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Tata Docomo Unveils One Touch Net Phone

Tata Docomo recently announced their first handset, the Alcatel One Touch Net mobile phone, which integrates the Tata Docomo’s Dive-In mobile services and allows you to access them with a single touch of a button.

“The OneTouch Net is an affordable solution targeted at the digital youth who want to stay connected to the Internet and information services on their mobile phones. A suite of Yahoo!’s leading products are pre-loaded and directly integrated into the device-this phone has an ergonomic QWERTY keyboard and a special optical track-pad, and is designed for easy navigation, communication and Internet services,” Mr. Deepak Gulati, President of GSM and 3G at Tata Teleservices Limited, said.

“As part of Yahoo!’s commitment to deliver engaging mobile services to consumers in India, we partnered with Tata Docomo and Alcatel to offer consumers a personally relevant Yahoo! experience. This partnership enables Yahoo! to spur mobile growth in emerging markets and provide consumers a highly-discoverable and truly compelling Internet experience, encompassing communication, content and search services to connect consumers with the people and things that matter most,” said Mr. Vishal Maheshwari, Head APAC, Mobile and BD, Yahoo!

tata docomo one touch phone

Alcatel One Touch Net phone comes with a 2.4 inch display with 240×320 pixels resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, GPRS/EDGE Connectivity, 2 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, MP3 Player, FM Radio, Stereo Bluetooth 2.0, microSD card slot, 80MB internal memory, 8GB expandable memory and more.

The OneTouch Net will also provide easy access to Tata Docomo services like My Song, Call Me Tunes, Buddy Chat, My Talkies, Astro Portal, Funzone, Song Book and much more through customized keys on the OneTouch Net handset.

Tata Docomo will offer various Yahoo! services on the Alcatel OneTouch Net Phone such as Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Contacts and Calendar, Yahoo! Homepage, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Social Pulse, Flickr and so on. This handset is available in two catchy colors – a vibrant White and Lavender and a sleek Black and Silver. It comes with a price tag of Rs.5,500.

Idea Cellular Offers Daily Pack At Rs.5

After Tata Docomo, Airtel and Vodafone launched the daily pack, Idea Cellular has also launched their very own daily pack, which is priced at just Rs.5 a day. The daily pack offered by Idea Cellular is called as “IDEA Daily Decrement” and it offers free local minutes, night calling minutes and free local/national SMS at just Rs.5. The daily pack is valid only till midnight on the day of recharge. Check out the complete details below.

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IDEA Daily Decrement:

Plan 1

Price: Rs.5
Validity: Till midnight
Benefits: 11 Local/STD Minutes

Plan 2

Price: Rs.5
Validity: 2 Days
Benefits:60 Local IDEA Night Minutes (11 PM to 8 AM)

Plan 3

Price: Rs.5
Validity: Till midnight
Benefits:125 Local/National SMS

To activate these daily packs, you just need to dial *369# from your Idea number. These packs are useful for those who wants to connect with their friends on the go for a short period of time. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below or you can even call Customer Care to get more details on these daily packs.

Samsung Launches Dual SIM Guru E2152 Phone For Rs.3550

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Samsung India has announced an entry-level dual-SIM phone in its Guru range of phones, the Samsung Guru E2152. The Guru range of phones from Samsung is know for affordable price and great features, and the Samsung Guru E2152 is not an exception. This handset is specially targeted for youngsters in India, who normally you use two SIM cards to stay connected with their family and friends.

Samsung Guru E2152 features a 2 inch QQVGA display with 128 × 160 pixels resolution, dual-SIM standby, Paragon Lite user interface, VGA camera, FM Radio, audio and video player, fake call, dedicated music key, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, up to 11 hours of talk time and 1000mAh battery.

This handset has support for 9 regional language and it comes with an affordable price tag of Rs.3,550. Are you willing to buy this handset? Let us know your views.

Bharti Enters Mobile Handset Business – Launches 8 Handsets

Bharti is already India’s biggest mobile services provider having over 140 million active subscribers on it’s list with Airtel and now Bharti aims at becoming the number one in the mobile handsets market too. This will make Bharti a direct competitor for mobile handset majors like Nokia and Samsung in India. Bharti has announced its entry into the fast-growing mobile handset business with Group firm Beetel launching eight handsets in the price range of Rs 1,750-7,000.

However Beetel has no specific plans of bundling its handsets only with Airtel mobile services but they will be talking their new handsets to all the GSM players for bundling them with their respective talk-plans and it will not be restricted to only the group’s flagship mobile services company – Airtel.

Beetel would have an in-house design facility in India and operate on a business model under which manufacturing would be done in and outside, but with innovation done locally.  Beetel phones has features like dual SIMs, FM and cameras just like handsets from other manufacturers.  Beetel mobile phones will be initially available via a nationwide  distribution network  of over 4,000 outlets across Delhi, Haryana, UP, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Punjab and the seven North Eastern States.

Nokia E5 To Launch On September-End In India

The wait is finally over for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of Nokia E5 in India. This is an amazing business phone with full QWERTY keyboard and 5 megapixel camera. Nokia India recently tweeted that Nokia E5 is scheduled to launch on September-end in India. Nokia E5 was announced early this year, has already been launched in many countries, but Nokia haven’t launched it in India due to some unknown reasons.

nokia e5

Nokia E5 is the successor of the popular business device, Nokia E63. It features a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Built-in A-GPS, .5mm headphone jack and much more.

