MTS Launches MTag 351, MTag 352 And MTag 281 Smartphones

MTS recently launched 3 new entry-level CDMA smartphones in India, the MTag 351, MTag 352 And MTag 281. These devices run on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and come bundled with unlimited data plans. The pre-loaded MTS TV application allows you to access Live TV with more than 100 channels. You can also access more than 450,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store.

Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, MTS India, said:
“With the launch of these three Smartphones, we have now brought four new Android Smartphones in less than two months. MTS now offers a comprehensive range of Android Smartphones for discerning, on the move, tech savvy youth. MTS MTag 351, MTS MTag 352 and MTS MTag 281 are powered by best in class Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 Processor, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform and come bundled with unlimited ‘All You Can Use’ High Speed Data plans and local MTS to MTS Calls.”

MTS MTag 351:

MTS MTag 351 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 × 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, internet access up to 3.1 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile HotSpot, GPS, Bluetooth, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, Live MTS TV, up to 300 mins of talk-time, up to 200 hrs of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

MTS MTag 352:

MTS MTag 352 comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7625A processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 3 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, up to 200 hrs of stand-by time, up to 240 mins of talk-time and a 1400 mAh battery.

MTS MTag 281:

MTS MTag 281 features a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 3 megapixel rear camera, GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Live MTS TV, 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile HotSpot and a 1200 mAh battery.

MTS MTag 351, MTag 352 and MTag 281 comes with a price tag of Rs.7499, Rs.6499 and Rs.5499 respectively. MTag 351 and MTag 352 owners will get unlimited local MTS to MTS calls for 3 months, while the MTag 281 owners will get the benefit of calling all local numbers at 1p/2sec for 3 months.

Vodafone And Big Cinemas Announces ‘Birthday Surprise’ For Vodafone Customers

Last year, Vodafone launched the Vodafone Delights for its prepaid and postpaid subscribers in India. Vodafone Delights offers deals, special discount, birthday surprise and happy hours to its customers. Today, the wireless carrier joined hands with Big Cinemas and announced the new Birthday Surpise initiative to make its customers feel special.

Previously, the company offered birthday gift in form of telecom offerings, just by visiting any Vodafone Store on your birthday. However, the new initiative will let you watch any of the latest movie for free at select Big Cinemas across India. You heard it right! Just visit the Big Cinemas multiplex on your birthday and get a free ticket to watch the movie as well as a greeting card by Vodafone.

Additionally, select BIG Cinemas in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, will present the Vodafone birthday customer with a birthday cake. Apart from that, Vodafone will put up a slide on the screen with the customer’s name, while playing the birthday jingle in the background during the intermission.

Brajesh Bajpai, Business Head, Vodafone Gujarat, said:
“At Vodafone making every customer feel special is second nature and it is one of the key factors driving every thing we do. Birthdays are special to all and we wanted to contribute to the celebratory moments with a generous dose of ‘feel special’ elements, without being intrusive. We are happy that BIG Cinemas has partnered with us to make birthdays extra beautiful for Vodafone customers.”

The Vodafone Birthday Surprise initiative will be implemented across 41 cities, 55 multiplexes and 162 screens. It is expected to reach approximately 60000 cinema viewers each day. This offer is valid only till Aug 26, 2012. The complete list of Big Cinemas offering Vodafone Delights are posted below.

