Airtel has always managed to stay ahead of the lot by taking out great deals from its hat. It did the same when they launched their GPRS schemes. Currently there are two options available. Only mobile surfing is charged at Rs. 2 per day and a full fledged surfing which can be connected to PCs is charged at Rs. 7 per day. Thus for a person who do not surf for more than 2-3 hours, it proved great value for money for them as it provided connectivity to your desktop and laptop.
This scheme is a good deal for people who are just into surfing and chatting. But now, Airtel is sending SMSes to its users saying that this charge of Rs.7 would be increased to Rs. 14.99. If you do the math then at Rs.7 per day works out to be about Rs. 210 per month, a user could get a good deal because a basic connection from an internet provider could come upto Rs. 250 for a pathetic speed. But in the new case the monthly charge comes upto Rs. 450. Now I use a 64 kbps unlimited net connection for Rs. 500 and if one considers limited plans, one could get about 128 kbps for the same.
Personally using this scheme, the present speed is really below par. But if increasing the rates would give better speed than this hike is welcomed. However, if the speed is as bad as now, then only God save Airtel from retaining its GPRS subscribers.