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Airtel’s Speech Recognition Based Service To Cost Rs. 2 Per Minute

Bharti Airtel has launched a new speech recognition-based service that gives it’s users access to a host of voice based services like hello tunes, news, scores all through just one number instead of calling different numbers for different services (which happens to be the current scenario).

Titled “One Number, One Voice”, this speech recognition based service can be used by subscribers by dialing 54321 from their Airtel mobile phones. Users can then all their favorite voice based services without having to remember multiple numbers. The service can distinguish between regular callers and first—time callers, thus offer them with a customised caller experience. Languages currently supported include English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

This “One Number, One Voice” service has been launched by Airtel in association with Nuance Communications and has been priced at Rs. 2 per minute. Currently, it is available to Airtel customers across Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Kerala, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh.

via The Hindu

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.

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.

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.

[ via. TelecomTalk ]

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

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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.

[ via. Telecom Talk ]

Samsung Launches Chat 332 And Chat 335 Messaging Phones In India

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Samsung recently launched two new messaging phones in India. The Samsung Chat 332 and Chat 335 comes with convenient messaging features such as QWERTY keypad, mail, instant messenger and native SNS clients. This handset allows you to keep your friends updated via. Facebook and Twitter on the go. Chat 332 and Chat 335 also features an optical trackpad, Active Sync (Push Mail App) and the Smart Homescreen, where you can easily create shortcuts, buddy lists and live ticker feeds from Twitter and Facebook.

Announcing the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Mobile & IT, Samsung India Electronics stated, Consumers are increasingly wanting to stay connected with friends and family through SNS, IM and messaging while being on the move. These new qwerty phones from Samsung meet their needs through convenient messaging features and at the same time offer differentiated features like Optical track pad, ActiveSync or the Dual SIM Standby feature (Chat 322) that make them stand out from other messaging phones.

Samsung Chat 322 is the company’s first messaging phone to offer a QWERTY keypad with Dual-SIM standby. This handset offers a touch sensitive optical trackpad for scrolling and navigation and convenient QWERTY keypad for easy and fast message input. It features a 2.2 inch LCD display, 1.3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, ActiveSync, SNS clients, 45 MB internal memory, up to 12 hours talktime, up to 588 hours stand-by time and a 1000 mAh battery. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,990.

Samsung Chat 335 features a 2.4 inch LQVGA TFT LCD display, QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad, advanced SNS apps, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 GB expandable memory, up to 14 hours talktime, 1000 mAh battery and more. The Find Music feature in this handset helps you in identifying music playing from any source for the artist, song name etc. Samsung Chat 335 is the slimmest QWERTY phone available in the market. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs. 5,800.

Uninor Launches The Voice Based ‘Cricket Unlimited’ Service

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The much awaited ICC Cricket World cup 2011 has already been started from the last week. If you are a cricket fan and want to stay updated with the latest cricket score on the go, then we have something interesting for you. Uninor recently launched its “Cricket Unlimited” service, which will help you to get the latest scores just by dialing a toll-free number.

Cricket Unlimited is a voice based application which will enable subscribers to listen to and browse cricket content via the mobile network. This service can be used on any mobile phone. Even if you own an entry-level Micromax phone, still you can use this amazing service on the go. The Cricket Unlimited service is priced at just Rs.3 per match-day. You can even opt for the monthly pack which comes with a price tag of Rs.30.

Uninor subscribers can easily request for this service, just by dialing the toll free number 52255. After dialing the number, just follow the instructions and select the required per-day or per-month pack. After subscribing to this service, you can browse through ‘Live Match Coverage’ and you can even participate in the Cricket Opinion Poll. Moreover, the Cricket Unlimited service allows you to download Cricket Tunes including the ring tones and caller tunes for free.

If you are Cricket crazy, then you can also access Cricket Rankings, Match Schedules and Cricket Trivia using the Cricket Unlimited service. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Wynncom Launches Y25 And Y95 Dual-Sim Phones

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Wynncom recently launched two entry-level, dual SIM phones in India, the Wyncomm Y25 and Wynncom Y95. Both the handset comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, video recording and playback, multimedia player, FM Radio with recording, Bluetooth Connectivity, up to 16 GB expandable memory and much more. These handset are priced below the 3K mark and offers some exceptional features at this price range. Check out the complete specs below.