  • Mumbai – Imax Big Cinemas, Metro Big Cinemas, R-City Ghatkopar, Mulund Big Cinemas, Huma Big Cinemas, Vashi Big Cinemas, Little World Big Cinemas, Movie Star Big Cinemas and Sangam Big Cinemas.
  • Pune – Gold Big Cinemas and Premier Plaza Big Cinemas.
  • Nasik – Divya Big Cinemas.
  • Aurangabad – Anjali Big Cinemas.
  • Sangli – New Pride Big Cinemas.
  • Akola – Radha krishna BIG Cinemas.
  • Solapur – Bhagwat Big Cinemas.
  • Nagpur – Sangam Big Cinemas.
  • Chandrapur – Radhakrishna Big Cinemas.
  • Pen – Moreshwar Big Cinemas
  • Wardha – Rajkala Big Cinemas
  • Parbhani -Preeti Big Cinemas
  • Dhulia – Manohar Chitra Mandir Big Cinemas
  • Latur – Rama Chitra
  • Ahmedabad – Himalaya Big Cinema
  • Rajkot – BIG Cinemas Crystal Mall
  • Jamnagar – Mehul Big Cinemas
  • Palanpur – Surmandir Big Cinemas
  • Patan – City Point Big Cinemas
  • Vapi – Geet Gunjan Big Cinemas
  • Jaipur – Galaxy Big Cinemas
  • Bikaner – Cinemagic Big Cinemas
  • Kota – Natraj Big Cinemas
  • Gaziabad – Pacific Big Cinemas and Ansal Plaza Big Cinemas
  • Noida – TGIP Big Cinemas
  • Greater Noida – Ansal Mall Big Cinemas
  • Delhi – Odeon BIG Cinemas
  • Gurgaon – Palam Vihar Big Cinemas
  • Meerut – Rap Magnum Big Cinemas
  • Kanpur – Rave 3 Big Cinemas
  • Agra – TDI Big Cinemas
  • Aligarh – Vardha BIG Cinemas
  • Allahabad – Payal & Jhankar BIG Cinema
  • Mathura – Pacific Big Cinemas
  • Kolkatta – RDB Big Cinemas
  • Salem – Kailash Prakash Big Cinemas
  • Coimbtore – KG Big Cinemas
  • Vellure – Alankar Big Cinemas
  • Pondicherry – Jeeva Rukmani Big Cinemas
  • Madurai – Jazz & Arsh Big Cinemas.
  • Tanjavur – Rani Paradise Big Cinemas
  • Belgaum – Kapeel Big Cinemas
  • Hyderabad – Goldspot Big Cinemas

Indian Government Censors Parody PMO Twitter Accounts to Protect the People of North-East

The Indian Government has censored several Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) parody Twitter accounts, which were being used for humor and criticism. The Government found some of these accounts to be in poor taste, and highly offensive. The Prime Minister himself wrote to Twitter in June, asking it to censor these accounts. However, Twitter being a free-speech enthusiast, probably ignored the request.  Recently, the Government got another chance at removing all content criticizing the PMO, and made the most of this opportunity. However, what interests me is that this Twitter cleanup was performed by the Government, when scouring social media for rumors of hatred against Northeastern people. I say, there could not have been a better opportunity to make things right.

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A PMO official remarked on this  Twitter content filtering, saying,

We are fine with parody, even though at times, it is in bad taste, and there is criticism of the government. However, we cannot allow anyone to misrepresent the PM’s office and tweet nonsense from these accounts.

According to the Government’s claims, both Google and Facebook had confirmed that Pakistan was the origin of all the hatred. The miscreants were using social media to instigate violence, and some of it was spreading through Twitter. However, the Government did not receive any response from Twitter, because there are no Twitter offices in India that the Indian government can work closely with.

The Indian government has already blocked over 400 websites, and restricted bulk SMS facilities, as measures of control against the ongoing tension. Though in the midst of all this ballyhoo, the Government has also blocked several PMO parody accounts. The purportedly blocked Twitter accounts are not blocked by Twitter, but by ISPs in India. The Department of Telecom is leaving no stone unturned to restrict the usage of media that can be used to spread rumors and create nuisance. Though surprisingly, the blocked account of PMOIndia is back as a new account on Twitter, and it is gathering followers rapidly.

Sony Xperia Ion Launched In India For Rs.36,999

Back in January, Sony unveiled the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is already available for the customers in the US from the last 2 months. However, the folks living in India were left behind. Snapdeal, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this device from the last few days. Today, Sony finally launched the powerful Xperia Ion in India.

Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. This handset originally runs on old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Xperia Ion will be shipped with the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in India.

Prasun Kumar, Marketing Head, Sony Mobile Communications, said:
“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together a seamless experience across the multiple screens that we use to play, watch, listen, and share. Xperia ion is the gateway to HD entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it. We are glad to see overwhelming customer response for our Xperia range and we thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this successful journey in India. We strongly believe that the consumer will like the Xperia ion’s HD entertainment experience which has exclusive Airtel data offer to enhance the smartphone experience.”

Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Ion comes with a price tag of Rs.36,999 (approx. $670). This handset is available in Black and Red colors. Airtel subscribers will get 500 MB of free 3G data per month for 3 months as well as 200 minutes of Mobile TV for 2 months, with the purchase of this smartphone.

