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Samsung Launches The Champ Deluxe Duos In India For Rs.4790

Samsung recently launched the dual-SIM Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos in India. This handset comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 1.3 megapixel rear camera, 16 GB expandable memory and much more. The entry-level Champ Deluxe Duos is specially targeted at the youth in India. It comes with the Samsung ChatON messaging service, which allows you to communicate instantly with any mobile phone and share text, pictures, calendar, contacts, emotions, hand-written notes and videos instantly with your friends.

samsung champ deluxe duos

Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, TouchWiz UI, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities, 1.3 megapixel rear camera, GPRS/EDGE, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio, Audio and Video player, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, micro USB, make fake calls feature, Bluetooth, Samsung ChatON and a 1000 mAh battery.

Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos is available in 2 colors – White and Black. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.4790. However, you can easily buy this handset at Flipkart for just Rs.3925. To get this handset from Flipkart, head over to this page.

Nokia Asha 300 Already Available In India For Rs.6835

Last year, Nokia announced four new handsets under the new Asha series of phones, the Nokia Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201. These handsets runs on the Symbian S40 Operating System. Out of the four devices, Nokia has only launched the Asha 200 QWERTY phone in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is already selling the new Nokia Asha 300 in India. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 allows you to easily access messaging, email and instant messaging from the home screen. You can even swipe the homescreen to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store.

nokia asha 300

Nokia Asha 300 features a 2.4 inch resistive touch display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian S40 Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with video recording, 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3 music player, USB charging, Nokia Life Tools, Nokia Browser, Nokia Messaging with push email and IM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, up to 6.9 hours of talk-time, up to 22 days of stand-by time and a 1110 mAh battery.

This handset measures 112.8 mm x 49.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs just 85 g. Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.6835. This handset is currently available only in Graphite color. Other colors such as Night Shade, Gold, White Silver, Pink and Red are expected to be available soon after the official launch. The Nokia Asha 300 also comes pre-loaded with the popular Angry Birds game. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Mercury mTab Neo Launched In India For Rs.15,999

Kobian Group, the maker of Mercury brand of computer components and peripherals, recently launched its second tablet device, the Mercury mTab Neo. This device is the successor of the not-so-popular Mercury mTab2 tablet. The previous model had only Wi-Fi and external 3G support, but the new Mercury mTab Neo features in-built 3G and SIM support for voice and video calling.

This tablet comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and a powerful 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor. Most of the entry-level tablets currently available in the market runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, the Mercury mTab Neo runs on the super old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Check out the complete specs below.

Sushmita Das, Country Manager – India, Kobian Pte Ltd, said,

“mTab Neo summarizes convergence and convenience. The product combines functionality of two devices and makes the experience and usage more convenient and friendly. At Mercury, we strive to bring products with new ideas and make technology simpler and affordable for all. SIM calling, Bluetooth, in-built 3G, dual camera and overall a strong processor and battery pack up – it’s a complete package needed in the growing market of tablets”.

mercury mtab neo

Mercury mTab Neo Specifications:

  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • HDMI Video Output
  • Dual speakers
  • EDGE/GPRS support,
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g
  • mini-USB port
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 4000 mAh battery

The Mercury mTab Neo comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,999. You will also get a 1 year warranty, with the purchase of this device. The Mercury mTab Neo will compete with other entry-level tablets such as Reliance 3G tab, Beetel Magiq II and iBall Slide in the Indian market.

Access Facebook on Any Mobile Without GPRS or Internet Connection

Accessing Facebook without Internet or GPRS on mobile is nothing new. Back in May 2011, we reported that a Singapore-based software applications development company, U2opia Mobile, had developed an application for mobile phones that will allow users to access Facebook without paying for a data connection and works well on all handsets.

Now, the application is fully functional, and the company is marketing the product with the name Fonetwish. Facebook India has teamed up with U2opia to allow its Indian user base to access the network for free without requiring any Internet connection. Yes, you can now use Facebook with your old Nokia phone (Including Nokia 1100).

The application has been developed using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) technology. Technically, USSD is a protocol used by GSM telephones to communicate with the service providers. The best example for this would the balance inquiry system.

Fonetwish works in a similar fashion. There is no graphical user interface as such, and you cannot view any graphical content. The service can only be used to read/send text based updates.

How to Enable Facebook Fonetwish

Please Note:  Fonetwish says that this service is currently available for Airtel, Aircel, Idea and Tata Docomo users in India. Unfortunately, other subscribers will have to wait a little longer.

Dial *325# (*fbk# for non-qwerty phones) and you will see a welcome message and after a few seconds you will be prompted with another message asking you to enter your username and password.

Access Facebook for Free on Mobile

Once you have entered the username and password correctly, you will the following screen –

Fonetwish - Free Facebook via Mobile

  • News Feed
  • Update Status
  • Post On Wall
  • Friend Request
  • Messages
  • Notification
  • Account Settings

You can select any of the above options by replying with the appropriate option number.

Here’s how you to update your status –

Reply with option 2 and wait for a few seconds. You will see the message “Whats on your mind?” Reply the message with your status message. You should immediately see the message updated on your Facebook profile.

