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Airtel Data Card / non compatible with laptops with express card slot!

1 India Review updated:

I have been using the airtel data card during the last 6-7 months and did not face much trouble. Now i bought a new hp laptop, but the airtel data card cannot be used as the data card provided by airtel company does not fit into the card slot in the laptop which has express card slot. Please try to understand the difficulties being faced by customers due to your data card being not capable to be used with any lap top which does not have the slot to fit pcmcia card.

When other service providers are already supplying the data card with usb port and express card slot fitting data card, how come air tel can not do that immediately to address the critical maas who bought the airtel data card with good faith on the company and its management.


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  • Va
      25th of May, 2007
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    Hi... i also bought a dell laptop which has a express card slot. I am not able to find any provider who is giving cards for this latest slots [in india]. Let me know if anybody has idea about it.

  • Ha
      25th of May, 2007
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    I am also facing the same problem airtel should come out with options and make it universal datacard slots and should be user friendly.

  • Vk
      1st of Aug, 2007
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    I also bought a new Toshiba laptop & purchasing new airtel usb data card from airtel showroom did not inform me about card is not compatible with win vista operating system.

  • Sd
      6th of Aug, 2007
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    Dear Friends,

    I have a laptop with Vista Home Premium and Express card slot.

    As per my recent direct interaction with AirTel's technical guy, NO data card (slot and usb) available in market as on date from them in India is compatible with Vista and Express Slot type.

    If somebody has a laptop/notebook with Vista (any generation) and Express type card slot, DO NOT go for any currently available data card from AirTel and simply wait until further official communication from them. The tech guy clearly told me that the Express type AirTel cards will NOT come in near future whereas the USB-mount Vista-compatible AirTel cards may come in market by early October 07.

    So folks, if you are seriously interested like me in AirTel data cards to use on your Express/Visa combi laptop, pl keep your head cool, wait till mid October and obviously continue with wired broadband.


  • Sa
      21st of Aug, 2007
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    I had been annoyed like you guys for not being able to find any service provider who can provide Datacard for Express Card Slot.

    Hence I wrote several emails to HUTCH over the last few months. HUTCH guys called me yesterday and confirmed that they have now introduced Internet datacard for Express Card slot. They are visiting me today to provide a demo. Shall revert with feedback on performance later.

    Just one drawback, price of Datacard for Express card slot is very steep. Its Rs. 14,999 compared to a PCMCIA based OR USB based datacard / modem costing under Rs. 5000.

    And YES this new datacard for Express Card Slots by HUTCH IS COMPATIBLE WITH VISTA.

    Cheers !!

  • Sa
      23rd of Aug, 2007
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    Well I took the demo of Hutch Datacard for Express Card slot. Download speeds are ridiculously low at just around 5 kbps and surfing speed is also a crawl. Instead of buying such an expensive (14999) datacard, it is better to connect to the net through bluetooth by using our existing mobile phone. The speeds are the same.

  • Sh
      7th of Sep, 2007
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    Has anyone tried the Tata telecom USB MOdem - Plug n Surf. It is compatible with VISTA. so they say. They also offer Vista Drivers online on their website.

    Is there any feedback on this gadgets performance...

  • Sd
      13th of Sep, 2007
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    So its not obviously desirable to misuse such a good money (14999 !!) on Hutch vista-compatible express slot data card. Thanks to Samit K. And I don't have much hope with what Shilpa has also asked for - Tata Indicom's vista-ok USB data card performance.

    As a result of serching for a reliable data card for last few months after buying a visa+express laptop, I got totally fed up guys. Its truely going funny asking people for such a gadget.

    I feel Samit K. is on a serious move to see a good or bad end. I will definitely look for his new words. Thanks.

  • Se
      4th of Mar, 2008
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    Can anyone suggest me good Datacard in the market which has highspeed internet.

  • An
      1st of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes

    Hello All,

    I bought PCMCIA Airtel Data Card for my Tosiba Laptop in Rs.5000/- about 6 months ago. Since I bought this ###ing Datacard, it doesnt support to Window Vista. What the ### company is Airtel.

    I called up many a times 7070 customer care and they give their service center addresses and then I have been visiting its customer service places and finally they all say they dont have driver for Window Vista to run the datacard.

    This is banking the money of public and not giving attention towards public need. When visiting their outlets then ### explains this and that and thereafter, no service properly at all.

    This is just proving how bloody these company are making foolish to public and collecting money in their accounts.

    So frustrating this is hell datacard...continue paying and not able to use.

    Shutdown the business if you cant service properly.


  • Vi
      28th of Feb, 2009
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    As per my advice, do not even think about Airtel Datacard service. Their service is pathetic both in terms of speed compared to other service provider and billing procedure. I had terrible experience and within 9 days of my connection, i had surrendered it. Their daily unbilled amount does not consider your data plan and free transfer limit resulted your service will be deactivated even when you have not reached your free limit.

    Take example of their 350/- rental plan where 500 MB free data transfer is allowed and above that Rs. 5/- per MB. Now say you credit limit is set to Rs. 1200/- and you made a data transfer of 300 MB after the activation. Their system will take is as 300*5 = INR 1500 which means you are above your credit limit and your service will be deactivated until you make payment of INR 1500 or wait for your billing to generate. Their billing system will consider free transfer of 500 MB only at the time of bill generation. So you would never be able to utilize at least your free limit.

    The same is true for Rs. 999 wala plan. You can utilize the internet data transfer till your credit limit and once you reach their credit limit as per their faulty unbilled system, you have to make the advance payment of entire amount to get it reactivated but in reality are required to pay only Rs. 999/- which will be considered only at the time of billing generation.

    Their speed is even poor compared to BSNL/TataIndicom.

    If any one is even considering going for this, i would request them to clarify the issue specifically related to billing system with their customer support executive before they go for this.

  • Ma
      26th of Jul, 2010
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    best to use own cellfone with unlimited 95-99 rs monthly NET plan connect via bluetooth or data cable, . i m getting 22 kbps in airtell and 23-26 in my vodafone postpaid cell N73 in airtel and n95 i m using with vodafone.

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