Nokia Launches The Asha 305 And Asha 311 Touchscreen Phones In India

Back in July, Nokia announced two new budget smartphones in its popular Asha family. The Nokia Asha 305 features a 3 inch touchscreen display along with the Easy Swap dual SIM technology. On the other hand, Nokia Asha 311 is the company’s cheapest touchscreen phone with 1 GHz processor. Both the handsets run on the Symbian S40 Operating System. These devices are pre-loaded with 15 levels of Angry Birds as well as the Nokia Browser 2.0, which uses Nokia’s cloud technology to reduce data consumption by up to 90%.

Mr. Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India, said,
“The Nokia Asha family has received tremendous consumer response. With a variety of form factors across price points and innovations such as Nokia Browser, Nokia Maps and DRM free Nokia Music, Nokia Asha family has triggered data consumption habits in first time data users. With the launch of Nokia Asha Touch range, we are strengthening our range of ‘mobile internet’ devices that offer these exciting experiences to the consumers.”

Nokia Asha 305:

Nokia Asha 305 features a 3.0 inch WQVGA resistive touch screen display, Symbian S40 OS, Asha Touch UI, 2 megapixel camera, Nokia Life, Bluetooth 2.1, Micro USB 2.0, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, FM Radio, loud and clear inbuilt speaker, 10 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Micro SD card slot, 2 GB Micro SD card bundled, 2.0 mm charger connector, up to 22 days of stand-by time, up to 14 hours of talk-time and a 1110 mAh battery. This handset measures 110.3 mm x 53.8 mm x 12.8 mm and weighs just 98.3g.

Nokia Asha 311:

The Nokia Asha 311 features a 3.0 inch WQVGA scratch resistant capacitive glass screen with polarization filters, Symbian S40 OS, Asha Touch UI, 1 GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player, FM Radio, internet radio, Nokia Life, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1, Micro USB 2.0, 256 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Micro SD card slot, 2 GB Micro SD card bundled, WLAN, 3G Connectivity, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Nokia Browser, up to 29 days of stand-by time, up to 14 hours of talk-time and a 1110 mAh battery. This handset measures 106 mm x 52 mm x 12.9 mm and weighs just 95g.

Nokia Asha 305 and Asha 311 allow you to stay in touch with your friends and family with email and chat on the most popular instant messaging services such as Twitter and Facebook. The Nokia Asha 305 comes with a price tag of just Rs.5,029, while the Nokia Asha 311 is available for Rs.7,139 in India.

Samsung Galaxy S III 32 GB Variant Coming Soon To India For Rs.41,500

Last month, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone in India. However, this device was available only in 16 GB variant. Samsung has already promised to release the 32 GB and 64 GB variant soon after the launch. Now, it seems that Samsung has finally made its mind to launch the 32 GB variant. Samsung India have recently listed the Galaxy S III 32 GB variant on their official eStore.

Currently, this device is not available for sale or even pre-order. However, just by signing up, you will be notified when the device goes on sale in India. This device will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update is already expected to roll out in the coming weeks. There are no other changes in the specs of this device.

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, 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, 32 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR,2 GB RAM, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S III 32 GB variant is expected to be available only in Metallic Blue color at the time of launch. The 16 GB variant comes with a price-tag of Rs.38,400, while the 32 GB variant will be available for a slightly higher price of Rs.41,500 (approx. $750). To learn more, head over to this page at Samsung India’s eStore.

Zync Launches The Z-909 Plus Android Tablet In India For Just Rs.3,699

Earlier this month, Zync launched the entry-level Zync Z-999 tablet in India for just Rs.11,990. Now, the company went a step ahead and announced its entry into the sub 4K segment with the launch its newest tablet, the Zync Z-909 plus. Unlike the Zync Z-999, this handset does not runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The Zync Z-909 plus is powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, thanks to its low-end specs. This tablet comes pre-loaded with Angry Birds, Ibibo and BigFlix apps.

Ashish Garg, Director, Zync Global Private Limited, said:
“Owing to the fierce competition in the tablet market with many players entering this category, we felt the need to introduce a product which does not burn a hole in the consumers pocket, yet possesses the latest technologies at an affordable cost. After having launched our earlier products in the range of 8000-1200K, we felt the sub 4K segment was fairly untouched and hence we saw the opportunity to introduce a product in the price bracket of 4K.”

