Since I had enough with Warid’s customer support I finally planned to port my number to some other network. After researching call rates and services (especially if the network has EDGE or not) by all other I finally shortlisted Ufone as my next network. Though I knew that I will still not get Mobilink like customer support but still Ufone suited my needs and pocket.
The whole procedure for porting my number was easy (the service center being very close to my place) and cost me Rs. 55/- (Rs. 50 for Ufone port in charges and Rs 5 for photocopies of my SIM card and CNIC). Due to holidays, it took around 8 days for my number to be transfered to the Ufone network and I threw away my 64k(useless) Warid SIM.
Since I switched to Ufone, I have not had any deal-breaker issues and if I do find any, will have to wait for 60 days before I can switch back or to some other network. The only issue is that I receive text messages multiple times from Warid subscribers but will see with time if this resolves itself.
Starting with Telenor’s GPRS which they offered for no activation charges and then later on offered EDGE as well but they weren’t able to provide much constant availability and quality. The connection drops all the time and server timeouts are too much. So I will say they are pretty useless when it comes to internet.
Ufone, huh! they can’t even give a good voice quality and service availability let alone GPRS.
Mobilink, their GPRS service is good. When I used it, I didn’t faced any unusual disconnects.
Warid, the service provider I am loyal to since the day they entered Pakistan’s telecom market are the best in the service. GPRS, all time available with no issues , no timeouts (congestions and lower coverage area are exceptions). Also for my Zahi package was very economical, Rs. 500 + Tax for unlimited GPRS access. So it comes out around 21/day and I take full advantage of this service being unlimited :p . Emails, IMs, Voice Chat and tether internet for my PC as well. Voice chat does get choppy and lags at times but at this price, i’ll take it.