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Airtel Launches 2GB Free GPRS Plan

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Availability of affordable GPRS plan in India is a big issue. For very limited or no availability of 3G we have to survive on GPRS. Add to it, we are provided with very limited tap like 199MB etc. Now that Android devices are in market which requires constant synchronization with the web, it is difficult to survive on limited or low usage data plan. Airtel, taking this into consideration has launched an awesome 2GB free GPRS plan for its prepaid customers.

Plan Details:

Voucher: Rs.98 easy recharge or DIAL *567*11# to activate GPRS in your Mobile and recharge for Rs 98.
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: you will get 2GB data plan absolutely free for 30 days on a recharge of just Rs.98. You can also do multiple recharge and extend the limit in multiples of 2. The main advantage is you can use this plan on your pc using your phone as a modem.
Circle: Banglore

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Now Watch Cartoon Network Comics On Your Handset

Reliance Telecom along with Cartoon Network will now provide a service to offer cartoon Network Comics to its GSM mobile subscribers. Cartoon comics like Ben 10, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Archie’s will be sent to your mobile handset for Re.1 a day. The comic will be divided into pages for visuals and the story. The subscription will be valid for a month.

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Mr. Krishna Durbha, Head VAS, Reliance Communications said, Reliance Communications believes in providing subscribers with the most exciting services. With the launch of Comics on Mobiles service, subscribers can now be transported to the imaginary world of comics by merely pressing a button. This unique offering caters to the constantly changing needs of our subscribers and ensures that they don’t miss out on entertainment when they are on the move.

Siddharth Jain, Vice President and Deputy General Manager Distribution & Business Operations, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd, said, We are delighted to be associated with Reliance Communications to provide Cartoon Network comics to their subscribers. As the leader of kids TV space, Cartoon Network has consistently offered quality entertainment on the go to ensure an instant and enriching experience beyond the television screen.

The service looks indeed good, but I will wait for them to launch tin tin and more action packed comics.

Indian Telecom Weekly Roundup 2

Continuing with the trend we started last week, here is the weekly roundup #2.

Vodafone made choosing the right call/data plan hell lot easier than ever. All you need to do is call 121, a toll free number, from your Vodafone number and there are people waiting for you to assist you choose the apt plan according to your usage. Isn’t it great? Now lets hope even other mobile operators implement it on their network, which we hope they would soon, considering the stiff competition.

Indian Telecom industry is growing at much larger exponential rate than expected. Is it Good? Yes, but also lots of pain to TRAI in coming weeks. Telecom subscribers are just out bursting, which might end up in revising the National numbering plan much sooner than expected. We might soon get a 11-digit Mobile number and also fixed line numbers, if the new revised plan would be considered.

MTNL Delhi and Vodafone launched new 3G and world calling cards, respectively. If MTNL’s plan indicates anything then 3G might get cheaper whenever the auction goes live. Virgin Mobile on the other hand has now entered the GSM market in India starting with 5 south Indian cities. It sounds like a wise decision as GSM in India huge compared to CDMA. At the end of September 09, 371 million subscribers used GSM, in contrast to 101 million subscribers using CDMA, according to TRAI. Virgin also bagged HOT jodi’ of Ranbir Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza. We have no idea how much they charged for it, but we know Amir Khan charged Rs 32 to Rs 35 crore to the new mobile operator entrant Etisalat with Swan Telecom

InteX, which does not have a wiki page yet, launched two new dual SIM feature rich mobile phones in the Indian market: Intex IN 6622 and Intex i Smart. The design of the later looks like to be stolen from RIM’s Blackberry but for that low price, the handset is a steal if you are already on a border on your budget.

Since we are talking of border, lets talk about some other physical border. Government has finally decided to uplift the two and half month old ban on prepaid connections in J&K region, stating that the Centre finalized a "foolproof" plan to ensure proper verification of nearly 38 lakh cell phone subscribers in the state. All we can do is hope that their foolproofplan works else they would end up making a fool out of themselves.

Virgin Mobile India Launches GSM

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Virgin Mobile, known for its get talktime for incoming callshas now announced the launch of its GSM services in India, starting with five southern cities. Virgin Mobile is already offering CDMA service in the country through Tata. It sounds like a wise decision as GSM in India huge compared to CDMA. At the end of September 09, 371 million subscribers used GSM, in contrast to 101 million subscribers using CDMA, according to TRAI.

“We are making a big change in our business by entering GSM, which is much bigger play compared to what we were earlier. Along with that kind of bigger play, some kind of ‘signal’, to show that we have entered, is also very important. And the use of ambassadors is one such step,” Prasad Narasimhan, chief marketing officer, Virgin Mobile tells afaqs!.

Virgin Mobile has roped in rather hot bollywood jodi’ Ranbir Kapoor and Genelia D’souza, who also featured together in a bollywood movie Chance Pe Dance’. Regarding the decision, Narasimhan says, “In the two, we have an extremely good fit for our brand, in not only what we are, but also what we want to be going forward in GSM — which is being the ultimate network for friends to be on. Kapoor is one of the desired guys today, and similarly, D’Souza is known as a next-door, fun-loving girl. And both of them are popular, affluent with recognized faces.”

