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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

HTC Merge Now Available At US Cellular For $149.99

US Cellular recently launched the Android powered HTC Merge smartphone. The HTC Merge is U.S. Cellular’s first Android-powered Global Ready smartphone. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.8 inch touchscreen display, 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 2 GB internal memory and so on. This handset is available from both US Cellular and Verizon Wireless in the US.

“Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless and can get easy-to-use devices that can be personalized to fit their busy schedules,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Whether it’s managing your calendar, keeping track of family activities or staying in touch with close friends, we have phones that make your life easier.”

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HTC Merge features a 3.8 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Android Market, up to 330 hours stand-by time, up to 6 hours 30 mins talk-time and a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery.

HTC Merge allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is Wi-Fi hotspot capable and it comes pre-loaded with an 8 GB memory card. The HTC Merge is available for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S Gets The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update In India

Samsung Galaxy S is one of the largest selling Android smartphone. Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of the powerful Galaxy S. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, but it was later updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Samsung India already confirmed that, the Galaxy S will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by the end of this month. And now, we have a good news for the Samsung Galaxy S owners in India.

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Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Galaxy S in India. Some of my friends have already started receiving this update for their Galaxy S smartphone. This update is numbered DDJV6 and it is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air).

This update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Samsung is also expected to update its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android Gingerbread OS before the end of Q2 of 2011. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy SL will receive the Android 2.3 update during the first or second week of July. Stay tuned for more updates.

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MTS Offers ½ Paisa Per Second On Local And STD Calls For Lifetime

MTS recently launched a unique lifetime tariff for its new and existing customers, which allows them to call any local and STD number for just ½ paisa per second for lifetime. It means that, MTS customers will have to pay just 30 paisa per minute on all local and STD outgoing calls. The MTS brand is nationally operated by the Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) with over 11 million wireless customers.

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According to Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, MTS India We are constantly looking at opportunities to engage and excite our customers. As a part of this endeavour, we have now taken our ½ paisa per second proposition to the next level. This would enable our existing and new customers to stay connected with their loved ones no matter where they live in the country. I am confident that all our customers will find this proposition extremely appealing.

To get this amazing tariff for lifetime, existing MTS mobile customers will need to recharge with Rs.191. You will also get a talk-time of Rs.50 along with lifetime validity. On the other hand, new MTS mobile customers will need to pay Rs.203 and get the ½ paisa per second tariff for lifetime with a talk-time of Rs.50.

MTS has also introduced an Auto Renewal Process through which MTS customers can continue using this tariff benefit for lifetime by doing a cumulative usage/recharge of just Rs. 900 over a period of six months. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

HTC Wildfire S Launched In India For Rs.14,700

HTC recently launched the Android powered Wildfire S in India. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Wildfire smartphone. The HTC Wildfire S was first showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC Wildfire S is one of HTC’s smallest phones ever.

HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire S is a stylish looking smartphone, offering fantastic value-for-money and great features, and we are delighted to launch it in India,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. The HTC Wildfire has been among our best selling devices in India. Hence, we are extremely excited and positive that the HTC Wildfire S will garner a tremendous response from Indian mobile phone users, he added.

HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, Internal GPS Antenna, 512 MB ROM, 512MB RAM, G-Sensor, 3.5mm headset jack, micro-USB 2.0, microSD card slot, up to 430 mins talk-time, up to 570 hours stand-by time and a 1230 mAh battery.

HTC Wildfire S comes with the new HTC Sense, which offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. HTC Sense also includes a new integrated online e-reading experience utilizing a new e-book store powered by Kobo. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.14,700.

MAXX Mobiles Launches 3 Dual-SIM Phones In India

maxx mobilesMAXX Mobiles recently launched 3 dual-SIM phones in India – MAXX Hexa (MX155), MAXX Rave (MX182) and MAXX Buzz (MX188). These handset comes with different features such as GPRS, FM Radio, Audio and Video player, up to 4 GB expandable memory, powerful battery and more. The phones are especially designed to meet the need for sustained battery life by mobile phone users in smaller towns and villages as well as the demand for higher talk time by the youth.

Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group states, In a vast country like India, people spend many hours using their mobile phones but seldom find time to continuously charge it. Anticipating the need for longer battery life, we created three such handsets. Now, even in places where consumers face discontinued electrical supply, they can enjoy the benefits of extended talk-time and standby time.

MAXX Hexa features a unique hexagon shaped navigation key, dual SIM/dual standby, 2 GB expandable memory, FM radio, audio/video player, sound recorder, melody composer, GPRS, Bluetooth data connectivity and more. This handset also has a 1800 mAh powerful battery which ensures a talk-time of up to 6.5 hours and standby time of up to 600 hours. MAXX Hexa comes with a price tag of Rs.1,580.

MAXX Rave bar phone comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, dual SIM/dual standby, microSD card slot, 4 GB expandable memory, dual torch, sound recorder, MP3/3GPP/MP4 player, video recorder, E-book reader, GPRS connectivity and more. MAXX Rave offers up to 6.5 hours of talk-time and up to 650 hours of standby time with a 1900 mAh battery. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.1,888.

