Airtel, India’s largest cellular network provider, has announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India by October, just in time for the Diwali season.
It was announced earlier today that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries on July 30, but there was no mention of India in that list. Soon after that, Bharti Airtel was planning an iPhone 4 launch by October.
“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September – October timeframe”
said Bharti Airtel CEO, Sanjay Kapoor, after a CII conference.
The iPhone 4 will most probably be priced upwards of Rs. 40,000 in the Indian Market. The prices of the two iPhone 3GS models will likely be slashed from the current prices of Rs. 35500 and 41500 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.
The iPhone 4 is that latest iPhone by Apple which comes with the new iOS4 and sports some really good hardware. It has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB / 32 GB storage. It has an excellent 3.5 inch retina capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It has been plagued with signal reception problems lately.
Source: Times of India
Airtel has launched two mini internet packs that will allow you to connect to the internet via mobile and PC. These mini internet packs cost only Rs.5 & Rs.17 and it comes with a validity of 1 day and 3 days respectively. With Rs.5 pack you can get free data usage up to 50 MB while Rs.17 pack gives you free data usage up to 200 MB.
Validity: 1 day
Benefits: Free data usage up to 50 MB
Validity: 3 days
Benefits: Free data usage up to 200 MB
You can activate these packs by dialing *555*2# from your Airtel number or you can even e-recharge through your nearest retailer. Alternately, if you are looking for internet pack with 30 days validity, then you can e-recharge with Rs.98 and you will get free data usage upto 2 GB. To learn more, contact Airtel customer care at 121.
Airtel has been coming up some really good schemes to keep users hooked on to their services. Earlier they had announced free upgrade to 2MBPS for IPL 2010, unlimited SMS and more. Now Airtel has come up with a new scheme where their 130 million subscribers can access and use Facebook free for a period of two months till August 31, 2010.
For the 2-month period, the partnership enables Airtel customers to access Facebook’s full mobile site faster and at no data cost from their Airtel mobiles via m.facebook.com. For the first time, Airtel customers who are Facebook users will be able to post status updates, comment and write on walls, message others, and also be able to view or upload photos – all without any data charges! For existing mobile internet customers on Airtel, there is no need to do anything they can immediately start connecting with their friends by visiting the Facebook mobile site.
Mr. Shireesh Joshi, Chief Marketing Officer- Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, "We are pleased to bring an industry-leading offer to our 130 million plus customers by announcing this long-term partnership with Facebook – the popular social media service. Our mobile customers will also be the first in the world to enjoy Facebook on their Airtel mobile in five vernacular languages. All of this reiterates our commitment to customers to offer the best value-for-money services that enable their lifestyles."
This is definitely good news for users who had to earlier pay the data charges while accessing the most popular social networking site in the world. The new feature will allow them to keep in touch with friends without having to pay a single paisa.
Good news for users who are waiting for the iPhone 4 to be launched in India. There is confirmed news that the iPhone 4 will be launched in India on September 2010 with the 16GB iPhone 4 costing Rs. 35,500 and the 32GB iPhone 4 costing Rs. 41,500.
A few days ago we had also told you that Vodafone will be launching iPhone 4, however, the iPhone 4 might also be launched by Airtel, the major telecom player in India. However, considering the high demand for the iPhone 4 in US and UK, which has delayed production of new units, so expect the September date to be pushed a little ahead.
Unlike other versions of the iPhone, iPhone 4 has a front facing camera and an amazing retina display. You can read the full iPhone 4 Specifications and Features to know more about this device.
Coming back to the Indian launch, Apple has not seen much success with the iPhone in India thanks to the cost of the phone, and the iPhone 4 may see a same fate. Most of the iPhone 4 buyers are usually Apple fans, with general public being less inclined towards buying the phone.
Considering that the average cost of handsets in India is Rs. 2000 or a little bit higher, the Rs. 35,500 price tag looks a bit of a hard sell.
iPhone 4 will launch in September 2010 and we will keep you updated on the exact release date and availability as more information becomes available.
Airtel the biggest network provider of India has launched a new promo pack for its prepaid users in Kolkata. This pack will allow users to call any local Airtel mobile number for 25p/minute. This pack carries a validity of 30 days.
