Tata Indicom Launches New BlackBerry Data Plans Starting At Just Rs.99

Tata Teleservices recently launched three exciting and affordable BlackBerry service plans for its new Tata Indicom customers. The new plans will be available only for the first three months. Tata Indicom subscribers can enjoy BlackBerry messaging services(MaiLite), BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server service starting at Rs.99, Rs.199 and Rs.599 respectively. After the first three months, Tata Indicom subscribers will be charged standard monthly prices of Rs.299, Rs.399 and Rs.900 respectively.

BlackBerry Bold Touch

BlackBerry is an iconic product with an exceptional service that’s desired by users, and we want to offer greater flexibility and affordability to our existing customers while attracting new BlackBerry customers. We believe this exciting initiative will appeal to all young professionals, students and a broad spectrum of retail customers who are looking for an exceptional experience for messaging, social networking, e-mail and Internet browsing while on the move,Mr Sukanto Aich, President, Enterprise Business, Tata Teleservices Limited said.

Tata Indicom subscribers can access up to 10 supported e-mail accounts along with the popular BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service as well as other Instant Messaging services, thanks to the MaiLite plan. The BlackBerry Internet Service plan offers access to up to 10 supported e-mail accounts, BBM, Instant Messaging services, social networking and Internet browsing. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server plan includes all of the above plus access to corporate data and tight integration with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange or Novell GroupWise.

HTC ChaCha Launched In India For Rs.15,990

HTC recently launched its second Facebook phone, the HTC ChaCha at an event in Mumbai, India. This device was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in February. After waiting for more than 5 months, HTC finally released the device in the Indian market. HTC ChaCha comes with a dedicated Facebook button, which allows you to upload photos or add a status update on Facebook with the click of a button.

At HTC, we have always strived to take mobility experience to newer levels and add multi dimensions to our devices. Featuring a dedicated Facebook button and one-touch Facebook access, the HTC ChaCha aims to make it simpler and convenient for its users to share and connect through their favourite social networking site,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. We are extremely pleased to launch the HTC ChaCha in India with Tata DOCOMO, and are positive that this social smartphone will garner a favorable response from Indian mobile phone users,he added.

htc chacha

HTC ChaCha comes with a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 800 MHz MSM7227 processor, Dedicated Facebook button, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, HTC Sense 3.0, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, 3G Connectivity, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, micro-USB, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Internal GPS Antenna, up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 660 hours stand-by time and a 1250 mAh battery.

HTC ChaCha comes with a price tag of Rs.15,990, but you can get the device for around Rs.15,000. This handset is available in 3 vibrant colors – White, Purple and Black. Tata Docomo customers will also get free data as well as other benefits with this handset.

3G Customers:

  • 3 GB data with a validity of 90 days
  • 3 hours of Mobile TV service

(Tata Docomo 3G is available only in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh circle.)

2G Customers:

  • 3 GB data with a validity of 90 days
  • 300 mins local Tata to Tata calling

(Free Tata to Tata minutes can be used to call Tata Docomo as well as Tata Indicom numbers)

Buying Guide: Android Phones in India [2011]

Android Smartphone Buying Guide 2011: Android Phones in India Under Rs 15000, 20000, 30000

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, the best option would be to buy an Android phone. Symbian is on its way to obsolescence, the iPhone is still prohibitively expensive (at least in India), and Windows Phone 7 devices are available only in the higher price bracket.

In this article, I will give present the best Android phones you can buy, in various price ranges. This post is focused on Indian buyers, but is relevant for anyone looking for an Android smartphone buying guide, anywhere in the world.

Best Android Smartphones Under 15,000 ($330)

Spice Mi-410

Spice Mi-410

Spice is a relatively unknown brand, but its latest offering – the Spice Mi-410 is one of the best budget Android phones yet. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, with a Gingerbread upgrade coming soon, and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB RAM. It also has a huge 4.1 inch display, comes with a 5 MP camera, and is priced around Rs 14,000. If I had to buy an Android device under Rs 15,000, it would be the Spice Mi410.

Buy the Spice M-410

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is like a smaller, budget version of the Samsung Galaxy S. It is now available for around Rs 15,000.

It comes with a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. It comes with an 800 MHz processor and 278 MB RAM.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

Best Android Smartphones Under 20,000 ($450)

This particular bracket has some of the best Android smartphones. They are priced reasonably, and offer the most value for money.

Google Nexus S

Google Nexus S

Using the Nexus S, you can experience Android the way Google intended it. It runs vanilla Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with no custom UI shell on top. You can rest assured that it will be the first to receive any updates, and it is priced very well, at just under Rs 20,000.

It comes with a 4 inch SLCD display and is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has 512 MB RAM and comes with a 5 MP camera. It also has 16 GB internal storage and sports an excellent design.

Buy Samsung Google Nexus S

Samsung Galaxy S LCD

Samsung Galaxy S LCD

The Samsung Galaxy SL is an inexpensive cousin of the popular Samsung Galaxy S. It comes with a 4 inch SLCD display and runs Android 2.2 Froyo, with a Gingerbread upgrade coming soon.

