Cheapest 24/7 Internet (DSL, CAble,…) ?

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  • #8849
    Vincen
    Member

    Hi,

    I need an internet line (DSL, Cable …) that works 24/7 and is cheap.

    I have heard there is an 8 MB/sec line for about 169 RMB a month, is there a 1 or 2 MB option that would be cheaper in Chendu (i am in the Tongzilin neighboorhood, in Wuhou) ?

    or anything cheaper ?

    Thanks for your help

    #19187
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    电信 (China Telecom) is generally regarded as the best. The cheapest, however, is probably something like Great Wall or Aipu.

    #19190
    Vincen
    Member

    Thanks

    Do you know the prices ?

    #19198
    JohnDS
    Member

    Can get as low as 50RMB for Aipu according to a flyer I’ve seen in my building, depending on the contract length of course.

    China Telecom peering to servers outside of China can already be extremely slow at peak times, so I don’t want to know what kind of connectivity you get to foreign servers for that money.

    #19205
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    China Telecom peering to servers outside of China can already be extremely slow at peak times, so I don’t want to know what kind of connectivity you get to foreign servers for that money.

    Here’s how Aipu and Great Wall work… they put up flyers advertising 10 megabyte service for a super low price (like 50 yuan a month). It sounds too good to be true, and it is. When you go to sign up they explain that the connection to their local servers is 10m, everything else is much slower. Most people just connect to Aipu/Great Wall’s local server and stream movies/tv shows from there. Services like Great Wall give you access to tons of media which streams through the browser.

    #19211
    Vincen
    Member

    But can I get decent browsing to American and Western servers with Great Wall ?

    #19219
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    But can I get decent browsing to American and Western servers with Great Wall ?

    Decent is a relative term so it depends on your expectations. It will work, but it will be slow.

    #19025
    Vincen
    Member

    Slow as in 30KB a sec or 3KBps ?

    #19222
    Chris ZiichChris Ziich
    Moderator

    Check this thread.

    https://www.chengduliving.com/forum/topic/whats-your-internet-speed-in-chengdu/page/3

    Only have experience with China Telecom 4M for 169RMB. Accessing servers in the US is satisfactory except during peak hours in the evenings.

    btw, data transfer rates are usually expressed in kbps (kilobits per sec), not kB/s (kilobytes per sec). If you want to download 30 kilobytes per second, you would need at least a 240 kilobit per second transfer rate (but note that you will rarely get speeds at max capacity).

    So theoretically a 4M (4 Megabit) connection will give you speeds up to 500kB/s.

    #19223
    Vincen
    Member

    Thanks for the info Chris.

    I am on a restricted budget since i won’t be paying for the internet line, that’s why I wanted to know “how bad” was the cheap Great Wall Internet so i could make an informed decision.

    #19226
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    Slow as in 30KB a sec or 3KBps ?

    I haven’t used Great Wall in 4+ years so I can’t really speak to current speeds. It’s slow.

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    So theoretically a 4M (4 Megabit) connection will give you speeds up to 500kB/s.

    That is exactly the maximum download speed of my 4M China Telecom connection.

    #19227
    AKK
    Participant

    Everyone is talking about China Telecom only, how about UNICOM? Is their service level good, and connectivity of course..that’s more important…

    I’m also looking to sign a LAN line, but do not wish to be tied down a long term contract…I heard unicom has a half year prepaid plan, was china telecom has similar plans? Or is there any other service provider in the market?

    #19235
    Steeevyo
    Member

    Since I have the China Telecom 8mb for 169 my internet speed is far better than anything i ever had in China before also in Beijing. Im running it with Astrill VPN.

    #19236
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster
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    Since I have the China Telecom 8mb for 169 my internet speed is far better than anything i ever had in China before also in Beijing. Im running it with Astrill VPN.

    Damn, we pay 189 a month for 4mb. I gotta get to China Telecom to figure out how to upgrade to 8mb. Thanks for posting this info!

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