BSNL 3G Mobile Services – Video Calling, 3G Data Cards, Mobile Broadband

3G is the next generation of mobile communications systems. It enhances the services such as multimedia, high speed mobile broadband, internet access with the ability to view video footage on your mobile handset. With a 3G phone and access to the 3G network you can make video calls, watch live TV, access the high speed internet, receive emails and download music tracks, as well as the usual voice call and messaging services found on a mobile phone, like person to person video, live streaming, downloadable video of entertainment, news, current affairs and sport content and video messaging. BSNL 3G offers services like Video call facility, Mobile Broadband, movies, video PRBT, Mobile TV content available on BSNL 3G Portal etc. BSNL 3G practically provides broadband experience with speed better than 384 KBPS.

BSNL 3G services use USIM, theSIM card for 3G services. USIM stand for Universal Subscriber Identification Module. USIM is provided to access 3G services. The USIM has a storage capacity of 128 KB. The BSNL 3G starter pack includes the charges for USIM aslo.

BSNL provides upgrade to existing BSNL numbers to 3G without loosing the existing number. Number portability does not work yet, if you want to migrate from other mobile providers.



In order to use the 3G mobile broadband, you require a 3G handset and subscription for 3G services to use mobile broadband on your handset. In case you want to connect your laptop or PDA (personal digital assistant) to 3G network, like while moving in a vehicle, you will require to connect your 3G handset to the computer through data cable, infrared or blue tooth. You may also buy a 3G data card and use the same with your computer to access high speed 3G network. You can access 3G broadband without plugging a USB modem or data card into the laptop, through your Handset if it supports 3G.

Difference between WI-MAX , WI -FI and 3G: WI-MAX & WI-FI are primarily for internet/data service whereas 3G is for internet/data as well as voice service. Roaming facility in case of 3G is better as compared to these services.

There are two types of data card/devices to access Mobile Broadband. HSDPA card PCMCIA based, and HSDPA card USB based, and can be connected respectively at PCMCIA slot and USB port of Laptop. These are plug and play devices. The download speed presently available with these cards is 3.6 Mbps. In due course other types of cards will also be available.

BSNL 3G Video Calling

When you talk to some body over phone and are able to see the persson at other end on the screen of your phone then it is called a video call. Video Calling lets your friends see where you’re hanging out. With Video Call, you can view both yourself, and the person you’ve called, in high quality, real-time video.

In order for you to make a video call, both calling and called party should be BSNL 3G mobile customers and both calling and called party should have suitable handset with 2 cameras. It is possible up to 10 persons to simultaneously have video conferencing through BSNL 3G video calling.

With the video ring back tone, during video ring back you will see a video as selected by the called party. With BSNL 3G Video Calling features, it possible to take voice call during internet surfing.

BSNL Video calling functions with Video Streaming, which is a sequence of “moving images” that are sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer as they arrive. It allows user to view video contents while downloading is in progress.

BSNL 3G service is available in a few selected capitals and cities. But while moving from BSNL 3G area to a 2G area, your call will continue without getting dropped. The data card speed would switch automatically to GPRS connection, the speed would be slower than that available in 3G network.

To enable video call service on your handset, go to menu, click on “setting” button, click on network, click on network mode, and select Dual mode. The handset will first reboot and then make your handset active for 3G network wherever it is available else the handset will remain active as it does in ordinary 2G/ 2.5G networks. Once your handset is in dual mode it will give preference to 3G network i.e. if both 2G/ 2.5G and 3G networks are there then will work in 3G Network.

When you are active in 3G network, 3G sign indication will appear in your handset near the signal sign.

How do I Make / Receive a Video Call?

When you and your friend both have 3G mobiles, just dial his number. The only difference is that you press the Video Call button instead of the voice call button. All 3G mobiles have a video calling button. Then hold your mobile in front of you, and watch your screen.

If someone ‘Video Calls’ you while you’re in 3G coverage, your mobile shows an icon on your mobile screen. To answer, press the Video Call button. You can even turn the camera off and have a normal voice call if you do not want to be seen.

Video calling is a 3G service; it is only possible if both the parties are within 3G coverage. If the other party is not in 3G network then the video call will not be connected, the call will drop and you will get a message “video call not supported by called party network”. In such a case you may like to make a voice call only. Similarly, if any of the party involved in conversation moves out of 3G coverage, the video call will drop. In such a case you may like to make a voice call. Voice calls work seemlessly when any of the parties move out of the 3G coverage area to 2G / 2.55 area.

You will be able to connect your 3G handset with the computer through Data cable, infrared or Bluetooth. You may also buy a 3G data card and use the same with your computer to access high speed 3G network.

BSNL 3G Data Cards

3G Data cards are meant for accessing internet and emails at anytime and from anywhere. Thus 3G Data Cards help us to work on the move with full email and web access .It provides Simple and instant internet access at mega fast speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. 3G data cards make us free from messy wires, Fixed Line Requirement, No Need of Cyber Cafe / Hot Spot to Access Internet. Thus your Lap top become truly mobile. BSNL provides USB Type Data Card and Express/PCMCIA Cards.

You have to Plug in 3G Data Card into your laptop and can get the fastest available connection, with mobile broadband speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. Its neat, compact design makes it easy to use; you can easily swap it between laptops for use at work, home or on the move. Laptops have a PC Card slot (also known as a PCMCIA slot), or an Express Card slot. There is PCMCIA to Express Card Converter For using 3G broadband ,you need 3G Data card ,network SIM card, software, user guide.

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