WiFi Dabba, A firm that promises 1GB Data At Merely Rs 20
A Bangalore-based startup and supported by Y Combinator, WiFi Dabba, is offering Internet at initiating worth of simply Rs 2 for 100 MB. The data-only recharge plans have 24-Hour validity and the approved ISP endow data through small routers motorized by fiber optics.
The entry of Reliance Jio has made the data war so intense in India. The Mukesh Ambani-owned firm provides 0.15 GB data per day for Rs 19, which is considerably less than that offer by WiFi Dabba. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy to prompt that Jio connection has free SMS, voice calls, and subscription to suite of Jio apps such as Jio Cinema, MyJio, Jio Music, and so on. On the contrary, recharge packs of WiFi Dabba offer only data.
Also, a couple of additional data packs are offered by WiFi Dabba that comprises data of 500 MB at Rs 10 and data of 1 GB for Rs 20. The WiFi Dabba services, at present, are only accessible in Bangalore, with the firm setting up to launch its fiber optics network soon across India. Individuals belonging to the low-income group, for the initial time the user of Android smartphone and school students make a greater part of the user base for the WiFi Dabba.
The 13-month-old startup offers data as prepaid tokens that can be purchased through local bakeries and tea stalls in the city. In order to utilize WiFi Dabba data, all you have to do is log in with your mobile number and input the OTP conveyed on your device. Then, put in the key and you will be connected to the Internet. As per Shubhendu Sharma, WiFi Dabba’s Co-founder, launching prepaid plans make more sense given over 90% of individuals use a prepaid connection in India.
The company asserts to have installed nearly 350 Dabbas (or routers) in Bangalore and every router provides data at a rate of 50 Mbps in a 100–200 m radius. Additionally, the firm is said to have above 1800 connection appeals in-waiting.
The installation cost of every router is nearly Rs 4,000 and, according to Sharma, “20 such Dabbas can accomplish what 1 tower of leading companies can, at a portion of the price”. Mentioning about the modus operandi, the firm takes the assistance of local operators to place cables across the city. While it normally requires around 7 Days to launch a new connection for WiFi Dabba, the firm is functioning to drop the time frame to 3–4 Days.