Airtel Introduces ‘Live Aarti’ Service For Religious Devotees

Religion sells and Airtel knows it. Bharti Airtel has introduced a new VAS (value added service) called Live Aarti, which offers daily live pujas and aartis directly from the shrines.


At the moment, Airtel is offering live Pujas and Aartis from Tirupati Balaji, Sidhi Vinayak, Shirdi Sai Baba and Bangla Sahib. More shrines including Golden Temple, Vaishno Devi, Kashi Vishawanath, Har Ki Podi, Nathdwara, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, and Puri Jagannath will be added in the near future.

Announcing the launch of the service, Mr. Shireesh Joshi, Director-Marketing, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, Airtel continues to innovate and bridge barriers through technology. Airtel Live Aarti is yet another initiative in this direction. Devotees across India can now listen to Aartis – LIVE from some of the holiest places of worship in India. This is a great demonstration of how technology can bridge physical distances and bringing experiences emotional and spiritual on the mobile at the click of a button.

The Live Aarti VAS comes with a one-time subscription fee of Rs. 5 and a daily charge of Rs. 2 per shrine. To subscribe you need to just call 55200 (Tirupati Balaji and Sidhi Vinayak), 55205 (Bangla Sahib) or 55222 (Shirdi Sai Baba) from your Airtel mobile phones.

Airtel launches Norton smartphone security

Airtel has tied up with Norton AntiVirus to bring its antivirus services for mobile phones. This step is taken to ensure that smartphone users are free from spam, virus attacks and unwanted messages. Let us have a look at the features offered by Norton Smartphone Security (NSS).

1) Advanced Protection: – Norton Anti Virus will automatically scan and detect viruses and spams. It will make sure that your phone is safe from virus intrusions by checking individual files and applications. It even guarantees safety while Bluetooth transfers, Wi-Fi, GSM and 3G.
2) Real-time protection: It includes prevention from Dos attacks with enhanced firewall blocks.
3) It helps in blocking SMS/MMS from unknown senders.
4) NSS comes with an easy to use interface. Now you can easily manage and schedule antivirus scans.
5) LiveUpdate ensures that the virus databases are always updated.

For information related to downloading the application, click here.

Via: Telecomtalk

Airtel Offers Talktime And Data On Rs.45 Special Recharge In Karnataka

After reducing the price of data usage, Airtel is now offering an unique recharge voucher in Karnataka circle that gives you talktime on your core balance as well as free data usage for 30 days. This recharge is useful for those who wants to check their mails or stay connected with their friends on the go.


Plan Details:

Price: Rs.45
Validity: 30 days
Circle: Karnataka
Benefits: Rs.30 core balance + 105 MB data usage

The price of this special recharge is only Rs.45 and it gives you a talktime of Rs.30 in your core balance as well as free data usage of 105MB. The validity of this recharge is 30 days and it is currently available only in Karnataka circle. If this recharge voucher is available in your circle as well, then please let us know in the comments.

Followed by Airtel, BSNL Doubles Broadband Speed of all Customers under Unlimited Plan

Recently Airtel announced that it will double the internet browsing speed for all its customers free of cost (i.e. if you have 256 kbps connection, it will automatically be converted to 512 kbps plan) and it seems like BSNL has followed Airtel’s strategy and has rolled a similar plan wherein broadband speed of all BSNL customers with any unlimited plan will be doubled without any extra charges.

BSNL Speedtest Results

As a proof, you can check out the speed test results of my 256 kbps unlimited plan on the image above. My home unlimited 256 kbps plan has automatically been upgraded to 512 kbps plan. Though, as per BSNL, this is just a promotional offer and will last until 26th April but, personally I am quite sure that this offer will be extended for an indefinite period considering the falling broadband tariffs of competing ISPs.

Besides this, BSNL also has several freebies for new dataone broadband customers such as waiver of activation charges, unlimited free data usage for first 15 days at a speed of 2 Mbps, etc.

