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Airtel Completes Zain Group Acquisition In Africa For $10.7 Billion

Bharti Airtel today dived into the global telecom market by completing the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for a total enterprise valuation of $10.7 billion.

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With this acquisition Airtel has become the first Indian telecom brand to have a global presence with a footprint of 1.8 billion people. It also became a major MNC with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa with a customer base of 180 million users.

With the acquisition of Zain Group, Airtel has:

  • Completed the largest ever cross- border deal in emerging markets.
  • Entered a league of five largest mobile operators in the world.
  • Became a leading Indian MNC with operations in 18 countries with a footprint covering 1.8 billion people
  • Reiterated commitment to Africa and promises affordable services, deeper coverage and superior brand experience.

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti said, We are delighted at the closure of this transformational deal for India and Bharti. We would like to express our deep gratitude and thank the governments of all the fifteen countries as well as the government of India for their overwhelming support to this landmark event. This will further strengthen the historic Indo-Africa economic & social ties and provide a big boost to South-South cooperation."

Mr. Asaad Al-Banwan, Chairman, Zain, said We wholeheartedly wish Bharti Airtel great success in continuing the development of telecommunications across the African continent, and we are confident that the people of Africa will welcome such a committed and reputable telecom powerhouse.

Airtel has no doubt been the biggest player in the Indian market, and with this acquisition they will also take over mobile service operations in 15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million.

India is always seen as a emerging market for the telecom industry, however, with over 450 million telecom penetration, Africa also give Airtel a good chance to increase their user base.

For more information and details about the Airtel and Zain Group deal, visit this press release.

Nokia N900 Launched In India For Rs. 30,639

the flagship device from Nokia has been officially launched in India for Rs. 30,639. Nokia N900 has been the saving grace for Nokia after launching the hugely unpopular Nokia N97.

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Nokia N900 has a 3.5" touchscreen display with a QWERTY keypad. It also has a 5MP camera with a Carl Zeiss Dual LED flash. Nokia N900 GPS and Quad-band GSM, EDGE, GPRS and WCDMA. The device is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor with OpenGL ES 2.0 support and comes 1GB Ram.

Nokia N900 also has 32GB of memory which can also be expanded to up-to 48GB using a microSD card. The phone also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and has a FM transmitter.

Nokia N900 runs on which is a Linux based OS and a breakaway from the Symbian OS usually seen in Nokia devices. Nokia N900 can also run applications such as Firefox Mobile with add-ons support. In addition to that Nokia N900 also runs Ovi Maps and more.

Nokia N900 will be available in retail stores across India for Rs, 30,639.

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S: Coming to India Soon

The Samsung 1900 Galaxy S is shaping up to be a killer Android phone. It is a beast of a device, powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU and 512 MBs of RAM. The 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixel resolution offers superb clarity even under daylight, while the 5 camera is capable of capturing high resolution (2592 x 1944) images and HD videos (720p at 30fps). Early reviews of the handset have been overwhelmingly positive. GSMArena even suggested that it is the best Android device yet.

We tested the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and it tested us in return. It bared its teeth at us and so did we. Ours was a grin. Easy boy, good beast. There goes the new leader of the Android pack. The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has oomph to spare and even hardened geeks like us cannot help but acknowledge its compelling power.

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It’s not just the hardware that makes Galaxy a compelling package. It will initially ship with Android 2.1, but will be updated to Froyo at some point in the future. To make things even sweeter, Samsung is using its proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, which adds numerous usability enhancements. On top of it, the Galaxy S has an excellent selection of pre-installed applications including Swype predictive text input, file manager, image and video editor and document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF).

The Galaxy is also a formidable multimedia device. It provides excellent codec support and is capable of playing MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC audio files and MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video files. The camera app has all the fancy features including autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and face and smile detection.

The good news is that the Galaxy S is expected to hit the Indian shores in early June. The price remains unknown; however, a behemoth like this won’t come cheap.

Lemon Duo 401: Stylish Dual SIM Phone with Large TFT Screen for Rs. 3,699

Dual SIM mobile phones seem to be the the in-thing at the moment. We have had a flurry of dual SIM mobile phone launches over the past few months. Now, Lemon Mobiles has added another impressive handset to the ever growing list.

