Airtel Hikes Prepaid Tariff Rates By 20% In 6 Circles

Bharti Airtel is the India’s largest telecom operator. Earlier this year, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. The company has won 3G license in Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka circle. Airtel subscribers in other circles will also be able to enjoy the 3G services, thanks to the Intra Circle Roaming Agreement (ICRA) with private operators such as Idea and Vodafone. This is definitely a good news, but we also have a bad news for the Airtel subscribers.

Airtel has recently hiked its prepaid tariff by 20% in 6 circles across India, including New Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh circles. Pre-paid subscribers will be charged 1.2 paisa per second instead of the usual 1 paisa per second tariff. It means that, Airtel subscribers will need to shell out Rs.0.90 per minute for local and STD calls. Airtel has also increased the rates of local and STD SMS to Rs.1 and Rs.1.5 respectively.

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According to the reports, Bharti Airtel has hiked the price because the company has paid $10.7 billion last year to acquire the Africa business of Kuwaiti telecom operator Zain. The company has also paid $3.3 billion to buy the 3G spectrum in India. Last year, Airtel has reached a new milestone of 200 million customers. To celebrate the success, the company has also changed its logo and signature tune. Airtel currently operates in 19 countries across South Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands.

“Telecom is probably the only industry where despite increasing inflation, tariffs have been falling unabatedly. Continuously declining margins, high 3G & BWA auction prices, constrained spectrum and rural roll out aspirations leave us with little choice but to make some price corrections. We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services,” the company said in a statement.

After Airtel, other private operators such as Vodafone, Tata Indicom and Tata Docomo are expected to join the bandwagon. We have a question for the Airtel subscriber out there. What are your views regarding the hike in price? Will you shift your Airtel number to other operator using the MNP or you will stay connected with Airtel? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Idea Finally Launches 3G Services In Mumbai

Idea has finally  launched  its 3G services in Mumbai. Earlier this year, Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Communications announced their 3G services. And now, Idea became the fourth private operator to launch the 3G services in Mumbai circle.  Idea is already offering 3G services in  Maharashtra, Goa, UP, Kerala,  Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Idea subscribers in Mumbai can  enjoy speeds up to 21 Mbps on their 3G smartphones.

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Idea Cellular had won 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. But the company does not have 3G license in Mumbai circle. To offer 3G services to its subscribers in Mumbai and other circle, where the company have not won 3G licence, Idea has mutually signed an Intra Circle Roaming Agreement (ICRA) with private operators such as Airtel and Vodafone.

Idea 3G is currently available only for selected customers in Mumbai. Idea offers free 100 MB of data for free with a validity of 15 days. After using the free data, Idea subscribers in Mumbai will be charged just 10 paisa per 10KB. To select 3G data plan, Idea subscribers will need to dial *800#. To deactivate 3G services, SMS DEACT3G to 12345. Check out the Idea 3G plans here.

MAXX Mobiles Launches MQ601 And MX401 Phones With Noise Suppression Technology

MAXX Mobiles recently launched an innovative series of KHAMOSHHH… handsets with the unique Noise Suppression technology. The new range includes two handsets – the MAXX MQ601 QWERTY phone and the  MAXX MX401 candybar phone. Both the devices comes with the unique  SAM technology, which allows you to enjoy  crystal clear voice calls. The unique  SAM technology employs an innovative signal processing technique to suppress ambient noises and to eliminate echoes. These handsets also comes with a dedicated key to activate the Noise Suppression feature. You can easily adjust the level of noise suppression from the Call Settings menu.

Commenting on the launch of the series, Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group said, A mobile device has become more than just a communication device, it has become a lifeline to most of us! Whether it is a conference call for a business pitch or catch-up call with old friends, a mobile phone has become indispensable. But our conversations are never without the hustle-bustle of everyday life. Crowded restaurants, busy offices, chaotic commutes make it difficult to have a quiet conversation. In India, where there is still a very high preference and dependence on voice calls, we believe feature-rich yet affordably priced Khamoshhh… series is the perfect device for an Indian audience.

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MAXX MQ601 Specifications:

  • 2.3 inch TFT screen
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 8 GB expandable memory
  • MP3/WAV/AAC music player
  • Wire-free FM Radio with FM scheduling
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • JAVA enabled
  • 3GPP/AVI/MP4 supporting video player
  • up to 4.5 hours of talk time
  • up to 350 hours of standby time
  • 1000mAh battery

MAXX MX401 Specifications:

  • 2.4 inch TFT screen
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 8 GB expandable memory
  • MP3/WAV/AAC music player
  • FM Radio with FM scheduling
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • Big Speakers
  • 3GPP/AVI/MP4 supporting video player
  • Facebook & Twitter apps
  • Opera Mini Browser
  • up to 5.5 hours of talk time
  • up to 450 hours of standby time
  • 1500mAh battery

MAXX MQ601 QWERTY phone is available in two colours Black and Grey and it comes with a price-tag of Rs.2,970. On the other hand, the MAXX MX401 candybar phone is available in Yellow and Blue colors and it comes with a price-tag of Rs.2,833. You can get these handsets from more than 25,000 retailers across India as well as from modern retail outlets including Planet M, Tata Croma, Hyper City, Star Bazar, Mobile & Gadgets, Indian Naval Canteen, Kings Electronics, Hotspot, Reliance Web World and NEXT electronics.

