Also a cost of a Telikom USB modem is K120.00 and a Digicel one is K146.00, (not including the cost of a SIM card which is sold separately).
Now before you go rushing into Telikom to buy their USB modem just a word of caution, over the weekend we sponsored the website for the PNG Golf Open. Part of our sponsorship involved updating the golf scores every 5 minutes or so as each golfer moved through each hole, which meant that we had to be online for pretty much the whole day.
The initial plan was to use Daltrons AirSpot WiFi service at the Golf Club, but from past experience from using AirSpot at the Holiday Inn, you can easily burn through a K100 card in one hour.
So we decided to try Telikom’s USB Modem. Although it initially worked for about 10 minutes our attempts to get it working after that were to no avail and we simply grew frustrated and gave up. So we ended up buying a Digicel USB modem which we were able to setup in about 3 minutes and we were then online with no issues at some impressive speeds.
On our busiest day on Sunday which involved updating the results to the Golf website plus facebook and twitter we would have spent about K10 all day. I’m not saying Digicel is the only solution to go by as other Telikom USB users have said that they have had good experiences with their services, but just as many people also complained about the unreliability of Telikom’s service. So in the end we just had to go with who was more reliable.
To be fair to Telikom, their 24/7 customer care number 3456789 does actually work and unlike Digicel I do prefer speaking to a real person as opposed to going through a menu of selections on a machine.