P1 WiMax VOIP Service Review – Part 2

This is going to be part 2 of my VOIP Review. I thought of finishing this earlier. Anyhow , in this section. We’ll be focusing on the call quality , how the system works and my over all thoughts about P1’s VOIP Service. Firstly , if you’re totally new to the whole thing , I would recommend you to read part 1 first.
Call Quality
Firstly , lets take a look at the call quality. The call quality is dependent of your P1’s WiMax Internet connection. If your getting sucky upload and download speeds , frequent disconnection – expect the call quality to be pretty bad. I’ve experienced this couple of times. At times , it would just drop your call – if the connection is bad . However if its good – then expect the sound quality to be good as well. Overall , I’m somewhat sastified with the call quality. Its not clear as Skype , however the quality is just bout the same as if you would use a cell phone to place a call.
Secondly , one nice thing I like about P1’s VOIP Service is that it comes along with Caller ID service which tells you the number of incoming caller and plus it logs it to the system – meaning that you’ll have a complete log of who have called you. This is indeed useful to trace back an unknown caller or perhaps to trace back a prankster. Its indeed good. I hope they soon add the ability to block certain numbers (P1 – do take note – I hope you’ll come up with blacklisting/whitelisting functionality with your router to automatically blacklist certain calls at certain hours). You may have a look here of the system on how it logs incoming calls and outgoing calls

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P1's Wireless Gateway Caller Logger - Its neat as it logs all your incoming and outgoing calls

Yes it even logs International calls (both incoming and outgoing as well). The phone number resembles a Malaysian Fixed Line phone number , starting from 03-402xxxxx instead of a typical mobile phone number which generally starts from 012 , 013 , 017 , 016 , 019. So overall , its pretty good to have a landline replacement.
Could VOIP replace our fixed line (TM fixed line)
Now let us take a look at my analysis if its worth it to use VOIP and dump landline all together. In my honest opinion , I honestly think that in Malaysia , it will take few years before we can finally be free from TM or other land line providers. However in order for us to use VOIP as total landline replacement , our ISPs should start giving us more bandwidth and not to mention a stable connection – as there is no point of having 50-60 Kilobits of connection whereby it just disconnects every 5-10 seconds. There is no point for us to use such services and it would truly defeat the purpose of using VOIP in the first place. This problem wouldn’t arise on a traditional phone as its connected to a phone exchange instead of a server .So therefore you’ll constantly have a dial tone as opposed to VOIP – whereby you’ll have to be connected to the Internet in order to use it.  So there are disadvantages also , especially if you’re in a poor coverage zone whereby its hard for you to get connected then you’ll have a big problem. The advantages are well you’ve a mobile fixed line anywhere you go and you don’t have to fork out money to telecommunication company to setup a fix line at your place , especially if you’re renting a place.
Experience and Final Thoughts
Well overall experience for P1’s VoIP service is pretty good. To be honest ,its better then Maxis’ Broadbands VOIP Service indeed. I like the whole idea and concept of having a router which doubles as a voip gateway. Not to mention that it comes along with a phone (I’m not quite sure about the final product but I am sure it would). Secondly , I would prefer if P1 gives users settings for softphone. For instance If I’m on a laptop and I would like to place a call , wouldn’t it be great that if there is some software that I could use in my netbook or laptop that allows me to place a call from my netbook itself , as these days notebooks and netbooks alike do come along with a microphone and a camera. This would be great especially if you’re using Wiggy (their Wireless modem service) or if you’re simply downstairs (whereby your router and the phone is located upstairs)
Thirdly , to me it would be great if there is a pre-paid plan. For instance , If I top up RM 25 (whereby the validity is around 6 months to 1 year) , it would be great as a land line replacement or as a backup phone – whereby I don’t have to pay any monthly fixed call charges. I just top up and use it. If I dont use then I can’t just make any outgoing call. It should be modeled after the current pre-paid system which is widely used in our country. I’ve already told P1 folks about this , just hope that they listen (hopefully it doesn’t go into deaf ears)
Conclusion
Would I recommend this service ? – Yes it depends on one’s preference and criteria. If you have a mobile phone and you mainly use it for texting then VOIP is not the thing. However if you’re looking for a cheap land line alternative to make calls as low as 13 sen/minute then P1’s VOIP service may interest you. However keep in mind that you’ll still have to subscribe for their internet service before you’re allowed to use VOIP Services. This can be a great solution for your parents or grandparents. If you think land line rental is expensive (RM 25 for Telekom Malaysia fixed lines) and you want your parents/grandparents to surf the internet and still make cheap phone calls , then P1 service may interest you. If your parents/grandparents are on some kind of Family plan – whereby you’re allowed to make free unlimited calls then its better on to carry using the plan. As for me , I want it to work in both ways , something like how Google Voice works whereby I have the ability to forward calls from my p1 VOIP number to my mobile phone or to another line whenever I’m away.

