RIM Gives India Access to Blackberry Messenger

RIM BlackberryThe stalemate between RIM and the Indian authorities finally seems to have ended. Research in Motion stated that it has provided solutions to Indian security agencies which will allow them to access data sent using Blackberry Messenger services.

The Indian Government had asked RIM to provide it access to Blackberry Email and Messenger services by January 31, 2011. While it has given the security agencies access to Blackberry Messenger data, it still hasn’t given them access to the Blackberry Enterprise Server.

“RIM continues to work closely with the government and RIM’s carrier partners in India…We are pleased to have delivered a solution well before a mutually agreed milestone date of January 31, 2011.”

“No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys” said the RIM update.

Even Nokia set up its Mail and Messaging servers in India recently, to allow law enforcement agencies to intercept email and messenger data.

via WSJ

Tata Docomo Offers Double Talktime To Celebrate 1 Million Facebook Fans

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Tata Docomo has finally reached the milestone of 1 million fans on Facebook. To celebrate the success and popularity of the company, Tata Docomo is currently offering “Double Talktime” to all of its 1 million Facebook fans. It means that, if you recharge with Rs.500 top-up voucher, you will get a talktime of Rs.1000. This offer is valid only for 2 days and available in all the telecom circles.

According to the terms and conditions,

  • You must be a fan or follower of the official Tata DOCOMO page on Facebook
  • You will need to do a top up recharge during the Offer Period
  • You should have a valid Tata Docomo prepaid mobile number
  • You should submit your Tata Docomo prepaid mobile number details along with the telecom circle accurately

This offer is valid only till January 12, 2011. To get the double talktime, first you will need to register your Tata Docomo prepaid number here and then recharge your Tata Docomo number online or at your nearest retailer. You will get the additional talktime in the next 7 days of your recharge. If you still haven’t liked Tata Docomo’s official page on Facebook, head over to this page.

Tata Docomo Launches Future Group’s T24 Mobile Services In Gujrat

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Tata Docomo, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited today launched the retail chain giant Future group’s T24 mobile services in Gujarat. Future group, widely known for store chains like Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar and Pantaloons will be offering this new service from 23 of its big stores spread across seven towns in Gujarat. Future Group have retail stores in Anand, Vapi, Surat and Bharuch cities in Gujrat.

“It is a unique marketing alliance between a retailer group and telecom operator that offers customers free talk time on purchases or recharges made at any of the Future group outlets,” Tata DOCOMO COO Gujarat Nipun Sharma said.

“This new service, which is on a franchise model, will be offered from all of our 23 large outlets spread across seven towns in Gujarat. We shall open two more retail stores in Bhavnagar and Mehsana in Gujarat over next 6-8 months period,” said Mayur Toshniwal, CEO Telecom, Future Group.

The T24 mobile service was first launched in Andhra Pradesh in June 2010 and it has already received encouraging response from its launch in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. To learn more on the T24 mobile service, head over to this page.

[ via. Economic Times ]

Aircel To Launch 3G Services In February

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Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance launched their 3G services in India. This month, Airtel is expected to join the bandwagon. And now, Aircel announced that, the company will launch their 3G services in the next 40 to 60 days. It means that, the Aircel customers can enjoy 3G services on their 3G enabled smartphones from late February or early March.

We are planning to launch our 3G Mobile and Data services across 13 telecom circles where we have got the licences and 3G spectrum in another 40 to 60 days. Moreover, Aircel will be one of the first telecom operator in the country to usher into the fourth generation era. We are planning to start 4G /Broadband Wirelss Access (BWA) trials by the first or second quarter of the next financial year i.e. April 2011. The BWA-4G Services will be rolled out by December 2011 or January 2012 in 8 telecom circles,” said Mallikarjuna Rao, CTO, Aircel Ltd.

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. Aircel has also bagged Broadband Wireless Access (BWA- 4G) license for 8 telecom circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir.

Until now, only Tata Docomo and Reliance has launched their 3G services in India. Airtel, Idea and S-Tel are expected to launch their 3G services this month. And finally, Aircel and Vodafone will launch their 3G services from late February or early March.

Cheers Mobile Launches GSM Mobile Services In Mumbai

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Cheers Mobile recently launched their GSM mobile services in the Mumbai telecom circle. Cheers Mobile is the GSM mobile telephony services brand of Etisalat DB. The company recently paid Rs. 9.9 crore as a penalties to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for not launching their telecom services on time.

Cheers Mobile has Unified Access Services (UAS) License for mobile telephony in 15 circles including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai,Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

Cheers Mobile is currently offering 50 minutes of talk time and 50 SMS everyday for the first 60 days. Customers can also continue the same benefits for up 120 days at a daily deduction of Rs.1 per day. The 50 minutes offered by the company includes 45 minutes of talktime for calling local Cheers mobile subscribers and the remaining 5 minutes can be utilized for calling any local number.

After the free uasge, you will be charged 40p/min for local calls, 60p/min for STD call, 40p for local SMS and 60p for national SMS. If you have any queries, contact cheers mobile, just by dialing 9588000121. You can get the Cheers Mobile SIM cards, from any of the address given below.

