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HTC EVO 3D Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, HTC launched its first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset allows you to record 2D videos in full HD (1080p) and 3D videos in HD (720p), thanks to its 5 megapixel dual cameras. HTC EVO 3D was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Back in March, HTC has promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC EVO 3D.

HTC has already rolled out the Android 4.0 update in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. However, the EVO 3D owners in India were still waiting to get their hands on the Android 4.0 OS. Now, we have good news for the folks in India. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this unique smartphone in India.

The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked, re-sizeable widgets, data usage controls, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure, face unlock, home screen folders, improved battery life, improved text input and spell checking and much more.

The size of the update is 300 MB and it bumps the HTC EVO 3D to 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. If you have already received this update, then let us know in the comments section below.

Amitabh Bachchan Dies in Car Crash Hoax

While Hollywood actors being killed by people who spread hoaxes on the Internet is not new, pranksters have now decided to target popular Bollywood actors as well.

After Micky Rourke and John Cena were recently declared dead by hoaxers, popular Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was also killed by some internet idiot in an accident. The report of the death of Amitabh Bachchan spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook. However, the actor is definitely safe and sound and has been tweeting fun tweets.

The message was spread through a link on a satire website called swell server and had the following report:

(Local Team News 9) Amitabh Bachan died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 28, 2012

Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Amitabh Bachan lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.

The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.

Witnesses have stated that Amitabh Bachan’s car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll.

Toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether he was driving under the influence, however initial findings indicate that durgs or alcohol did not contribute in any way to this accident as it was more likely to been caused by road conditions.

Memorial services for Amitabh Bachan have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma.

Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available.

This story is 100% false and is a rumor. Please do not fall for such stupid news in the future. Also, in future do not spread such stories and try and confirm things through your local news.

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Tata Docomo Unveils New Service Plan For BlackBerry Curve 9320 And Curve 9220

Last month, BlackBerry launched the entry-level Curve 9220 and mid-range Curve 9320 smartphones in India. If you have purchased any of these phone or if you are planning to buy one, then we have great news for you. Tata Docomo recently launched a new service plan for the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and Curve 9220 in India. The new plan offers triple benefits on voice, data and text messages.

Last year, Tata Docomo launched the unlimited Blackberry services for Rs.399, which offered unlimited push email, instant messenger, BlackBerry App World, internet browsing and so on. However, it did not offer free minutes for local calls as well as free text messages. The new service plans is available for Rs.599 and it comes with 600 minutes of free local and national calling, 600 free local and national SMS and unlimited BlackBerry Internet Service. Sadly, this plan is limited only for the two smartphones mentioned above.

Mr. Sunil Tandon, Head – Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices Limited, said:
“Tata Docomo recognizes that smartphones are increasingly becoming lifeline for more and more people in their business and personal relationships. Our innovative offerings along with the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 smartphones will equally appeal to both retail and business customers who want an industry-leading communications experience. This offer reiterates our efforts for providing great value for money for Tata Docomo customers. The experience comes alive even better on the Tata Docomo 3G network.”

The new BlackBerry service plans is available for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. It comes with a validity of 30 days. Airtel, Idea and Vodafone subscribers looking for an unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) plan can get the “Only BBM Plan” available for Rs.129 with a validity of 30 days. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

HTC Desire V Goes On Sale In India For Rs.21,999

Earlier this month, HTC announced two new mid-range smartphones, the HTC Desire V and Desire VC. These handsets runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The HTC Desire V is the company’s first smartphone with dual-SIM capabilities. HTC has not yet released this smartphone in any of the major markets, but we have good news for the folks living in India. Flipkart, the popular online retailer has already started selling this handset, even before the company has officially launched it in India.

HTC Desire V features a 4 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, HTC Sense 4.0 UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 25 GB free cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0 and a 1650 mAh battery.

Sadly, this handset does not come with a front-facing camera for video calls. The HTC Desire V is currently available in polar white and stealth black colors. Flipkart is currently selling this device with a price tag of Rs.21,999 (approx. $390). You will also get an 8 GB Sandisk memory card for free with the purchase of this device.

