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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

Tata Docomo Offers Double Talktime To Celebrate 1 Million Facebook Fans

tata docomo double talktime

Tata Docomo has finally reached the milestone of 1 million fans on Facebook. To celebrate the success and popularity of the company, Tata Docomo is currently offering “Double Talktime” to all of its 1 million Facebook fans. It means that, if you recharge with Rs.500 top-up voucher, you will get a talktime of Rs.1000. This offer is valid only for 2 days and available in all the telecom circles.

According to the terms and conditions,

  • You must be a fan or follower of the official Tata DOCOMO page on Facebook
  • You will need to do a top up recharge during the Offer Period
  • You should have a valid Tata Docomo prepaid mobile number
  • You should submit your Tata Docomo prepaid mobile number details along with the telecom circle accurately

This offer is valid only till January 12, 2011. To get the double talktime, first you will need to register your Tata Docomo prepaid number here and then recharge your Tata Docomo number online or at your nearest retailer. You will get the additional talktime in the next 7 days of your recharge. If you still haven’t liked Tata Docomo’s official page on Facebook, head over to this page.

Tata Docomo Launches Future Group’s T24 Mobile Services In Gujrat

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Tata Docomo, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited today launched the retail chain giant Future group’s T24 mobile services in Gujarat. Future group, widely known for store chains like Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar and Pantaloons will be offering this new service from 23 of its big stores spread across seven towns in Gujarat. Future Group have retail stores in Anand, Vapi, Surat and Bharuch cities in Gujrat.

“It is a unique marketing alliance between a retailer group and telecom operator that offers customers free talk time on purchases or recharges made at any of the Future group outlets,” Tata DOCOMO COO Gujarat Nipun Sharma said.

“This new service, which is on a franchise model, will be offered from all of our 23 large outlets spread across seven towns in Gujarat. We shall open two more retail stores in Bhavnagar and Mehsana in Gujarat over next 6-8 months period,” said Mayur Toshniwal, CEO Telecom, Future Group.

The T24 mobile service was first launched in Andhra Pradesh in June 2010 and it has already received encouraging response from its launch in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. To learn more on the T24 mobile service, head over to this page.

[ via. Economic Times ]

Motorola Xoom Tablet To Cost £719.99?

moto xoom uk

Last week, Motorola announced the much awaited, Android Honeycomb powered Xoom tablet at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet is expected to release in the Q1 of 2011, but the company has not announced the price of this device. Handtec, a popular online retailer in the UK have already listed the price of the device on their website. According to the retailer, Motorola Xoom tablet will be available in the UK for £719.99 (approx. $1100).

Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 3G Connectivity, 4G LTE upgradeable, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM and up to 10 hour video playback.

The cost of the device, after excluding the VAT is just £599.99 (approx. $930). Are you willing to buy this device? Or planning to buy the Android Gingerbread powered ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Aircel To Launch 3G Services In February

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Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance launched their 3G services in India. This month, Airtel is expected to join the bandwagon. And now, Aircel announced that, the company will launch their 3G services in the next 40 to 60 days. It means that, the Aircel customers can enjoy 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphones from late February or early March.

We are planning to launch our 3G Mobile and Data services across 13 telecom circles where we have got the licences and 3G spectrum in another 40 to 60 days. Moreover, Aircel will be one of the first telecom operator in the country to usher into the fourth generation era. We are planning to start 4G /Broadband Wirelss Access (BWA) trials by the first or second quarter of the next financial year i.e. April 2011. The BWA-4G Services will be rolled out by December 2011 or January 2012 in 8 telecom circles,” said Mallikarjuna Rao, CTO, Aircel Ltd.

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. Aircel has also bagged Broadband Wireless Access (BWA- 4G) license for 8 telecom circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir.

Until now, only Tata Docomo and Reliance has launched their 3G services in India. Airtel, Idea and S-Tel are expected to launch their 3G services this month. And finally, Aircel and Vodafone will launch their 3G services from late February or early March.

Cheers Mobile Launches GSM Mobile Services In Mumbai

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Cheers Mobile recently launched their GSM mobile services in the Mumbai telecom circle. Cheers Mobile is the GSM mobile telephony services brand of Etisalat DB. The company recently paid Rs. 9.9 crore as a penalties to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for not launching their telecom services on time.

