3.5G using Telkom Flash

Maybe some of you haven’t got the information, that Telkomsel is implementing 3.5G Data Connection. With Telkom Flash as brand, they cover some areas in Jakarta such as Pondok Indah and Kelapa Gading as initial trial. The interesting news is the pricing scheme.TelkomFlash is using time-based as pricing scheme. As basic rule, you are charge Rp. 350 per minutes of using it. There are other package offered, such as monthly packages. See below table.

Tabel tarif

PAKET TARIF TIPE PELANGGAN
PAY as YOU GO Rp 350,- / menit kartuHALO
simPATI

as
PAKET MINIMAL Rp 30.000,- / 3 Jam
(berlaku untuk 1 hari semenjak pembelian)
kartuHALO
simPATI

as
Rp 100.000,- / 24 Jam
(berlaku selama 1 minggu semenjak pembelian)
PAKET BULANAN Rp 200.000,- / 40 Jam kartuHALO
Rp 400.000,- / 100 Jam
Rp 800.000,- / 250 Jam

<<updated on 26 May 2007>> Telkomsel has just revised their pricing (using excuse “12th Anniversary of Telkomsel”). From 26 may – 25 June 2007, above pricing scheme is discounted 50%. So as illustration, you only have to pay Rp 150 per minute of connecting. This is to reduce price gap compared to Indosat Mentari IM3 (Rp 100 per minute).<< end of update >>

Well I think Indosat should follow this action since I don’t see any benefit of using Matrix 3G right now. I am very interested to Telkom Flash but it seems that changing phone number and sim card is the last thing I would do.

In summary, Telkomsel Flash and Telkom Speedy is currently offering time-based scheme for Internet. Telkom Speedy now gives you 2 options for subscribing, time-based or amount-based. I try to give recommendation when to choose amount-based or time-based scheme.

Choose Amount-based (per kilobyte / gigabytes) when :

  • Most of your Internet Activities is browsing and blogging
    like this I’ve spent 30 minutes to write this blog, it’s a waste of time to choose time-based for browsing+blogging, not to mention reading a long email from customer.
  • You are chat-addicted person
    Chat using GTalk, Yahoo Messenger, or MSN is a perfect time-wasting activities. These Instant Messaging applications are using small amount of data packages.

Choose time-based package when:

  • You are a good leecher / downloader.
    If the Internet speed is as advertised, download can be a lot faster using bigger bandwidth. Try downloading as efficient as possible, using FlashGet or Download Accelerator will help.
  • You are a YouTube mania
    Watching online video needs huge amount of data. Try to download the youtube file (FLV) into your computer and play it offline using FLVPlayer to save time.

Note: Read my next blog about Step-by-Step to Connect to Telkomsel Flash.

  • http://www.forumponsel.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=2193486&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=all&vc=1 iqbal

    Maaf admin klo boleh numpang promosi,
    Saya pemakai 3G/HSDPA telkomflash juga, dengan menggunakan modem PCMCIA Sierra aircard 875 up to 3,6mbps. Speed yg di dapat area jogja kisaran 170KB/s – 250KB/s (1,3-2mbps).
    Saya jg sbg penyalur/dealer untuk produk ini dgn harga Rp.1,5jt / pengambilan lebih dr 2 dpt discount.
    Untuk info lbh lanjut bisa hub Y!M: pcmcia_modem

    Ayo maksimalkan koneksi t-sel flash anda!

    thanks

  • http://www.nomad4ever.com Chris

    Although I’d prefer a volume-based pricing scheme (aka XL’s 3G), the prices look quite attractive, if they are really 50% of what you posted above. I will give it a try as an alternative, as XL’s 3G was crawling slow the last 2 days here in Seminyak/Kerobokan in Bali. A review of Xl’s 3G service you can find here:

    http://www.nomad4ever.com/2007/07/12/3g-wireless-finally-affordable-internet-for-the-island-of-the-gods/

    Has Telkomsel usually better network coverage?

    Cheers from Bali,

    Chris

    http://www.nomad4ever.com
    Life is what you make it!

  • http://alisanta.wordpress.com/ alisanta

    After reading some reviews on the net, mostly said that Indosat 3.5G has better reability and coverage than TelkomFlash. But Telkom Flash speed is robust if you have strong signal in your area.

  • rommee

    mine uses only 3G capable handset.. yet using flash, the speed rocks!!

    suck those precious bytes till you drop coz the promo (50% cut) will last until the end of this month..

    wuhuuu…. thx telkomsel

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  • Afian

    Saya dari Makassar mau bagi2 sedikit informasi.Saya menggunakan HP Nokia 6110 Navigator sebagai modem,untuk 3G IM3, dengan tarif Rp.100/Menit bisa dapat 254kbps. Kemudian coba2 menggunakan Telkomflash Rp.175/Menit (Hanya Selama Bulan Ramadhan) bisa dapat 350kbps tapi tiap 3-5 menit putus walaupun signal full.

  • http://alisanta.wordpress.com/ alisanta

    Pak Afian,
    Beberapa kasus yang ditemukan, penyebab putusnya koneksi padahal signal full, selain disebabkan oleh operator, juga bisa disebabkan karena handset dan driver nya sendiri. Jadi jika mau dicoba dengan handset lain ada kemungkinan tidak terjadi putus-putus seperti tersebut

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  • http://www.robinmalau.com Robin Malau

    Siang Pak, selamat. Blog ini rank #1 di google.co.id dan google.com dengan kata kunci TELKOM FLASH. Anyway, kalo pake flash & pake HP sebagai modem-nya, selama connect bisa nerima telepon? Terimakasih.

  • http://alisanta.wordpress.com/ alisanta

    Based on my experience, extensive download (such as torrent or download accelerator) will cause the phone not available for incoming call. But for normal browsing, phone should be available.

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  • Budi

    Hi, I am currently using both flash and indosat. connects flash using my SE mobile phone. I just bought an option HSDPA modem. Do anyone know how to set it up for a mac pro? thanks

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  • sigit

    maaf pak numpang tanya ..
    klo di daerah bantul selatan (jogjakarta)
    telkom flash dah ada jaringannya belom ya ?
    makasih

  • alist

    @sigit Setahu saya daerah Jogja udah di-cover, tapi kalo Bantul Selatan mungkin perlu ditanyakan ke customer service.

  • sigit

    waduh tu susahnya pak , skarang saya kerja di jepang .
    saya ingin pasang internet di rumah kmarin dah beli modem hsdpa merk siera . dan dah nyoba pakai im2 tp hasilnya nggak ada sinyal ?
    bagusnya pakai apa yah di daerah saya ?
    makasih

  • Andri

    saya pengguna M2,dan saya tertarik untuk menggunakan telkom flash.sewaktu saya mengunjungi grapari mereka mengatakan paket telkom flash unlimited berakhir bulan februari.apakah Aktifasi telkom flash di perpanjang ?.karna untuk maengunakan telkom flash harus mempunyai kartu hallo,saya sudah mendaftar dan menunggu proses ferifikasi,

  • http://www.pulsaselular.net choel

    di makassar operator three bisa 3G/HSDPA nggak?

  • noeswan

    flash = mahal dam sgr jadi lambat

  • syaripudin

    if you can direct unlimited package of what cards have to go to stores

    thanks and regars
    syaripudin