Free Facebook Updates via Mobile

Facebook Update via Fonetwish

Likewise, you can also read your News Feed, manage friend request, read Facebook Messages, change account settings, and so on.

How to Deactivate or Disable Fonetwish

If in case, you did not find the application user-friendly or if the service is being charged, then you can always disable or deactivate it. Simply dial *325*22# from your mobile and the service should be deactivated immediately. If not, call up your service provider’s customer care and they will take care of it.

Also Read: Get Free Access to Twitter on Airtel

Motorola Xoom Price Drops To Rs.22,500 In India

Exactly one year ago, Motorola unveiled its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. This device runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola Xoom was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Within a few months, Motorola officially launched this device in India. The 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G version was originally priced at Rs.39,990. BlackBerry and Samsung have recently reduced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi respectively in India. Now, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy are selling the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500.

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

LetsBuy is currently selling the 32GB Motorola Xoom at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.22,999. This is definitely a good news for the potential tablet buyers in India, since the powerful Motorola Xoom is also expected to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. Are you planning to buy one? If yes, then check out the links below.

Samsung Launches The Wave Y Smartphone In India For Rs.7,950

Last year, Samsung announced the Wave Y smartphone, along with the Wave M entry-level phone. This handset runs on the Bada 2.0 Operating System. After waiting for nearly 4 months, Samsung finally launched the Wave Y smartphone in India. This handset is specially targeted at the youth in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Ranjit Yadav, country head, mobile and IT, Samsung India, said,

“Consumers today, especially the younger generation is very expressive, socially active, wants to stay connected and do more while on the move. This device not only meets these needs of Gen Y but allows them to personalise the phone to match their personality and provides them with a richer, more intuitive smartphone experience. We are very confident that this device will catch the imagination of our young consumers.

samsung wave y

Samsung Wave Y features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, Bada 2.0 Operating System, 832 MHz processor, Touchwiz UX, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, VGA video recording, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Audio and Video player, 150 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB card included, 512 MB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB 2.0, Samsung ChatON, Samsung App Store, up to 570 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 40 mins talk-time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Samsung Wave Y comes with a price tag of Rs.7,950 in India. Airtel subscribers will get an additional benefit of 100 MB free 3G data usage per month for 12 months. This handset will compete with other entry-level smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Y, Dell XCD35, Micromax Superfone Lite, Samsung Galaxy Pop and LG Optimus NET in the Indian market.

Nokia 603 Already Available In India For Rs.14,285

Back in October, Nokia announced the new Nokia 603 smartphone. This handset runs on the new Symbian Belle Operating System. It comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, powerful 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. Nokia has not yet officially launched this handset in India. But, Letsbuy, a popular online retailer is already selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

nokia 603

Nokia 603 features a 3.5 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 640 × 360 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, FM radio, A-GPS, up to 75 hours music playback time, up to 10 hours video playback time, up to 16 hrs talk-time, up to 460 hrs stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Nokia 603 comes pre-loaded with some interesting apps such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Shazam, Microsoft Office Communicator, Quick Office and more. Nokia 603 comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,719, but Letsbuy is selling this handset for just Rs.14,285. This handset is currently available only in black color. To get this handset, head over to this page at Letsbuy.

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB Now Available In India For Just Rs.13,490

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM recently reduced the price of its not-so-popular BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, by almost half in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Blackberry Playbook

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB – Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB – Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.24,490

This offer is valid only till Saturday, December 31, 2011. If you are planning to buy this device, then you should hurry up, since the offer will end in just 4 days. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is also selling this device at the new reduced price. Check out the purchase links below.

LG Optimus 3D Price Drops To Rs. 30,200 In India

Earlier this year, LG launched its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. This handset was announced and showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. The LG Optimus 3D was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. This handset was launched in India during August, with a price tag of Rs.37,000. But, if you are planning to buy this handset, then we have a good news for you. The LG Optimus 3D is currently available for just Rs.30,200 in India. Check out the complete specs below.

optimus 3d

LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D is the world’s first smartphone with the unique tri-dualconfiguration dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D contents from the handset to the YouTube 3D channel. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

White BlackBerry Bold 9900 Launched In India For Rs.33,360

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. It is the company’s slimmest handset, which comes with the BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, faster 1.2 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, etc. This handset runs on the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System. BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the company’s thinnest smartphone with 10.5 mm thickness.

Now, Research-In-Motion (RIM) has launched the pure white version of its popular BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone in India. There specs of both the devices are almost similar. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with the RIM’s new Liquid Graphics technology, which combines the graphics processor with the fast CPU and high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface and smooth graphics.

white blackberry bold 9900

BlackBerry Bold 9900 features a 2.8 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 × 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, Blackberry 7 OS, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 768 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Voice activated search, WiFi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC (Near Field Communication), Augmented Reality, Improved browser, BlackBerry Balance and a 1230 mAh battery.

The white BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also pre-loaded with many interesting and useful apps, including the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. The original BlackBerry Bold 9900 is available in India for around Rs.30,000, but you will need to shell out some extra bucks for the white version of this handset. The white BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with a price-tag of Rs.33,360. Are you planning to buy this handset, or you will go for the white version of the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II? Let us know your views in the comments section below.