It has a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. It also comes with a 5 MP camera and has 4 GB internal storage.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S LCD I9003

LG Optimus Black

LG Optimus Black

LG recently came to its senses and bumped down the price of the LG Optimus Black to Rs 19,990. At this new price, the LG Optimus Black is a very appealing buy.

It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and sports a 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel Nova capacitive display. It is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with AF and LED flash.

Buy LG Optimus Black P970

HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z is one of those rare QWERTY sliders powered by Android. It comes with a 3.7 inch display with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. It is powered by an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor and comes with 512 MB RAM.

It runs Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI, but will receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has a 5 MP camera, and is a very good option if you want something different.

Buy HTC Desire Z

The Best Android Smartphones Money Can Buy

And finally, here are the best Android phones money can buy. Assuming that you are willing to buy an Android smartphone priced higher than Rs 20,000, these are the only options you should consider.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 II

Samsung Galaxy S 2

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the best Android smartphone of all time. It was launched recently, and has already sold more than 3 million units in less than two months.

It is priced around Rs 30,000. If I had the money, there is no other phone I would rather buy.

It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by the 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and the Mali 400 MP GPU. It also offers 1 GB RAM and comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI.

It has an 8 MP camera which can shoot 1080p video and offers 16 GB internal storage. It has a very stylish design and is extremely slim at just 8.5 mm.

It is, truly, the best Android phone ever.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100

HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation

This is another very good option, if for some reason, you can, but don’t want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (in which case you are probably nuts).

Jokes aside, the HTC Sensation is a very capable smartphone. It comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI.

It comes with a 4.3 inch SLCD display and has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and can record 1080p video.

Buy HTC Sensation

Note: If you are wondering why I have not listed any Android phones priced lower than Rs 10,000 ($250), it’s because there is no good Android option in that price range. Most of the phones in that bracket are low resolution, underpowered and generally mediocre. They offer a very bad user experience. If you need to buy a phone under Rs 10,000, I wouldn’t recommend any Android device.

Intex Launches The Tri.Do Triple SIM Phone

Intex recently launched a new triple SIM phone in India, the Intex Tri.Do. This handset is useful for those, who travels a lot and need different SIM for different purpose. The Intex Tri.Do is a bar style, Java based phone that can hold 3 SIM cards (GSM+ GSM+CDMA). Intex has first launched its triple SIM phone in 2009. The Intex Tri.do is the company’s third triple SIM, which is an upgrade in terms of longer battery life and useful multimedia features.

intex tri do

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Rajendra Gupta, GM- Telecom, Intex Technologies said, The multi-SIM segment is increasingly grabbing a major pie of the total market reflecting a huge demand and utility. Having sensed this quite early, Intex was the first one to introduce a Triple-SIM phone and now it aims to build on the concept by expanding the product-assortment with thoughtfully designed products offering convenience and utility at a highly affordable price.

The Intex Tri.Do features a 2.2 inch TFT screen with 65K colors, 1.3 megapixel camera which can also be used as a webcam, audio player, video player capable of playing MP4 and 3GP files, 3.5 mm jack, mobile tracker, Bluetooth, phonebook with 1000 entries, dual memory card slots with up to 16 GB each, Answering Machine, Auto Call Record, Games, up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 300 hrs stand-by time and a 1000 mAh battery.

The Intex Tri.Do supports both English and Hindi and works as a modem, for web-surfing on your computer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.3,750. You can purchase this handset from more than 15,000 distributors and resellers outlets, 80 INTEX SQUARES and on Home Shop 18 shopping channel.

LG Optimus Black Launched In India For Rs.19,990

LG recently launched its Android powered Optimus Black smartphone in India. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. LG Optimus Black comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

LG Optimus Black

LG Optimus Black features a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The LG Optimus Black comes with the new Optimus UI 2.0, which allows you to directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just a single finger tap. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,990. You can also get the Google Nexus S or the Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB for the same price tag. Which handset you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

Airtel Launches Its 3G Services In Gujrat

Last year, Tata Docomo was the first private operator to launch its 3G services in India. And soon after that, Reliance Communications and Aircel joined the bandwagon. Early this year, private operators such as Idea, Airtel and Vodafone also launched their 3G services. Airtel first launched its 3G services in Mumbai, during March and after waiting for nearly 3 months, the company went ahead and has finally launched its 3G services in Gujrat circle.

Commenting on this much awaited launch, Mr. Shivan Bhargava, COO Gujarat, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, Having successfully launched Airtel 3G services in 50 plus towns across India, we today have over 3 million customers that are enjoying the Airtel 3G advantage. As we extend the promise of Airtel 3G services to Gujarat, we are delighted to invite our mobile customers in the region to experience the power of high speed internet and enjoy a host of innovative application capabilities from their mobile devices anywhere, anytime. We believe that Airtel 3G will lead the data and internet revolution in aapnu Gujarat, bringing our customers in the state closer to an all new world of possibilities.

airtel dual logo

Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. Airtel 3G services will be available across all major parts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Anand, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Amreli, Chikli, Dahej, Daman, Gandhidham, Godhra, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbander, Silvassa, Valsad, Vapi, Rajula, Diu, Una and Verawal.

