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How to get AIS Super Wifi on 802.11ac

AIS has launched a new Wifi service branded with the name AIS Super Wifi which is showing up around Bangkok and Thailand.  This new service operators on the Wireless AC Technology (IEEE802.11ac).    802.11ac has a throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s).  This new standard is about 3x faster than the previous standard, 802.11n.

In real world speeds recorded in testing are around 720Mbps (90MBps) for 802.11ac. By contrast 802.11n tops out at about 240Mbps (30MBps).  AIS advertises speeds of 650 Mbps, which is nice as companies usually state the theoretical speeds as the real speeds a user could get.

Other benefits: 802.11ac has stronger, more directed range and is better on your battery because WiFi needs to be active for less time when data transfers can complete more quickly.

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Which devices can use it?

802.11ac is being built into any quality device made today, like iPhone 6, but iPhone 5 and older does not have the AC chip.  Samsung S4 has the chip but S3 does not. For more on devices with 802.11ac check this list.

 

ais 3g wifi passwordHow can I get it?

First you have to be in range of an AIS hotspot.  You will see something like .@ AIS SUPER WiFi as a hotspot name.  Then, you have to be a user of the iSmart 3G data package of 500 Baht or more per month to have free access.   If you are just dial *338*1# to get your wifi password via SMS.   If you’re not a iSmart package user you can get this package: 20GB for 99 Baht (not incl VAT) by dialing *777*384#.

If you just want the Wifi and if you don’t want those packages or want to switch a package, you can get AIS Super Wifi for 99 Baht/month by dialing *388*40#.  This is the stand alone package, you can add to your existing  service.

For those who have never before registered for AIS WiFi service :

  1. Choose the @ AISwifi network and then login using your User Name and Password. You will be automatically logged in through WiFi Auto Login.
  2. Then, return to .@ AIS SUPER WiFi so your smart phone or device will automatically remember the network to login automatically.

For AIS WiFi users

  1. Select .@ AIS SUPER WiFi so your smart phone or device will automatically remember the network to login automatically.

 

Where is it?

AIS wifi is mostly in big public places like malls and airports.  Best you find that it fits into your day to day schedule before considering to spend the money on it.  If you are a user already, then it’s quite easy to start using.

 

Speed tests at Emporium

Singapore:

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In Thailand:
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 A video showing the speed in a controlled environment

 

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DTAC 4G Trials that you can join

Enjoy 4G on dtac TriNet, dtac offers 4G free trial for 4 GB for 4 months.-1DTAC has announced 4G in Thailand, is running a trial that you can try out.  To try 4G on dtac TriNet in Bangkok,  Simply dial  *2014*9# for a 4G Trial of 4 GB per month for 4 months.  This privilege is for dtac TriNet prepaid and postpaid customers who have applied an unlimited Internet package starting at 399 Baht as specified by the service provider.  4G is available in the service areas and can be enjoyed for free for 4GB/month up to 4 months.

More details:

  • Ensure TriNet is your operating network.
    If not, simply upgrade to TriNet by dialling *3000 (free).
  • Check compatibility before using 4G on dtac TriNet. Simply dial: *364*9#
  • Ensure your SIM supports 4G.
  • Ensure your phone and equipment support 4G.
    Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
    BlackBerry: Z30
    HTC: Butterfly S, One Max, One mini, One (M8), Desire 816 (coming soon)
    LG: G2, Nexus 5
    Nokia: Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 925
    Samsung: Galaxy Note 3 LTE, Galaxy S5
    i-Mobile: IQ X KEN
    Sony: Xperia V, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE, Xperia Z2


Mobile Expo at Queen Sirikit

The mobile expo is on October 3-6 at Queen Sirikit convention center. The Mobile Expo is essentially a huge phone and accessory sale. If you’re in the market for an android-based smart phone or device this event has what you’re looking for.

Notable brands that showed up this year are in Ais, DTAC, Truemove, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and a handful of Thai brands.

The biggest booths were held by Samsung, AIS, Dtac, Nokia and Truemove. Apple of course was nowhere to be seen, however I can easily see why they would not want to be associated with the plethora of choice that has become android.

On display at the Samsung booth was a full line of android phones as well as their new smartwatch. The smartwatch was double the thickness of my pebble watch and quite a bit of chunky metal on your arm. I can’t see any mass adoption for this particular model, but surely will get slimmer and easier to use in the future.

The major non-phone product I noticed for sale was supplemental battery packs. These were everywhere in every color and size, a sign of the current lack of battery power in today’s smart phones.

The Intel booth displayed some products like the fitbit and jawbone devices, but they were not for sale.

The bottom line for this event is that it’s for selling phones and accessories. There’s not a whole lot of cutting edge tech on display. If you’re looking for a new android phone this would be the place to come.

A few photos from the 2013 Bangkok Mobile Expo

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Compare True Move, AIS and DTAC in Google Trends

Google trends compares search terms over time.  You can be a great way to gauge interest and popular ready for various search terms.  Just like Twitter hashtags, Google also shows what the breakout search terms are and how they compare to each other.

I did a little comparison on the three major carriers in Thailand.   The graph below shows the interest Google searchers have in the search terms Ais Thailand, Dtac Thailand, and Truemove Thailand.   Also arise graph, so feel free to check back here anytime to see the progress.
To have some more fun, I did another search. In Google search trends you can also select the search country. The graph below is searches from inside Thailand for the search terms Samsung and iPhone.

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