P1 WiMax VOIP Service – A First Look

Yesterday , I got a call from P1 Careline regarding P1 newest service – VOIP . For me , it seems that now everyone is jumping into VOIP service – which is great as if there are more and more firm  in the market , there would be competition  – when there is competition you’ll see price wars and once a firm starts to cut price , expect other firms to follow as well. After all , if you have few firms (or providers in this case) , they are known as oligopolies. Anyway enough of talking , lets get into whats this all about.
Lets take a look at the call plans and what are the extras that they are throwing in :-

P1 Voice Service Charges
P1 Voice Service Charges

I am kind of impressed that you can call for 13/sen a minute to any number here in Malaysia and as well in three countries so far (Singapore , Thailand and China). So far I’ve seen that its the cheapest among other competitors. I am guessing P1 is trying their best to come up as an emerging Voice Over IP Provider in Malaysia
P1's Voice Value Added Services
P1's Voice Value Added Services

Okay lets take a look. It comes with Caller-ID (oh yeah P1 is giving me a cordless phone together with the VOIP Device , and it supports caller ID notifications which means you know whos calling you – pretty handy for VOIP). They do offer CLIR services (if you’re wondering whats CLIR its Calling Line Identification Restriction , which means you have the ability to “hide’ your number when you call someone. Pretty handy if you want to mask your identity
Just to add that you’ll be getting a 03-XXXXXXX number (in other words you’ll be getting like a fixed line number instead of a mobile phone number) – that would be your VOIP Number. In other words its counted as a “fixed line” as opposed to mobile phone as most services would require you to have a fixed line in order to sign up for something . It only works with P1’s service and it will not work with your streamyx line , etc (I just hope that they launch this service separately as I would be interested to sign up for this service if I can use it with my existing streamyx line)
I would be getting my trial soon and I would post my experience and everything else once I’ve everything running ! I’ll be doing a comparison later with other VOIP services in Malaysia !

P1 Wiggy on OSX – A bit of progress

Today I’ve managed to trace on how to get Wiggy to sorta work on OSX. It seems that P1 is far behind or they are working hard in getting Wiggy to work with OSX. I’ve found out that there is indeed a driver for P1 WiMax as we all know that it uses GCT Semiconductor, Inc. There is a driver for OSX . But I am not sure why p1 guys aren’t aware of it or they are trying to develop a software locally to work with P1 Wiggy. Nevertheless , its up to them. I would just like to report to you and as well as to them that it kinda works. I’ve attached the kext file (which is indeed the drivers extension that allows to be booted). As for now all you get is a Blue solid light from P1 WiMax Wiggy and thats bout it

P1 WiMax Wiggy is detected by OSX
P1 WiMax Wiggy is detected by OSX

That’s bout it. We can only get it to detect and boot-up apart from that. I can’t connect because I don’t have the keys to connect nor a solid utility . I’ll try asking P1 for the keys so that its possible for me to test it out for the last time before I give them the device for good . Oh yeah , click here to download it !
You may ask how to install this. Firstly get kext helper (sorry it runs only on Intel Mac) and simply drag and drop this kext file and enter your administrator’s password and hit Install. it will do the rest for you
Edit : Part of this goes to l33tdawg as he is  the one that posted success but then he didn’t upload nor provide any kexts whereby users can test it out or post any reports. So I had to find the kexts and patch it up and then upload it 😛

P1 has enabled port forwarding !