Wyncomm Y25 Specifications:

  • 2 inch TFT Color Screen
  • Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
  • Video Recording & Playback
  • Bluetooth with A2DP Profile
  • 16GB expandable memory
  • Opera Mini & Facebook Ready
  • Yahoo, Skype & MSN Chat support
  • PC Sync
  • Web Cam
  • Wireless FM Radio with Recording
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Hot swappable T-Flash card
  • Auto Call Record
  • Phonebook & SMS Backup
  • Mobile Tracker
  • Call & SMS Blacklist
  • Hindi Language Support

Wyncomm Y95 Specifications:

  • 2.4 inch 262k TFT Color Screen
  • Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
  • Video Recording
  • FM Radio with Recording
  • T-Flash Card Support
  • 8 GB expandable memory
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Video Playback (3gp/mp4/Avi)
  • Bluetooth with A2DP Profile
  • GPRS enabled
  • Motion Sensor
  • 1000mAh Battery

Wynncom Y25 and Wynncom Y95 is specially targeted at youngsters in India. Wynncom Y25 comes with a price tag of Rs.2,395, while the Wynncom Y95 is available for just Rs.2795.

Meru Cabs To Provide Free Internet To Travellers In Association With MTS

We have heard about in-flight wi-fi services and internet earlier. Also there was some news about Indian Railways getting free internet connection to all passengers on all it’s express trains. However what Meru Cabs (a private cab service in the various metros of India) has announced simply sounds to be an icing on the cake. Meru Cabs has partnered with MTS Telecom to provide free internet services to all travellers using it’s cab services.

As of now the service has been launched only in New Delhi and Mumbai. However Meru Cabs plans to launch this in other major cities soon – Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

How does it Work?

If you are travelling in a Meru Cab in one of the above mentioned cities in India then all you need to do in order to get free internet service in the cab is just ask the cab driver for an MBlaze dongle.   Just plug in the data card dongle into your laptop / netbook and you will be instantly connected to the Internet with unlimited data download.

But, Will this Work?

Today most of the users in India who carry a laptop / netbook along with them have a mobile internet solution, be it the 3G or the USB internet dongles from various Internet Service Providers in India. So, when an user is already using one, installing the MTS MBlaze may be a problem on their laptops. The unlimited data plan may lure users, but then on an average travelers do not take cab rides of duration more than 1 – 1.5 hours. So, only time will tell if this initiative from MTS will really work.

Videocon Launches The V7400 Android Phone In India

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Videocon Mobiles recently launched its second Android phone in India, the Videocon V7400. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. The Videocon V7400 is a re-branded version of the Huawei U8100, which was unveiled last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 in Barcelona. Check out the complete specs after the break.

Videocon V7400 features a 2.8 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Android 2.1 operating system, 15 customizable screen, GPRS/EDGE, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 3.2 megapixel camera with 20 FPS video recording, dedicated camera key, MP4 & 3GP Video Player, FM Radio, 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB expandable memory, up to 4.5 hrs of talktime, up to 11 days of stand-by time and a 1150 mAH Li-ion battery.

Videocon V7400 is available in 2 different colors – Black and Silver. This handset measures 107.5 mm x 57 mm x 13.8 mm and weighs just 104 gms. Videocon V7400 allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. You can purchase this handset for 12,995. This handset is currently up for pre-order in India. If you are planning to buy this budget smartphone, just head over to this page.

Videocon offers unlimited calling to Videocon numbers and 30 free local minutes to any network, everyday for 1 year, with the purchase of this handset.

Olive Smart VS300 Android Smartphone Unveiled

Olive has announced the first Indian Android smartphone which will run the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Most Indian manufacturers have focused only only launching underpowered, inexpensive Android phones, but the Olive Smart VS300 is a very powerful phone, which can easily compete with the current high end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire. It is probably the most powerful Indian Android smartphone yet.

Olive Smart VS300

Olive Smart VS300 Specifications

The Olive Smart VS300 comes with a 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and has 512 MB RAM. It also has 2 GB internal storage with support for up to 32 GB microSD cards.

It will run the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, which makes it one of the few phones to officially support it, and the only one in India. It will have a 5 MP camera with autofocus. At just 9.9 mm, it is one of the slimmest Android smartphones. It also has Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and 3G support. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support.

It will be priced at around Rs 20000, likely lower. It should launch soon; we will keep you updated.

via Fonearena

Nokia Launches The Symbian^3 Powered C6-01 In India For Rs.18,229

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Last year, Nokia announced the Symbian^3 powered C6-01 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset have been finally launched in India. The original C6 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera, while the new C6-01 comes with a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, Symbian^3 OS, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. The handset is completely eco-friendly and its body is made up of recycled materials.

Nokia C6-01 features a 3.2 inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack display, 360 x 640 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 operating system, 680 MHz processor, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB, 8 megapixel camera with fixed focus and dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 340 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 1GB ROM, A-GPS, Stereo FM radio with RDS, up to 11 hrs talktime, up to 400 hrs stand-by time and a 1050 mAh battery.

This handset comes is two different colors – Black and Silver Gray. Nokia C6-01 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,229. You can easily purchase this handset from your nearest retailer or at the Nokia Priority stores.