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Videocon’s V1405 bags Product of the Year award

Videocon Mobile Phone’s V1405 handset was awarded the Product of the Year 2010 Award under the Value Phones’ category. V1405 offers multitude of features within an affordable price range. It is a dual SIM phone with camera, wireless FM radio with recording, 8 GB expandable memory, mobile tracker and Bluetooth and costs just Rs 4,000.

Mr. Anil Khera, CEO Videocon Mobile Phones said,

This award is especially close to our heart since it was a choice made by consumers nationally. We will definitely make sure that we maintain the trust that our customers have shown in us. We have a long way to go but this award will give us the confidence that we are definitely heading down the right path.

Mr. Rahul Goel, COO, Videocon Mobile Phones said,

Receiving an award such as this, especially in such a short period only proves that we have been able to carve our own space despite the huge competition that prevails in our industry. Our customers have been able to see that we are committed to excellence and hence we have been bestowed the prestigious award of being the Product of the Year 2010.

Via: Telecomtiger

Luminous enters mobile phone market with ‘Wynncom’ as flagship brand

I am sure you must have heard of Luminous Power batteries and inverters. Now you are going to hear its mobile phones. The company has planned to offer its mobile handsets under the brand name of Wynncom’ under Wynn Telecom Limited.

Mr. Rakesh Malhotra, Co-Founder and Chairman, Wynn Telecom Ltd said,

This move is a part of the company’s strategy to offer more consumer products under the umbrella of convergence and the company aims to capture a place among the top brands

The company is all set to launch seven models of dual SIM handsets in the price range of Rs 5,000 in May this year. According to Wynn Telecom Ltd, the products will consist of Utility phones, Upgrade Phones and Youth Phones. Utility phones will feature long battery backups. The Wynncom upgrade series mobile phones will focus on multimedia. The Youth series mobile phones will feature QWERTY keypad, Instant Chat messengers and support for social networking applications.

Via: Telecomtiger

Olive Wiz V-GC800: A triple SIM QWERTY phone announced in India

Olive telecommunications has announced the launch of its first triple (GSM+GSM+CDMA) SIM mobile phone- Wiz VGC800. This QWERTY handset features a 2 Mega Pixel Camera, FM Radio, Music Player and Video Player with Recording, Java support and access to various social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook along with MSN and Yahoo IM.
Olive Telecom is a Gurgaon based, privately held leading Convergence Solutions Device Developer, which deals in mobile phones and laptops. After the successful launch of India’s first 3G embedded Netbooks, Olive is again on an innovative path- introducing a 3 SIM phone.

Some other Wiz VGC800 Specifications
• Display: 2.2-inch 262 K
• Expandable memory slot that can support up to 4 GB
• Bluetooth with A2DP
• 100 days replacement warranty as a part of 1 year warranty
• Changeable Back Panels in colour options of yellow, silver and black

The price of the Olive Wiz V-GC800 is officially not revealed. However, it is expected to cost around Rs 5,000.

Via: Indiainfoline

Indian Cricket Team captain MS Dhoni dropped from endorsing Aircel’s INQ handsets

Indian Cricket Team Captain MS Dhoni will no longer be seen endorsing Aircel’s latest social networking handset INQ. Aircel is now running a new INQ advertisement which does not feature MS Dhoni .

Aircel was forced to take this step by Maxx Mobile Communications as Maxx had signed MS Dhoni for its advertisement. Mumbai-based company Maxx Mobile Communications, which owns Maxx Mobile brand, immediately took note of the INQ ads and asked telecom service provider Aircel to pull the commercial off air.

According to Mr K Rasool, head, marketing, Maxx mobile,

We have communicated our stand to Mindscapes Maestros, the agency that manages Dhoni, asking them to discontinue the advertisement which has Dhoni endorsing INQ handset as it breaches category exclusivity in the handsets space

In response to the action taken by Maxx Mobiles, an Aircel spokesperson said,

MS Dhoni is our brand ambassador for Aircel. Therefore, he endorses all products and services for Aircel. However, when we were informed by MS Dhoni’s agent that he is endorsing Maxx for IPL, keeping the sensitivity and his honour in mind, we withdrew him from this particular advertisement

Via: Economic Times

Virgin Mobiles to Offer Free Local and National SMS

Virgin Mobile GSM has introduced free local and national SMS to subscribers on their minute plan without any special pack. This offer is applicable for only those customers who have subscribed to “Per Minute Plan” paying Rs.1.5 as their daily rental. However, other customers can also avail this offer by switching to “Per Second” plan. This can be done by recharging with Rs.13, which offers a talk time of Rs 10 as well.

Virgin Mobile allows you to send up to 1000 SMS per day within the same network (Local and National) and 100 local SMS per day to any other network. In case you exceed the messaging limit, you will be charged 50 paise/SMS.

