Samsung Offers Galaxy Tab With Special Data Packages

Earlier this month, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India. This device was launched in India for Rs.38,000, but now you can get it for as low as Rs.34,000. The good news is that, after purchasing the Galaxy Tab, you will get a 2GB memory card pre-loaded with MapmyIndia navigation and 3 Idiots movie. You will also get a leather diary case and a Bluetooth headset worth more than Rs.5,500.

Cellular operator like Airtel, Aircel, Reliance, Tata Docomo and Vodafone are currently offering special data packages with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out the complete details below.

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Airtel:

  • 2GB free data usage @ Rs. 300 per month for 6 months
  • For activation customers will have to SMS SAMSUNGto 543210 from their Airtel number

Aircel:

  • 3 GB free per month for 3 months for Prepaid users
  • 1 GB free per month for 6 months for postpaid users
  • For activation: Prepaid Customers SMS SMART PIto 54343.
  • PostPaid customers visit Aircel COCO store with original TAB bill

Reliance Mobile:

  • 5 GB Free Data usage per month for 6 months on Reliance network
  • For Activation: Visit any Reliance World/Reliance Mobile store outlet or call Customer care on 3033 3333 or from Reliance mobile phone *333

Tata Docomo:

  • 3GB Free data per month for 6 months on Tata Docomo network
  • For Activation: SMS Bun TABto 141

Vodafone:

  • 2GB data @ Rs. 99 per month for Prepaid users
  • 2GB data @ Rs. 199 per month for Post paid users
  • For Activation: SMS STABto 111 (Toll Free) from Vodafone number

Airtel Unveils New Logo And Signature Tune

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As expected, Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, today unveiled a new logo and a refreshed signature tune at a press conference in New Delhi. Airtel currently operates in 19 countries across South Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands. The company also announced that it has crossed the significant milestone of 200 million customers.

Announcing this, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti airtel said, Fifteen years ago Bharti airtel started its journey in India with a promise of delivering world class and affordable services. Today, as we expand on the global stage, this new brand identity gives us the opportunity to present a single, powerful and unified face to our customers, stakeholders and partners around the world. It reinforces our promise to deliver innovative services and a superior brand experience to our 200 million customers across Asia and Africa.

The red colour, which is an integral part of the brand, continues to represent the energy and dynamism that has made Airtel the success it is today. The new curved addition to the logo is a symbol which will help ensure instant recognition across diverse international markets.

Along with that, Airtel have even more reasons to celebrate, since the company reached a new milestone of 200 million customers. Airtel crossed 50 million customers in October 2007 and 100 million in May 2009. The next 100 million customers were added by the company in just 18 months.

The Airtel signature tune has also been refreshed by A R Rahman making it youthful and dynamic. The Airtel’s previous tune made history as world’s most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads. But personally we didn’t liked the new signature tune. You can check out the new signature tune and the new TV commercial below.

Airtel also announced that it will launch its 3G services in India by the end of this year. The company have already grabbed 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.

Did you liked the Airtel’s new logo and signature tune? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Airtel’s New Signature Tune:

Airtel TV Commercial:

Reliance Comm To Launch 3G Services By Year-End

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Tata Docomo became the first private operator to launch its 3G services in India. Last month Airtel announced that it will launch its 3G services from December end. And now, Reliance Communication became the third private operator to announce its 3G services in India.

Syed Safawi, the company’s head of wireless business, said at an investors conference that Reliance will launch its 3G services in India by the year-end. Reliance Communications 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.

Tata Docomo already launched its 3G services in India. On the other hand Airtel, Reliance, Aircel, S-Tel and Idea will launch their 3G services by December end. Vodafone is the only operator that will launch its 3G services from next year. Reliance 3G signals are already live in some parts of Mumbai and the company will offer speed upto 21mbps. Are you excited for the launch of Reliance 3G services? Or you are planning to go for Vodafone, Airtel or other private operator?

NEC Launches Android Powered Life Touch Tablet In India

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After Samsung and Binatone launched their tablet device, NEC launched its Android-based tablet in India. The 7 inch NEC tablet is powered by Android 2.1 Operating System and it comes with a 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Connectivity and so on.

“Due to recent corporate demand to reduce IT investment expenses and total cost of operations (TCO), both the interest in cloud computing and its actual use have steadily increased. The LifeTouch cloud communicator enables corporate customers to generate new revenues through customer services and to improve the efficiency of business operations through an optimized user interface,” NEC said in a statement.

It features a 7 inch LCD display, Android 2.1 OS, ARM Cortex A8 processor, four navigational buttons, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, stylus and finger touch, A-GPS, G-sensor, accelerometer, light sensor and so on.

The price and availability of this device is still unknown, but the price is expected to be less than Rs.10,000.

Airtel To Get A New Logo

India’s largest private telecom player – Bharti Airtel is all set for a new brand identity.   The company plans to unveil an all new refreshing new logo next week. The new logo has striking similarities with that of Zain Telecom of Africa which Bharti Airtel recently acquired.

The company also plans to change the design of it’s recharge vouchers and other brand, publicity materials. Here is a design concept of the new Airtel recharge voucher cards:

The logo may have multiple reactions from consumers. Earlier, the airtel logo was just the text Airtel writen in a Red-White background but the current one has a proper logo design with the text airtel written in a nice font. So if Airtel, just plans to use the image and not the text at places then it might be a bit difficult for people to figure it out.