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The Lemon Duo 401 is a stylish handset with a metallic finish and a 2.6 inch TFT screen having a resolution of 176×220. The dual SIM (GSM+GSM) handset has all the basic features you can expect from a phone in its price range. It is capable of playing MP3, MP4, 3GP and AVI audio and video files. The GPRS enabled device supports up to 2GB of expandable memory (microSD) and features FM radio, voice recorder, USB connectivity and up to 500 phone book entries. It also has a some unique features like shake for music, which can be used to change tracks by simply shaking the handset. The battery is capable of providing up to 4 hours of talk time and 360 hours of standby time.

Mr. Gopal Kalra, Director of Lemon Mobiles, said, What sets Lemon’s offering apart, however, is the zeal to equip the masses with the best handsets at the best value for money. The pricing for the categories have been kept in sync with this ideology”.

Indeed, the Lemon Duo 401 is attractively priced at Rs. 3,699. In spite of having only a VGA camera, Lemon is a smart option for budget conscious buyers looking for a stylish dual SIM handset.

Blackberry Bold 9700 White Launched In India For Rs. 31,900

Research in Motion (RIM) has been launching several new devices in India. Earlier, they have launched the Blackberry Storm in India for Rs. 31,990. To add to that, they RIM has now launched the Blackberry Bold in India for Rs. 31,900.

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Blackberry Bold 9700 White has the same features as in the Blackberry Black model, however, this one has a white finish to its exterior casing.

Blackberry Bold 9700 supports 3G GSDPA networks and has a 624 MHz processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GOS and Wi-Fi support. The Bold 9700 also has a high resolution display.

The phone also has a 3.2 megapixel camera with zoom, auto-focus and auto-flash. The camera also supports video recording. The phone’s memory can be expanded by using a microSD/SDHC memory card.

Blackberry Bold 9700 also comes with Blackberry Media Sync, iTunes and Windows Media Player. The phone will go on sale in India for Rs. 31,900.

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Samsung Launches Star Nano 3G – Stylish Touchscreen Phone For the Masses

The 3G spectrum auction in India is over and 3G is well on its way. If you are going to buy a new phone, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a 3G enabled one. The good news is that thanks to stiff competition in the mobile segment, the cost of 3G phones has been dropping rapidly.

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Samsung has just unveiled their latest handset for the Indian market – Star Nano 3G S3370. Nano is a stylish, 3G enabled phone with a 2.6-inch touchscreen and a curvilinear design. Nano sports Samsung’s Touchwiz 2.0 interface with 4 page menus like the Corby series of phones. As expected, it bundles a nice selection of social apps including Google Talk, Palringo Chat and AIM. Nano provides quick access to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube out of the box.

The 1.3-mega pixel camera is nothing to boast about, but given the phone’s price one can’t really complain. Nano comes equipped with a 2 GB memory card and can support up to 16 GB of expandable memory. Other features include Microsoft Active Sync, Google push email service and sync calendar.

Priced at just Rs. 7,320 the Start Nano 3G S3370 an enticing option for budget conscious buyers looking for an enjoyable touchscreen phone.

Fly Mobile Booom MC10 – Stylish Dual SIM Multimedia Phone for Rs. 3649

There is no dearth of cheap multimedia phones in the Indian market. Fly Mobile Booom MC10 is the another entrant, which is hoping to wow the youth. Speaking on the launch of the MC10, Prem Kumar, CEO of Fly Mobile commented, We are targeting it towards the music aficionados in tier I and tier II cities at an age bracket of 18-35. It’s like carrying your own music system along and having a boom time wherever and whenever.”

Indeed, the biggest draw of the MC10 is its music playing capabilities. The FM radio player can save up to 15 channels, has 5 different FM alarms and supports FM recording. On the other hand, the gorgeous audio player (MP3/MP4A) supports album art as well as lyrics. Both of them are well supported by a super loud speaker.

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Although the Booom supports both photography and video capture, the image quality offered by its VGA camera is lacklustre. If you want a decent camera phone, this handset is obviously not for you. On the other hand, if you want a capable music player, Booom might just win you over. It even ships with a 2GB memory card, which is preloaded with Bollywood content.