This is great news for those who were ranting on how they could not host their own HTTP and mail server with their P1 WiMax Connection. Oh yeah , not to mention that it causes gamers (xbox 360/playstation 3) a havoc when they weren’t allowed to host game (because of the way of how P1 set it up)
Anyway , Miss Noami from P1 e-mailed us regarding this and she sent the username and password in order to configure port forwarding , DMZ and stuff like that. I’ll be doing a full story on this later but for now , this is the user name and password and the address

Address : http://10.1.1.254
Username : admin
Password : admin123

Kudos to P1 & Some Updates

Its been a long time since I’ve touched my blog anyway. I have been busy lately as you most of you guys do know. Anyway, this time – I would like to take this opportunity to praise P1 WiMax on their new feedback system for us Trial users and as well as their new packaging scheme. Well , every week we are required to fill out whats the speed that we get , our latency (ping rates) and hows the speed and so on. I think its a good way for them to collect data and monitor to improvise their service , as I am slowly seeing that they are doing couple of changes based on user-feedback (which is again great , this is because you’re winning users’ hearts over) . One thing that caught my heart is that they clearly ADVERTISE whats the limit that we are allowed to use before ‘fair usage policy kicks in’ (in other words , your speed would be throttled aka your bandwidth would be managed)

New P1 WiMax packages
New P1 WiMax packages- Most importantly the user cap is stated clearly for each of the packages. Its not hidden or typed in very very small font !

One thing though – I do find 5GB is too little for Lite users. Hopefully they do raise the cap to 10GB , this way at least lite users do have a chance as well. Why am I saying this is because updates for Windows , anti-virus definition , new software are getting bigger and bigger by day and I don’t think that 5GB is enough personally. Anyway , its a great move of highlighting the cap , so far this is the first ISP which have ever done so (Shame on you Maxis and Celcom for not stating it clearly in the site.)
Next up , is the feedback form which we have to submit every week or every time when we call up the Customer Care representative. Well I kinda like the whole concept whereby we can share our opinon and give our own feedback to them. As someone who is taking statistics , the data would help a lot for them to determine the pattern and usage behaviour . This is very important to get the sample from a very small population to determine how it would be like for a large population. Anyhow  , let me take a screenshot of how the survey form looks like , so you folks can take a look at it for yourself
The survey thingy - All you have to do is just fill it up !
The survey thingy - All you have to do is just fill it up !

These are great moves (both marketing and strategy wise). I just do hope that they do enable port forwarding/pass through in the modem , that allows P1 WiMax users to host games (especially if you’re a gamer) or to allow applications to link up to the outside world (i.e Torrent applications and so on). This is great especially if you plan to run test web server , php server , game server whereby you want outsiders to connect and tes it all together. Currently its not possible. But I do hope its possible by end of this month !
P.S to P1 WiMax folks – If you’re reading this as well , come up with a package for gamers as well. It would be great , just provide them with the best “route” or “optimised ping times” for them to play online role playing games without any lag !. For gamers , latency is important as opposed to speed.

P1 WiMax Review – Part Two

This is my second segment/part of the review. In this segment , I would be focusing on Internet Applications. That means how sites such as YouTube , Forums , Blogs and things like that would load. In other words , how good P1 in terms of productivity web applications and Internet entertainment.
As I’ve mentioned earlier I’ll be splitting this mega review into segments and parts. If you have missed the first segment/part , click here  (Part 1 of the review) to read about it. I’ll be then creating an index (once the whole review is done) so that it would be easier for people to refer and jump into the section that they prefer. Do keep in mind that this is going to be a very long post as I’ll be basically talking and comparing stuff. Its not for the faint of heart !
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P1 WiMax Review – Part One

