Why no GSM Modems in the market?

Posted on: March 31, 2008

Many of my friends, even me, own Airtel mobile connection just for dial up internet connection provided in the name of Airtel Mobile Office at only Rs. 20 per day. We use GPRS enabled mobile sets with inbuilt modem in it. It is the cheapest, convenient, completely mobile solution for internet access. But nobody likes to give heavy work load on their costly mobile sets. Also one can’t dedicate their mobile phone to the internet because no call will be received when in use as a modem. Many phones including Samsung, Nokia, and Motorola encountered some problems as they are used as modems for long time without rest.

Hence GSM USB modems or PCMCIA will be the best solution for this problem. When I went in search of this instrument I got very few products in Indian market. One was Airtel USB modem which costs Rs 3999 onetime charges. Another was from ebay product at Rs 10000. Now CDMA USB modems are available at very low prices of 2500 (both Tata Indicom and Reliance mobile). The question arises: why nobody bothered to market the GSM modems at the convenient prices?

Not only  Airtel, even spice also joined the mobile internet race. Dial up networking using normal SIM cards getting popularity. It is cheaper, mobile and flexible than any other internet connections. So I’m looking for USB modems at affordable prices. 


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