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Idea Cellular Launches Entry-Level Android Phones In India

To promote its 3G services, Idea Cellular recently launched two new entry-level phones – the Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 in India. Both the devices runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. These handsets are specially targeted at 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G. Idea 3G subscribers will also get additional benefits with the purchase of this 3G phones.

Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular said,

Idea has always innovated to support the telecom services penetration in the country. In line with this commitment, Idea has introduced affordable, yet fully loaded 3G smartphones which will now fuel the aspirations of the evolving mobile user in India. The new smartphones will further drive our existing 3G services in areas of industrial and commercial activity, centers of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands.

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Idea Blade features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB, FM Radio with RDS, 150 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, etc. This handset measures 116 x 56.5 x 11.8mm and weighs 130gm.

Idea ID 280 comes with a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 528 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 256MB RAM, 152 MB internal memory, Bluetooth, USB, 3G Connectivity, Stereo FM Radio and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 comes with a price tag of Rs.7,992 and Rs.5,850 respectively. Idea subscribers will need to subscribe to the Rs. 259 pack, which offers free subscription to Idea TV for 3 months, 1 GB of data download per month for 3 months, 3G Double Dhamaka benefits for 6 months and talk-time of Rs. 25.

Dell Launches The Latitude ST Business Tablet In India

Last month, Dell announced the new Dell Latitude ST tablet for business, healthcare and education. This tablet runs on the Windows 7 Operating System. Dell Latitude ST is ideal for any organization where employees need to run a core set of applications in safe computing environments. It allows you to connect the tablet to projectors, printers or other devices using built-in ports. Within a month of its official announcement, Dell finally launched this tablet in India. Check out the complete specs below. dell latitude st

Dell Latitude ST Specifications:

  • 10.1″ WXGA touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Pen & Touch Input
  • Intel Atom Z670 processor
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate OS
  • Mobile Intel SM35 Chipset
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 600
  • Dell Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE Combo Card
  • Dell Wireless 5550 Single-mode HSPA+ Mini Card
  • A-GPS
  • Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Up to 128 GB Solid State hard drive
  • High Quality Mono Speaker
  • Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack
  • Integrated digital microphone
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • Integrated 720p HD front facing video webcam
  • USB 2.0
  • SD Memory card reader
  • HDMI
  • Digital Pen garage
  • Docking Connector

Dell Latitude ST weighs 816 g. This tablet comes with a price tag of Rs.36,000. You can also get the optional Docking station for an additional price of Rs.8,000. To learn more, check out the video below.

NVIDIA Launches The GeForce G.One Signature Edition Graphics Cards

Last week, NVIDIA invited us to the India’s biggest GeForce LAN gaming tournament in Mumbai. The event witnessed more than 600 Indian and International gamers competing against each other. There were various games such as Counter Strike, Call of Duty 4, NFS, FIFA, etc. It also had a special track dedicated to female gamers. Team Never Say Die (NSD)won Rs. 1 lakh + Alienware M11X Laptop for Counter Strike, while the Team Orange E-Sportswon the same prize for winning the Call of duty 4 tournament.

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Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director Asia South for NVIDIA, said:

Gaming is in NVIDIA’s soul. Our cutting edge technologies allow enthusiasts to play games with eye-popping graphics and the latest effects for an immersive adrenaline rush like nothing else. Now, with GeForce LAN India, we’re bringing together the people who share our passion for this electronic sport. Like other athletes, their skills deserve to be recognised and rewarded. Let the games begin!

Apart from the amazing GeForce LAN gaming tournament, NVIDIA and Shahrukh Khan unveiled the new NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards. It comes in 2 different designs. The new G.One Signature Edition graphics cards will allow the PCs to deliver a best-in-class visual experience while watching movies, playing games or even simply browsing the web.

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NVIDIA provided the technology which made the mind-blowing VFX in Ra.One possible,said Shahrukh Khan. Entertainment is evolving movies and games are irresistibly connected and Ra.One is a perfect example. This movie is actually about a computer game! Just as GPUs were fundamental to the making of Ra.One, they are the key ingredient in every PC. NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards put the same GPU technology which made Ra.Onein the hands of consumers to power their personal entertainment hub, the PC.

Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies.VFX’ has partnered with NVIDIA to accomplish the massive VFX feats in the action-packed movie, Ra.One. Are you planning to buy the NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Uninor Offers ISD Calling For Just 1 Paisa Per Second

Last year, Uninor launched its services in India. It was the first private operator to offer the unique concept of dynamic pricing’ in India. Under the dynamic pricing, the discounts changes with location as well as with time. Each cellphone tower broadcast a different discount. This service definitely helped its subscribers to save a lot of talk-time. Today, Uninor launched another discount pack, which allows you to call ISD numbers for as low as 1 paisa per second.

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Speaking about this product, Mr. Upanga Dutta Mumbai Circle Business Head, Uninor said, Mumbai, being a global tourism and business hub attracts a large number of people from across the world. Apart from that, numerous local families also have several relatives and friends settled abroad which adds to the ISD calling demands of the city. With our latest STV 18 ISD pack we provide cost effective communication services for our customers to meet their ISD needs. With the city’s growing international connections, we are confident that this product will find acceptance amongst customers.

The new ISD pack is currently available only in Mumbai circle. But the company is expected to offer this discount pack in other circles as well. The new ISD pack is available for just Rs.18. It comes with a validity of 30 days. Under the plan, Uninor customers can make calls to USA, Canada, UK Fixed Telephones, Hong Kong, China and Singapore for just 1 paisa per second.

To subscribe this amazing ISD pack, Uninor subscribers will need to dial *222*7*18# from their mobile phones and follow the instructions. You can even get this ISD pack at your nearest retailer. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Reliance to Offer 4G Services by Early 2012

The Mukesh Ambani-headed company, Reliance Industries (RIL) is all set to roll out the next generation services (or 4G) in India sometime in early 2012, and is planning to scale it up to a nationwide network by the mid of 2012.

According to a source, RIL is planning to offer 4G enabled data cards for tablets which are priced at Rs. 3,000 ($60) or lesser. It plans to provide data connectivity with speeds of 50-100 Mbps at cheaper prices compared to the current 3G services.

RIL confirmed stating that its telecom unit was “in the process of setting up a world-class broadband wireless network using state-of-the-art technologies and finalising the arrangement with leading global technology players, service providers, infrastructure providers, application developers, device manufacturers and others to help usher the 4G revolution into India”.Speed

It is also noted that RIL is in talks with Walt Disney’s Indian venture UTV Software, to acquire content for its wireless broadband services. With this, Reliance will be able to offer games, entertainment and applications which are mainly targeted towards the younger generation. However, the deal is yet to be finalized and hopefully we will see a positive reply.

The company indicated that it has completed trial tests with vendors like Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson and China’s Huawei for its broadband services and will be partnering with either one of them or might split the contract between the three.

Amabani’s strategy of tantalizing customers with low prices is very much similar to the winning strategy in 2003, where the company started selling mobile phones at a very low rate, mainly targeting the middle class people. This made RIL win more than 1 million customers in just 10 days.

Reliance took over Infotel Broadband Service Pvt. Ltd in June 2010. RIL agreed upon the terms and invested about Rs. 4,800 crore, and following the investment, RIL acquired 95% of Infotel Broadband’s equity. RIL plans to have full scale commercial operations by next year, and expects to have its network cross over 700 cities.

According to a post by Reliance Industries, 4G broadband service contracts are expected to be finalized between the October-December 2011 quarter and operators, including Reliance Infotel, are expected to start rolling out services to consumers by early 2012 when favorable operational conditions are in place, which includes design and production of latest handsets, data cards and updated networks.

Samsung Galaxy Y Launched In India For Rs.7830

Last month, Samsung announced the entry-level Android smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Y. This handset is the company’s cheapest Android phone. Samsung has recently launched this device for the mobile phone users in India. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Until last week, Samsung Galaxy Pop was the company’s cheapest Android phone, but the title has now been transferred to the Samsung Galaxy Y. This handset is specially targeted at the youth in India.

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Samsung Galaxy Y features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 × 240 pixels, 883 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 160 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card included, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies 2.0, up to 300 mins talk-time, up to 350 hours stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.7830, but you can easily get this device for around Rs.7200 in India. Even though, Samsung Galaxy Y offers decent specs and various connectivity options, but it lacks a front-facing camera for video calls. This handset will compete with other entry-level Android phones such as Micromax A70, LG Optimus Me, Motorola Charm, etc, in the Indian market.

Nokia 700 Launched In India For Rs.18,099

Along with the Nokia 701, the company also launched the new Nokia 700 smartphone at an event in India. This handset was announced last month in Hongkong. It is the company’s second device, which runs on the latest Symbian Belle Operating System. Nokia 700 is the greenest phone from Nokia, since the device is made up of bio-plastics, recycled plastics and recycled metals.