Tata Indicom Launches New BlackBerry Data Plans Starting At Just Rs.99

Tata Teleservices recently launched three exciting and affordable BlackBerry service plans for its new Tata Indicom customers. The new plans will be available only for the first three months. Tata Indicom subscribers can enjoy BlackBerry messaging services(MaiLite), BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server service starting at Rs.99, Rs.199 and Rs.599 respectively. After the first three months, Tata Indicom subscribers will be charged standard monthly prices of Rs.299, Rs.399 and Rs.900 respectively.

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BlackBerry is an iconic product with an exceptional service that’s desired by users, and we want to offer greater flexibility and affordability to our existing customers while attracting new BlackBerry customers. We believe this exciting initiative will appeal to all young professionals, students and a broad spectrum of retail customers who are looking for an exceptional experience for messaging, social networking, e-mail and Internet browsing while on the move,Mr Sukanto Aich, President, Enterprise Business, Tata Teleservices Limited said.

Tata Indicom subscribers can access up to 10 supported e-mail accounts along with the popular BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service as well as other Instant Messaging services, thanks to the MaiLite plan. The BlackBerry Internet Service plan offers access to up to 10 supported e-mail accounts, BBM, Instant Messaging services, social networking and Internet browsing. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server plan includes all of the above plus access to corporate data and tight integration with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange or Novell GroupWise.

Micromax A70 Launched in India; Priced at Rs 8999

Micromax was one of the first Indian companies to launch an Android handset. The Micromax A60 was one of the cheapest Android phones in India when it launched. Admittedly, it was the most inexpensive Android phone, but it was also very slow, and probably the worst Android smartphone I ever used. But it did see a lot of sales, and succeeded in bringing Android to the masses.

Micromax recently launched the successor to the A60 – the Micromax A70. It is much better than its predecessor in all aspects, be it the design or the specifications.

Micromax A70

The Micromax A70 comes with a 600 MHz processor and is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. The amount of RAM hasn’t been revealed, but it should be around 256 MB.

It will sport a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It will come with a 5 MP camera with autofocus.

It also offers the usual connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. It will also offer a Wi-Fi hotspot feature, and will come with a 1450 mAh battery.

It will come with M! apps, which is a custom application store by Micromax, but it seems like it will ship with Android Market as well.

It has been priced at Rs 8,999 and is available now.

Intex Launches The Tri.Do Triple SIM Phone

Intex recently launched a new triple SIM phone in India, the Intex Tri.Do. This handset is useful for those, who travels a lot and need different SIM for different purpose. The Intex Tri.Do is a bar style, Java based phone that can hold 3 SIM cards (GSM+ GSM+CDMA). Intex has first launched its triple SIM phone in 2009. The Intex Tri.do is the company’s third triple SIM, which is an upgrade in terms of longer battery life and useful multimedia features.

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Commenting on the launch, Mr. Rajendra Gupta, GM- Telecom, Intex Technologies said, The multi-SIM segment is increasingly grabbing a major pie of the total market reflecting a huge demand and utility. Having sensed this quite early, Intex was the first one to introduce a Triple-SIM phone and now it aims to build on the concept by expanding the product-assortment with thoughtfully designed products offering convenience and utility at a highly affordable price.

The Intex Tri.Do features a 2.2 inch TFT screen with 65K colors, 1.3 megapixel camera which can also be used as a webcam, audio player, video player capable of playing MP4 and 3GP files, 3.5 mm jack, mobile tracker, Bluetooth, phonebook with 1000 entries, dual memory card slots with up to 16 GB each, Answering Machine, Auto Call Record, Games, up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 300 hrs stand-by time and a 1000 mAh battery.

The Intex Tri.Do supports both English and Hindi and works as a modem, for web-surfing on your computer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.3,750. You can purchase this handset from more than 15,000 distributors and resellers outlets, 80 INTEX SQUARES and on Home Shop 18 shopping channel.

Airtel Launches Its 3G Services In Gujrat

Last year, Tata Docomo was the first private operator to launch its 3G services in India. And soon after that, Reliance Communications and Aircel joined the bandwagon. Early this year, private operators such as Idea, Airtel and Vodafone also launched their 3G services. Airtel first launched its 3G services in Mumbai, during March and after waiting for nearly 3 months, the company went ahead and has finally launched its 3G services in Gujrat circle.

Commenting on this much awaited launch, Mr. Shivan Bhargava, COO Gujarat, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, Having successfully launched Airtel 3G services in 50 plus towns across India, we today have over 3 million customers that are enjoying the Airtel 3G advantage. As we extend the promise of Airtel 3G services to Gujarat, we are delighted to invite our mobile customers in the region to experience the power of high speed internet and enjoy a host of innovative application capabilities from their mobile devices anywhere, anytime. We believe that Airtel 3G will lead the data and internet revolution in aapnu Gujarat, bringing our customers in the state closer to an all new world of possibilities.