Virgin Mobiles had recently launched a SMS Pack (providing Free National and Local SMS) for its GSM prepaid users for Rs 69. Now it has come up with free SMS’s on Per Minute Plan. This is certainly a smart move, as it will force more people to switch to Per Minute Plan.

Via: Mobigyan

Vodafone Brings Songs For Mumbaikars For Just Re.1

Vodafone Free Music DOwnloadLooks like Vodafone is on a long run for pleasing it’s customers to any extent. We have already told you about Vodafone launching an App Store in India and Vodafone’s new customer support on Twitter. Now Vodafone has launched an unique scheme by which Vodafone subscribers can now enjoy latest music content on their phones almost for free.

This exclusive music download service is accessible on your GPRS mobile phone via Vodafone Live (Available to Vodafone customers). Songs are available in various categories such as Bhajans, Ghazals, New Age, current and more external hits. Customers will be charged Re.1 Per song download. But only 5 songs can be downloaded on one day. All your customisations will be saved on the Vodafone Live website for you to download later.

This service can be accessed by sending an SMS message LIVE to 111. The catch is this service is currently available to only the prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Mumbai however we may expect this service to be launched in other cities soon.

Image Via CellBharat

World Telecom Development Conference In Hyderabad From 24 May!

The World Telecom Development Conference is held every four years to discus latest trends in the Telecom industry, New technologies and development of telecommunication in all countries throughout the world. This confernece is hosted by the Telecom arm of United Nations – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

ITU has declared that the fourth edition of the World Telecommunication Development Conference would be held this year in the International Convention Centre at Hyderabad from May 24 to June 4, 2010.   This year, development priorities in view of the deep digital divide created by the rapid but uneven expansion of information and communication technologies will be discussed and finalised. Emphasis will also be laid on promoting international cooperation and partnerships to help strengthen telecommunications infrastructure and institutions in developing countries. The third edition of this conference was held in Doha in 2006 which saw about 1,200 participants from over 191 countries.

MTS India`s MBlaze broadband services now in Jharkhand

MTS India has announced the launch of High Speed Mobile Broadband Internet Service in three cities in Jharkhand. With this launch, MTS`s MBlaze service is available in 48 cities across India. In Jharkhand, the services will be available in Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur under Bihar Telecom circle.

MTS India`s MBlaze is brought to you in two schemes- Mblaze Premium and Mblaze Standard. Mblaze Premium data card is available for Rs 1,999 while Mblaze Standard data card costs Rs 2,299. As a part of the inaugural offer, MTS Subscribers in Jharkhand can download 15 GB data, worth Rs.1500 for the first month. The service offers downloading at an emphatic speed of 3.1 Mbps.
MTS `s MBlaze service also offers free web browsing for news, sports, travel etc. by allowing free access to using popular websites like Yahoo India,Wikipedia, etc.

At the launch of the MBlaze service, Mr. Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing Officer of SSTL said,

We are happy to bring the high speed internet access services to Jharkhand for the first time in Jharkhand. Data services are going to expand beyond the metros with people demanding real time information and knowledge.

Via: TelecomTalk

Reliance GSM Mobile Services Launched In Goa

Reliance recently launched its GSM mobile services in Goa. The services of Goa region comes under the Maharashtra and Goa circle. Reliance GSM services in Goa are available on both prepaid and postpaid. They offers simple tariff on local and STD calls, roaming and SMS under its “Simply Reliance” initiative.

reliance goa

Reliance GSM Tariff:

1 paisa per second:
Price: Rs.58
Validity: 365 days
Benefits: Local and STD calling at 1 paisa per second.

50 paisa per minute:
Price: Rs.48
Validity: Lifetime
Benefits: 50 paisa per minute for all local and STD calls.

Rs.1 for 3 minutes:
Price: Rs.38
Validity: Lifetime
Benefits: Rs.1 for 3 minutes will be charged on all local and STD calls.

Mr. Akshay Kumar, Regional Head, Rcom (Mumbai, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) stated that, “The launch of GSM services delayed in Goa due to stringent licensing rules in this particular place.” The company aims to achieve the milestone of another 100 million subscribers in 1000 days.

[ via. Telecom Talk ]

Dish TV Launches Sports Unlimited Pack For Sports Fanatics

It’s gala time for all sports fanatics. All users of Dish TV can now get unlimited access to Sports channels courtesy their newly launched Sports Unlimited Pack. This is really a good news for all Dish TV subscribers and also those who are planning to buy one. Sports bloggers can also opt for this package as they can get 24/7 exclusive sports content on their TV with this package.

The Sports unlimited package is Priced at Rs. 1690/- and an additional Rs.200 towards the installation charges. After subscribing to this pack you get 4 months subscription of Gold Pack absolutely free. The sports unlimited pack contains all the sports channels – ESPN, Star Sports, Star Cricket, Ten Sports and Zee Sports and Set Max (Indian Premier League followers rejoice!).   However NEO Sports has not been included in the package. This offer is vaild in all states of India except Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry.   You can find out more about the Sports Unlimited offer on this document[PDF].

