Thursday, May 07, 2015

OZONE CONNECT APP REVIEW

Incorporated in 2007, Ozone Networks is one of the early entrants of public WiFi business in India. Currently Ozone has around 6500 public WiFi hotspots commercially available across the country. 

At present Ozone is offering its WiFi services in a 'try free before use' model - you connect to Ozone WiFi and then share your mobile no., an authentication password will be sent to your mobile no. Log in with these credentials and you can enjoy first 30 minutes of internet free of cost. Post 30 minutes you have to pay - buy different plans available from Ozone. 

However to make sure this log in procedure trouble free, Ozone has launched an App - Ozone Connect is available on Android only, but Windows and Apple iOS platform will get their native app very soon. Ozone Networks expects that with this app usage on their WiFi network will rise in a huge range. 

So let's start how is this app for seamless connecting to Ozone WiFi networks. Before you start reading, have a look into my review of Ozone's free public WiFi


On your first run, you have to register with Ozone. It's simple - type your name, mobile no, gender and year of birth. Voila! You're done now. 




It will now open the home page as Ozone #Connect. It will show whether your are connected to Ozone WiFi or not. From here you can also check location of nearest Ozone Hotspots. In case the app could not able to sense that you are already connected to Ozone WiFi, tap 'check your network status again'. 

Ozone Connect app is ad-supported, you can see the advertisements on the bottom of the app. 


 

On the left top corner you can see the settings under which you can find - Home, Hotspot Locator and Settings. Under Settings you can check/uncheck whether the app can auto connect to Ozone Hotspots.



I had used Reliance Jio's Settings app (presently not working anymore, downloaded from its preview site) - which adds JioNET and Jio WiFi on my WiFi networks list and periodically turns on WiFi to check any available Jio WiFi nearby. 

As I used Ozone Connect app, I did not find anything like that. I visited Mani Square Mall, Kolkata while checked the option of Auto Connect to Ozone Networks. Nothing like Jio app happened. Ultimately I had to switch on my WiFi of my smartphone and manually connect to Ozone Wifi present at McDonalds. and opened the #Connect app. It shows 'You are successfully connected to Ozone'. And then this page was opened on the app: 


You tap on the Login button, and you will be delivered a text message from Ozone with password. The App will read it automatically and will start log in process to give you access to internet. However in my case, I got several log in error, as the text was delayed and I kept tapping on the log in button. 


 Once it's connected, the app will be reverted back to home page. I did not check the speed test as Ozone offers quite good speed of ~2Mbit/s to each users, as I've seen in my previous experiences. 

Now I am briefing it out. Ozone #Connect app is not something new. It automate the process to connect to internet using the preloaded profile (incl. mobile no.) instead of you connect to Ozone WiFi, log in by opening a webpage, get a text and type it and connect. 

I know some of my friends who have 3-4 no. and use for free 3 x 30 minutes on Ozone WiFi. With this app I guess it will not work directly. Anyway under Settings > Apps > Ozone Connect > Clear Data you will clear existing profile on #Connect and you can input another mobile no. for another 30 minutes for free. 
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