Price: Rs 12
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: Call local Airtel numbers for only 25 paisa a minute.
This pack is not valid for customers who are on per second tariff. The low call rates are only valid for 19 hours of the day. The 19 hours starts from 11 pm to 6 pm. If you have any queries, please feel free to ask us through comments.
After the success of Unlimited SMS pack in Kolkata circle, Airtel silently reduces the price of its Unlimited SMS packs. This pack was early available only for Rs.33 with a validity of 30 days. Airtel’s unlimited SMS pack comes with a FUP (Fair Usage Policy). You are allowed to send only 300 SMS per day. If you cross the limit, then you will have to pay normal SMS charges for that day.
Validity: 30 Days
Benefits: Unlimited SMS with FUP of 300 SMS/day.
Airtel reduces the price of its unlimited SMS pack from Rs.33 to Rs.26. It comes with a validity of 30 days. If the price of this pack is reduced in your circle as well, then please let us know in the comments.
Airtel has launched Super 5′ plan in Kerala. This will allow Airtel users to avail 500 free local and national SMS per day, 50 MB data cap for GPRS/EDGE, Night calling just at 5 paisa/minute, all own net local calls at just 10 paisa per minute and free STD Calls up to 10 Minutes.
The details of the Super 5 plan are as follows:-
Price: Rs 5
Validity: 24 hours from the time of recharge
Plan 1: Free 500 Local/National SMS to any Network, Dial *555*01# to activate it.
Plan 2: 50 MB of GPRS for internet usage, Dial *555*02# to activate it.
Plan 3: Night calls at just 5p/min between 11 PM to 6 AM, Dial *555*03 to activate it.
Plan 4: Local Airtel to Airtel calls at Rs 10p/min, Dial *555*04# to activate it.
Plan 5: Provides 10 Minutes of local/STD calling, Dial *555*05# to activate it.
Airtel is now offering an special recharge voucher in Kolkata circle for discounted calling to Airtel numbers. The new special tariff voucher offers night calling at flat 50% discount. All the calls to Airtel number will be charged at 25 paisa at night and 50 paisa in day. All calls to other local mobiles/landlines and STD numbers will be charged at 50 paisa throughout the day.
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: Local calls to Airtel number at 25 paisa between 11pm to 6 am and 50 paisa between 6am to 11pm. Other local and STD calls at 50 paisa.
The price of this special recharge is only Rs.12 and it comes with 30 days validity. Night calling is calculated between 11pm to 6am and day calling is calculated between 6am to 11pm. This special tariff voucher is currently available only in Kolkata circle. If you have any queries, please let us know in the comments.
Bharti Airtel has now launched yet another Value Added Service for their customers. All Airtel mobile subscribers can now get Radio Mirchi live stream on their mobile phones. Consumers can choose to follow their favourite local Mirchi radio station from anywhere in India and can choose from 12 Radio Mirchi stations.
To subscribe, all you need to do is simply dial 59830 to listen to up to 100 minutes of Radio Mirchi content for Rs. 10 per week. Now every handset, even those without an FM receiver, can access Radio Mirchi content streamed through Airtel network. Mirchi Mobile will be initially available to Airtel customers in Delhi and Mumbai, shortly followed by the rest of the country.
The launch of this service will now enable customers to carry their favourite radio experience wherever they go to any part of the country. Not limited by location or by handset features, Mirchi Mobile on Airtel offers a unique experience.
If you have to frequently travel overseas, you will love the next bit of info. Airtel has announced a new World SIM for international travellers, which will significantly slash roaming charges.
Currently, a one-minute incoming call in the US costs Rs. 100, while a one-minute outgoing call from the US costs Rs. 150. With World SIM, you will have to pay only Rs. 10 and Rs. 41 respectively for the same services.
The benefit of World SIM over international calling cards (like the ones offered by Matrix) is that you are able to retain your original phone number. For the subscribers of Airtel World SIM, the same SIM will work in all the country,said Shireesh Joshi, director â€” marketing (mobile services), Bharti Airtel.Airtel World SIM will cost Rs. 500. If it takes off, expect similar services from other telecom operators.