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Tata Indicom Launches BlackBerry Bold 9650 In India

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Tata Indicom and Research in Motion (RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone in India. It is the first combined CDMA-GSM 3G-ready smartphone in the BlackBerry Bold series. This handset comes with full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512 MB of Flash Memory, an Optical Trackpad and so on.

As the youngest dual-technology telecom service provider in India, the addition of a Smartphone like the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to our portfolio of products and services from Research In Motion is an important step in strengthening our offerings to consumers. Our pan-India reach, supported by the traditionally strong speeds on TTL’s cutting-edge CDMA network, will provide users with an exceptional voice and data communication experience, enhanced by the ability to share and experience multimedia, chat and social networking on the go,said Mr Sunil Batra, President of CDMA Operations at Tata Teleservices Limited.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone delivers premium phone and multimedia features, together with global roaming support and the industry’s leading mobile solution for e-mail, messaging and social networking. We’re pleased to work with Tata Indicom to bring this powerful new smartphone to their customers in India,said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director-India, Research In Motion.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 features a 2.4 inch display with 480 x 360 pixels resolution, 512 MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, GPS capabilities, Bluetooth 2.1, up to 312 hours stand-by time, up to 5 hours talktime and 1400 mAh battery.

Blackberry Bold 9650 is exclusively available in India for Tata Indicom customers at just Rs.27,990. Tata Indicom customers will receive a free data pack worth Rs.900 per month, as well as 500 MB of tethered modem data usage for the first two months. Tata Indicom customers will also have exclusive access to Tata’s Photon TV.

Motorola Quench XT3 Launched In India For Rs.14990

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Motorola recently launched its entry-level smartphone, the QUENCH XT3 smartphone in India. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 operating system and it allows you to download more than 100,000 apps from the Android market and helps you to stay connected with your friends and family on the go.

We are offering innovative and exciting Android-powered devices to a larger Indian audience for whom affordability and features in a sleek form factor make the difference. With the QUENCH XT3, we are targeting those users who are interested in smartphones but haven’t yet made the leap to invest in one. The value for money Motorola QUENCH XT3 is elegant and intuitive with a high style quotient,said Faisal Siddiqui, country head of India, Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Quench XT3 features a 3.2inch HVGA touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED flash, 3.5G connectivity, Wi-Fi access, A-GPS, stereo Bluetooth, MP3 player, Accelerometer and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Trackball, Preloaded Social Networking Sites, full HTML browser with Webkit for PC-like browsing, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1270 mAh battery.

Motorola Quench XT3 is available in India with a price tag of Rs.14,990. You will also get anWith every Motorola QUENCHXT3, get an adidas jacket4 and 2 pairs of movie tickets absolutely free!

Nokia C7 Now Available In India For Rs.19,490

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Nokia C7, the Nokia’s latest smartphone which was announced last month at the Nokia World 2010 is now available in India. This device has not been officially launched by Nokia, but a mobile phone dealer in Mumbai has confirmed the availability of this device. This handset is powered by the new Symbian^3 Operating System.

Nokia C7 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 360 × 640 pixels resolution, ARM11 680MHz processor, Symbian^3 operating system, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Stereo FM radio, A-GPS, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM, up to 27 days stand-by time, up to 9.5 hours talk time and 1200 mAh battery.

Nokia C7 is available in three colors – Charcoal black, Frosty metal and Mahogany brown. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,490.

Samsung To Launch The Galaxy Tab In India On October 29

The folks over at CellPassion have apparently received an invitation from Samsung for an upcoming press conference to be held by them on October 29. The Invite says “let’s tab….let’s talk”. From this tag line, it is pretty clear that Samsung will be unveiling their latest creation the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India.  Samsung_Galaxy_Tab

The Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD screen made of Gorilla glass with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal memory. The Tab runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ 3.0 UI on top of it.

Rumors suggest that Samsung will be pricing the Galaxy Tab at around Rs. 40,000.   It will be interesting to see if Samsung launches a subsidized carrier version of the Galaxy Tab with some packaged data plans in India.

Since at its rumored price the Galaxy Tab will be priced higher than the iPad, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will find many takers.

BlackBerry Torch Available On Aircel With Unlimited Free Data Plan

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Earlier this month, RIM (Research In Motion) launched its latest BlackBerry smartphone in India, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This is the first handset which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. Aircel is currently offering BlackBerry Torch with free unlimited Email and Internet Data Bundle offer to its postpaid customer.

BlackBerry Torch features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 inch touch screen display, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, optical trackpad, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time, 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery and more.

Aircel offers its Blackberry services in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Kolkata & Orissa telecom circles. Aircel offers free unlimited free data plan for 12 months from the date of activation. This offer is not available for prepaid customers. BlackBerry Torch was launched in India for Rs.35,000, but you can get this handset from Aircel Stores at just Rs.32,000.

Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Tata Indicom And Fly Mobile Unveils CG 588 QWERTY Phone

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Tata Teleservices Limited and Fly Mobile, the mobile handset brand of UK-based Meridian Group, recently announced the launch of its new handset, the CG588. This handset comes with a full QWERTY keypad, mobile e-mail service, dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA), GPRS, 1.3 megapixel camera and so on. It also comes with Nimbuzz and Snaptu applications which allows you to stay connected with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites at speeds of up to 153 Kbps.

“The new handset, CG588, is an exciting handset with an alluring form factor, enabling customers to have a differentiated telecom experience. The device is an affordable solution for those who want to stay connected to the Internet and access information services on their mobile phones, while having the convenience and dependability of a high-performance dual-SIM CDMA-GSM handset,” Mr Sunil Batra, President of CDMA Operations at Tata Teleservices Limited, said.

“The phone has an ergonomic QWERTY keyboard and makes for easy navigation, communication and Internet access. We are delighted to partner with the Meridian Group and look forward to many such alliances to further enrich our repertoire of state-of-the-art handsets,” he added.

Fly CG 588 features a 262K color TFT display, 1.3 megapixel camera, full QWERTY keyboard with five-way scroll, dual-SIM (CDMA+GSM), supports both voice and data up to 153Kbps, MP3 player, FM radio, 3.5 mm universal audio jack, 4GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, up to 300 hours of stand-by time, up to 8 hours hours of talk-time, 1500 mAH battery and more.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.4,795. With a first recharge of Rs.104, Tata Indicom subscribers will get 1 GB free data usage, 250 local On Net minutes, 250 Local Off Net minutes and 250 SMSs worth Rs.1,500.

Airtel To Launch 3G Services By December End

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Bharti Airtel, which has been at the forefront of the mobile revolution in India, recently announced that it will launch its 3G services before the end of 2010. Tata Docomo and Vodafone have already announced their 3G services services in India. Tata Docomo will launch their 3G services within two weeks, in Diwali, while Vodafone will launch their 3G services in Q1 of 2011.

Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, CEO India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel said, 3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and elevate India’s telecom sector at par with most advanced telecom markets in the world. 3G services have the potential to transform the lives of millions of Indians by taking a variety of life enhancing services on high speed broadband to the remotest corners and bridge the digital divide. In addition, 3G services will have a strong multiplier effect on economic growth and bring in enhanced efficiencies. It will be Airtel’s endeavor to lead India’s journey on the information superhighway with world-class 3G services.

AirTel 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. These 13 telecom circles also constitute 68% of Airtel’s revenue market share. This includes key metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad,which account for 21% of all data traffic in the country and are expected to have the strongest uptake of 3G services.

Spice Launches The M-67 3D: India’s First 3D Mobile Phone

Spice M-67 3DSpice Mobility launched the first Indian 3D mobile phone today. Yes, you heard it right – the new Spice M-67 is a 3D cellphone and no, you don’t need 3D glasses to view it. The Spice M-67 3D allows you to view videos, images and the core user interface in a 3D mode.

It comes with a 2.4 inch auto-stereoscopic display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels which allows you to view 3D objects on the display without the need for special glasses. It is a dual SIM (GSM + GSM) budget phone with decent specifications.

It comes with a 2 MP camera and supports up to 16 GB memory cards. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1, Java support, GPRS and FM radio.

It is priced at Rs. 4299. It will be available by November.

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Airtel Gujarat Customers Can Now Submit Documents At Post Offices

Airtel has signed an all-exclusive MOU with India Posts in Gujarat that will enable all Airtel prepaid customers in the Gujarat circle to submit their documents at any one of the 8971 post offices in Gujarat. This is not only a convenience for the customers but this pact will also expedite the process of document collection and verification mandated by department of Telecom (DoT).

According the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel (Gujarat Circle) – Mr. Shivan Bhargava this new association between Airtel and India Post will help to form a powerful network across Gujarat and support DoT’s initiative of streamlining the documentation process. This association will enable the Airtel Customers to submit their form and relevant documents at a convenient near-by location.

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New iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle Lands in India, No Sign of iPhone 4 Yet

Of late, you might have seen several news and blogs saying that would be coming to India soon. However, let me break the news to you. Apple 4 might take a few more weeks or months to land on Indian shores. How do I know it is beyond what this post is about.

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If you might ask why, I will just elaborate by saying that they don’t have a lucrative business in India to start selling their devices. With a high price range of about INR 35,000 to INR 40,000, the device is out of bounds for several users. Even when iPhone first launched in India, there were hardly 1000-4000 buyers, that in itself is deterrent to the company. Most of the iPhone and iPod Touch users in India have bought their devices through the grey channel and from out of the country.

If Apple does sell 1,00,000 units in India, their margin would be somewhere around 10%. Considering the import duty and other marketing costs, the profit is minimal. If you take all of this into consideration, Apple would not even consider bringing the iPhone 4 into Indian markets altogether, but they will in course of time.

If you do want to get your hands on an Apple device, the new , iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are available at the Apple India Store now at Apple.co.in/store, go ahead and book yours, but don’t expect to see an iPhone 4 at your door for the next few months at least.