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I was using Asianet Broadband before the introduction of Jio from Reliance. But with the introduction of Jio, the entire game of broadband internet seems to have been changed. First let me say that I was not a user of Jio before, but I was interested to check them out as my pre paid plan with Asianet was coming to its end. So instead of renewing my Asianet plan, I went to check out Jio. Jio’s plan even with the purchase of the wireless device is a lot cheaper when comapared to Asianet’s annual plan that I was using.

So I went to purchase the JioFi 2 device (router) from the Relaince retail store in St. Thomas Road, Thrissur on 8th March 2018. I went around afternoon, when asked if the device is available, they simply said no and that only the newer model is available. (They may have said this to sell the newer model, which was selling at a much higher premium than the one I was looking for. This was at around 1999 while M2S was at 999). I showed no interest in it and I asked them when will the JioFi M2S be available. They said it should be available in the evening. So I told them I will be back in the evening and took off.

I came back to the store in the evening and as they had promised, the JioFi M2S was present and I purchased it for 999, also got the Jio SIM, verified it using Aadhar. I had to pay 99 for Jio Prime Membership, paid 448 for 84 days 2GB/day plan. So total came to 1546.

This is a made in China device. In the box, you will get a charger with USB cable and a battery. The battery is of 2300mAh.

The device will work only with the Jio SIM (It will not work with sim of nay other service provider). It contains the slot of the SIM and a micro SD slot for putting in a SD card (upto 32GB) which can be used as a small network storage. This should be useful in a small office setup.

There are Signal, Connection, WiFi, WPS and Battery indicator on top of the router. Besides this there is also a power key to switch off or on the device.

Now coming to the performance of the device. This being a 4G LTE wireless device, the speed is highly dependent on the signal power or the location. In my home, which may be a bit far away from the nearest tower, the speed in the ground floor is very less. But there is a significant increase in speeds in some parts of the 1st floor of my house. I was able to get very good speeds in my office located in East Fort, Thrissur.

The battery backup is pretty good. This will last around 8 hours (maybe even more).
Also you an use your existing android phone to call to outside. Connect to the M2S router using WiFi download Jio4GVoice and use the app to call. The call will seem to originate from the Jio number used in the M2S router

Pros according to me
* Charger is present
* Good Battery Backup
* Can be used as a small Network Storage using SD card.
* Can be used for voice calling (using Jio4GVoice app in android mobile)
* Have all major LED indicators

Cons according to me
* Speed can vary according to location
* Works only with Jio Sim (no body so far have seems to have unlocked it)

Even though Reliance states that it will work with upto 32 devices connected to it, I am not sure if all the devices will get sufficient bandwidth.

Now I would suggest to people who need a Wifi hotspot to check out the speed of Jio using your phone first at the location of use before purchasing this device. Otherwise this could become a waste of your money. If you can get a good speed, then this is of great value of money. Otherwise please go for another service provider. This is applicable to any Jio WiFi routers or hotspots you purchase. If you don’t want to purchase a Jio sim, please lent it from a friend or relative to check it. These days most people have one Jio sim as ther secondary number. Please try the speeds of Jio at your place before you buy the device.

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Batterybhai, one of the best online battery stores in India has been operating in Thrissur from Jan 2015. They fisrt started in Kerala at Thrissur. Later that they have began operating in Eranakulam, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram.

From a customer point of view, BatteryBhai have a lot of advantages over other online retailers like Amazon, Flipkart or SnapDeal. When you order from sites like Amazon, Flipkart or SnapDeal, you will most likely receive the battery with some delay (2 to 3 days atleast). So if your car isn’t starting, you will have to wait patiently. This is where BatteryBhai shines – as soon as you order the battery from BatteryBhai, they will inform the local person in charge, who will call you and fix the time at which he will come to your home to install the battery. Yes, you heard it right, they will come and not just deliver the battery, they will install it for you. They will also check if its properly working – that is charging voltage, current etc is ok. All this at no extra cost. If you are getting the battery from some other site, you will most likely just receive the battery and you will have to install it yourselves or call a technician to do it (you will have to pay him also..)

In most cases, the delivery will be done in the same day itself provided that you order from BatteryBhai site in the morning so that they have time to process it. If you order in the afternoon or evening, same day delivery may not be possible, but they will deliver the next day. This is applicable to the specific city only (within 10km). If you are far outside the city, say you are ordering in Thrissur (city) and you are residing 30 to 40 km away, there may be delays and you may need to provide some additional charge. (In my personal opinion, just give the technician some money for his petrol and time depending on the distance). You can also call or mail the BatteryBhai team to know the correct charge that you have to pay by telling them how far you are from the city.

Another advantage is cost saving, there is an option to take back the old non working battery (exchange) when installing the new one. You will save quite a good amount on this one. If you try to sell the old battery yourselves, you will most likely get cheated. For my WagonR battery in Thrissur, many told me that it (Amaron AAM-FL-00042B20L with 48 months warranty) costs around 4500 (MRP is 4555) and I will get it on around 4000 on exchanging my old battery. The same battery can be found in BatteryBhai with an exchange price of 3549.

The exchange price BatteryBhai mentions is when you exchange the battery of the same Ah (Amphere Hour) rating. If you are odering a battery which is of higher Ah than the battery that you have with you, you need to call and confirm the price before ordering. This is to avoid any disputes during the delivery time.

I think the people who attend the calls in BatteryBhai are far batter than any customer care people in India. They are extremely polite and helpful. They don’t speak Malayalam, but they speak both English and Hindi fluently. You can call them at +91 9555995119, 9555895119, 0120-4324000 between 9:30AM to 7:00PM. You can also email them at support@batterybhai.com

Also by exchanging you are making sure that the environment is not polluted by lead waste. The old battery will be taken for recycling.

BatteryBhai has both online and offline payment options. You can pay online when ordering the battery or you can also use the Cash On Delivery (COD) option. So if you are afraid of paying online, then use the COD option, you need to pay only when the battery is delivered and installed in your vehicle.

They will provide you with the GST bill and warranty card on delivery. Please note that some companies like Exide, SFSonic etc may not be providing warranty cards anymore, so you have to keep the bill with you for warranty purposes.

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