17th Feb 2008, Sunday
Been struggling for a while with Izzi broadband at my area. People said Kelana Jaya is a highly congested place, with the internet performance averagely below what you can get from other places. An average speed of 300kbps, which when during peak hours it’ll go extremely down to 10kbps (when it’s 0kbps, I persuade myself that someone is doing maintenance or upgrading, so it’s not counted), while the highest speed I’ve ever seen with Izzi is 500kbps, and it happens once is a whatever-color-moon. This brought me the thought of getting Celcom broadband. After a long period of self counseling, i finally registered a Celcom postpaid account for Celcom Broadband d98 package at The Curve BlueCube center on the day, and ordered a BlueCube modem from Johor, which is very expensive T_T
~Why Celcom instead of Maxis?~
Maxis provides 3.6Mbps as well as Celcom at the same price RM98. The difference is that at this price, Maxis included a modem for rental to the user, with the conditions of minimum subscription of 18 months. Celcom provides no modem, but no minimum subscription required.
19th Feb 2008, Tuesday
The modem was arrived at around 3pm to my office, delivered by NationWide courier service, who promised a 1 day delivery and they did. The modem is much more smaller than I have expected. It’s even smaller than my 7610, palm-size.
After setting up the device and plugging it in, the driver and software were installed automatically. I was shocked when I first connected to the network, I got a speed of around 10kbps with a GPRS connection. I soon realized that I can set the option to enforce the modem operates only in UMTS/HSDPA mode. Then the speed raised. The highest speed I got at the night is around 178kBps.
The more surprising figure is here. In the next day morning, I saw that it was running at 262kBps.
20th Feb 2008, Wednesday
This is the part with the MOST surprising figure. It’s running at around 10~20kBps.