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Offline thaiga

Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:16:25 PM »
I remember the day well. October 1, 2007. The people at CAT let me take a sneak peek at their new "AirCard" service - the first wireless broadband service in Phuket.
GONE WITH THE WIND: Aircard users will be left whistling in the breeze.

I’m sad to say that, by the end of this year, that service will be officially phased out.

I call the service "EV-DO", although the technology is actually called "CDMA EV-DO Rev A."

Most of the people who bought into the service, in the early days, bought a Sierra Wireless AirCard ("AirCard" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless).

The AirCard plugged into a PCMCIA slot on your PC - back then, USB wasn’t common at all, but almost all laptops had wide PCMCIA slots.

An AirCard cost 15,990 baht. Unlimited EV-DO service ran to 1,290 baht per month.

I recall being absolutely delighted at the time that my downloads of Windows beta test versions would only take hours, instead of days. I downloaded Vista Beta 5728 that week on my TOT line and it only took two days. If I’d had the AirCard at hand, it would’ve taken four to six hours.

It’s hard to believe this was just five years ago.

Like the rest of Thailand, CAT has moved on to 3G. More accurately, to HSPA+, which is far faster and more reliable than EV-DO. The old CDMA network is being dismantled, and EV-DO will disappear along with it.

I asked at the CAT office in Central last week what would happen to the people who still have EV-DO AirCards. They didn’t seem to be overly concerned: my guess is that only a handful of people in Phuket who are actually still using EV-DO.

The bad news is that CAT has no plans to offer you a discount on converting to their "My 3G" network – the one based on HSPA+.

The good news is that… well, there really isn’t any good news. EV-DO users are basically up a creek.

As I explained two weeks ago, CAT has the least expensive, and arguably the best, "3G" HSPA+ service in Phuket.

Getting started with My 3G will cost one-tenth of what EV-DO cost back in the day, and the monthly charges run at 800 baht, for high speed downloads up to 4GB per month.

If you blow your monthly data cap, CAT throttles you back to a nominal 384 Kbps. (Don’t whine about the data caps too much, folks – they are now a fact of life everywhere in the world).

Of course, 3G in Thailand is in a state of massive upheaval and uncertainty. Just like it was five years ago, come to think of it.

Right now, as I also mentioned two weeks ago, there are rumors that CAT may shut down its My 3G program – or someone may shut it down for them.

I figure that’s unlikely to happen, simply because so many people depend on 3G. But, well, you never know, eh?
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 09:33:52 PM »
About four years ago they promised CDMA in Korat, it came later. of course. Guess it will also stay around a little longer in Isaan, where the clocks run slower.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 09:45:41 PM »
Lets hope so for the people who paid  AirCard cost 15,990 baht.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 09:58:33 PM »
Lets hope so for the people who paid  AirCard cost 15,990 baht.

I think I had paid around 6,500 Baht for the CDMA Ev-Do USB stick and THB 790 +VAT per month for unlimited use three and a half years ago. When ADSL came to the village last year I gave it to a friend, who is still happy with it.

My first pitifully slow GPRS dongle had cost THB 6,900. About a year later I got an EDGE dongle for THB 7,200. Not much longer I bought another, better, EDGE dongle for 6,500. I could have kept using the old ones, but was a lot happier with the new ones. It's called "advancement". Rarely anybody denies you a nostalgic life and forces you to use stuff up to date. Thing with our society is that companies cannot produce and sell, if everybody keeps using his stuff for centuries. I think they call it "technical  obsolescence". Keep improving technology and pushing through the advancements every few years mainly for the sake of companies needing to sell again.

In most western countries they give you warranties to still support a certain technology etc at least parallel for some years. Don't expect that in Thailand!
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Offline thaiga

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 11:53:03 PM »
Went to pay TOT bill today.Mentioned the speed was still only around 3 mgb (with a smile) could be the modem was the reply.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 01:53:25 AM »
Most likely it's their line, the oxidized connections between your modem and the exchange. There is no way to make them check the line for that.

We did have the 4 - 7 Mbit package (590 THB), but most of the time got about 3 Mbit only. Sometimes a little  faster, sometimes slower. Then we asked for the 8 - 11 Mbit package (890 THB). Now we get a rather more steady 3 Mbit, but still 3 Mbit (+-20%) only.

I've got a preview copy of Windows8 running on a PC. The new Task Manager in that gives a lot of information about the internet connection. From that I understand that we actually do have a "throughput" of 11 Mbit, peaks  of 7.7Mbit, and a steady flow of around 3 Mbit, depending upon source. So, it actually did improve, because it's steady now with 3 Mbit at all times. I just expected a lot more.

I gave up trusting those internet speedtests a long time ago. They are misleading.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Goodbye to CAT EV-DO
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2012, 04:48:10 PM »
Went to CAT today to cancel that old contract on CDMA in my wife's name which my friend kept using since about two years. A friend hat told me that these old contracts need to be cancelled until the end of this month or they'll get converted to a new tariff of 1 baht per minute postpaid.

My friend had cancelled his already a few weeks ago and reported of a modem available there for the new "My Click". Since my friend said he was very happy getting more than 4 Mb actual downloading from Europe I thought I might have a look into that as a second connection, especially since my TOT keeps breaking down every few minutes since this morning.

First, they didn't have anymore modems, sold out! I would have to buy a mobile phone to use at another shop. Thanks, I got already a couple of fully working but useless mobile phones lying around here, just none with HSPA. Anyway, what left me thinking is the information that the connection speed won't be 7.2 Mb all the time. After 4GB have downloaded, the speed changes to 384 Mb, slower than EDGE even. The lady there couldn't answer, or didn't understand my question, how the 4GB are counted: per month, per day, or per new log-in. Does anybody know? 4GB aren't that much for my use of the internet. 1 - 2 movies in HD, that's all, that's too little!
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