Cheers Mobile has Unified Access Services (UAS) License for mobile telephony in 15 circles including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai,Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

Cheers Mobile is currently offering 50 minutes of talk time and 50 SMS everyday for the first 60 days. Customers can also continue the same benefits for up 120 days at a daily deduction of Rs.1 per day. The 50 minutes offered by the company includes 45 minutes of talktime for calling local Cheers mobile subscribers and the remaining 5 minutes can be utilized for calling any local number.

After the free uasge, you will be charged 40p/min for local calls, 60p/min for STD call, 40p for local SMS and 60p for national SMS. If you have any queries, contact cheers mobile, just by dialing 9588000121. You can get the Cheers Mobile SIM cards, from any of the address given below.

  1. Jogeshwari:  Techweb Centre, 5th floor, New Link Road, Oshiwara, Jogeshwari West, Mumbai 400102
  2. Chembur:   82-C, Rajashree Bldg., Shop No. 9 & 24, Near Girnar Tea, Chembur, Mumbai 400071

[ via. Telecom Talk ]

Acer Announces The Acer Liquid Mini Smartphone

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Recently, we posted that, Acer announced the beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone, and now the company announced another touchscreen phone, the Acer Liquid Mini at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, which allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Acer Liquid Mini is DLNA certified, which means that, you can enjoy content from your computer on your phone.

Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, HSDPA support, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and more.

This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – jet silver, royal blue, piano black, lime green and light pink. It allows you to view and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange. Acer Liquid Mini will be available from April 11 in the UK. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

Acer Announces beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone

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Acer recently announced the Android powered beTouch E210. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. Acer beTouch E210 is the tenth device in the Acer’s beTouch series of phones.

Acer beTouch E210 features a 2.6-inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 416 ST-Ericsson PNX6715 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.2-megapixel camera, music player and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, GPS, micro-USB, optical trackpad, Stereo FM Radio, Digital compass and a 1300mAh battery. This handset measures 115 x 62.5 x 11.5mm and weighs just 109g.

This handset is available in two colors – silver and black. Acer beTouch E210 will be released in the UK on March 11th. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

Huawei Unveils The Android Powered Ideos X5

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Huawei finally announced the much awaited Ideos X5 smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Huawei Ideos X5 comes with a 3.8 inch touch screen display, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. According to the company, each detail of the IDEOS X5 is specifically chosen to bring consumers a smart mobile experience that is easy to enjoy.

Speaking at a press event at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device, said, “We are excited to launch the next generation IDEOS: the X5 smartphone. This smartphone is a new alternative to traditional brands and competes well in terms of design and functionality. IDEOS X5 offers the latest technology at a price that’s right.”

Huawei Ideos X5 features a large 3.8 inch multiple touchscreen display with easy-to-use SWYPE input and voice recognition, 800 MHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 5 mehapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, Stereo FM radio, 3.5 mm headset jack, SRS professional audio effect, Dolby Mobile, Adobe Flash 10.1, MicroSD card slot, GPS and more.

Huawei Ideos X5 will be available in Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand beginning January 2011. The company also said that, a U.S. carrier will be announced during mid-2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Cliq 2 Smartphone

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Motorola recently announced the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Cliq 2 helps the users stay connected to their home, work and weekend lives. You can even work remotely on the CLIQ 2 using the Quickoffice app, which allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.

Smartphone users are constantly looking for a device that suits all of their needs, whether they’re in the office or at home with their families. CLIQ 2 is what these consumers are looking for, delivering on what it means to truly stay connected on their terms. With business-ready features and robust entertainment options, CLIQ 2 users will be able to make the most of every moment,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc.

Motorola Cliq 2 Specifications:

  • 3.7 inch touchscreen display
  • 854 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
  • 1GHz processor
  • MOTOBLUR
  • USB 2.0
  • ActiveSync
  • Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1 GB ROM
  • 2 GB microSD card loaded
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • A-GPS
  • Up to 7.9 hours talktime
  • Up to 13 days stand-by time
  • 1420 mAh battery

Motorola Cliq 2 will be available from January 19th, on the airwaves of T-Mobile USA. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Xoom Tablet

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Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.

Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.

Motorola Xoom Specifications:

  • 10.1 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro USB 2.0
  • Corporate Sync
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 4G LTE upgradeable
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Full HD (1080p) playback
  • 32GB internal memory
  • SD card support
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 10 hour video playback

The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.