However, Bharti will be spending over Rs.  300 Crores globally to change Airtel’s brand identity and create an awareness about the new logo among it’s customers. The new brand identity will be unveiled all across India, Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles.

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New Player In Indian Telecom Tower Business: Power Grid

Power Grid Corp. is India’s largest electricity transmission utility company. Most of the huge transmission towers that you see in India, there is a good chance that it has been set up by Power Grid. As part of its diversification plans, Power Grid decided to lease out its electricity transmission infrastructure to independent tower firms and telecom service providers in the month of September this year and in order to find out the feasibility of this project it also hired KPMG as a consultant.

It seems that the study by KPMG is over and the company (Power Grid) now says that 10 to 15 per cent of it’s transmission towers out of approximately 1,00,000 towers in India can be used for setting up telecom towers. This will also boost its bottomline without any new investment. The aim of the company is to leverage its transmission towers set up in remote and rural areas to provide telecom services in these areas.

In it’s recent endeavors, the company has already leased a project in Gangtok for the past a year and it has also been leasing bandwidth on its network to over 70 customers including Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Dishnet Wireless and Tata Communications.

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Bharti Airtel Q2 Profits Down 27%, Vodafone(IN) Service Revenues Up 28%

Two of India’s major telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar posted their revenue details for the last quarter. While one of them reported huge losses, the other is bathing in high net revenues. India’s top mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel reported a 27 per cent fall in profit for Q2. This has happened after being squeezed by a price war in India – world’s fastest-growing mobile market.

Whereas Vodafone Essar, India’s second largest telecom operator has reported a service revenue of   about Rs 6,442.6 crore in the second quarter of 2010-11. This is almost 28% from Rs 5045.2 crore in same quarter last year. However the revenues were down by 5.7% as compared to Rs 6,836.8 crore revenues that the company had reported in June quarter of FY10-11.

In June, Bharti had acquired telecoms operations in 15 African countries from Kuwaiti telcoms group Zain for a $9 billion deal. This deal had made it the world’s fifth-biggest mobile operator. For Vodafone, however, growth was driven by a 42.7% increase in the average mobile customer base.

Tata Docomo’s Agressive 3G Tariffs

TATA Docomo has always brought in many firsts to its customers in India. Be it the 1p/sec tariff or the innovative group plans, Tata Docomo has always been a game changer. They are the first private telecom operator to launch 3G in India for the masses and have once again proved their worth with their very competitive and affordable 3G Tariffs.

Tata DoCoMo launched 3G services as promised on Diwali (5th November) in nine circles: Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra (does not include Mumbai), Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya-Pradesh-Chhattisgarh and UP (west).

Here is a summary of the available Tariff Plans for Tata Docomo 3G:

  • Effectively 3G tariffs are between 0.66-1.1 paisa a second for a voice call for any 3G plan.
  • Plans start at Rs 500 and go upto Rs 2,000 for a month for 3G services. Users will also get between 250 MB (enough to watch 3 hours of TV) and 2GB (23 hours of TV) of data according to the package they buy.
  • A special 3G plan for pre-paid customers has been released at Rs 350 a month for 500 minutes of talk time (local and STD) and 150 MB of data.
  • Existing Tata customers can try 3G without shifting from 2G by forking out Rs 200 for 200 MB or Rs 500 for 650 MB Data.
  • Five separate plans for 3G data services, or dongles, for laptops and other devices have also been launched.

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Private Telcos May Use BSNL’s Network To Provide Broadband Access

Currently it is only BSNL that provides broadband internet facilities in rural areas of India. However, things are going to change soon. In order to make broadband internet available to millions of subscribers, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has suggested that BSNL’s   last-mile copper lines could be unbundled to private operators.

BSNL has a huge and extensive copper network that caters to 30 million subscribers and this can be ramped up to support millions of more customers. Since BSNL’s fixed line subscribers are gradually declining, unbundling the last-mile local loop in the copper lines will allow private operators to use BSNL’s nationwide fixed line network for offering broadband services to more customers.

Doing this has two benefits. First is, it will bring in additional revenue for BSNL and the Second benefit is that more new consumers can now expect to use fast broadband internet connection. The DoT has also suggested that the excess capacity should be provided to the private players only after BSNL’s own requirement is met.

Tata Docomo Offers Free 3G Services For 7 Days

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We recently posted that Tata Docomo’s 3G services will go live from tomorrow midnight and now we have another breaking news. Tata Docomo recently posted in their Facebook page that  their  3G services will start from November 5th and they will offer free 3G  services  for the first 7 days. Tata Docomo users can enjoy free 3G services on their mobile phones and USB modem from November 5th to November 11th midnight.

Tata Docomo has won 3G license in nine circles Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra. Tata Docomo subscribers from these nine circles can enjoy free 3G services for the 7 days on their 3G devices.

Tata Docomo’s 3G Network supports high-speed Internet access with speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps. The network also supports HD Voice for a superior voice experience on calls. Tata Docomo will offers 3G services like Mobile TV,Video-SMS, Video-Streaming, Route-Finder, Live Aarti and much more.

This is definitely a good news for all the Tata Docomo subscribers in these nine circles. Are you excited for the launch of Tata Docomo’s 3G services in India? Lets us know your views in the comments below.