We know that the price is too high and the device does not offer any extraordinary features. We would recommend you to wait for the official launch, since the device will be available at a lesser price at your local retail store. Alternately, you can buy the BlackBerry Torch 9860, Motorola Atrix 2 or Intel powered XOLO X900 which are available in the same price range. You can even get the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II or Nokia Lumia 800, if you are willing to spend a few thousand more. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

HTC Sensation XL Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, HTC launched a powerful smartphone in its popular Sensation family, the HTC Sensation XL. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. The HTC Sensation XL was bundled with the amazing Beats Audio headphones. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC Sensation XL. This was definitely a relief for the owners of this device.

Last month, HTC rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in Romania and other European countries. However, the Sensation XL owners in India were eagerly waiting to get their hands on the latest version of the Android OS. Now, the wait has finally come to an end. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation XL in India.

The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, re-sizeable widgets, lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked, data usage controls, face unlock, home screen folders, improved battery life, improved text input and spell checking, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure and much more.

HTC Sensation XL owners can download and install the update directly from the phone using Wi-Fi. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge. It is also advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have already received this update or if you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Desire C Launched In India For Rs.14,999

Last month, HTC unveiled the entry-level HTC Desire C smartphone. This handset comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA display as well as a 600 MHz processor. It runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. HTC Desire C is already available for purchase in the UK. Now, the company went ahead and launched this handset in the Indian market. This handset allows you to access more than 400,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager HTC India, said:
“Listening to music is one of the most popular things people use their phones for, so it’s more important than ever that we deliver the power and emotion artists capture in the studio. The HTC Desire C offers customers excellent design, easy accesses to content and fast connectivity – making it the perfect all round devices.”

HTC Desire C features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, HTC Sense 4.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), 25 GB free cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and a 1230 mAh battery.

HTC Desire C comes with 25 GB of free Dropbox space for two years, which allows you to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. This handset is available in red, white and black colors. The HTC Desire C comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,999 (approx. $265) in India.

Sennheiser Launches Official Online Store in India

Sennheiser Electronic India Private Limited,  a wholly owned subsidiary of Sennheiser electronic GmbH / Germany since February 2007, has launched its official online store shop.sennheiserindia.com. The online store will sell to Indian consumers and complement the brand’s existing distribution channels via authorized distributors.

The store allows music lovers and audiophiles to browse, choose, and buy from more than 150 Sennheiser products. The products will be delivered free of charge within 7 working days for all metros and serviceable locations in more than 10,000 pin codes across all the cities in the country. While the usual payment options are available right away, cash-on-delivery, a critical factor in Indian e-commerce ecosystem, will be launched soon. Additionally, buying the products directly from the brand allows customers to avail the best post sales service support from Sennheiser India and a 2 year warranty on every product.

Sennheiser Electronic India has launched this e-store keeping in mind the changing buying habits and growing e-commerce market in India. The e-store is for the convenience of consumers as it provides freedom to shop anytime they want even from the comfort of their home. It will also benefit our reach across breadth and depth of the country by complementing and boosting our strong distribution network in India.

– Kapil Gulati, VP – Consumer Business, Sennheiser Electronic India

The online store initiative is powered by Net Distribution, a leading e-Commerce Services company that creates and operates online shopping channels for several brands in India.

Vodafone Launches New Affordable 3G Tariff Plans In India

Last month, Idea Cellular and Airtel reduced the price of their exciting 3G plans. Now, Vodafone has finally joined the bandwagon. The company has already reduced the price of its 3G plans for postpaid users. However, the Vodafone pre-paid users had to pay a huge amount to access their 3G services. Following the price drop by Idea and Airtel in India, Vodafone went ahead and reduced the 3G tariff plans by up to 80%. You heard it right! Vodafone recently announced new 3G plans which are applicable for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers across India.

