Idea Launches 3G Services In Maharashtra, Goa, UP And Kerala

After Tata Docomo, Reliance Communication, Aircel and Airtel launched their 3G services in India, Idea recently joined the bandwagon and launched its 3G services in India. In the first phase, Idea launched 3G in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle. Within a week, Idea 3G has been launched in Maharashtra, Goa, UP (East), UP (West) And Kerala circle.

Idea 3G services are currently live in Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Muzzafarnagar, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Rudrapur, Kashipur and Haridwar of Maharashtra circle. It is also available in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad,Jhansi, Sitapur and Azamgarh in the UP (East) circle.

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Idea 3G services have been launched in 30 cities of Kerala – Achanambalam, Adat, Adoor, Adoorengg-colg, Alimukku, Alleppey Town, Aluva, Amabalamughal, Ariyallur, Aroor, Athavanad, Avinsserry, Ayanikad, Beypore Bhavans Hill, Bmnagar, C K Para, Calicut Town, Cochin, Fort Kochi, Carborandum, Chaliyam, Chattiparamba,Kottackal, Vengara, Chelambra, Chelari, Payyoli, Quilandy, Feroke, Beypore, Malappuram ,Kottackal, Kottarakara, Punalur, Vengara, Parappanangadi, Thrissur and Chemmadnow.

Idea has grabbed 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Idea already said that the company is planning to grow at the rate of 10 towns per day. Idea will cover 750 towns by mid 2011 and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12.

To get the Idea 3G settings on your smartphone, just SMS SET to 12345. Check out the Idea 3G tariff plans here.

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Nokia E7 Now Available In The US For $679

Back in September, Nokia announced the Nokia E7 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset looks quite similar to the Nokia N8, but it comes with a larger screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nokia E7 runs on the Symbian^3 Operating System. This handset is already available in Finland, Sweden, India and other European countries, but it was not released in the US until last week. Finally, after waiting for almost 7 months, folks in US can purchase this handset from Nokia’s online store or from the Amazon.

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Nokia E7 features a 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 Operating System, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16 GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Nokia E7 comes with a price tag of $679. You can easily purchase this handset from Nokia’s online store. Alternately, you can also get this handset from Amazon for $649. Nokia E7 will be available in 5 vibrant colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at Nokia’s online store or this page at Amazon.

T-Mobile Offers Motorola Defy For Free On Contract

Motorola Defy is an entry level, semi-rugged smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.1 Operating System, but it will get the Android 2.2 update during the Q2 of 2011. Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and it comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, then you should grab it today itself, since T-Mobile USA is currently offering this smartphone for free on contract.

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Motorola Defy features a 3.7 inch WVGA display, 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, MOTOBLUR, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, Android Media Player, FM Radio and much more.

This handset also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 512 of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB microSD card included, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Google Maps Navigation, Android Market, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.8 hours talktime, up to 9.9 days stand-by time and a 1540 mAh battery.

The powerful Motorola Defy originally comes with a price tag of $99.99, but you can get this handset for free, only till Thursday, April 7th. This offer is valid, only if you purchase this handset from T-Mobile.com with a 2 year service agreement. This is a pretty good deal since Motorola Defy will soon get the Android 2.2 update and on the other hand, it saves $99.99.

Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 Leaked Videos Emerge

Recently, the demo videos of BlackBerry OS 6.1 has been surfaced online. The new BlackBerry OS 6.1 looks quite similar to the OS 6.0. The demo videos features the unannounced Blackberry Bold Touch 9930. These videos finally confirmed that, the rumored Blackberry Bold Touch is already in the making. Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 will be the first handset from the company to feature the small touchscreen display along with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.

The demo videos shows the hardware as well as the power, volume and convenience keys. Another video shows off the homescreen as well as the multimedia features. The other videos showcase the beautiful backside of the Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 on inserting a SIM. Check out the videos after the break.

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HTC Desire HD Officially Launched In India For Rs.26,990

Back in September, HTC announced the Android powered HTC Desire HD. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Desire smartphone and it runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. HTC Desire HD is already available in India from last 4 month, but this handset has been officially launched, today in India. It comes with the bright 4.3 inch LCD display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. This handset is expected to get the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update, at the end of this month.

HTC Desire HD

We have always strived to enhance and enrich the mobile phone experience and the HTC Desire HD is a true testament of HTC’s prowess, with its stylish unibody design and outstanding features, said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. We are confident that Indian mobile phone users will value this holistic approach and HTC’s innovations in the new HTC Desire HD.

HTC Desire HD features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 768 RAM, 1.5 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio, up to 490 hours of stand-by time, up to 9 hours 15 mins of talk-time and a 1230 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire HD is available at a Market Operating Price of Rs. 26,990. You can purchase this handset from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country. This handset is also available at Flipkart, for Rs.26,399.