Ta Da – As I’ve promised you guys , I went to P1 Office Today @ Jln Templer (Oh yeah my dad drove me there as I don’t know the roads in PJ , plus it can be confusing at times) , I was greeted by Miss Naomi . She explained the whole free 6 months concept and stuff and the sign up was pretty fast and easy.
You’ll have to hit Read More as it contains lots of pictures and words. So if you’re intrested to learn more on P1 WiMax service , I recommend you to read more.
Basically to sum it up. I’ll be reviewing by “parts/segments”. Each segment focuses on certain aspect of the service. For instance , the first segment/part is all about setting it up and so on.  This way it would be easier for someone to read and understand how the service works. Here is my layout currently. I plan to do a couple of parts and as we do get any updates. I’ll be post them here
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P1Wimax : Drills For Facts (In-Depth Analysis)

Its great to see there is a new Internet Service provider in town , that claims to be better then TM Streamyx and all other ISPs. Well , firstly lets take a look at their pricing structure to see if its competitive or not. You can take a look below , these are their current charges and it comes along with the Free WiMax modem , but then you’re tied down with minimum contract of 12 months , which again sucks. We all do know that we hate contracts – don’t we !. Anyhow , scroll below to see their current promotional prices and compare it with their normal pricing scheme which I’ve posted below
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WiMax by P1 Broadband – Insight Look !

Yeah , we have heard of them for the past year ago. At first they keep on insisting  that its going to be launched soon , but as usual , due to some unexplained reasons , it took them longer to launch the service. Nevertheless , they have started to test their WiMax Service by offering Free 2-Weeks Trial to customers who are within the coverage zone. Anyhow , this is a screenshot of a speedtest posted by a user by the name of freezbies , if you take a look the speed is far superior then your average Streamyx 1Mbps packageor your so-called 3.5G Wireless Broadband even the latency seems to be 10-15 times better then a 3G/3.5 Wireless Broadband but again it still can’t beat the latency of a wired connection. What does it mean for an average consumer. Well in plain English , it certainly means that  you can get to enjoy high-speed Wireless Internet with a low latency. This allows you to play most of the games out there such as DOTA as the latency is still bearable for local link ,but when it comes to FPS (First person shooter) you might face a bit of a problem. Now let us take a look at what P1 offers in terms of IP , Connectivity and other goodies !

speedtest - P1 WiMax
speedtest - P1 WiMax by freezbies

 
As most of us do know , Wireless Internet service provider such as Celcom does not provide an External IP and whereas for Maxis they block external connections despite providing customers with dynamic IP address. It causes a chaos when someone wants to host a game or a site from his own computer. Of course this is also another major drawback for p2p lovers as you are unable to open port which makes it harder for people to connect to your computer. This is the primary reason why I ditched Maxis Broadband (*who wants a limited broadband anyway*). Thankfully , it is not true for p1 WiMax , they do provide their users with an External IP Address without any sort of restriction. in other words you can run p2p applications , host your own game server or web server. For the geeks and nerds out there , their IP Range starts from 120.140.0.0 till 120.141.255.255.
 
secondly , another thing that I’ve noticed during the tryout over at my friends place and the comments/feedbacks that I’ve read in the message board is that , p1’s Modem comes along with QoS. Yeah that’s right , Free Built-in Intelligent Qos. It automatically throttles your p2p connection when you’re surfing the Internet , streaming youtube , or running VOIP data which is great for average consumers who have zero knowledge or little knowledge of networking. Its a smart move so that users would not complain that their speed is too slow when they are downloading. But there is one disadvantage of this Intelligent QoS , it means that P1 will always have the right to manage your bandwidth at all costs , they can throttle your p2p connection if they suspect that you’re hogging the bandwidth too much. It seems to be fair to me , as if they can manage their bandwidth wisely and provide a sustainable connection – Why Not ? 
 
This is all I’ve information on p1 WiMax Broadband. Of course , I am waiting for my 2 Weeks Free Trial as well. If you want to register for the Free Trial for yourself , I suggest you to head to p1’s Website and register your interest  there. who knows , just try your luck and see !. I’ll update more information on this matter once I’ve managed to get hold of the p1 WiMax Modem and the service or if i have any new news regarding their service !