Fly Mobile Booom MC10 is available for Rs. 3,649.

G-Fone 571 – Feature-packed Full QWERTY Handset with Dual SIM Support for Rs. 3,999

Telecom Talk is reporting that the G-Fone 571 has finally launched in India. The G-Fone 571 is a dual SIM, full QWERTY handset, which offers an impressive feature-set.

It is equipped with a 208 Mhz processor, which can flawlessly playback MP4 videos on its 2.2-inch, 64k colours QVGA Display. The G-Fone boasts of plenty of other features including FM radio playback, FM recording, MP3 audio playback and audio recording. The 1.3 megapixel camera with flash takes care of photography as well as video recording. The G-Fone 571 even includes a motion sensor and a mobile tracker.

The G-Fone bundles Snaptu and Nimbuzz to take care of your social needs. Since, it supports JAVA you can always install additional apps. Unfortunately, the G-Fone is strictly GPRS only and doesn’t offer EDGE support.

If that is not a deal breaker for you, then G-Fone 571 is indeed worth considering. It has a lot of things going for it including Dual SIM support, QWERTY keypad, PC sync, expandable memory up to 8 GB and an impressive list of built-in apps. The G-Fone is a pretty sweet deal at just Rs. 3,999.

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G-Fone 571 Specifications

General Information
Form Factor: Bar
Dimensions :112X62.5X12.2 MM
Operating Frequency: GSM 900, 1800
Key Pad: QWERTY keypad
Dual Sim: Yes

Display
Color: 2.2 inches QVGA , 262K Colors
Size: 320 X 240 px

Multimedia
Camera: 1.3 Mega Pixels Camera
Video Player: 3GP, MP4
FM: FM Radio with Recording
Music: AAC, AMR

Data
GPRS: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Edge: No
Infra Red: No
Salespack: Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card

Spice Mobiles Launch Video Phone S-7000 For Rs 7,499

Mobile manufacturer Spice Mobiles have launched a new video phone in the market called S-7000. S-7000 will be priced at Rs. 7,499.

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The S-7000 has a 3.2 inch WQVGA full touchscreen display which supports wide screen viewing and also supports multiple format videos. The phone also has a 3.2 megapixel camera, bluetooth and a expandable memory slot of 16GB.

The camera has support for video recording and play. S-7000 also has an Answering Maching feature. The phone comes pre-loaded with social networking applications like and Nimbuzz.

The phone has talk time of up to 3.5 hours and stand by time of 220 hours. However, the phone only comes with 19MB internal memory and you will have to buy additional memory card to increase the memory of the phone. You will find the complete specification of the phone here.

For the launch of S-7000, Spice Mobiles have tied up with Disney India to provide exclusive content of the upcoming movie, Prince of Persia- Sands of Time. Spice Mobiles had also launched a 12MP Camera phone with 3x option zoom called S1200 earlier.

You can purchase the S-7000 for Rs. 7,499 in white color at retail mobile stores across the country.

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Zen Mobile Launches Dual SIM Slider Phone S10

Zen Mobile who have been launching low-end mobile phones in India including the Dual SIM X380 and QWERTY Z66 have now launched a new Slider phone called S10 in India.

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The S10 comes with a 2GB memory card and a Dual SIM slot for multiple SIM card. The phone’s memory can be expanded to 4GB. S10 also features a 2.2 inch TFT screen with MP4/MP3 playback.

S10 also has a 2 megapixel camera with Flash and FM radio. The phone will be sold in the Indian retail market for Rs. 4,999.

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Wynncom Launches 7 Dual SIM Mobiles in India

With the smart phone market brimming with new offerings from several established players, the local mobile manufactures have been trying to capture the entry level low end market, specially with Dual SIM offerings which have become a fad these days.

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In the past few months several Dual SIM phones have been launched in India, including a Intex Dual SIM phone, Zen Mobiles X380 Dual SIM phone, Videocon V1422 Dual SIM phone, G-Fone G-588 Dual SIM phone among others. Intex has also launched a Triple SIM phone in February.