Other features include Bluetooth connectivity, 250 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, 1 click access to SMS/MMS and email, OVI Chat, OVI Share, OVI Maps, 18 hours 30 mins talktime, 29 days stand-by time, 1200 mAh battery and so on.

This handset comes in 5 different colors Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown and Silver Grey. Nokia E5 will be available in India for around Rs.12,000.

BSNL Slashes 3G Prices, Unlimited Usage At Just Rs.1359

Here is a good news for all the BSNL subscribers across India. BSNL has announced up to 45 percent reduction in their current 3G tariff. BSNL have finally triggered another price war in the 3G Mobile service segment, even before the private operators have started their 3G services in India. BSNL has not only reduced the price of its 3G service, but they have also launched new prepaid and postpaid plans for its 3G subscribers in all the telecom circles.

bsnl 3g plans

BSNL has significantly reduced the price of its Unlimited 3G Data Plan from Rs.2,499 to just Rs.1,359 for postpaid subscribers and also reduced the price for their prepaid subscribers from Rs.2,756 to just Rs.1,499. They have also reduced the price of the existing data Plans of 500 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB data plans to a great extent.

Apart from that, BSNL has launched three short term validity plans which offers 1 days, 3days and days validity at just Rs.10, Rs.25 and Rs.50 respectively. BSNL subscribers can enjoy the lightning speed of 3G services with their High Speed Wireless Broadband which provides up to 7.2 Mbps in Home and Roaming circle anywhere in India without any extra charges. Currently BSNL offers their 3G services in more than 500 cities across India.

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Airtel to Launch Mobile Wallet Services in India

Bharti AirtelBharti Airtel is soon going to launch mobile wallet and mobile payment services in India. In a press statement on Wednesday, Bharti Airtel announced that the Reserve Bank of India had granted it a license to offer “Semi Closed Wallet” services to its customers.

Users will be able to use the mobile wallet service to conduct transactions up to Rs 5000. They can use the wallet at specific outlets which will tie up with Bharti. Users can only use it for purchases, not for withdrawing cash. Mobile phone penetration is much higher than that of banking services in India.

“Semi-closed wallet are prepaid payment instruments that are redeemable at a group of clearly-identified merchant locations/ establishments which contract specifically with the issuer to accept the payment instrument. These instruments do not permit cash withdrawal or redemption by the holder.

Currently we are evaluating various options that this licence provides to find out how best we can create a value proposition for Airtel customers. It is imperative to design a safe & convenient deployment before we can take to the market,” said the official statement by Bharti Airtel.

Mobile payments are touted to be the next big thing, both in mobile VAS and banking. Knowing Airtel, you can rest assured that it is going to be huge; probably the beginning of mobile payment services in India.

Fly Launches Harmony DS 102, Cheap Dual SIM Mobile for Rs 1449

Fly Mobiles has launched a new dual SIM mobile phone – the Fly Harmony DS102 for just Rs. 1449 ($30) which makes it one of the cheapest dual SIM mobile phones available in the Indian market.

The specifications of the Fly Harmony DS102 are decent and it has a nice design.

Fly Harmony DS102

Fly Harmony DS102 Specifications

Network: GSM + GSM
Dimensions: 106.9 x 46 x 14.8 mm
Weight: 59 gms
Battery: 1000 mAh
Display: 3.7 cm, CSTN display, 128 x 128 pixels, 65K colors
Memory: Up to 2 GB microSD
Radio: FM Radio
Price: Rs 1449
Other Features: Calendar, Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recording with AMR/WAV format, Torch Light, Call recording, Call Black List, Call Conference, Call Waiting, Speed Dial, Auto Redial, Wireless FM, Privacy Protection (Phonebook, Call History, Messages), Language (English, Hindi), Sound Recording, Audio Player

Fly Mobiles – Harmony DS102

Samsung to Launch Galaxy Tab in India in October

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android tablet by Samsung was recently unveiled at IFA 2010, Berlin. It boasts of some great hardware specifications like a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

It comes with a 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and has a 3.2 MP camera as well as a secondary VGA camera. It also offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity among other features.

The price of the Galaxy Tab is rumored to be quite high, at about $1000. It will be launched in the US at $200-300 with contract.

The rumored Indian pricing and availability details of the Galaxy Tab are also out now. NDTV has reported that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab in India in October at a price range of about Rs. 30000 to Rs. 40000. The time frame seems right and the price also seems legit. Though, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will find many takers at this high price, especially when the iPad is priced at $499, and is available in India for less than Rs. 30000.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

UN To Blackberry: Allow Government Access To Customer Data!

Looks like the Canadian telecom major, Blackberry has lost the war against Indian authorities already. Earlier we told told you about the deadline which the Indian Govt. had set for Blackberry to allow the Govt. to access consumer data. Now we have reports that the chief of the United Nation’s telecommunications agency has urged the Blackberry manufacturer to allow law enforcement agencies access customer data

The chief of UN Telecom Agency said that governments have legitimate security concerns and all governments which are engaged in the fight against terrorism (countries like India and a few more) has the right to access customer data from BlackBerry.

RIM has already agreed to provide the Saudi government access consumer data. If it now complies with India’s demands, Blackberry may end up receiving similar demands from other countries too. And if it does not, the Indian government might disable messaging support in Blackberry devices across the country.