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Sanjoy Mukerji, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India, said:
“We, at Vodafone, believe in offering services that add value to the lives of our customers through constant focus on meeting their needs. With the introduction of these plans, we aim at establishing a foundation for providing a 3G data plan for everyone, making it affordable to the masses in the country. Also, users who shy away from trying 3G services due to prohibitive costs can now experience services without the fear of a bill shock. The 2p/10kb PAYG & no additional charges for roaming are the first of its kind in the Indian market. We expect this offer to be well received by the customers as it will act as a strong value proposition for data users.”

vodafone new 3g plans

The new data plans start from Rs.25 for 25 MB data usage and go up to Rs.1599 for 12 GB of data usage. For any usage beyond the mentioned data usage on each plan, the customers will be charged at the rate of 2p/10kb. Alternately, Vodafone users can subscribe the Pay As You Go (PAYG) plan which allows them to browse the web or download their favorite songs at just 2p/10kb. Vodafone now allow its customers to use data from their bundle package while on-net roaming across any location in India without any additional charge.

Motorola Razr V Coming To India In Q3 2012

Along with the launch of Razr Maxx, Motorola also announced the new Motorola Razr V for India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Motorola Razr V will ship with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It has extremely vibrant colours for better clarity and sharper images, thanks to the ColorBoost display technology. This handset comes with the unique Smart Actions tool that lets you automate your phone’s settings throughout the day.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“With Motorola Razr V, we’ve created the perfect smartphone for stylish, smart and tech-savvy consumers who want great looks, great performance and great value. RAZR is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that.”

motorola razr vMotorola Razr V features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store and much more.

This handset will be available in Charcoal, Glacier White and Rebel Pink colors. The price of this device has not been announced yet. Motorola Razr V will go on sale from the Q3 of 2012 in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Motorola Razr Maxx Launched In India For Rs.31,590

Earlier this week, we posted that Motorola will soon launch the much-awaited Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This handset was already up for pre-order at Infibeam from last week. Today, Motorola officially launched the powerful Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This device was originally announced and showcased as the ‘Motorola Droid Razr Maxx’ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Razr is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that. With its fantastic battery, Motorola Razr Maxx is in a class of its own. Not only do you get everything you love about the Motorola Razr, but now you get the power to last through marathon calls, hours of surfing the Web or streaming movies. You’ll drop long before this phone ever does.”

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will arrive soon after the launch. The Motorola Razr Maxx comes with a price tag of Rs.31,590 (approx. $565). This handset will go on sale from June 21, 2012 in India.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos Launched In India For Rs.15,090

Last month, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Ace Duos smartphone. It is the dual-SIM variant of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Ace. Some of you might get confused with the Galaxy Ace Duos I589 (GSM+CDMA), which was launched in February for Rs.16,990. However, the new Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 comes with the GSM+GSM dual-SIM functionality. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos users are not required to turn off the phone, reboot or switch out the SIM cards, thanks to the Smart Dual SIM technology. Samsung recently launched this amazing smartphone in the Indian market.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile & IT, said:
“Keeping up with Galaxy Ace’s reputation of premium performance with advanced features, the Galaxy Ace Duos is conceptualized to enable the users to create an optimum work life balance. Based on the Android Gingerbread platform, the Galaxy Ace Duos, allows users to manage their work and personal calls with the Smart Dual SIM while availing the best pricing plans. Besides getting flexibility, the users also enjoy more expansive coverage especially when traveling. With the launch of the Galaxy Ace Duos, we have strengthened our innovative portfolio of Smart Dual SIM category.”

samsung galaxy ace duos

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 832 MHz Processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Samsung Touchwiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, single shot, smile shot and panorama shot, VGA video recording and playback, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Swype, Document Viewer, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 3 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 520 hrs of stand-by time, up to 390 mins of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 112.74 x 61.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs just 122g.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 allows the users to manage their work and personal lives with one smartphone. You can even access more than 400,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.15,090 (approx. $270) in India.