There is great synergy between Ra.One and Symbian Belle as they both represent technology of the next level. I am delighted that Ra.One will be the first movie in the country to be marketed through NFC. There are many path breaking initiatives that Nokia has undertaken with Ra.One that will allow the consumers to experience the world of Ra.One through Just Tap’ with NFC feature on the Symbian Belle smartphones,” said Shahrukh Khan, actor and Brand Ambassador, Nokia India.

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Nokia 700 features a 3.2-inch AMOLED CBD (ClearBlack Display), sporting a resolution of 360 × 640 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 256 MB RAM, 2 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB, eCompass, up to 465 hrs of stand-by time, up to 7 hrs 10 min talk-time, up to 47 hours music playback time and a 1080 mAh battery.

Nokia 700 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,099 (approx. $370) in India. This handset is available in 5 vibrant colors – Cool Grey, Silver/White, Coral Red, Peacock Blue and Purple. You can get this device at your nearest retailer or Nokia Priority stores in India.

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Nokia 701 Launched In India For Rs.18,999

Nokia recently announced the new Nokia 701  smartphone  at an event in Mumbai, India. It is the company’s first handset, which runs on the latest Symbian Belle Operating System. Last week, we already posted that Nokia 701 is unofficially available for purchase at online retailers such as Indiaplaza. Now, the  company  has officially released the device for its loyal customers in India.

The Indian smartphone market is growing at an exponential rate. Consumers today are looking for differentiators that go beyond multi-tasking and processor speed. With our latest range of smartphones on Symbian Belle, we are introducing a path-breaking technology in the form of Just Tap’ with NFC,” said D Shivakumar, managing director, Nokia India.

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Nokia 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB  and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,  512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 71 hrs music playback time,  up to 504 hrs stand-by time, up to 6hrs 45min talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Nokia 701 comes with a price-tag of Rs.18,999 (approx.$390) in India. This handset is available in different 2 colors Silver Light and Steel Dark. You can get this device at your nearest retailer or any Nokia Priority stores in India.

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BlackBerry Launches The Curve 9360 Smartphone In India For Rs.19,990

Last month, BlackBerry introduced a new member in its Curve family – the BlackBerry Curve 9360. This handset runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. We have a good news for the folks living in India. Research-In-Motion (RIM) has recently launched the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 in India. Airtel subscribers will get additional benefits with the purchase of this handset. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 features a 2.44 inch HVGA+ display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, 800 MHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, touch-sensitive optical trackpad, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization, face detection, digital zoom, geo-tagging, VGA video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communications), microSD/SDHC slot, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, up to 9 hours of video playback time, up to 25 hours of music playback time, up to 5 hours of talk-time, up to 12 days of standby time and a 1000 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,990. Airtel subscribers will get the Rs.299 BlackBerry plan free for 2 months two months with the purchase of this device. Airtel subscribers will also get an additional benefit of reduced local calls rates at 20p/min and SMS at 5p with a validity of 12 months.

TRAI Blocks All Pesky Calls/SMS From Mid-Night

TRAI seems to be adamant with its decision to enforce a restriction of 100 SMS per day per SIM for all subscribers. This decision comes after Telecom Operators lobby COAI requested to go away with 100 SMS per day restriction on grounds of fundamental rights to subscribers.

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Telecom Operators lobby COAI Rajan S Mathews said. “All our operators are ready to implement the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to curb the menace of unsolicited calls and SMSes. However, we are concerned about the 100 SMSes per SIM a day and we will be in discussion with the regulator to sort this out”.

In order to stop the annoyance of unwanted Spam calls/SMS TRAI has no plans to rethink this decisions. Starting Mid-Night today, all operators are to follow the 100 SMS per day restrictions on its subscribers.

“In order to curb the menace of pesky calls and messages, as of now, this (limit of hundred SMS per day per SIM) will be applicable to all users. If in future some problem arises, we will see the things,” a Trai source said.

Subscribers can chose to partially as well as fully block category. If subscribers chose partially block category they can receive SMS from category chosen by them. Currently TRAI has categories — banking and financial products, real estate, education, health, consumer goods, automobiles, communication and entertainment, tourism and leisure.

To register under fully blocked category users need to send an SMS “START 0″ to 1909 without quotes. To register under partially block category users need to replace 0 with category number. For example to receive SMS from communication category users can send SMS “START 6″ to 1909.

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