Airtel HTC Smart: A Smart 3G Touchscreen Phone for Budget Conscious Buyers

Following closely on the heels of iPhone 3GS launch in India, Bharti Airtel has announced that it will be launching the HTC Smart in India.

Unlike most of its more feature packed siblings, the HTC Smart is not powered by Android or Windows Mobile. HTC has instead opted to go with Qualcomm Brew. Smart is a pleasant looking device featuring a 2.8-inch resistive display and a three mega-pixel fixed-focus camera.


One of the main attractions of this pretty little handset is Scenes, which are essentially different phone configurations that reflect different moods in your daily self. The user interface (UI) bears all the hallmarks of a HTC phone. It is charming and simply to use. The panel based UI does a good job at providing quick access to stuff that you require, while the contact manager neatly clubs together SMS, e-mail and Facebook communications.

Airtel will be selling the HTC Smart for Rs. 9,900, which is reasonable for a capable budget smartphone with 3G support.

While designing Smart, HTC obviously paid a lot of attention affordability. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that Smart is an inferior device. If you are looking for a 3G enabled budget smart phone, then this may be just be it.

HTC Smart Now Available In India For Rs.9990

HTC Corporation and Indian telecom operator, Bharti Airtel joined hands to launch the budget smartphone, HTC Smart in India. We were already expecting this handset to launch at the end of this month and finally the device is up for sale in India. HTC Smart is the first smartphone powered by Brew OS.

htc smart

“HTC has always focused on setting the stage for new mobile experiences and the HTC Smart is clear different from touch phone and the result of customer feedback from all over the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone. We’re excited to launch the HTC Smart with Airtel in India first and Qualcomm, a company known for its innovations. HTC Smart offers easy-to-use widgets, browsing and connectivity at an affordable price. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone,said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation.

As the undisputed leader in the Indian telecom industry, Airtel is committed to constantly delighting its customers and offering innovations to enrich their experience. With the HTC Smart, Airtel customers will be the first in the world to experience a revolutionary Smartphone that is not only affordable but is also 3G-readysaid Sanjay Kapoor, CEO-India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel.

HTC Smart comes with a 2.8 inches TFT touchscreen display, Sense UI, 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, USB, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB expandable memory, 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, audio and video player, stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack, 1100 mAh battery, upto 450 hours stand-by time and 7 hours talk-time.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.9,990. You can get this handset from Airtel retail outlets and at all the authorized HTC resellers.

Airtel Introduces Fastest Broadband In India At 50 Mbps in Delhi and Gurgaon

Airtel has led yet another breakthrough in the Indian broadband market by introducing a 50 Mbps broadband connection in Delhi and Gurgaon. The new plan will have a tariff plan of Rs 8999 and will allow users to download up-to 200 GB of data.

Airtel Broadband

Airtel is introducing two basic plans in the high-speed broadband market, which includes a 50 Mbps and 30 Mbps broadband connection. The plan is a bit costly for home users, but can definitely add some cheer for business owners who often lack high speed connections.

The new broadband plans are powered by Airtel’s Carrier Ethernet Network, the service will be initially available in select few premium locations in Delhi and Gurgaon, with phased roll-out in cities of Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

The two new plans which are being introduced include:

A. 50 MBPS – @ Rs. 8999 per month, experience 50 Mbps broadband speed with free data transfer up-to 200 GB and additional free value added services (VAS) like Parallel Ringing, Website Builder (Basic), PC Secure (Anti-Virus software), Online Storage, Unlimited Gaming on Games on Demand

B. 30 MBPS – @ Rs. 7999 per month, experience 30 Mbps broadband speed with free data transfer up-to 200GB and additional free VAS like Parallel Ringing, Website Builder (Basic), PC Secure (Anti-Virus software), Online Storage, Unlimited Gaming on Games on Demand.

Announcing the launch, K. Srinivas, Joint President-Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel, said:

Airtel, with this step, brings in a world class experience for its broadband customers. We are delighted to introduce 50 Mbps speed – the fastest, wired broadband service on next generation VDSL2 technology. This ultra-fast broadband connection will allow customers, the convenience to download songs in seconds and full length feature films in less than three minutes.