Motorola Razr Maxx Coming Soon To India For Rs.31,999

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx was the only smartphone which surprised everyone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The reason was its powerful specs as well as the beefy 3300 mAh battery. This handset was first launched exclusively for the Verizon customers in the US. Later, Motorola announced the GSM variant of this handset for the European And Asian countries. The GSM version is called as the ‘Motorola Razr Maxx’.

This handset runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Verizon customers will finally get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update starting next week. However, it might take some time for the update to be available for international GSM variant. Motorola Raxr Maxx offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

The GSM variant of this handset already went on sale in most of the European and Asian countries. Sadly, the folks living in India were left behind. However, Indian users finally have a ray of hope thanks to Infibeam, the popular online retailer in India. The Motorola Razr Maxx is currently up for pre-order at Infibeam. According to the seller, this handset will be released on June 24, 2012 in India. I’m quite sure, most of you might be eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing handset. If you are still unaware of the features, then just head over to the complete specs posted after the break.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

infibeam motorola razr maxx pre-order

According to Infibeam, the MRP of this handset is Rs.34,999 (approx. $630), while the customers can pre-order it for just Rs.31,999 (approx. $580). This handset will compete with the HTC One X as well as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S III in the Indian market. We would not recommend you to pre-order this handset from Infibeam. You should better wait for a week, until the device is officially launched in India. For those who still want to pre-order this powerful beast, head over to this page at Infibeam.

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.

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.

Anonymous India Declares War On Censorship, Hacks Reliance Communication’s Network

The cat and mouse game of Internet censorship in India is getting too dangerous with each day.

A few weeks back, several Indian ISP’s censored torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and blocked the very popular video sharing site Vimeo. The list of ISP’s include  Airtel, Reliance, MTNL and Youbroadband – some very big names who have thousands of customers in India. The explanation – Reliance Entertainment has obtained John Doe court orders and ISP’s are directed to block access to torrent and video sharing sites where pirated materials are distributed. (see example)

I am not sure how I am able to surf Vimeo, ThePirateBay, Pastebin and other blocked sites through my internet connection. I use BSNL broadband and have a Tata Photon connection but both these ISP’s haven’t blocked any site because of a so called court order. How awkwardly rebellious!

But then, Newton’s third law must manifest itself.

Anonymous, the infamous hacker group decided to have a go at Indian Government and they managed to take down Indian Government websites (here is the tweet from opindia). Now they are going all guns blazing towards Reliance and they have successfully hacked into the servers of Reliance communication, a sister concern of Reliance Entertainment. This blow from Anonymous is confirmed after some users reported that they were greeted by the following message, while trying to access social sites through the Reliance communications network.

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Here are a few more screenshots, courtesy Whitec0de and ZDNet:

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The defaced page of Anonymous India has a pretty long “press release” which kind of announces their propaganda against the injustice caused by Indian Government and Indian ISP’s such as Reliance communications. The group has also organized a Facebook event asking users to wear masks on June 9th, 2012, in protest for internet freedom and free speech.

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Offense is the best defense. Agreed.

But the way these hacks are projected to the public, the issue may turn into a ridicule – everyone fighting with the other and nobody has any clue what they are fighting for. The issue here is freedom of voice, which can not be achieved by stabbing swords in each others back. The principle is forgotten amongst silly rules, turning the situation into a bureaucratic joke.

We have seen this mob war in past, Indian hackers hacked Pakistani websites which was soon followed by a Pakistani group hacking Indian Government sites. Why did the Indian hackers hacked Pakistani Government sites in the first place? The goal was to protest against Mumbai Bomb blasts, but in practice – their movement turned into a cyber war which was cease-fired through mutual agreement.

Now that Anonymous has declared war on Indian ISP’s, this might hurt end users in the long run. The law has a very long arm, scratching an unhealed wound will only make matters worse.

P.S: There is a rumor that Indian Government may ban HTTPS and SSH. This ran shivers through my veins but I calmed down on realizing that the report is 11 years old and the proposal was never tabled.

Update: Anonymous India has released a video on YouTube urging users to join their cause on June 9th, 2012. This is getting interesting!