Samsung Launches The Galaxy S III In India With An MRP Of Rs 43,180

Samsung has launched its highly anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III in India at an event in New Delhi. India has always been one of Samsung’s strong markets, with both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note doing extremely well here. Thus, its not a surprise that the company launched the Galaxy S III in India so soon.

Unlike Canada and the United States, which will be getting a different version of the Galaxy S III, the Indian version will pack in the same specs as its European sibling. The Samsung Galaxy S III in India will come with a Exynos quad-SoC, an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p Super AMOLED HD screen, a super-fast 8MP camera, and some unique features like Smart Stay, All Share, Group Cast, S-Beam etc.

The official MRP of the 16GB variant of the handset is Rs 43,180. Yes, a whopping Rs 43,180 or roughly $860. Just a couple of thousand bucks more, and one can buy a decent two-wheeler in India for the same price. However, the street price of the handset will be much lower and a bit reasonable at around Rs 38,000 for the 16GB variant. Vodafone India has also tied up with Samsung and will be providing free 3G usage for six-months to all Galaxy S III owners.

Vodafone Rolls Out New 3G Plans For Its Postpaid Users

Over the last one month or so, nearly all the major 3G operators in India slashed their 3G rates by a good margin. Vodafone had also slashed its 3G tariff rates but only for its prepaid customers.

However, beginning today, Vodafone has rolled out new 3G postpaid plans along with increasing the free data usage for its existing plans. The new 3G tariff rates are pretty well priced, and will definitely help in increasing the 3G adoption rate in India.

Below are the new 3G plans from Vodafone India for its postpaid customers -:

  • Rs 375 – 1.5GB free data usage
  • Rs 650 – 3GB of free data usage
  • Rs 750 – 4GB of free data usage
  • Rs 850 – 5GB of free data usage
  • Rs 1250 – 8GB of free data usage
Post the ‘free’ data usage, users will be charged at 2p/10KB.  These new postpaid plans come into effective immediately in most regions of India. Please keep in mind that these plans might not be available in all regions of India, so please confirm them from Vodafone customer care.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Launched In India For Rs.15,990

Earlier this year, Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the new mid-range smartphone in its popular Curve family, the BlackBerry Curve 9320. This handset runs on the BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System. BlackBerry recently launched this device for the Indian customers. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with a 2.44 inch display, QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera and much more. This handset features a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) key as well as popular social networking apps such as Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry.

Sunil Dutt, Managing Director, India at Research In Motion, said:
“The BlackBerry Curve series is extremely popular and successful in India and we are excited to bring the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 to customers here. This new Curve model is designed to make it incredibly easy for customers to be socially-connected, and we expect it will be especially popular in the youth segment.”

blackberry curve 9320

BlackBerry Curve 9220 features a 2.44 inch TFT QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System, full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, 2 megapixel camera with LED Flash and 5X digital zoom, VGA video recording, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Mobile Hotspot support, up to 30 hrs of music playback time, up to 432 hrs of stand-by time, up to 7 hrs of talk-time and a 1450 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,990 (approx. $290). This handset will compete with the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 Launched In India For Rs.23,250

Samsung recently launched the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 is also called as the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in Indian market. It is the successor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was launched back in 2010. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 comes with the Google Play Store, which allows you to access more than 450,000 apps and games.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Mobile and IT, Samsung India, said:
“Tablets are increasingly finding adoption amongst consumers because of their richer more converged experience. Users are able to surf the internet, enjoy multi-media and manage their work and life while being on the move. The new GALAXY Tab 2 310, with its powerful processor, Android 4.0 and its seven inch screen, make it extremely powerful and convenient device to carry”.

galaxy tab 2 310

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 features a 7 inch WSVGA display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4,000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs just 345 gms. This device comes with a price tag of Rs.23,250 in India. However, you can easily get this device for around Rs.20,000 at your nearest retail stores. Tata Docomo suscribers will get an additional 3 GB of free data download with a validity of 3 months.

Idea Cellular Launches New Affordable 3G Tariff Plans

Last week, Airtel reduced the price of its exciting 3G plans. Now, Idea Cellular has finally joined the bandwagon. Last year, Idea launched its 3G services in Maharashtra & Goa, Mumbai, Gujarat, Karnataka, AP, Tamil Nadu & Chennai, Delhi, Haryana, UP West, UP East, Bihar, Kolkata, Kerala, MP, Rajasthan, West Bengal, North East and Assam. Following the price drop by Aircel and Airtel in India, Idea Cellular went ahead and reduced the 3G tariff plans by up to 70%. You heard it right!

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Sashi Shankar, CMO, Idea Cellular, said,
“We have been a pioneer in 3G since inception and with these new prices; Idea has brought 3G within the reach of the masses. I am confident that new prices will generate a lot of trial and will drive off take. Our new sachet packs of Rs. 10 & HERO-25 are aimed at youngsters who will access high speed internet on-the-go without worrying about the expense.”

