10 Most Popular Brands In India (Via Google Zeitgeist 2010)

Each year Google releases a “Year in review” called Google Zeitgeist with the help of which it showcases some wonderful data through the aggregation of millions of search queries that the search engine receives every year. This year, Google Zeitgeist for India had some nice revelations with the IRCTC (railway ticket booking) continuing to top the charts of the year-on-year fastest rising bracket for search queries in India.

The top three most popular searches among Indians on the web during the year 2010 were Songs, Facebook and Google. Amongst the fastest rising people, Indians searched for British actress Aruna Shields and this year’s new Bollywood sensation, Sonakshi Sinha and other favorites from Bollywood like Zarine Khan, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.

The zeitgeist also has a list of top 10 popular brands in India in terms of the search volumes generated by Indians on Google search. Here is the list:

Micromax Mobiles
Micromax Mobile ranks 4th among the top 10 popular brands in India during 2010

10 Most popular brands in India

1. Nokia

2. Samsung

3. Airtel

4. Micromax

5. Dell

6. Maruti

7. Vodafone

8. Apple

9. Sony Ericsson

10. HP (Hewlett Packard)

It is really nice to see a relatively new Indian brand Micromax making it to the top 10 in the list and that too it being the 4th most popular brand in India among the big guns!

Airtel To Launch IPTV In Bangalore

Bharti Airtel is all set to launch it’s IPTV (IP Television) service in Bangalore this week. Bharti has already launched Airtel IPTV in the Delhi NCR region and is being actively used by 40,000 users. IPTV is a digital television service where the channels are piped from the internet into TV sets of consumers through fibre optic cables.

Bharti’s Chief Marketing Officer Girish Mehta says that the company is looking at Bangalore as the 2nd Indian city to launch IPTV as the city is technology savvy and Bharti has over 1.8 lakh Airtel Broadband subscribers in the city. Airtel now plans to offer customers with a single customer service interface which takes into consideration voice, broadband and TV and video entertainment bills of the customers. The wired lines on the customer premises will be split using splitters to provide, telephony, broadband and IP TV services.

Airtel’s IPTV supports Time Shift’ which allows users to view any TV programme from an earlier date in the last seven days from the server. Users will also be able to pause, fast forward or fast backward programmes (only Movies as of now). Existing Airtel broadband customers can get IPTV with a top up of Rs 249 per month. This package will contain 127 TV channels. Airtel will also offer a Video-On-Demand service to it’s IPTV customers.

Download Airtel New Tune As Ringtone/MP3

Airtel unveiled a new logo and signature tune yesterday which was liked by several people and also rebuked and joked about by people on and .

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The new signature tune for Airtel has been composed by A.R. Rahman and is aimed at making it more youthful and dynamic. If you haven’t heard the signature tune yet, you can do so in the embedded video below.

If you are looking to download the Airtel signature tune to your desktop as a MP3 or use the Airtel tune as a ringtone on your mobile phone, you can download it from Zedge.net. The new Airtel signature tune can be downloaded for free from here.

So go ahead and enjoy the new Airtel signature tune if you liked it.

Samsung Offers Galaxy Tab With Special Data Packages

Earlier this month, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India. This device was launched in India for Rs.38,000, but now you can get it for as low as Rs.34,000. The good news is that, after purchasing the Galaxy Tab, you will get a 2GB memory card pre-loaded with MapmyIndia navigation and 3 Idiots movie. You will also get a leather diary case and a Bluetooth headset worth more than Rs.5,500.

