ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Friday, November 19, 2010

B-Mobile Broadband: Four plans, but only two worth considering

B-Mobile has four different plans for post-paid mobile Internet subscribers: The Lite, Easy, Supreme and Unlimited plans. Each has a monthly rate, a data limit, and an over-the-limit usage charge. Here are the plans, copied verbatim from the B-Mobile website, but arranged differently ("transposed") for easier comparison:

PackageRateData LimitOver Limit
Usage Charge
LiteNu. 149
300 MB
Nu. 0.0003/KB
EasyNu. 399
1.2 GB
Nu. 0.0003/KB
SupremeNu. 799
2.5 GB
Nu. 0.0003/KB
UnlimitedNu. 999Unlimited

Given these rates, my analysis shows that only the cheapest plan ("Lite") and the most expensive plan ("Unlimited") are worth considering. Opt for the "Unlimited" plan if your monthly usage exceeds 3GB. The best choice for most users, however, is the cheapest package, the "Lite", for the affordable Nu. 149/month.

The other two plans, the "Easy" and the "Supreme", have no benefit over the "Lite" plan. In fact, you might be worse off if you select them. The reason: if you exceed the monthly limit, your post-paid payment will be more or less the same as the Lite. But if you use less data than the monthly limit, you essentially throw away money - up to Nu. 650 per month.

The following graph show the price you'll pay with each plan, given the monthly usage.

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