BSNL Public WiFi Hotspot@Tankbund First Impression: Good Speed and Stable Connection

Friday, 17 April 2015

BSNL in collobaration with Quadgen Wireless launched it's first public wifi hotspot in south india around Hussainsagar lake, which was inaugurated by Telangana IT minister KTR yesterday evening (16-Apr-2015).

I wanted to experience this first of it's kind service in Hyderabad, I thought I will test it today from my office as it is within 10km radius, But to my surprise I didn't get any open hotspot, then I decided to go to tankbund and check in the evening.

Around 6PM, I reached Tankbund. On the way to Tankbund I stopped at different places and checked for open hotspot but I didn't find any. Finally after reaching tankbund I got open hotspot with QFI-BSNL SSID.

How to connect?

When you connect to this hotspot, you will be redirected to login in screen where you can submit your mobile number (to get verification code), name and email. Enter the verification code you get via SMS to mobile number and click on submit then you will be connected and ready to use your 30 minute free quota.

When I checked the speed with speedtest.net, first time I got 9.61Mbps(DL)/2.83Mbps(UL) and second time I got 16.33Mbps(DL)/7.13Mbps(UL) speeds.

I could download a 1.1GB torrent file (not a pirated movie!!!) in less than 10minutes.

When I left the Tankbund after crossing approximately 100meters wifi hotspot got disconnected.


Here are the screen-shots of my phone taken at different times during this test : https://picasaweb.google.com/101485828988209649501/BSNLWifiTankbund?authuser=0&feat=directlink

My first impression after using for 20-25 minutes is speed is good and stable but limited range as opposed to proposed 10km range.

Have you used this service? Do let me know your opinion.

AP BSNL Full Talk Time Offer

Saturday, 24 January 2015

On the occasion of festive season, Andhra Pradesh BSNL circle (AP & Telangana) is offering full talk-time on following top-up vouchers:

Top-up AmountTalk-time Offered Offer Valid From Offer Valid Till
Rs.100 to Rs.990 Full talk time 24-Mar-2015 31-Mar-2015

AP BSNL Extra Talk Time Offer

On the occasion of festive season, Andhra Pradesh BSNL circle (AP & Telangana) is offering extra talk-time on following top-up vouchers:

Top-up AmountTalk-time Offered Offer Valid From Offer Valid Till
Rs.1000 to Rs.4990 10% extra talk time 24-Mar-2015 31-Mar-2015
Rs.5000 to Rs.10000 20% extra talk time 24-Mar-2015


Friday, 16 January 2015

AP & Telangana BSNL migrated prepaid numbers to new ALU IN (Alcatel-Lucent Intelligent Network).

New ALU IN USSD service allows STV activation, Plan Change inaddition to balance checking, FnF activation etc..

New USSD self-care Procedure: 

Dial *124# --> Press 
  1. for Balance
  2. for Recharge --> Press 
    1. for Scratch Card Refill
    2. for Third Party Recharge
  3. for STV --> Press
    1. for Bundle(STV) Enquiry
    2. for Bundle(STV) Subscribe --> Press
      1. for GPRS
      2. for Voice
      3. SMS
      4. Roam
      5. Combo
      6. ISD
  4. for FnF --> Press
    1. for FnF Add
    2. for FnF Modify
    3. Bhandam Add
    4. Paramilitary Jodi Add
  5. for Tariff Plan
    1. for Current Tariff Plan
    2. for Tariff Plan Change
  6. to Modify PIN
  7. for Language Selection
  8. to View Last5 Calls
  9. to View Last Call
     0 to exit

Example USSD Services:

To Check Balance:

Dial *124*1# or Dial *123#

To Check Data/SMS Balance:

Dial *124*2#

To Activate Data STV17 :

Dial *124# --> Press 3 --> Press 2 --> Press 1

Old USSD Codes:

Balance in an account can be checked by dialing *123#, it is called USSD ( Unstructured Supplementary data) service code.

Now you can enquire about last call charges, SMS balance, data balance, F&F numbers etc..., with the new USSD codes from Andhra Pradesh BSNL. We can also activate/deactivate free missed call alert service.

Use the Alternative USSD Codes(column 3), if you don't get the reply for the codes in column 2.

Purpose USSD Code Alternative USSD Code
Last Transaction Details *102# --
Balance Enquiry *123# --
Friends & Family:
Status *124# *124*3#
Addition *124*Number# *124*2*Number#
Modification *124*3*Existing No*New No# *124*2*Existing No*New No#
SMS Balance Enquiry *125# *123#
RC200 Status *126# ---
Data Balance Enquiry *234# *123#
Missed Call Alert Activation *62*+9117010# ---
Missed Call Alert Deactivation #62# ---

AP BSNL Reaches 1 Crore Wireless Connections Milestone in October-2014

Saturday, 3 January 2015

As per the latest telecom subscriber base report released by TRAI in Dec-2014, AP BSNL (AP and TG) reached the milestone of 1 crore wireless connections in Oct-2014. 

57,060 new costumers joined BSNL network in October-2014 and as on 31-Oct-2014 total subscribers are 1,00,03,288. 

Free 50MB Data from AP BSNL

Friday, 5 December 2014

Good news to all BSNL customers, AP BSNL is offering free 50MB data for new/existing customers w.e.f 06-Dec-2014 with following details.

Free data details:

Applicable forOffer Validity
New connection, validity extension and migration of plan Free 50MB data 30 days
On every Top-up of Rs.100 / Rs.200 Free 50MB data 7 days