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These faces perfectly fit in for the brand as Virgin Mobile, which is also known for its whacky advertisements, had previously too targeted the youngsters. Virgin will also lower its call rates and SMS rates fueling yet another tariff war in the industry.

Vodafone Launches Per Second World Calling Cards

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Calling Internationally has never been so cheap. Vodafone has now taken the plunge to launch everything per second. Vodafone now offers to per second billing offer to its prepaid and postpaid subscribers.

Kumar Ramanathan Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Essar said, We are pleased to announce the launch of World Calling Cards with per second charging. A first in the industry, the new Vodafone World Calling Card offers customers greater convenience, good value for money and seamless connectivity with family and friends in India and abroad.

With this vouchers you can call US/Canada, Gulf, Europe, China, South East Asia, Australia/ NZ for cheap with per second billing. Also, with this voucher you can make STD calls at 1paisa/second, much cheaper than getting STD vouchers.

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MTNL Delhi Launches Vidyarthi Plan

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MTNL Delhi, today announced the launch of new Trump Vidyarthi Plan offering Free unlimited intranet local calls and SMSes, free 3G service. This plan can be availed by all new and existing subscribers.

Plan Details:

Voucher: Rs.350/- for New subscribers and Rs.310/- for existing subscribers
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: Local calls to other networks will be charged 50 paise per minute while STD calls will be charged 75 paise per minute. Local video calls will be charged 20 paise per minute while STD video calls to be charged 75 paise per minute. It also offers Rs 106, free 100 local video calls and 100 MB GPRS/3G data usage
Circle: Delhi

11 Digit Mobile Number Might Arrive Sooner Than Expected

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI, released a new consultation paper on Efficient Utilization of Numbering Resources. The previously proposed National Numbering Plan (NNP) 2003 was planned to take care of Mobile Numbering needs for the next 30 years and for around 750 Million subscribers in India. Telecom industry in India is steadily growing much faster than expected, resulting in shortage of Numbering system to the connections.

Year Subscribers in Million

March-97

14.8

March-00

28.44

March-01

36.29

March-02

44.87

March-03

54.48

March-04

76.53

March-05

98.41

March-09 400
March-10 529 (expected)

 

We already crossed 400 Million telecom subscribers in February 2009 and are expected to cross 529 Million subscribers by the end of 2010. If this trend continues to grow India may cross the 750 Million limit much sooner (by 2014) than expected. But the change in numbering would involve added costs and maybe inconvenient to the end users. TRAI and Stakeholders are now to share view points on whether to continue with the existing 10 digitnumbering plan or migrate to 11 digit for fixed as well as mobile connections. But for Long term benefit, it would be better to take some action rather than planning at the last moment.

Vodafone Introduces Advisory Service

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Have you ever wondered which is the right data/call plan for you? Or the current plan satisfies your needs? Many a times, people waste money on call plans just because of ignorance about the best suited plans for them. Vodafone Essar has now launched a new advisory service’ for the prepaid and postpaid customers to help you chose the right plan.

You could simply call on 121, which is a toll free number and gain guidance on which plan to opt for as per your usage pattern. As for the prepaid subscribers, this service could help you know suitable tariff offer, right recharge & bonus vouchers and also customize current offer   as per your usage. For postpaid customers, the service can help you   know the best suited plan, bill details and new offers.

This service is not only limited to help you chose a right plan for your needs but will also help you getting more information about other Value Added Services (VAS) and promotional offers. We hope other operators follow the suit and introduce such advisory service on their network too.

Indian Telecom Weekly Roundup 1

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Here I will post weekly roundup of the happenings in the Indian Telecom Industry. I will try to do this a weekly thing as much as possible in coming weeks. 

Call Rates

With Tata Docomo entering the Indian market with its per second billing scheme, it was inevitable for other telecom operators to ignore Tata Docomos success. Not only has it introduced healthy competition but also has helped in to the reduce costs of SMS, calls and other services. Aircel and Vodafone launched new voucher schemes with call rates as cheap as 10p to 50p.

3G Technology

3G auctions were to be held on 15th Jan 2010, which yet again got delayed cause of the differences between the Defence Forces and the Communications Ministry are again coming in the way of arrival of 3G. A meeting Between the Defense communication professionals and Communications Minister didn’t really bring the desired outcome. The chairman will make certain decision or another round of consultations may be held. So, expect 3G auctions to be delayed for few more weeks now.

Though, 3G auction is getting delayed endlessly, the good news is Telecom operators are preparing themselves for the 3G technology. If all the telecom operators become technically ready to accommodate 3G, they might help in bringing the new technology soon (??).

Customer Serivce

With Telecommunication industry growing at more than 100% every month, the customers never really had a better customer service experience. Tata teleservices introduced a new initiative where in user can Call and Buy Photon Plus on a toll free number 1800 420 8282 1800 420 8282. We hope they continue to provide such service even after getting the connection.

The next roundups will include more detailed analysis.