Samsung S5620 Monte Lands In India For Rs. 8,850

Samsung has launched the S5620 handset aka Samsung Monte in India for an affordable price of Rs 8,850. The 3G touchscreen phone which is powered by the Touch Wiz 2.0 OS by Samsung also has a 3.2MP camera and support for up-to 16GB microUSB card.

Samsung Monte S5620

Samsung S5620 Monte also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, giving users the ability to access several social networking sites including and through their internet connection.

Samsung Monte has a 3.0 inch wide-screen WQVGA display which will makes watching videos on the go a delight. The phone also comes with support for GPS. The best part about the phone though is it’s pricing which is pretty affordable in the Indian market.

A phone from Samsung selling for only Rs 8.850 definitely takes the cake and eats it too, to top it the phone is full of features which an everyday user would love to have. The only problem with the phone though is that the initial memory is only 200 MB so users would have to spend a few extra bucks to store videos and songs, but considering that phone memory is pretty cheap these days users won’t have to spend a lot more to add that.

MTNL Mumbai Offers Unlimited GPRS At Rs.98

MTNL offers an amazing GPRS pack for its subscribers in Mumbai telecom circle. This pack offers unlimited GPRS usage without any Fair Usage Policy (FUP) for 1 month. MTNL has reduced the cost of unlimited GPRS usage from Rs.399 per month to Rs.98 per month.

mtnl unlimited gprs

Both the prepaid and postpaid subscribers can activate this special pack only for Rs.98. It comes with a validity of 30 days. MTNL also offers an unlimited GPRS pack for Rs.14 which comes with a 3 days validity. This recharge is not available for postpaid customers.

To activate GPRS on your MTNL number, prepaid subscribers can SMS “ACT GPRS” and send it to 444 while postpaid subscribers can SMS “GPRS” and send it to 555. This recharge is not applicable for the subscribers using 3G facility. You can get this recharge from any of the MTNL Customer service center or you can even recharge online at MTNL’s website.

Vodafone Charges 50p/3min For Calling Customer Care

I’m sure that the title may have shocked you, but this is seriously not an April Fool joke. Vodafone has started charging 50 paisa for 3 minutes, if you need any help from the customer care executive. Vodafone subscribers in all the telecom circles will have to pay a nominal charge for 50 paisa every time they call the customer care for any help or service related queries.

vodafone unhappy

According to Telecom Talk, “The Government’s directive to telecom companies while giving out licences explicitly stated customer service calls should be TOLL-FREE. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has not yet approved the companies request to charge subscribers for their calls to Customer Care.”

Earlier Airtel and Loop Mobile started charging their subscribers for calling customer care executives and now Vodafone also joined the bandwagon. Vodafone has always been known for providing excellent Customer Care service to their subscribers across India, but this decision may go against them.

Let’s wait till the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is being implemented in India, after that we can easily find out the real winner of the telecom race.

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Bharti Airtel Joined Hands With Ericsson For Network Upgradation

Ericsson recently bagged a $1.3 billion outsourcing contract from Bharti Airtel to upgrade its mobile network in India. Ericsson said, they will expand and upgrade Bharti Airtel’s network in 15 telecom circles. This will help Airtel subscribers across 15 circles to enjoy an enhanced voice quality and faster data access.

bharti airtel logo

“Our pioneering model of aligning with strategic partners who share our vision and bring in world-class experience and expertise to execute our plans has helped us focus on our customers and market place. The extension of our fifteen years association with Ericsson is testimony to the strength of the relationship as well as the success of the model. We continue to be delighted with Ericsson’s expertise in network expansion and transformation, helping us to reduce operating expenditures and enhance network quality. This way we can continue to provide a superior customer experience,says Sanjay Kapoor, CEO- India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel.

Ericsson has already won five network outsourcing deals from Bharti since 2004. Ericsson will supply energy efficient 2G/2.5G radio base stations, microwave transmission and Intelligent Network. They will also ensure that Airtel’s network is 3G-ready in order to reduce time and enable the fast rollout of 3G services in these telecom circles.

BSNL Launches Life Time Prepaid at Rs.20 in Maharashta-Goa

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced the launch of Life Time 2G GSM Prepaid card at Rs.20 in Maharashtra-Goa telecom circles. The card is also accompanied with a talktime of Rs 15.
However, to continue enjoying the lifetime validity, you will have to make a minimum recharge of Rs.50 in every 6 Months.
BSNL also introduces 2 new FRC applicable for all new GSM Mobile service subscribers. It allows you to enjoy BSNL`s Pay Per Second Plan and All@49 plan at Rs.42 and Rs.48 respectively.
FRC 42
The call charges will applicable according to Pay Per Second Planfor 365 days from the date of recharge.
FRC 48
The tariff will be applicable as ALL@49 planfor 365 Days from the date of recharge.
ALL@49 plan allows you to talk to any network (STD or Local) at 49p/Min.