I’m mostly working from home using a broadband “Fiber-to-the-home” monthly subscription, with a router handling the connection to computers and devices through Ethernet or WiFi. So I’ve very seldom used cellular data plans since I don’t exactly need to be connected each time I get out.
But recently, I’ve been to places for around one or two weeks at a time without WiFi, and my ISP has gotten into the habit of disconnecting for several hours once a month, so I’ve started to connect to 4G cellular networks more often. So far I had purchased daily or weekly plans from my bank app depending on my need for under two dollars a day or $10 per week for a 10 Mbps “unlimited” connection. Unlimited here means the company will not throttle the connection to lower speed after reaching a cap.
I had some problems with excessive packet loss (> 70%) from time to time on my computer while using my Android phone as a WiFi hotspot, so I asked whether people had the same problem. But one person wrote about the price I paid for my plan:
Currently AIS are offering 100 GB of “Max speed” data, over a month, for 150 baht.
All networks have SIM packs that supply unlimited data capped at 10 Mbps for twelve months. Prices range from 1400 baht to 2200 baht. DTAC: 1400 baht, Truemove H; 1900 baht, AIS; 2200 baht.
Monthly option from all; 300 baht.
300 baht for seven days is relatively poor value.
Prices are in Thai Baht since I live in Thailand. For reference, the exchange rate is around 31 Baht to the US dollar. I ended up purchasing a DTAC SIM card (as shown above) for 1400 Baht or around $45 for 10 Mbps unlimited data for one full year on an online shop (Lazada). My girlfriend just bought a 990 Baht ($32 US) 6 Mbps unlimited one-year plan since she was not aware of those options either.
I still have the same “random” packet loss issue, but it seems related to the hotspot function in my phone, as testing the speed and pinging from the phone works well, and I only get troubles with my computer. I’ll have to find a solution or workaround, maybe get a 4G USB dongle or 4G mini router and see how it goes.
Anyway, I’m surprised cellular data connectivity is now so cheap, as in my case it’s under $4 per month. So I’m wondering if prices have come down around the world. Feel free to share cellular data prices in your country if you please.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.