Samsung Star II S5263 Now Available In India For Rs.6,540

Samsung recently launched the new Samsung Star II S5263 touchscreen phone in India. This handset is the successor of the popular Samsung Star phone. Samsung Star managed to cross the 30 million mark and now the company is expecting to break those records with the help of Samsung Star II. This handset runs on the Samsung’s proprietary OS and it comes with the new TouchWiz UI 3.0. Check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Star II S5263 features a 3 inch WQVGA touchscreen display, proprietary OS, TouchWiz UI 3.0, QuickType T9 Trace keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, stereo FM radio, document viewer, 3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, 16GB expandable memory, Twitter and Facebook apps and a 1000 mAh battery.

This handset is already available in European countries like Germany, and now, this handset is finally available in India. Samsung Star II comes with a price tag of Rs.6,540. This handset is available in two colors – Black and White. Samsung Star II will compete with entry level touchscreen phones from Micromax and Nokia, in the Indian market.

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Nokia C1-01 And C1-02 Firmware Updated To Version 4.40

Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular entry-level phone, the Nokia C1-01 and C1-02. The Nokia C1-01 is a dual-SIM phone with basic features, while the Nokia C1-02 is an entry level handset with dual-SIM, camera, FM Radio and other features. The latest firmware version is numbered 4.40 and it comes with general usability and performance improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Nokia C1-01 and Nokia C1-02 Changelog:

  • Performance improvements
  • Usability improvements

The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this software through your device, type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on-screen prompts. It is advised to back up all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.

Kyocera Echo Up For Pre-Order At Sprint For $199.99

Last month, Kyocera Communications announced Kyocera Echo, the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. Kyocera Echo will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. It comes with an amazing VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

Recently, we posted that, Sprint will release the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone on April 17th for $199.99 on contract. If you are eagerly waiting to buy this handset, then you can pre-order this handset. Sprint has recently started taking pre-orders for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. If you are still unaware of the specs, then you can check out the complete specs below.

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Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1GB memory, 8GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Full HTML Web browser optimized for dual-screen experience and a 1370 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 mail rebate and a two years service agreement. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page.

Idea 3G Tariff Plans

After waiting for months, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. In the first phase, Idea 3G will be available only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. To activate 3G services on your 3G enabled smartphone, Idea subscribers will need to dial *147# or you can even SMS ACT3G to 12345.

Within few minutes, your 2G data plan will be de-activated and you will be shifted to the 3G Pay As You Godata plan. Idea offers 4 types of data plans – Sachet based, Time based, Usage based and Data rate cutter. Almost, all the telecom operators have provided free trial of their 3G services, but sadly, Idea does not provide any free data for trial. Check out the Idea’s 3G tariff plans below.

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Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Deputy Managing Director, Idea Cellular said, “3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and bring the sector on par with the most advanced telecom markets in the world. Beginning today, Idea subscribers will be the first in India to experience the Gold Standard in 3G services.”

To get the 3G settings on your 3G enabled smartphone, you will just need to SMS SET to 12345. You will get the settings within a minute. You can even video call with your friends and relatives for just 5p/sec (Rs.3/min). If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

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Idea Finally Launches 3G Services In India

All the major telecom operators have already started their 3G services in India. Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance communications launched their 3G followed by Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone in the Q1 of 2011. Idea subscribers were eagerly waiting for the launch of 3G from last few months. And today, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. Idea 3G signals are currently live only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle.

Speaking about the 3G network rollout, Mr. Ambrish Jain, Director Operations, Idea Cellular, said: “Beginning with MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and HP, Idea’s 3G services will expand in a progressive manner to provide expansive coverage across 4,000 towns by year end. Idea will target areas of industrial and commercial activity, centres of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands where broadband is yet to make a breakthrough. Idea has set up the most extensive customer service network to educate customers on 3G and support their requirements, across the country.”

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Idea has also unveiled a new 3G logo. Idea has set up ‘Experience Kiosks’ to provide a flavour of the services that customers can opt for. These will be available to all users at select ‘My Idea’ stores. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. Idea is planning to grow at the rate of 10 towns per day. Idea will coverr 750 towns by mid 2011 and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12.

Idea Cellular had won 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Idea has also selected Nokia Siemens as their 3G partners.

Idea offers peak speed of up to 21 Mbps on 3G handsets. It also allows you to download latest songs, watch videos on YouTube, update status on Facebook, download movies, view photos, play HD games and much more. Idea has introduced Time based Billing plan and Sachet plan. The time based plans all you to download unlimited data for a certain period of time. The sachet plan is basically a trial package, introduced to promote their 3G services. We will soon post the complete 3G plans and offers. Stay tuned for more info.