Nokia Messaging For Social Network Adds Support For S40 Phones

Nokia Beta Labs, which is on a roll these days, has introduced yet another update to its Social Networking app: Nokia Messaging For Social Network. Nokia Messaging for Social Networks now supports S40 devices too. Along with that, Nokia Messaging for Social Networks for S60 has also been updated and now supports DM’s, View Profile, Mark tweets as favorites and more.

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Change Log includes:

  • Facebook Upload photos to selected album
  • Facebook Timestamp improvement
  • Twitter Direct message
  • Twitter Post with Location
  • Twitter View   profile of people you are following and posted tweets
  • Twitter View own profile and posted tweets
  • Twitter Mark as Favorite
  • Lots of Bugfixes.

From my experience, Nokia Messaging for Social Network yet does not give complete Social networking experience due to lack of features. I would rather use the eye candy all-in-one Gravity app for the same. Since it’s just in beta we can expect some cool features to be added soon.

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Unitech Wireless To Launch Its Network In Five More Circles

Unitech Wireless, which is a joint venture between India’s Unitech Ltd. and Norwegian telecommunication company Telenor ASA, has decided to expand its horizon with launching its service in five more circles. Unitech’s service, Uniror is presently available in eight circles in India mostly Southern India.

Unitech will next enter the service areas of Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Unitech presently has a subscriber base of 2.5 million. Unitech said in a statement that Telenor has invested about INR 20.22 billion more in the joint venture as planned for a 7.15% stake, taking the Norwegian company’s total stake in Unitech Wireless to 67.25%.

Airtel To Launch Its Own App Store

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Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator has now entered the app store market. With the huge success of Apple’s app store, many handset makers like RIM, Samsung and  Sony Ericsson have imbibed the business model. This is the first time that an operator has introduced the app store, though, we had slight idea that Aircel is about to launch its own app store soon when it tied up with Infosys for the same.

Bharti’s app store is set to go live Today, with over 1,200 applications. The main advantage for the developers would Airtel’s 500 million subscriber base. Developing an app which would run on all the types of OS would be a challenge that developers would have to face.

Mr Bindal also pointed out that Bharti held an edge over other players in this space because of its billing model. While a third of the apps are available for free, customers must pay between Rs 5 to Rs 25 for remaining apps, even as Bharti will enable its subscribers to use certain apps for Re 1/day.
For pre-paid customers, the cost of the apps will be deducted from the talktime, while for post-paid, it will be part of the bill, explains Mr Bindal. On the other hand purchasing an app from handset makers requires customers to make an online transaction using their credit or debit cards.
We can also tweak the apps and customise them for each region. There will be a lot of local content and the ability to micromanage gives us the edge. With over 120 million customers we have an understanding of their preferences, consumption trends and other market data which we can convert into meaningful product and services,Mr Bindal added.

Tata Teleservice Also Launches Push Mail Service

Earlier we saw Reliance Communications launching Push Mail VAS to its millions of subscribers, in the competitive spirit even Tata Teleservice has launched the similar service for its subscribers. Tata Subscribers, Indicom and DoCoMo can now read their mails on low end handsets.   Like RCom, even Tata Teleservice has tied up with ISeeMedia to deliver this service.

Mr. Zubin Dubash, AVP VAS, New Products Development, Tata Teleservices Limited, said, Push 4 All Mail is a revolutionary service that will change the way people communicate. Customers will have to no longer worry whether their handsets are GPRS/BREW enabled or not since Push 4 All Mail is a ubiquitous service that will provide hassle free easy to use email service on SMS. Today consumer preferences are changing dramatically and as a telecom operator it’s important to listen to consumer’s voice and offer services that make a meaningful impact both in terms of service and revenues.

We are extremely please at the commercial launch of Tata’s newly branded Push 4 All Mail SMS-based push-mail service and look forward to some very meaningful traction throughout 2010,said Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO, iseemedia. Tata Teleservices is the first operator in India to offer a push-mail service ubiquitously on all handsets which will revolutionize the way users receive and send their email via SMS, seamlessly from basic phone sets.

Unlike RCom which offers this service for 30 INR per month and 50p for each SMS, Tata will be offering push mail service for just 15 INR and 50p for each SMS.

RCom Launches Push Mail Service

Reliance Communication launched SMS based Push Mail for its subscribers in tie-up with Canada’s ISeeMedia.

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Mr. Krishna Durbha, Head VAS, Reliance Communications said, iseemedia provides the ideal platform to deliver our next generation service to drive more email usage among our existing subscribers.We believe our push email service can deliver substantial revenue upside over the years to RCOM.

