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All the latest Indian telecom and Broadband news. Telecom and Broadband news from across India, with news, views, reviews, cell phone plans and more.

Govt. Agrees To RIM’s Cloud Based Monitoring For BlackBerry

After months of persuasion and talks between esteemed officials of the Indian Govt. and the BlackBerry makers, RIM – the Govt. is now satisfied with the solution which RIM has proposed to monitor BlackBerry services by the Govt. However, RIM is still not setting up a server in India, instead they are offering a cloud based solution. But this cloud based monitoring solution is only for BlackBerry messenger, and RIM has not yet told anything about monitoring the corporate e-mail services.

As per the current agreement reached between RIM and the Govt., RIM’s infrastructure is all set to ready to receive and process lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data via the cloud computing-based system, from Indian service providers. However the system is not yet real-time. This solution comes well within the deadline time of December 2010, which was set by the Indian Govt.

RIM has already allowed the security agencies to monitor voice calls, SMS, chat conversation but the Govt. wanted same access to the corporate BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry e-mails. Earlier, Nokia had setup a server in India to let the Govt. agencies monitor data generated from Nokia devices. Not only this, a Rajasthan based company has already launched BharatBerryto counter BlackBerry services in India.

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PhokatCall: Ad-Based, Free Mobile Calling Service – Will It Click?

How often it has happened that you could not make that one very important call because you did not have enough balance in your prepaid cellular phone’s account. Well, PhokatCall plans to change all that. Ahmedabad based Aryan Global Networks has come up with an innovative free calling service from mobile phones, which can come handy during emergencies.

Okay, so now you will ask, how can the service be totally free? So here is the catch – In order to be able to make free calls you will have to listen to a 30-40 seconds audio advertisements on your mobile phone after which you will get connected to your desired number. The call duration is limited and will be available to the users for a stipulated amount of time on a daily basis.

Whereas on one hand PhokatCall can prove to be a boon for advertisers, given the fact that the Indian Govt. is planning to make massive changes to the way tele-marketing in the favour of consumers, while on the other hand, consumers may not be very interested in the service given the ever decreasing tariffs in India, today. Not only this, cellular service providers are nowadays providing online prepaid recharge facilities which will help consumers to recharge their pre-paid account right from the comfort of their homes.

PhokatCall is really an innovative concept and has value on investment for advertisers but only time will tell if this free mobile calling service actually picks up among users.

Uninor Announces Full Talk Time Hungama Offer

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Uninor announced a new full talk-time Hungama offer in Bihar and Jharkhand circle. It offers full talk-time with unlimited validity and additional local on-net night minutes. This offer is available in Special Tariff Voucher of Rs.15, Rs.30 and Rs.50. Check out the complete details below.

Plan 1:

Price: Rs.15
Talk-Time: Rs.15
Validity: Lifetime

Plan 2:

Price: Rs.30
Talk-Time: Rs.30
Validity: Lifetime
Benefits: 30 additional local on-net night minutes with 30 days validity

Plan 3:

Price: Rs.50
Talk-Time: Rs.50
Validity: Lifetime
Benefits: 50 additional local on-net night minutes with 50 days validity

The additional on-net night minutes can be used only for local calls between 10pm to 7am. this offer is expected to launch in other telecom circles. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Motorola Quench XT5 Launched in India; Priced at Rs 13990

Motorola Quench XT5The Motorola Quench XT5, one of the most awaited budget Android phones has finally been launched in India. It was launched today and is bundled with an Aircel connection.

The Quench XT5 runs Android 2.1 Eclair and comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It has a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor and comes with 256 MB RAM.

It offers 512 MB internal storage and comes bundled with a 2 GB microSD card. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and comes equipped with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It is priced at Rs 13990 in India and comes with an Aircel connection. If you choose a prepaid connection, you get 9 GB free download for 3 months and 150 free Aircel to Aircel minutes. With a postpaid connection, you get 1 GB free downloads per month for six months.

If you aren’t keen on the camera, I think that the LG Optimus One would be a better option, as it runs Android 2.2 Froyo and will soon get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

Reliance Launches 3G Services In India

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Last month we posted that Reliance Communications was expected launch its 3G services in India before the end of 2010 and now the company has finally launched its 3G services in 4 circles. Reliance has grabbed 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa and Assam, out of which they have started 3G services only in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chandigarh (Punjab) circle.

“The launch of Reliance 3G is an integral part of our Vision 2015 of creating a “Wirefree India” built upon the ‘affordable 3G for All’platform. Personalization of Services, Simplification of Tariffs and a Content Rich Portfolio on the ‘Best in Class’ 3G Wireless Network will enable Reliance customers to get a much superior 3G service experience, significantly differentiated from others in the marketplace. Reliance 3G places us in a unique position with our suite of offerings covering 3G, CDMA, GSM and Mobile Broadband Data Services on the wireless platform”, said Syed Safawi, CEO – Wireless Business, Reliance Communications.

Reliance is the first private operator to launch 3G services in top 3 metros of India. The company has rolled out 3G services in a record time of around 100 days of receiving the 3G Spectrum. Tata Docomo offers highest speed of 21 Mbps, but you will be surprised to know that Reliance 3G network is capable of offering peak speeds upto 28 Mbps.

Reliance 3G offers cutting edge services like video calling, Mobile TV, video streaming and mobile applications. Reliance Communications will be launching 3G services across all 13 telecom circles, by the end of Q1 2011. Stay tuned for the Reliance 3G tariff and plans.