Idea has 2.7 million active 3G users with average usage of 330 MB/month. Today, Idea’s gold standard 3G services are present in 3207 towns in India. Idea Cellular recently announced up to 70% price reduction on its 3G services. Both prepaid and postpaid customers will now pay 3p/10 KB of data, a reduction of 70% from the earlier price of 10p/10KB. Idea has also launched its new pricing in sachet packs, regular packs and unlimited packs. Check out the new 3G tariff plans below.

idea 3g plans

idea 3g plans

Idea has launched a new sachet pack, which allows the customers to try the Idea’s 3G services. This sachet pack is available for just Rs.10 and it offers 30 minutes of high speed internet surfing. It comes with a validity of 1 day. On the other hand, Idea has also unveiled the new “HERO 25” sachet pack which offers 100 MB data with a validity if 3 days for just Rs.25. For regular home internet users, Idea now offers 1 GB of data download at just Rs.250. For professionals and corporate users, Idea has unlimited plan priced at Rs.950.

Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order Page Goes Live On Samsung India eStore

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, which managed to sell more than 20 million units in less than 10 month. According to Korea Economic Daily, Samsung Galaxy S III has already received over 9 million pre-orders from 100 carriers around the world.

This handset will first go on sale in the UK from May 26, followed by other European and Asian markets in June. I’m sure most of you might be waiting for the launch of this smartphone in your country. However, we have good news for the folks who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in India. Samsung India has already started taking the pre-order of the powerful Galaxy S III on their official eStore. If you are planning to buy this smartphone and still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

samsung galaxy s iii

Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 16/32/64 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

This handset will be available in Pebble Blue and Marble White color. You can pre-book the Galaxy S III from Samsung India’s eStore just by paying Rs.2000 in advance. Samsung also promises a free gift with the purchase of this device. Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to release by the end of this month in India. To pre-book this device, head over to this page at Samsung India eStore.

Airtel Launches New Affordable Tariff Plans For 3G Customers

Last year, Airtel finally launched the much-awaited 3G services in India. The company has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. The 3G plans announced by Airtel and other operators were costly and not affordable of most of us. Soon after the launch of 4G services in India, Airtel went ahead and slashed 3G data plan rates by up to 70%.

Earlier, the subscribers would have to shell out Rs.201, Rs.450 and Rs.750 for 250 MB, 600 MB and 2 GB of data respectively. Now, the customers will have to pay just Rs.100, Rs.250 and Rs.450 for 300 MB, 1GB and 2GB of data respectively. Airtel has also launched a new 3G plan for heavy data subscribers, which allows then to download 10 GB of data for just Rs.1500. The new Airtel 3G packs are now available for both pre-paid and post-paid customers across circles using phones as well as dongles. Check out the complete tariff below.

airtel 3g smartbytes

airtel 3g smartbytes

airtel 3g smartbytes

These 3G data plans comes with a validity of 30 days. However, Airtel pre-paid customers can opt for a weekly data plan, which gives you 150 MB of data for just Rs.45 with a validity of 7 days. Airtel has also announced the new Smartbytes for 3G, which allows the customers to continue enjoying the 3G experience even after exhausting their monthly data limits using the add-on packs. Sadly, the Smartbytes is currently available only for the post-paid customers.

Sony Xperia Sola Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.19,999

Back in March, Sony Mobile Communications announced the amazing Sony Xperia Sola smartphone. It is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will be rolled out soon after the launch. Sony Xperia Sola is NFC enabled and it comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags.

Sony’s floating touch allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India has already started taking the pre-orders of this unique smartphone. Check out the pre-order price and complete specs after the break.

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, GPS with A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, Micro USB support, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola is currently available for pre-order for Rs.19,999. This handset will be available in Black and Red colors. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Sony Xperia U Goes On Sale In India For Rs.16,990

Sony Xperia U is the company’s budget-friendly smartphone featuring a 3.5 inch Reality display as well as a 1 Ghz dual-core processor. This handset was announced and showcased along with the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia P at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia U is the third smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series.

This handset is already up for pre-order at Flipkart and Letsbuy from last week. If you can’t wait to get your hands on this device, then we have good news for you. Mahesh Telecom, a popular retailer in Mumbai has already started selling this affordable dual-core smartphone in India. Sony Xperia U is also the first dual-core smartphone in the sub-20k price range.

sony xperia u

Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 Ghz dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Google Play Store, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 260 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 39 mins of talk-time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia U will be shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Sony will roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update by the end of Q2 of 2012. You can easily get this handset from Mahesh Telecom for Rs.16,990. On the other hand, you can pre-order the Sony Xperia U from Flipkart or LetsBuy for Rs.17,399.

Tata DOCOMO Launches Deal Zone – Limited Period Partnership With

Tata DOCOMO, Indian cellular service provider, has announced a limited period exclusive partnership with to launch ‘Deal Zone’. Snapdeal is an eCommerce daily deal website that features discount offers across lifestyle segments such as dining, health & beauty, entertainment and travel.

With the deal, Tata Docomo GSM subscribers can subscribe to SMS alerts on a range of products and services such as restaurants, spas, electronic goods, fashion accessories, personal care products and lot more. Apart from that, subscribers can also avail an additional benefit of up to 15% off on all offers for services like restaurants , spas, entertainment, etc and  up to 2 percent off on product categories like Mobiles, Fashion and Electronics among others featured on the website. Deal Zone will cost subscribers Re. 1 per day and is an auto renewed service. However, customers can unsubscribe the service if they wish to. Tata DOCOMO GSM customers can send SMS DEAL to 53333 to avail this service.

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