Vodafone Offers All Local and STd Calls At 50p

Since everyone is getting into the 1 paisa per second call rate bandwagon, Vodafone isn’t too behind either. Vodafone has introduced new STD vouchers. This offer perfectly suits for those who make many long distance as well as local calls.

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Plan Details:

Rental: Rs.52/-
Validity: 1 year
Benefits: All Local and STD calls at just 50 paise for 365 days at a very affordable rental.
Circle: Mumbai/Maharashtra.

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Is Aircel Getting Ready For 3G?

As we are already aware of the fact that 3G auctions in India have experienced numerous delays, the government has yet again  given out official date for the auctions this month. This might get delayed again, but we are pretty sure that 3G auctions are going to be held very soon. You may ask, how? Well, Aircel has now offloaded its towers to GTL, an Indian communications infrastructure operator, for around $1.84bn.

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GTL will take over 17,500 existing towers and will take over rights to roll out 20,000 more. We are pretty sure that this move by Aircel might be replicated by various other operators. It is good to see that operators have finally started taking few steps towards the launch of 3G network in India. Aircel has around 30 million subscribers to its base which might soon enjoy the 3G speed.

Not only has Aircel sold its towers but also is getting ready with its own app store. Infosys, India’s second-largest IT company will be developing this app store which will use its white label app store platform Flypp to power the shop front. However, it is to be soon how does this app store fairs before and after the launch of 3G.

TATA DoCoMo Unveils 5 Amazing GPRS Packs

Recently, TATA DoCoMo unveiled 5 new GPRS packs that will encourage their subscribers to stay connected with their friends wherever they go. Now checking mails, sending scraps and replying tweets are just a click away. Though none of the packs provide unlimited access to internet, but the amount of data provided in these packs are more than enough for normal users.

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Plan In Details:

GPRS Pack 1
Price: Rs.5/-
Validity: Till Midnight (11:59pm)
Benefits: You will get 10 MB for internet usage.

GPRS Pack 2
Price: Rs.15/-
Validity: 3 days
Benefits: You will get 30 MB for 3 days that can be used in daytime and 500 MB for 3 days that can be used at night.

GPRS Pack 3
Price: Rs.33/-
Validity: 15 days
Benefits: You will get 50 MB for 15 days that can be used in daytime and 1 GB for 15 days that can be used at night.

GPRS Pack 4
Price: Rs.48/-
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: You will get 100 MB for 30 days that can be used in daytime and 2 GB for 30 days that can be used at night.

GPRS Pack 5
Price: Rs. 95/-
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: You will get 200 MB for 30 days that can be used in daytime and 4 GB for 30 days that can be used at night.

All the GPRS packs mentioned above will be available on TATA DoCoMo Home and TATA DoCoMo roaming networks only. To get the TATA DoCoMo internet settings, please sms “INTERNET” to 52270. All the GPRS packs are available on special EVD recharge. To activate Rs.5 pack, please sms “GPRS” to 121.

If you have any queries regarding these GPRS packs, feel free to ask us in the comments.

Aircel Introduces Local Aircel Calling At 10 Paisa

Aircel has recently launched a new recharge voucher of Rs.89, that allows you to call any one local Aircel number only for 10 paisa per minute. The validity of this recharge voucher is 1 year. This offer is quite useful for those Aircel subscribers, who wants to talk with no limits with their friend on the same circle.

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Plan Details:

Price: Rs.89/-
Validity: 1 year
Benefits: Calls to any one local Aircel number for 10 paisa per minute. This offer is not limited to night calling. You can call at 10 paisa/min for the whole year.
Circle: Chennai and Tamilnadu.

This recharge voucher will be available only upto 31st January 2010. If this offer is available in your circle as well, please let us know.

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Browse Free on Airtel Live on Airtel Prepaid GPRS

If you are a Airtel Live user on Airtel Prepaid GPRS, here is a trick which will allow you to browse for free on your Airtel Live connection without having to pay for anything, yes absolutely free.

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To browse for free on your Airtel Live connection, you will need to load this site wap.google.com/gwt/x on your browser, and you will be able to browse for free. Please note, sometimes you will be charged when you click on a link, however this does not happen every time so please keep an eye on the charges you encounter to be safe.

We confirmed this trick with our friend Kunal G, who is an Airtel Live user and it works perfectly fine. However, the above site is neither associated with Google nor Airtel. Please confirm the above based on your own browsing, we take no liabilities if you are charged for browsing using the above URL.

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Note: The above trick is for informational purpose only, we have not created the above URL and are not associated with it.

Watch the Zoozoo Vodafone Ads on YouTube

Zoozoo has been one of the best and most innovative ads ever created. The fact that those little white aliens are actually human beings makes it even more tougher to create.

Vodafone has been running those Zoozoo ads for quite sometime now, some of them are new and still play as commercials, some of them are old and have been taken off for from the commercials.

If you are a Zoozoo fan and want to watch or download all the Zoozoo ads, you can do it at the official Vodafone India channel on .

To watch or the Zoozoo ads, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/vodafoneipl. To download the Zoozoo ads to your PC, take a look at some of the ways in which you can Download YouTube videos.