Spice Launches Android Powered MI-310 In India For Rs.7,500

Spice recently launched the Android powered MI-310 touchscreen phone in in India. Spice MI-310 is the company’s second Android powered phone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and comes with a 3.15 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, 16 GB expandable memory and so on. Check out the complete features after the break.

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Spice MI-310 Specifications:

  • 3.15 inch Capacitive HVGA touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
  • Trackpad
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3G connectivity
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • USB Tethering
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Functionality
  • Exchange Support
  • Apps on External Storage
  • Proximity Sensor
  • FM & Music Player
  • Push E-mail
  • Unlimited Phonebook & SMS
  • 85 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • Upto 2.5 hours talktime
  • Upto 150-200 hours stand-by time
  • 1200 mAh battery

Spice MI-310 comes with a price tag of Rs.7,500. If you are looking for a cheap Android handset with pretty decent specs, then you should definitely go for this one. This handset is also available at Flipkart for just Rs.7,305. Are you willing to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 Now Available In India For Rs.19,499

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Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and comes with a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling this handset in India. Check out the complete specs below.

Samsung Galaxy SL features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with Gorilla Glass, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features incude a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA connectivity, 478 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Android Market, FM Radio with RDS, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, up to 15 hours talktime, up to 610 hours stand-by time and a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy SL comes with a price tag of Rs.19,499. If you have already decided to but this handset, then just head over to this page.

AT&T HTC Aria Gets The Android 2.2 Update

Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.

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The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.

To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Wi-Fi Only HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order At Germany For €499

HTC Flyer

Earlier this month, HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. It runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. Recently, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer has been emerged in the Germany. CyberPort, a popular online retailer in Germany, is currently taking pre-order for the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

HTC Flyer comes with the HTC Watch service, which allows you to download hundreds of HD movies from major studios. The original HTC Flyer is up for pre-order at Amazon Germany for €669 (approx. $915). The Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is currently up for pre-order at CyberPort in Germany for €499 (approx. $620/ Rs.28,000). Which version of HTC Flyer will you buy? Or you will go for other Honeycomb tablets? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Vodafone To Launch 3G Services By March-End

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Last year, Tata Docomo, Reliance Communications and Airtel launched their 3G services in India. Recently, Aircel joined the bandwagon and launched its 3G services in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East, Bihar and Kolkata circle. And now, Vodafone is expected to launch their 3G services by the end of Q1 of 2011. Back in October, Vodafone has already announced Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson India as partners for its 3G network across India.

Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone will roll-out 3G Mobile and Data services in a phased manner by the end of March.

We have a 3G-ready network, currently in optimisation which we will be launching very quickly. Our approach is to give our customers a world class experience, we will launch 3G service a city-wise basis and not pan-India or circle-wise. Presently, trials of 3G service are on and the service is expected to be launched in a phased manner by Marchsaid Naveen Chopra, Vodafone Essar Director (Enterprise and Carrier Business).

Vodafone selected Nokia Siemens to manage its 3G HSPA network in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP(East), Rest of Bengal and Haryana circle. While the company selected Ericsson to provide 3G HSPA services in the remaining circles. Stay tuned for more updates on Vodafone 3G services and plans.

Sprint Announces The Windows Phone 7 Powered HTC Arrive

htc arriveSprint recently announced its first Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone, the HTC Arrive. This handset comes with a tilt-up display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. HTC Arrive is also the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 smartphone. It offers well-known Microsoft services like Microsoft Mobile Office, Zune and Xbox LIVE.

HTC Arrive features a 3.6 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 5 mega pixel camera with flash and autofocus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, SRS WOW HD surround sound, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, full HTML Web browser with Bing search, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB internal memory, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Office Hub, Sprint Zone, Sprint TV, up to 6 hours talktime and a 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC Arrive allows you to access latest apps, games, music and premium Xbox LIVE games from the Windows Phone Market. This handset measures 117.6 mm x 58.9 mm x 15.5 mm and weighs 184 grams. HTC Arrive comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. This handset will be available from March 20th. You can pre-order this handset from any Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card.

Aircel 3G Tariff Plans

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Aircel recently launched its 3G services in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle. Aircel subscribers can try the 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphone, just by sending an SMS with the keyword TRY 3Gto 121 or you can even SMS START 3Gto 121. Aircel subscribers will get 250 MB of free data usage as well as 50 minutes of video calling for free. This offer is available only till February 27.

