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BlackBerry Launches The Curve 9360 Smartphone In India For Rs.19,990

Last month, BlackBerry introduced a new member in its Curve family – the BlackBerry Curve 9360. This handset runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. We have a good news for the folks living in India. Research-In-Motion (RIM) has recently launched the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 in India. Airtel subscribers will get additional benefits with the purchase of this handset. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 features a 2.44 inch HVGA+ display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, 800 MHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, touch-sensitive optical trackpad, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization, face detection, digital zoom, geo-tagging, VGA video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communications), microSD/SDHC slot, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, up to 9 hours of video playback time, up to 25 hours of music playback time, up to 5 hours of talk-time, up to 12 days of standby time and a 1000 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,990. Airtel subscribers will get the Rs.299 BlackBerry plan free for 2 months two months with the purchase of this device. Airtel subscribers will also get an additional benefit of reduced local calls rates at 20p/min and SMS at 5p with a validity of 12 months.

TRAI Blocks All Pesky Calls/SMS From Mid-Night

TRAI seems to be adamant with its decision to enforce a restriction of 100 SMS per day per SIM for all subscribers. This decision comes after Telecom Operators lobby COAI requested to go away with 100 SMS per day restriction on grounds of fundamental rights to subscribers.

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Telecom Operators lobby COAI Rajan S Mathews said. “All our operators are ready to implement the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to curb the menace of unsolicited calls and SMSes. However, we are concerned about the 100 SMSes per SIM a day and we will be in discussion with the regulator to sort this out”.

In order to stop the annoyance of unwanted Spam calls/SMS TRAI has no plans to rethink this decisions. Starting Mid-Night today, all operators are to follow the 100 SMS per day restrictions on its subscribers.

“In order to curb the menace of pesky calls and messages, as of now, this (limit of hundred SMS per day per SIM) will be applicable to all users. If in future some problem arises, we will see the things,” a Trai source said.

Subscribers can chose to partially as well as fully block category. If subscribers chose partially block category they can receive SMS from category chosen by them. Currently TRAI has categories — banking and financial products, real estate, education, health, consumer goods, automobiles, communication and entertainment, tourism and leisure.

To register under fully blocked category users need to send an SMS “START 0″ to 1909 without quotes. To register under partially block category users need to replace 0 with category number. For example to receive SMS from communication category users can send SMS “START 6″ to 1909.

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HTC Explorer To Launch On September 29 In India?

Last week we posted the leaked press shots and specs of the HTC’s upcoming budget smartphone, the HTC Explorer. This handset was earlier known as the HTC Pico. According to the guys at BGR, HTC Explorer will be announced at an event in New Delhi on September 29. The global announcement will be made by the company’s newly appointed president of global sales and marketing, Jason Mackenzie.

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HTC Explorer is expected to come with a 3.2 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense 3.5 UI, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 mega pixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 384 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1230 mAh battery.

HTC Explorer a mid-range smartphone, which is specially targeted at budget-minded customers. The price of this device is expected to be around Rs.15000 ($300). This handset will compete with other budget Android phones such as HTC Wildfire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace and Motorola Defy in the Indian market. Are you planning to buy this device? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Nokia 701 Already Available In India For Rs.16,999

Last month Nokia announced the new Nokia 701 smartphone. It is the first handset to feature the new Symbian Belle Operating System. This handset looks quite similar to the popular Nokia C7 smartphone. It comes with a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 8 GB internal memory and more. Nokia 701 is scheduled to release on September 28 in India, but if you can’t wait for next couple of days, then you can go ahead and buy this device online. Indiaplaza, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this device, even before it has been officially launched in India.

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Nokia 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display, sporting a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, and more

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 504 hrs stand-by time, up to 6hrs 45min talk-time, up to 71 hrs music playback time and a 1300 mAh battery.

This handset is available in 2 colors – Silver Light and Steel Dark. Nokia 701 is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.18,999, but you can get this device for just Rs.16,999 (approx. $440). Indiaplaza will ship the device within 2 business days. You will also get a 1 year Nokia Warranty, along with the purchase of this device. To get this device, head over to this page at Indiaplaza

BlackBerry Launches The Torch 9860 In India For Rs.28,490

Last month, BlackBerry announced its new BlackBerry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphones. The company has already launched the BlackBerry Torch 9810 in India, but BlackBerry lovers were eagerly waiting for the launch of Torch 9860. Now, the wait is finally over. Today, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched its BlackBerry Torch 9860 at an event in India.

Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India at Research In Motion said,

“We are very excited to build on the success of the BlackBerry solution in India with the introduction of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860. This powerful new smartphone features many new enhancements, including the next generation BlackBerry 7 operating system, and we think customers will be particularly thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia.

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BlackBerry Torch 9860 features a 3.7 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 OS, optical trackpad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X digital zoom and continuous auto focus. HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, dedicated camera and lock keys, 768 MB RAM memory, 4 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card pre-installed, built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, up to 6.8 hours talk time, up to 13.9 days standby time, up to 44 hours of music playback, up to 6.6 hours of video playback and a 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery.

BlackBerry Torch 9860 is the successor of the popular BlackBerry Storm 2 smartphone. It comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.28,490.

Spice MiTab Android Tablet Launched In India For Rs.12,990

Last month, Reliance Communication launched its Android tablet in India. This month, iBall launched its very-own tablet device. And now, Spice Mobility has joined the bandwagon. Spice Mobility recently launched its new Spice MiTab Android tablet. This device runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display as well as a powerful 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Spice MiTab is already available at Flipkart from the last couple of weeks.