Now Wynn Telecom has launched seven new low-end Dual SIM phones ranging between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 5000 which include QWERTY and multimedia phones.

According to Tech Gadgets, Saif Ali Khan commented at the launch event saying:

"I am excited to represent brand Wynncom that stands for cutting-edge innovation and style. I admire the brand’s attitude and style and relate to it closely as it is refreshingly trendy and fast"

Most of the new Dual SIM phones by Wynncom have a large LCD display with wireless FM, torch, megapixel camera and expandable memory. Wynncom has promised to make the devices available soon in large metros and rural areas of India.

Tata Launches Photon Plus For Mobile Phones

Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Photon Plus service for mobile phones. This much awaited service allows high-speed Internet and data access on the move, thereby allowing its users to get the most out of applications like Live TV, video streaming and music downloading and other Value Added Services such as TATA Photon TV, TATA Photon Videos, Push 4 ALL Mail, Web Cha & a variety of apps from the TATA Appstore. As of now the services is available in all major metros & tier 2 cities in India.

Customers will get Free Live TV subscription for three months for all activations till 30th June which will also enable them to watch the T20 World Cup live on their mobile handsets. Furthermore, customers will also get 10 GB of data usage free for the first two months on pre-paid connections and 15 GB per month free for two months on post-paid connections tariffs are Re. 0.50 per MB of usage. As of now, this service will be enabled on the Blackberry Tour 9630 and Samsung Corby; however plans are in place to make it available on 8 other top-end handsets.

Airtel Offers Local Airtel To Airtel Calling For Only 25p A Minute

Airtel the biggest network provider of India has launched a new promo pack for its prepaid users in Kolkata. This pack will allow users to call any local Airtel mobile number for 25p/minute. This pack carries a validity of 30 days.

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Plan Details:

Price: Rs 12

Validity: 30 days

Circle: Kolkata

Benefits: Call local Airtel numbers for only 25 paisa a minute.

This pack is not valid for customers who are on per second tariff. The low call rates are only valid for 19 hours of the day. The 19 hours starts from 11 pm to 6 pm. If you have any queries, please feel free to ask us through comments.

Aircel Launches Facebook Updates On SMS For 50 Paise

Social Networking on sites like and has taken off in a huge way in the Indian market, with dedicated phones for social networking and tight integration with them through several apps like Nimbuzz and more.

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However, the smartphone penetration in India is not that high and several users still have phones which do not have web browsing capabilities or the capability to use apps. To tackle the issue, Aircel has now launched a new social networking service using which users can send and receive Facebook updates through SMS on a new short number 51555.

Aircel Facebook on SMS service will allow users to view and post updates, comments, likes, pokes and more with a simple SMS. Each SMS sent to the short number 51555 will be charged 50 paise.

In order to activate and use the service with your Facebook account, follow the steps given below:

  • Sign in on Facebook and access your ‘Account Settings’
  • Under the ‘Mobile’ tab, select ‘Register for Facebook Text Messages’
  • Select ‘Aircel India’ as your mobile provider and send ‘f’ to 51555 via SMS to confirm your number (SMS charges at 50 paisa)
  • Enter the confirmation code received via SMS, and You’re done!

More information on the service can be found at the official Aircel for Facebook SMS page.

[via infocera.com]

HTC HD Mini Launched In India For Rs. 23,490

HTC has launched the HD Mini phone in India for a affordable price of Rs. 23,490. HTC HD Mini will run Windows Mobile 6.3 and is a 3G phone with Wi-Fi support.

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HTC HD Mini comes with a Capacitive touch screen, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, 3.2″ HVGA display, 5MP camera. The HD Mini also comes with the popular HTC Sense. Last year, HTC launched two phones in India, including the HTC HD2 for Rs. 36,990 and the HTC Touch2 for Rs. 24,490.

This year, HTC has launched the cheap HTC Smart for Rs. 9,990 with many new phones including the HTC Desire slated to launch in India in the near future. India has now become one of the top destinations for launching new smartphones and considering that there are around 600 million subscribers, it would make more sense for manufacturers to penetrate the rural markets with cheap smartphones.

HTC HD Mini can be purchased for Rs. 23, 490 from HTC authorized stores across India.

[via Cell Bharat]