Saw an add in a leading daily about this plan
Went for a detailed analysis on the mtnl site and came back with the conclusion -I DO Not Recomend This .
|Call Charge per call||Rs 100Rs.0.10 Garuda /1.20 Landline/1.50 Other Nw|
|DEPOSIT||Rs 1000 STD/ 3000 ISD|
||RS 299 per month|
|Activation||Rs 500 connection/ Rs 125 ul plan|
1. It is wireless access and has its disadvantages like disturbance, inteference and lack of signal quality in certain areas.
2. It does not include the ever increasing taxes ie 12.5 % service tax and cess.
3. People had a negative report on the older Garuda FW which had Dial up through in-built modem up to 14.4 kbps.
Positive is that it is wireless and great for people with laptops, who want to avoid wireless setups.
As per the website the New Garuda FW features new CDMA 2000 1X system
High Speed Data(Internet) Service : With the help of Garuda Mobile/FW you can access Internet at very high speed (144kbps).
That means a surfing speed is decent and it is not bad for chatting and likes . Assuming from the info download speed wd be 9~14 kbps during peak time n 12~15 kbps at nite from 4 to 9 kbps, thus it aint bad for the casual surfer.
So id only recommend it only to people living in areas having a clearer line of sight or closer to an mtnl cell tower. But from recent feedback if the speed one gets is 2 to 3kbps or 28.8 k then the scheme is indeed terrible and broadband though more expensive is still preferred.
In the mean time read Deeps take on his itemised Garuda bill
Do to all the negative reports i have received in the comments i would generally tend to tell people to AVOID MTNL Garuda Unlimited Internet plan 299 and choose mtnl broadband or any other good broadband service in their areainstead.