Tata DOCOMO Launch Michael Jackson’s "Michael" With Sony Music

If you are a Tata DOCOMO user and a Michael Jackson fan, here is some good news for you. DOCOMO is launching the latest album by late Michael Jackson "Michael" in partnership with Sony Music, exclusively for DOCOMO users.

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TATA DOCOMO and Sony Music together in partnership have launched the much anticipated album MICHAEL’, not the last, but the posthumous release of the priceless songs recorded by the legendry King of Pop Michael Jackson. The album carries a total of 10 tracks including the Hold My Handduet with Akon, this song is one of the greatest piece of works created by Michael Jackson and is surely going to be a chartbuster.

Subscribers can access Michael’s Call Me Tunes, My Song, Full Songs, Videos, Wallpapers & Ringtones. The subscribers can call and enjoy the entire bouquet of services on 55500 at a nominal charge of 2p/sec, they can also set the Call me Tunes directly by sending SMS MJ to 55500 (toll-free).

Tata DOCOMO is also running a contest for its subscribers in Chennai where in a few lucky customers who download the maximum number of songs from the album will be given passes to attend the listening Party on 14th December ’10 in Chennai.

So go ahead and enjoy the songs from your favorite artist right away.

Tata Docomo Launches Megapromo Contest

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Tata Docomo announced a new contest for their pre-paid and postpaid customers. You can win existing prizes such as one Bajaj Platina MET 100′ bike each day and a Hyundai i10 d-lite’ car as a bumper prize. All you have do is just answer trivia questions based on General Knowledge, Bollywood/Hollywood, State Politics and History.

To make the contest more interesting for participants we have localized the content with questions based on general knowledge, movies, State politics and history. Through this contest, we aim at increasing the level of interaction with our customers to enhance our relationship with them. Megapromo contest is just another step in the same direction. I am sure that this contest would be a thrilling experience for our customers”, said NV Subbarao, Regional Head South East, Tata Docomo.

To participate in the contest, Tata Docomo pre-paid and postpaid customer has to send an SMS with keyword WIN to 52111 or call 52111. You will be charged Rs. 4 per SMS for each answer, and you will win points o each answer. If you answer maximum questions in a day, they you can win a Bajaj Platina MET 100 bike everyday. This contest ends on January 19, 2011.

TRAI Suggests Rs.60,000Cr Broadband Plan For Villages

To boost broadband penetration in the country, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested rolling out an optical fibre cable network across the country at a whopping cost of Rs 60,000 crore. Here are the details of TRAI’s plans for the same:

  • An autonomous body – National Optical Fibre Agency (NOFA) will be created under the Central Government.
  • A State Optical Fibre Agency will be formed at the state level whose 51 per cent equity will be vested with NOFA and 49 per cent by the respective State government.
  • Project to be financed by the Universal Service Obligation fund and grants from the Government.
  • New network will be rolled out in two phases by 2013 and TRAI has set a target of 75 million broadband connections by 2012 and 160 million connections by 2014.
  • 25.45 lakh km of fresh optical fibre to be laid all across India in order to meet bandwidth requirements. Current lines are limited only to Tier-1 cities.

Pine Mobiles Launches Polo Touchscreen Phone In India

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Singapore based Pine Mobiles recently launched a new entry level touchscreen phone, the Pine Polo in India. This handset features with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory, 1000 mAh battery and so on. Sadly, this handset does not comes with Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity.

Mr. Rohit Agarwal CEO of Pine Mobiles says; The develop world and the developing world demands the best technology. The POLO is designed with the best technology suiting the masses. We bring the high-end POLO phones in the market with updated applications and technology

Pine Polo features a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera with video recording, Audio and Video player, Bluetooth connectivity, 58 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, Motion Sensor, OperaMini, Nimbuzz, Snaptu, up to 240 hours standby time, up too 7 hours talktime and a 1000 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.5999. If you can shell out additional thousand rupees, then you should definitely buy the Android 2.1 powered Micromax Andro instead of Pine Polo.

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Videocon Launches The First Ducati Series Mobile Phone

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Videocon Mobiles recently launched the first ever Ducati brand licensed mobile phone, Viceocon V6200 in India. With the launch of this handset, Videocon Mobile Phones introduces a unique concept of Mo-Biking. V6200 is a rugged phone with sporty desig. It comes with Anti Slip Grip, Screw frame body chassis and dust resistant keys that have unique side control.

“We are extremely happy about the way Videocon has been accepted in the market. Videocon embarks on a new era with the unveiling of this phone. We at Videocon strive to get interesting new elements and try to set the bench marks in the industry. We are very positive that it will create the desired newness in the Mobile Phone industry; this is a revolutionary phone with some never seen before features and uses,” said Saurabh Dhoot, Director, Videocon Group.

Videocon V6200 features a 6cm TFT screen, 2 megapixel camera, dual LED torch, Pre-bundled 4GB Memory Card, pre-loaded life time GPS navigation system from MapmyIndia, Customizable LED Pulse Indicator, E-Compass, Thermometer, Barometer, Altimeter, Pedometer, GPS System, mobile tracker, FM Radio with FM recorder, sunset & sunrise meter, UV Sensor and an Anti Slip Grip rugged body.

This handset is bundled with 2 headsets – normal and sports. Videocon V6200 comes with a price tag of Rs.11,900. You will also get a Ducati branded Sports bottle, an Arm Band carrying case and MapmyIndia GPS manual with the purchase of this handset.