This is definitely good news for Indian users and would definitely lead to more cheaper broadband connections for homes in the future. Right now many Internet users in India still use dial-up connections or low-speed broadband connection to access the internet. Hopefully this introduction should change things in future.

More info on this can be found at the Official press release from Airtel.

Airtel Ad on Youtube Taints Google’s Net Neutrality Efforts

Google which has been trying to raise voice over net neutrality for the last few years has run into some concerns in the matter. This became an issue when Bharti Airtel, a telecom and ISP giant in India advertised preferential treatment for IPL fans watching it over Youtube.

Net neutrality as defined by Techtarget is,

Net neutrality is the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Net neutrality is sometimes referred to as the “First Amendment of the Internet.”

IPL is the ongoing cricket league match with teams comprising of players from over the world and teams from regions all over India.

Bharti Airtel was advertising faster Internet access for watching videos on Youtube. This ad was timed in the ad-timings scheduled between matches.

The ad which was displayed read,

TV QUALITY VIDEO WITHOUT BUFFERING,the advertisement promised. Airtel Broadband gifts all its customers 2Mbps SPEED UPGRADE for

The catch here is that the speed offerings are valid only for IPL videos and do not hold for other normal content browsing which will still be served at a slow speed.

Google has responded on this saying it did not see the ad and has asked Bharti to revise the ad now. Bharti Airtel though, is still showing the ad, this time on its website.

[Via: newteevee ]

Airtel Will Be Launching iPhone 3GS on Friday – Will Cost A Bomb

We knew that Airtel was preparing to launch iPhone 3GS in India, but we didn’t know the exact launch date. Now, Bharti Airtel’s official Twitter account has let it slip that it will be launching the latest iPhone handset on March 26. The handset will be available at Airtel authorized retail stores across India, including select Airtel Relationship Centres.


Airtel has also disclosed the Indian pricing for the iPhone 3GS. The 16GB model will cost Rs 35,000 ($780), while the 32GB model will cost Rs 41,500 ($910).

Needless to say, the pricing is outrageous for a locked handset, which will become outdated within a few months. But then again, no one really cares. Apple certainly doesn’t care about Indian consumers and merely treats it as a dumping ground. Airtel knows that the success or failure of iPhone won’ have a big impact on its bottom-line and is simply trying to leech as much as possible from Apple aficionados and mobile-enthusiasts. Thankfully, there are plenty of viable alternatives for Indian consumers. Sony Xperia X10 and Motorola Milestone (Droid), which are rumoured to be priced at around Rs 30,000, are just a couple of alternatives offering better value for money.

Airtel Doubles Speed for Broadband Subscribers At No Extra Cost

Airtel-Broadband-Double-SpeedBroadband internet connections in India are a joke. Here, 256 Kbps is still considered to be fast and anything above 512 Kbps still costs a bomb. However, Airtel is hoping to change all that by offering free speed bumps to all Airtel Broadband customers.

According to Airtel’s press release, their new broadband threshold (i.e. the minimum speed offered under broadband plans) will be 512 Kbps. In other worlds, subscribers of 64, 128 and 256 Kbps plans will be upgraded to 512 Kbps connections. Customers currently on 512 kbps and 1 mbps plans will have their speeds doubled to 1Mbps and 2 Mbps respectively. The automatic upgrades will not incur any additional charges and would be completed by June 2010. Airtel will also introduce new ‘Impatience Plans’, which will offer 4 Mbps speeds starting at Rs 899. The Impatience Plans will be available in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. However, as always, there is a catch.


None of these high speed plans offered by Airtel are unlimited in their truest sense. Once the subscriber has used up his quota of bandwidth, he will be offered two choices. He can either chose to pay 10paisa/MB of data transfer or settle for unlimited data transfer at 256 kbps for the remainder of the month.

Airtel’s new initiative is a positive move; however, what millions of Indians really want is a fast, affordable yet truly unlimited broadband plan. It is a shame that all the big names are still inclined on ripping off subscribers by advertising big speeds and setting low bandwidth limits.