MAXX Buzz features a 1.3 megapixel camera, MicroSD card slot, 4 GB expandable memory, 2GB memory card bundled, dual SIM/dual standby handset, MP3/MP4 player, FM radio, privacy protection and more. MAXX Buzz offers a talk-time of up to 6.5 hours and a standby time of up to 600 hours with a 1800 mAh battery. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.2,068.

LG Revolution Now Available At Amazon For $149.99

Back in January, LG announced the Android powered LG Revolution smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

LG Revolution is expected to get the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update in the coming weeks. This handset is exclusively available from Verizon in the US. LG Revolution comes with a price tag of $249.99 with a 2 year service agreement. But, if you want to save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and purchase this smartphone from Amazon.

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LG Revolution features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Virtual QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Video telephony support, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, DLNA, HDMI, MicroSD card slot, 16 GB preinstalled microSD card, 32 GB expandable memory, DIVX, Proximity sensor, Bing Search and Maps, Adobe Flash Player, Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The Mobile Hotspot capability in LG Revolution allows the customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices. LG Revolution is currently available at Amazon for just $149.99. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at Amazon.

SPB TV 2.0 Now Available For Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

SPB Software finally launched its popular application, SPB TV for Windows Phone 7. This application is already available on Android, Bada, Symbian, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, webOS and Maemo platforms. SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from the Microsoft Marketplace. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.

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SPB TV Features:

  • More than 150 TV channels from more than 20 countries, subscription free
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current & upcoming TV shows
  • Video-on-demand
  • Network bandwidth fluctuations support
  • Onscreen controls

“The user has an opportunity to make an informed decision about the channel to watch even without launching it. A channel selection screen provides all the needed information about the running TV program including a screenshot and TV guide information. While the selected channel is streaming full-screen, the user can choose another channel by seeing a preview picture of it in Picture-in-Picture mode,” the company notes.

SPB TV has been integrated by the leading carriers and broadcasters, including MTS, StarHub, MegaFon and Skylink with a total of 250 million subscribers worldwide. SPB TV 2.0 is available for all smartphones running Windows Phone 7 OS. SPB TV requires a reliable 3G or WiFi network connection for proper streaming. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.

Micromax Launches The Android Powered Bling 2 For Rs.8,999

Micromax recently launched the Android powered Bling 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Micromax Bling smartphone. The Micromax Bling 2 runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

This handset is specially targeted at the fashion-savvy women mobile users. Micromax Bling 2 is decorated with Swarovski Zirconia in the front and back panels. Check out the complete specs below.

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Micromax Bling 2 Specifications:

  • 2.8 inch multi-touch capacitive display
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • GPS enabled
  • Micromax App Store
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • 150 MB internal memory
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh Li-ion battery

Micromax Bling 2 comes pre-loaded with some useful apps such as MiRoamer, Saavn, Mosho, Mundu Live, Whatsapp and much more. You will also get a white leather carry case enclosed with a compact mirror and special pouch. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999.

Airtel Finally Launches The iPhone 4 In India

Last month, Aircel and Airtel announced that, the much awaited iPhone 4 will be launched soon in India. Finally after waiting for a month, Aircel launched the iPhone 4 in India. And now, Airtel joined the bandwagon and finally announced the launch of iPhone 4. Aircel’s postpaid plans offers a great discount, but the Airtel’s postpaid plan offers a monthly discount of Rs.1000 for 24 months. So, the Airtel’s postpaid plan helps you to save up to Rs.24,000 in a span of 2 years.

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Announcing the launch, Mr. Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, As 3G services drive the next wave of growth in the country’s telecom industry, iPhone 4 on Airtel’s exceptional high-speed network will provide customers with a truly mobile 3G experience at affordable service offerings”.

iPhone 4 comes with 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution, Apple’s A4 chip, iOS 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more. iPhone 4 allows you to access more than 500,000 apps from the App Store. The 16 GB variant of iPhone 4 comes with a price tag of Rs.34,500, while the 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs.40,900.

Airtel’s postpaid plan for iPhone starts from Rs.600 and goes up to Rs.2000 per month. The Rs.600 monthly plan offers a discount of Rs.300 while the Rs.1000 plan offers a discount of Rs.1000 per month. On the other hand, the prepaid plan offers a maximum discount of Rs.907 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung will soon release its powerful “superphone”, the Galaxy S II in India. Which handset you are planning to buy? Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Nokia E6 Up For Pre-Order In UK

Last month, Nokia announced the Symbian powered Nokia E6 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the Nokia’s popular business phone, the Nokia E72. Nokia E6 runs on the Symbian AnnaOperating System. This handset comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory and more.

The latest version of Symbian, also called as Symbian Anna, comes with a new improved web browser, new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard. Nokia E6 is specially targeted at business users. This handset is currently up for pre-order in the UK. You can purchase this handset with a 2 year service agreement or you can even opt for the unlocked version of this handset.

nokia e6 uk

Nokia E6 features a 2.4 inch TFT LCD Capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, Symbian (Anna) OS, 680 MHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 256 MB RAM, 1024MB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G HSDPA, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery.

Nokia E6 will be available for free with a 2 year service agreement. You can even purchase the unlocked version of this handset for £349 (approx. $570). Nokia E6 will be released at the end of Q2 of 2011. To pre-order this smartphone, head over to this page.