  1. Jogeshwari:  Techweb Centre, 5th floor, New Link Road, Oshiwara, Jogeshwari West, Mumbai 400102
  2. Chembur:   82-C, Rajashree Bldg., Shop No. 9 & 24, Near Girnar Tea, Chembur, Mumbai 400071

[ via. Telecom Talk ]

HTC And Tata Docomo Launches HTC 7 Mozart For Rs.26,490

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HTC and Tata Docomo finally launched the Windows Phone 7 powered HTC 7 Mozart smartphone in India. This is the second Windows Phone 7 smartphone launched in India, after the HTC HD7 smartphone. If you are planning to check out the Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, they you should consider buying HTC 7 Mozart, since this handset is around Rs.3000 cheaper, as compared to the previously launched HTC HD7.

The HTC 7 Mozart is a great piece of craftsmanship with some of the most advanced features and perfectly underlines HTC’s focus on raising the bar in mobile phone innovation and design. With its stunning looks, great features and the new Windows Phone 7 experience, we are positive that the HTC 7 Mozart will be a great success in India, and are extremely happy to partner Tata DOCOMO in bringing the phone here,said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

When we launched brand Tata Docomo last year, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services, that will be innovative and pioneering and which would offer convenience and simplicity. Living up to that promise, we are launching the HTC 7 Mozart with the new Windows Phone 7 loaded on. This device, powered by our world class 3G network will deliver a truly enriching experience for the consumer. We will continue working together with HTC to launch more innovative mobile offerings for Indian consumers,said, Mr Sunil Tandon, Head of Mobility Services & Device Management, Tata Teleservices Limited.

The powerful HTC 7 Mozart features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 8 megapixel with auto focus and Xenon flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 GB internal storage, 512 MB ROM, 576 MB RAM, 1300 mAh battery and more.

If you are a fan of Xenon flash, then you will be surprised to know that, the powerful HTC 7 Mozart comes with the amazing Xenon flash. This handset is now available in India for just Rs.26,490. Tata Docomo customers on HTC 7 Mozart will get a special data offer. You can purchase this handset from all the authorized HTC resellers across the country.

Tata Docomo Offers Full Talktime On All Recharges

Tata Docomo recently announced a Special New Years surprise offer for all its customers across India. Tata Docomo is currently offering full talktime on all the recharges above Rs.30. It means that, if you recharge with Rs.50 top-up voucher, then you will get a full talktime of Rs.50 instead of Rs.43. No service tax and processing fees will be deducted on all the recharges above Rs.30.

docomo full talktime

Plan Details:

Price: Rs.30 onwards
Validity: Unlimited
Circle: All
Benefits: Full Talktime + 5 Local & STD Tata to Tata minutes

Tata Docomo also offers free 5 mins local and STD Tata to Tata minutes on all recharges. You can also recharge your mobile number online, just by visiting the Tata Docomo’s website. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below or you can contact customer care, just by dialing 121 from your Tata Docomo number.

Olive To Launch Cheap Android Phones In March

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Recently, we posted that, Intex is planning to launch the cheapest Android phone after the popular Micromax Andro. And now, Olive joined the bandwagon of companies manufacturing cheap Android phones in India. According to the folks at Telecom Yatra, Olive is set to launch the Android 2.2 (FroYo) powered phones in India during Q1 of 2011.

Olive Telecommunications was the first company to launch a 3G Android tablet in India, the Olive Pad. The chairman of Olive Telecom, Arun Khanna, recently said that, Olive will launch Android powered phones in the first week of March. He also said that the company will not launch a single Android phone, but a complete range of Android phones.

Micromax is the first Indian company to launch an Android phone in India, the Micromax Andro. It is also the cheapest Android phone currently available in India. Not only Olive, but other Indian manufacturers like Intex and Wynncom also promised to launch Android powered phones in Q1 2011. According to the rumors, Olive will also launch smartphones with big touchscreen displays, which will compete with Samsung Galaxy S and Apple iPad in the Indian market.

HTC Desire Z Up For Pre-Order In India

HTC Desire Z

We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of HTC Desire Z in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking pre-orders for the HTC Desire Z smartphone. This handset was announced back in September, and it seems that, the powerful Desire Z smartphone is expected to launch soon in India.

HTC Desire Z features a 4.3 inch S-LCD display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Slideout QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.5 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, HTC Widgets, FM Radio, DLNA, up to 590 mins talktime, up to 430 hours stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The powerful HTC Desire Z is currently up for pre-order at Flipkart for just Rs.25,799. This handset will release on January 3, 2011. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, simply head over to this page.

MTS Expands Its Services In UP East And UP West

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MTS, the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL), expanded its mobile services across UP East and UP West circles. MTS currently has 8 million voice and over 400,000 mobile broadband customers. Recently, the Russian Government picked up approximately 17% stake in SSTL for US $600 million.

The launch of telephony services by MTS in UP East and UP West has further expanded our national footprint. MTS would now be able to address the telecom needs of over 80% of India’s population and about 92% of the data market potential in the country. This truly represents a very exciting opportunity for MTS,said Sergey Savchenko, Chief Financial Officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL).

MTS is ranked amongst the top 100 most valuable brands in the world. MTS will also address the telecom needs of over 80% of India’s population and about 92% of the data market potential in the country. The company will soon launch MBlaze, its high-speed mobile broadband service in UP East and UP West. Currently, MBlaze is available across 96 cities including all five metros.