CEO of ISeeMedia said, Mobile connectivity has become more important in everyday lives in India. With Reliance we have the opportunity to promote mobile email to its 92 million subscribers and as a mass market solution to provide full email functionality on nearly 100 per cent of devices used in India. This will allow RCOM to increase its customer base as well as drive the adoption of mobile email usage through new value-added services.

This is a groundbreaking service as it will enable even entry level phones to act as Smartphones. Once you have enabled this value added service, you will be able to read your emails even on non-gprs enabled phones, in form of SMS. This service is available for Rs.30 per month and each SMS will be charged 50p.

200MB Free For Rs.19 On Airtel

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Last month, Airtel launched an amazingly unbelievable plan which offered 2GB free download on a GPRS connection for just 98 INR with validity of a month. It looks like Airtel isn’t stopping at it. It has introduced yet another plan for light users. It’s quite cheap at just Rs.19 and useful for users who just want to check mails, access facebook and twitter. To avail this plan just easy recharge with Rs.19.

Plan Details:

Voucher: Rs.19
Validity: 3 days
Benefits: 200MB free download.

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Authorities Pull Down Illegal Towers, Leaves Subscribers Without Service

About more than 300 towers in Noida and few nearby cities were closed down by the authorities in a dispute over whether they had been built on private properties where commercial activity is banned.This action This left subscribers clueless and furious over call cut-off and no reception. There are about 600 towers in Noida and around 300 are already sealed. Authorities have already started survey to find out if any more illegal towers are there.

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As per rule, mobile operators have to take permission before installing any tower and it cannot be installed on private properties without getting NOC (No objection certificate) from the resident. Mobile operators were left cry baby and alleging that the civic authorities did not give them time or notices before taking action. Mobile Operators also approached TRAI only to gain no response.

Nokia Offers Valentine’s Offer to UK Users

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With Valentine’s day coming closer, the love is in the air for sure. The most difficult question of all during such times is what to gift your sweetheart on 14th Feb. Well, Nokia UK has come up with some excellent offers for Valentine’s day.

You can buy a Nokia E72, N86, N97, N97 Mini, X6, N900 or 8800 and get Nokia 1661 or Nokia 1208 absolutely free. Doesn’t it sound awesome and of course lighter on your wallets?   Either you can gift your sweetheart Nokia E72 or the Nokia 1661 which comes free with it. Also, shipping is absolutely free. Just head over to nokia.co.uk and order your Valentine a gift before you forget.

If you know any gadget offers for this Valentine season, drop in a mail at [email protected] or just comment below. We’ll be more than happy to share it with our readers.

BSNL, MTNL Finally Ready For MNP

If you remember, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was to be introduced back in December 31st, 09 but that didn’t happen cause the operators weren’t ready technologically back then. The deadline was then extended to 31st March and now state owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL are ready to meet the deadline. If you turned in late, MNP allows users to change their service provider without having to change their number.

Trai has fixed Rs 19 as the charge to be paid by a subscriber to avail the MNP service. The whole process of shifting from one operator to another would take a maximum of four days and you cannot shift between operators within four months after the first MNP shift. This is quite useful considering Google Voice is yet not available in India, which is a free service. Google Voice, allows users to add multiple number to Google account and all you need to do is give out your Google number to people. So, it wouldn’t matter if you change your service provider the next time, just log in to your Google account and change number. People would still be able to reach you at your Google number. Pretty neat. But that gets a bit technical for average people in India.

Currently, we have seen the call rates war between the operators and that’s just about to get more intense with introduction of MNP.

Ovi Maps Racing Now Available

Ovi Maps Racing is a location-based racing game from Nokia, which is available for free on the OVI Store for limited period of time. The game would be played on the  drawings on Ovi Maps, in which you can race on the tracks through real world cities by utilizing the maps data by NAVTEQ and the GPS of the mobile device.

The game looks like a good come back by Nokia in the gaming world after the great debacle of Nokia on the  N-Gage fronts. Check out the video to see how awesome the game is:

 

The racing in the 3D environment is quite impressive and the experience of racing on the real world tracks cannot be matched. It would have been even more better if we could play against our friends, maybe in future? If you do not fancy making your own route for racing, you can use the preloaded ones and those aren’t that bad either. Ovi Maps Racing is currently available on all Nokia touch devices based on Symbian^1, that is Nokia N97 mini and Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition etc. The game is huge in size though, around 8MB.

Download the OVI Maps Racing game from OVI store. The game is available for free only for limited period of time, so hurry up.