Zync Z-909 plus features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera with video recording capabilities, Word/Excel/PDF support via third party apps, 256 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity via USB Dongle and a 3000 mAh battery.

Zync Z-909 plus comes with a price-tag of just Rs.3,699 (approx. $65). Zync also offers a one year warranty along with a pick up and drop facility. This tablet will be available across 22 states through its distributor network Balaji Solutions. You can also get this device from popular online retailers such as Snapdeal, HomeShop18, Futurebazaar and Naaptol.

Huawei Ascend G300 And Ascend Y200 Launched In India

Huawei recently launched two new mid-range smartphones in India, the Huawei Ascend G300 and Ascend Y200. These handsets runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Huawei Ascend G300 is the first smartphone in the “Ascend G” series, targeted at the folks looking for stylish and feature rich multimedia smartphones. On the other hand, Huawei Ascend Y200 is the first smartphone in the “Ascend Y” series, specially designed for young consumers. Ascend G300 takes less than 120 minutes to get fully charged, while the Ascend Y200 takes only 90 minutes to get fully charged with a high power charger.

Mr. Victor Shan, President, Huawei Devices India said:
“We are extremely delighted to launch Ascend smartphone series in Indian market. Each Huawei Ascend product is an innovative flagship model developed to meet the needs of specific consumers with Ascend D (diamond), Ascend P (platinum), Ascend G (gold), and Ascend Y (youth) categories. The Ascend G300 and Y200 are easy-to-use Smart phones that provide exceptional power, performance and style for the discerning consumers. We are confident that with their impressive specs and accessible price, the Ascend series will become popular choice among consumers across the country.”

Huawei Ascend G300:

Huawei Ascend G300 features a 4 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS, up to 320 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hrs of talk time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend Y200:

Huawei Ascend Y200 features a 3.5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 256 MB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 512 MB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, up to 220 hrs of stand-by time, up to 4 hrs of talk time and a 1250 mAh battery.

These devices allows you to access more than 600,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. Huawei Ascend G300 and Ascend Y200 comes with a price-tag of Rs.13,490 (approx. $240) and Rs.8,190 (approx. $150) respectively.

Sony Xperia Neo L Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.18,499

Earlier this year, Sony unveiled the Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Arc S smartphones in the NXT series. However, these smartphones are shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Sony Xperia Neo L is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This mid-range device comes with 4 inch display, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and so on.

The specs of this device is quite similar to the prviously launched Neo V. The only difference is a large display and 4 hardware buttons on the bottom of the device. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-order of the Xperia Neo L. This handset is scheduled to release by the end of this month.

Sony Xperia Neo L features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, DLNA Certified, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Native USB tethering, PlayNow service, Google Play, GPS with A-GPS, Micro USB support, 1 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 8 hrs of talk-time, up to 410 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Neo L comes with a price tag of Rs.18,499. Flipkart is selling the device in both white and black variant. Xperia Neo L will compete with other mid-range Android smartphones such as Optimus L7, Xperia Go and HTC One V in the Indian market. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Intex Launches The Android 4.0 Powered i-Buddy Tablet For Rs.6,490

Intex recently launched its second tablet device, the Intex i-Buddy. The company’s first tablet was Intex i-Tab, which had a 8 inch touchscreen display, while the new Intex i-Buddy comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Intex i-Buddy is specially targeted at the youth and urban professionals. This device is touted to be the slimmest 7 inch tablet in India.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said:
“Being India’s most literate and evolved region, the southern states hold a very important position in our growth strategy especially for the mobility business. It is definitely a potential market for Intex as well. We aim to grow multifold in the southern states. The brisk economic growth in these states, contemporary lifestyles and buying behavior amongst the youth makes it an appropriate destination for offering Intex’ latest Android tablet.”

Intex i-Buddy features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, front-facing camera for video video, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity via USB Dongle, Adobe Flash 11.1 and a 2350 mAh battery. This device measures 9mm thick and weighs just 316 grams. Sadly, the battery is reported to last for just 3 hrs.

Intex i-Buddy comes with a price tag of just Rs.6,490. This tablet will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as IRA Thing 2, Karbonn Smart Tab 1 and Micromax Funbook in the Indian market. Intex i-Buddy is currently available for purchase only in South India through its network of 7 branch offices, 20 superstockists, 50 distributors and 2,500 retailers. The company is planning launch this device in other parts of India in the coming months.