ADSL from China Telecom
Installation Fee: 310 RMB – including an account and an ADSL modem. NIC (Network Interface Card) is NOT included.
Package 1: 130 RMB/month for unlimited time at speed of 512K.
Package 2: 150 RMB/month for unlimited time at speed of 2M.
Package 3: 200 RMB/month for unlimited time at speed of 4M. (need to check)
Package 4: 1300 RMB/year for unlimited time at speed of 512K. Installation Fee is included.
Package 5: 1500 RMB/year for unlimited time at speed of 2M.
Apply and Information : Phone: 10000 (China Telecom service hotline)
Installation Requirements The area you are living in must meet the installation requirements and ADSL ports should be available. Check with their call center by your address. For example, I used ADSL in my old house in Vanke Waltz Garden but cannot install it in Pudong. Poor me. If you live in downtown Shanghai, chances are your place is ADSL ready.
My Personal Experience
I miss ADSL badly after I move to Pudong. ADSL is best broadband solution I have ever experienced. The speed is good enough for Internet suffering and downloading. It assigns a dynamic but real public IP to client computer, which means, I can setup my own server at home and others can access my site from anywhere. (If you are interested, you may need some dynamic domain service provider like ORAY.NET to bind your dynamic IP address to a domain name) ADSL from China Telecom is very reliable. I didn’t experience drop line or other unpleasant events in my one year subscription with ADSL. The 10000 call center’s service is pretty good – it is the standard service from the largest telecom infrastructure provider in Shanghai. I never called them because I didn’t meet any trouble.
Great Wall Broadband
Installation Requirements: Great Wall Broadband does not need YOU to take the trouble to install it. They make deals with the real estate company and build the network cable inside the wall of newly built apartment. Check with your property management company to see if Great Wall Broadband is available in your property. If it is installed, then all you need to do is to call them to enable your account and plug a network cable into the network port on your wall. If it is not installed, chances are, you have to choose other options. It is almost impossible for individuals to apply to install Great Wall Broadband.
Installation Fee: 0 RMB if it is installed when you move in.
I was a happy customer at very beginning since the speed is really good. But I finally became a very dissatisfied customer of Great Wall Broadband and after complaining with their service team for a month or two, I quitted my subscription and switched to ADSL. Their technology is bad and it pops up the annoying IE time counter that you cannot close. It is stupid to count time for a all-you-can-eat subscriber like me. The company was started by a good professor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I have ever worked in his lab for one summer and that summer provided me enough time to start with Internet. I am grateful for the professor but finally said no to his company (and give negative comment). Sorry.
Cable modem is a service I never tried. I hope I can put some content here from my friends who used cable modem.