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Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. Airtel 3G services will be available across all major parts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Anand, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Amreli, Chikli, Dahej, Daman, Gandhidham, Godhra, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbander, Silvassa, Valsad, Vapi, Rajula, Diu, Una and Verawal.

Airtel has also launched the International Video Calling, which is currently available in 227 international geographies. You can make international video calls, only if your friends and relatives are on a 3G network and using a smartphone with front-facing camera. International video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh are charged at Rs.14/min, while calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman are charged at Rs.20/min.

Airtel 3G comes with the Mobile TV, which allows you to watch more than 100 live channels on the go. To learn more about Airtel 3G plans, head over to this page. If you have any queries, then call 12134 from your Airtel number or SMS 3G HELP’ to 121 and you will get the required information.

Airtel Launches The International Video Calling Services In India

Earlier this year, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. Airtel 3G comes with the video calling, Mobile TV, video streaming, music download and many more services. The company recently launched the international video calling services in India. This service allows you to make international video calls and interact face-to-face with your friends and families living abroad.

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Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. This service is available only for 3G customers living in these telecom circles. You will be charged 5 paisa per second for video calls to any number in India, but you will have to pay Rs. 14/min, for international video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh and other countries.

Atul Bindal, President MobileServices, Bharti Airtel said, At Airtel, it is our constant endeavor tointroduce services that enrich the lives of our customers. As we take the leadin launching International Video Calling on 3G in India, this marks the beginning ofa new era of next generation communication in the country – one that will helpmobile customers break the barrier of boundaries and instantly connect withtheir personal and business network across the world. Given the high demand ofvideo calling services seen since the launch of Airtel 3G services, we areconfident that our customers will see great value from the availability of thiscapability for international calls as well. We invite our 3 million plus Airtel3G customers to enjoy this exciting experience.

Airtel’s International Video Calling is currently available in 227 international geographies. You can make international video calls, only if your friends and relatives are on a 3G network and using a smartphone with front-facing camera. International video calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman will be charged at Rs. 20 per minute.

Apple Sued in India. Comes Under CCI Scanner.

Apple comes under the CCI scanner in India when a customer filed a complaint against Apple under The Competition Act 2002 (amended in 2007) stating that Apple is restricting customers from buying apple products (iPhone) by making its availability for only a selected few carriers (Airtel and Aircel). The section 4 specifically deals with Abuse of dominant position.

Apple had announced the iPhone 4 for Airtel and Aircel customers last month, while the iPad is sold through Apple store only.

The complainant has also alleged that a user can only download software from the i-store and the others are not recognised by the device,a senior CCI official said.

Apple iPhone 4

The complaint also stated that the phone could be serviced in Apple centers only, which charge high rates for servicing. The Commission will look into the matter for consideration by the end of this week, sources said.

There are a few things the CCI must consider –

First of all, Airtel and Aircel are selling “unlocked” iPhones with optional offer i.e. you’re free to use it with any service provider you choose. Second, Apple products are sold not just by Apple Stores, but by various distributors – Croma, Imagine Stores and several others.

Finally, every manufacturer voids the products warranty if the device is serviced at unauthorized centers. Apple has 3rd party centers in India which operate with Apple to help with major issues.

Well, laws can get tricky. It all depends on the interpretation of the law. Apple will sure argue and explain how they operate in India, however they will definitely have a tough time fighting the case.

Bharti AIrtel Introduces High Speed Broadband Plans

Bharti Airtel has introduced high speed broadband internet plans for tier-1 and tier-2 cities in India. The best part about these new plans is that they cost less, have high data download limits and have minimum data speeds of 2mbps in Tier-1 and 1mbps in Tier-2 cities. The cities where this minimum 2mbps broadband plan will be available include Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.

Here is the detailed tariff structure:

Top 10 Cities

All the plans listed below will have a minimum download speed of 2mbps

Alpha Plan: 3GB data @ Rs. 649

Alpha Plan: 6GB data @ Rs. 799

Max Plan: 10GB data @ Rs. 999

Max Plan: 30GB data @ Rs. 1299

Max Plan: 75GB data @ Rs. 1599

Max Plan: 150GB data @ Rs. 1999

Rest of India

All the plans listed below will have a minimum download speed of 1mbps

Ace Plan: 3GB data @ Rs. 549

Ace Plan: 6GB data @ Rs. 699

Mega Plan: 10GB data @ Rs. 899

Mega Plan: 30GB data @ Rs. 1499

Mega Plan: 75GB data @ Rs. 1999

Airtel’s Chief Marketing Officer – Girish Mehta said while unveiling the plans that raising the broadband internet speed threshold with the new broadband plans will help enhance uptake of the array of content and rich media experience on Airtel broadband.