeds of over 8 MBPS, we were getting very poor download speeds. We decided to check out other dongles available in the market. Available dongles were:

  1. Reliance Netconnect + (CDMA version and GSM version)
  2. Airtel GSM
  3. Vodafone GSM
  4. MTS Mblaze CDMA version

We quickly dropped the GSM options offered by Airtel and Vodafone because:

  • Nothing in their communication (on website or company stores suggested that they are confident of their internet dongle offering)
  • We also had doubts given the network issues that we experienced with voice services of Airtel and Vodafone

So, now we had two contenders- MTS Mblaze CDMA and Reliance Netconnect +

We decided to test their performance in different places. We tested the two dongles at 6 different locations across Mumbai and Delhi NCR. We used http://www.speedtest.net for all the tests. Here are at the results.

  1. MTS Mblaze offered speeds of over 5Mbps almost everywhere. It beat Reliance, by a large margin, everywhere except one location in Mumbai.
  2. Reliance Netconnect + had a top speed of 1.13 Mbps and that too was not consistent. It failed to work at the Mumbai Domestic airport.

We have thus moved all our team members (15+ members) from Reliance Netconnect + to MTS Mblaze.

Whats good with MTS now:

  1. Good download speeds
  2. Very easy activation and usage. You insert the dongle and the internet connectivity is established in less than a minute
  3. The dongle offered by MTS creates a wifi network, for use with upto 5 devices.

Here are the screenshots of the test results from the 6 different locations.

Location #1 : Mohan Cooperative, Okhla, New Delhi

MTS

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Reliance

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Location #2: Faridabad, Sector 37

MTS
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Reliance
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Location #3: Delhi Airport, Terminal 1D

MTS

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Reliance

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Location #4: Mahim West, Mumbai

MTS

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Reliance

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Location #5: Juhu, Mumbai

MTS

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Reliance

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Location #6: Domestic Airport, Mumbai

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Reliance: Did not work at all.