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Mobile Internet is a revolution, a new trend which comes from the customers’ connectivity need to be always on. Tablets play an important part in this revolution. Tablets may very well be the 1st PC for most of the Indians. There has been a growing demand for tabs’ which can do so much ranging from multimedia to social networking to even your official work. MiTab is a result of that endeavor to provide the youth not only the super smooth touch experience but a stylish and feature packed product at an affordable price,” said B K Modi, chairman of Spice Mobility.

Spice MiTab features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Video recording capabilities, HD (720p) video playback, 3.5mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, 155 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Android Market and a 4200 mAh battery.

Spice MiTab comes with a price tag of Rs.12,990, but you can get this device for around Rs.11,990. This device will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as Beetel Magiq, HCL ME AE7-A1, Reliance 3G Tab and iBall Slide in India. You can also purchase this device at Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Motorola Fire XT Launched In India For Rs.13,890

motorola fire xt Motorola recently launched the new Motorola Fire XT smartphone in India. This handset comes with the new Moto Switch user interface and it runs on the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, 32 GB expandable memory and more. Unlike Motorola Fire, this handset does not sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. Check out the complete specs below.

Smartphones have become an integral, personal part of users’ lives that’s why Motorola believes they should be fun, fashionable and feature-packed,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head-sales and operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. With easy multitasking and contact management, faster and easier interactions, the Motorola FIRE XT and Motorola FIRE make for a great mobile experience at a great price for the young, fast-moving users who want everything from a top-quality smartphone.

Motorola Fire XT comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 5 megapixel camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS and a 1540 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Fire XT comes with a price tag of just Rs.13,890, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.12,990. This handset will compete with popular mid-range Android phones such as Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and HTC Wildfire S in India.

Motorola Fire Officially Launched In India For Rs.9,990

Motorola finally launched the much-awaited Motorola Fire smartphone in India. It is the company’s second smartphone with a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard to be launched in India. Motorola Fire runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, etc. This handset has been priced reasonably to attract more customers in India.

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Motorola Fire features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

This handset is already available in India from the last month at popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy. Motorola Fire comes with a price tag of just Rs.9990, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.9490. This handset will compete with popular entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India.

Spice Mi-720 Android Tablet Now Available In India For Rs.11,990

Tablets are not much popular in India compared to the mobile phones, but most of the Indian manufacturers have already joined the bandwagon of launching their own tablet. Soon after Reliance Communication launched their Android powered tablet, Spice Communications announced their very own tablet. The tablet is named as Spice Mi-720 and it runs on the older version of Android Operating System.

Spice has reasonably priced this Android tablet, to attract more customers in India. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 megapixel rear camera and much more. Popular online retailers such as Flipkart and BestBuy are already selling this tablet in India. If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet, then your search comes to an end.

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Spice Mi-720 Specifications:

  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Video recording capabilities
  • HD (720p) video playback
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 155 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB ROM
  • Android Market
  • 4200 mAh battery

Spice Mi-720 comes with a price tag of just Rs.11,990. This tablet is nearly Rs.1000 cheaper compared to the Reliance tablet. Moreover, Spice Mi-720 is not locked to any operator. You have the freedom to use the SIM card of any GSM operator in India. To get this device, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Government of India’s Digital Diplomacy

Established in 2006, the Public Diplomacy Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs strives to foster a greater understanding of India and its foreign policy concerns. Its mandate enables it to organise and support a broad range of outreach activities, both in India and overseas.

Public Diplomacy Division

Public diplomacy, a relatively new and rapidly evolving discipline, is regarded as the framework of activities by which a government seeks to influence public attitudes in a manner that they become supportive of its foreign policy and national interests. It differs from traditional diplomacy in that public diplomacy goes beyond governments and interfaces primarily with non-governmental individuals and organizations.

Successful public diplomacy involves an active engagement with the public in a manner that builds, over a period of time, a relationship of trust and credibility. Recently, the Public Diplomacy Division has made development of Web strategies to engage with diverse communities in India and overseas a key focus and is utilizing a broad range of social media platforms and services enabling the government to listen’ and understand the pulse of the nation.

The digital diplomacy was started on Twitter, and was soon followed by a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. While Twitter and Facebook are used to disseminate foreign policy news and engage with the overseas communities, the YouTube channel showcases documentaries and features on India’s ethos and culture. These initiatives have also served as a catalyst for many Indian missions and embassies to indulge in social media and form local communities. India Perspectives is the flagship publication of the Ministry of External Affairs and is printed in 17 languages in over 150 countries. The magazine, and other newsletters, are now made available online via Scribd and Issuu.

The digital diplomacy has been done under the aegis of Navdeep Suri, Joint Secretary & Head of the Public Diplomacy Division. An Indian Foreign Service officer since 1983, Navdeep Suri has served in a host of different capacities in India’s diplomatic missions in Egypt, Syria, US, Tanzania, UK, and South Africa. The strategy and execution of social initiatives is taken care by Abhay Kumar, Under Secretary and a young Indian Foreign Service Officer. He has in the past served at the Embassy of India, Moscow and at the Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg.

I met the two at a SMC Delhi meetup hosted by NASSCOM last week, where they discussed their vision and challenges with the panel that included me. The panel presented them suggestions  about further engagement strategy. They’ve had a good start with over 10,000 likes on Facebook and over 14,500 followers on Twitter already. Mr. Suri also shared some huge wins that were enabled by the social media engagement during the  Libyan crisis as they worked to evacuate Indian nationals in that country. While most people, including me, do not associate the  Government of India with technology adoption or initiatives in this space, the Public Diplomacy Division had me pleasantly surprised.