If you want to continue using the Aircel 3G services after the trial period, then go ahead and check out the exciting 3G plans offered by Aircel below.

Aircel 3G Data Plans:

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Aircel 3G Combo Plans:

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Aircel 3G Data Plans (For USB Data Card subscribers):

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Aircel also offers free data usage on purchase of new 3G smartphones. Nokia customers will get free 1GB data per month, for first 3 months. Samsung customers are eligible to get free 1GB data per month, for first 3 months. Blackberry customers will get free data usage for the 1st month. Dell customers will get free 1GB data per month, for first 12 months.

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Aircel Launches 3G Services In Karnataka, UP East And Kolkata

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Back in November, Tata Docomo launched its 3G services in India. Tata Docomo was the first private operator to offer 3G data services and video calls in India. Soon after that, other private operators such as Reliance and Airtel joined the bandwagon. Recently, Aircel launched its 3G services in Chennai. And now, within few days of its launch, Aircel announced the launch of its 3G services in Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle.

The Aircel subscribers in Chennai, Karnataka, UP East and Kolkata circle can now try the new 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphones. To try 3G services on your Aircel number, just SMS TRY 3Gto 121 or SMS START 3Gto 121. Aircel subscribers will get 250 MB of data and 50 minutes of video calling for free. This offer is valid for both prepaid and postpaid customers.

Aircel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and North East. Out of which, the company has launched its 3G services only in 4 telecom circles. Aircel is expected to launch its 3G services in the remaining 9 circles before the end of Q1 of 2011. Even Idea and Vodafone is expected to offer their 3G services before the end of March.

Aircel Launches 3G Services In Chennai

aircel 3g

Last month, we posted that Aircel will soon launch its 3G services in India. And now, Aircel finally launched its 3G services in Chennai. Aircel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and North East. Currently, the Aircel 3G services are launched only in Chennai circle and it will be soon launched in other telecom circles in the coming months.

Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel, who launched the services said, We are excited about 3G, as we see it as something that will begin to transform our lives in many ways. The youth comprise over 50 percent of the country’s population and are among active internet users and also avid users of Facebook, YouTube and other social networking sites. The launch of 3G services on Aircel will address the high speed digital needs of the consumers thus unleashing the power of the Internet further creating opportunities for education, employment, engagement and entertainment which will empower the consumers and impact their Lifestyle.

Aircel is currently offering free trial of its 3G services. Both prepaid and postpaid users will get 250 MB data and 50 minutes of video calling. Beyond free usage, customers will be charged data at 3p/10kb and video calls will be charged at Rs.3/min. To try 3G services on your Aircel number, just SMS “TRY 3G” to 121.

The Aircel 3G trial offer will be available only from Feb 22 to Feb 27. We will soon post the Aircel 3G tariff. Even Idea is expected to launch its 3G services soon in India. Stay tuned for more updates.

Nokia Announces Ovi Store Operator Billing On Reliance Mobile

nokia reliance ovi billing

Back in 2009, Nokia launched the Ovi Store, which allows you to download and access free apps as well as paid apps on the Nokia smartphones. While it was not possible in India to purchase apps via operator billing, most of the American and European countries already has the operator billing service. This service lets you download paid apps from the Ovi Store and the amount is deducted from your pre-paid account or charged in your postpaid account.

Finally, after waiting for more than a year, Nokia launched the operator billing service for its Ovi Store in partnership with Reliance Communications in India. Now, Nokia users can easily pay for the paid apps from their Reliance number. If you are a prepaid Reliance users, then the amount will be deducted from your pre-paid account. If you are a postpaid users, then the amount will be reflected in the monthly mobile phone bill.

Commenting on this alliance, Prashant Gokarn 3G Head, Reliance Communications, said, Nokia and RCOM relationship brings exclusive apps through Ovi Store coupled with a convenient purchase process. This service will usher in significant growth in adoption and usage of apps in India. This service is a big step in a series of innovation led products from RCOM.

V Ramnath, Director Operator Channels, Nokia India, said, Our partnership with Reliance Communications is a big step towards providing Indian consumers easy and simplified access to Ovi Store content through operator billing. The response from consumers in India has already exceeded our expectations, with the number of weekly downloads crossing 4.5 million. We believe our partnership will help accelerate this further.

Reliance Communications is the first mobile service provider to offer the operator billing for its subscribers in India. More operators are expected to join the bandwagon in the coming months. What are your views regarding the Ovi Store operator billing in India? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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