Cellular operator like Airtel, Aircel, Reliance, Tata Docomo and Vodafone are currently offering special data packages with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out the complete details below.

samsung galaxy tab

Airtel:

  • 2GB free data usage @ Rs. 300 per month for 6 months
  • For activation customers will have to SMS SAMSUNGto 543210 from their Airtel number

Aircel:

  • 3 GB free per month for 3 months for Prepaid users
  • 1 GB free per month for 6 months for postpaid users
  • For activation: Prepaid Customers SMS SMART PIto 54343.
  • PostPaid customers visit Aircel COCO store with original TAB bill

Reliance Mobile:

  • 5 GB Free Data usage per month for 6 months on Reliance network
  • For Activation: Visit any Reliance World/Reliance Mobile store outlet or call Customer care on 3033 3333 or from Reliance mobile phone *333

Tata Docomo:

  • 3GB Free data per month for 6 months on Tata Docomo network
  • For Activation: SMS Bun TABto 141

Vodafone:

  • 2GB data @ Rs. 99 per month for Prepaid users
  • 2GB data @ Rs. 199 per month for Post paid users
  • For Activation: SMS STABto 111 (Toll Free) from Vodafone number

Airtel Unveils New Logo And Signature Tune

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As expected, Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, today unveiled a new logo and a refreshed signature tune at a press conference in New Delhi. Airtel currently operates in 19 countries across South Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands. The company also announced that it has crossed the significant milestone of 200 million customers.

Announcing this, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti airtel said, Fifteen years ago Bharti airtel started its journey in India with a promise of delivering world class and affordable services. Today, as we expand on the global stage, this new brand identity gives us the opportunity to present a single, powerful and unified face to our customers, stakeholders and partners around the world. It reinforces our promise to deliver innovative services and a superior brand experience to our 200 million customers across Asia and Africa.

The red colour, which is an integral part of the brand, continues to represent the energy and dynamism that has made Airtel the success it is today. The new curved addition to the logo is a symbol which will help ensure instant recognition across diverse international markets.

Along with that, Airtel have even more reasons to celebrate, since the company reached a new milestone of 200 million customers. Airtel crossed 50 million customers in October 2007 and 100 million in May 2009. The next 100 million customers were added by the company in just 18 months.

The Airtel signature tune has also been refreshed by A R Rahman making it youthful and dynamic. The Airtel’s previous tune made history as world’s most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads. But personally we didn’t liked the new signature tune. You can check out the new signature tune and the new TV commercial below.

Airtel also announced that it will launch its 3G services in India by the end of this year. The company have already 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.

Did you liked the Airtel’s new logo and signature tune? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Airtel’s New Signature Tune:

Airtel TV Commercial:

Airtel To Get A New Logo

India’s largest private telecom player – Bharti Airtel is all set for a new brand identity.   The company plans to unveil an all new refreshing new logo next week. The new logo has striking similarities with that of Zain Telecom of Africa which Bharti Airtel recently acquired.

The company also plans to change the design of it’s recharge vouchers and other brand, publicity materials. Here is a design concept of the new Airtel recharge voucher cards:

The logo may have multiple reactions from consumers. Earlier, the airtel logo was just the text Airtel writen in a Red-White background but the current one has a proper logo design with the text airtel written in a nice font. So if Airtel, just plans to use the image and not the text at places then it might be a bit difficult for people to figure it out.

However, Bharti will be spending over Rs.  300 Crores globally to change Airtel’s brand identity and create an awareness about the new logo among it’s customers. The new brand identity will be unveiled all across India, Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles.

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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.

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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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.

Airtel Launches New GPRS Pack In Maharashtra

We recently posted that Vodafone is currently offering Mini Internet pack of Rs.9 with free data usage of 50 MB. But we have a great news for Airtel users in Maharashtra and Goa circle. Airtel has launched a new GPRS pack which offers 50 MB of free data usage at just Rs.5 with a validity of 1 day. You can even use this pack to connect internet to your PC unlike Vodafone which does not allow you to connect internet to the PC. This is definitely a great offer by Airtel. Check out the complete details below.

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Plan Details:

Price: Rs.5
Validity: 1 day
Circle: Maharashtra & Goa
Benefits: 50 MB of free data usage

To activate this pack, just dial *222# from your Airtel number and follow the on-screen procedure. To learn more, contact Airtel Customer Care by dialing 121 from your Airtel number. If you still have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.