Airtel has also launched the International Video Calling, which is currently available in 227 international geographies. You can make international video calls, only if your friends and relatives are on a 3G network and using a smartphone with front-facing camera. International video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh are charged at Rs.14/min, while calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman are charged at Rs.20/min.

Airtel 3G comes with the Mobile TV, which allows you to watch more than 100 live channels on the go. To learn more about Airtel 3G plans, head over to this page. If you have any queries, then call 12134 from your Airtel number or SMS 3G HELP’ to 121 and you will get the required information.

Interview with a Teenage Hacker

When Keith asked if anyone from the team wanted to interview a self-professed teenage hackerfrom India, I was cynical. Usually script kiddies in India who are also kids in real life suffer from delusions of grandeur along with the need to impress the fellow man his or her importance to India’s Cyber War against (who else?) Pakistan.


minhal mehdiis no different, for he is quite the teenager (but asked me to refrain from revealing his true age in this post) and has been hacking his way into some low security websites for about six months now, along with his friend and seniorNoTty_rAJ.

Minhal claims to hail from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh and is [hopefully] a high-schooler with some years of school still left. He also believes hacking is not always a crime, and that it is an art and his passion.

He also has a blog with a single post and twelve comments from his own person about how good his hacking skills are. (Thank you Pallab!)

In his introductory email, minhal claimed to have hacked manywebsites a short list being posted here. His claim to fame, in other words, is hacking one server’s root with an SQL vulnerability.

An abridged chat transcript follows with minimal editing pertaining to minhal’s answers.

Techie-Buzz (TB): What prompted you to start hacking?

minhal: i saw many forign hackers are hacking indian website, feeling of revenge motivated me for hacking. My hacks are payback to forign hackers for hacking indian websites.

TB: Which Indian websites were hacked that motivated you?

minhal: cbi website and thousends of indian websites.

TB: But you’ve mostly hacked low-security websites whose domain registrations have expired by now.

minhal: i’m new in cyber wolrd and trying to do my best for india

TB: What kind of loopholes did you find in these websites?

minhal: shell upload vlun. or SQL vlun. i found XSS in nasa’s website.

TB: So these were from exploit-db or bugtraq, right?

minhal: nah ,, its was my own

TB: So did you hack the NASA website?

minhal: it was president Xss but XSS is too long and boring

Nokia Launches The Symbian Anna Powered Nokia X7 In India For Rs.22,829

Nokia finally launched its much-awaited Nokia X7 smartphone at an event in New Delhi, India. This handset runs on the Symbian Anna Operating System. The Nokia X7 was unveiled by Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge, who represented Anna’ with their grace, style and elegance. This handset comes preloaded with the popular Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games. You can also access a range of premium HD games from the Ovi Store, free of charge

Speaking at the launch,  Viral Oza,  Director Marketing, Nokia India Private Limited,said,  With the launch of two new devices on the exciting new Symbian Anna, we aim to further consolidate our leadership position in the Indian smartphone market. With the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, and a robust line up of exciting new smart devices and user enhancements coming in the next few quarters, we are confident of further strengthening our smartphone user base.

nokia x7 launch

Nokia E7 features a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Symbian Anna Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Micro USB 2.0, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack,Stereo FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 350 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 8 GB MicroSD card included, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, up to 450 hours talk-time, up to 6 hrs 30 min stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Nokia X7 is available in 2 different colors Dark Steel and Silver Steel. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.22,829 (approx. $510), but you can get this handset for around Rs.21,500. Nokia is also planning to launch 10 new Symbian-based smartphones in the next 12 months in India.

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Nokia E6 Launched In India For Rs.18,679

Nokia recently launched its much-awaited business phone – the Nokia E6 at an event in New Delhi, India. This is the company’s first business smartphone with a touchscreen display as well as a QWERTY keyboard. The Nokia E6 runs on the latest Symbian Anna Operating System and it comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory and more.


The latest version of Symbian, also called as Symbian Anna, comes with a new improved web browser, new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard. This handset was already up for pre-order in India from mid-June, but the company officially launched it today in India. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Nokia E6 features a 2.4 inch TFT LCD Capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian (Anna) Operating System, 680 MHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 256 MB RAM, 1024 MB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, up to 680 hrs stand-by time, up to 7 hrs 30 min talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Nokia E6 also comes with a strong set of new features aimed at business users, which includes true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption and a new e-mail features such as full meeting request support. The Nokia E6 is available in 3 different colors Black, White and Silver. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.18,679 (approx. $415), but you can get this handset for around Rs.17,500 in India.

Motorola Launches The Xoom Android Honeycomb Tablet In India

Motorola finally launched its Android powered Motorola Xoom tablet in India. This device was announced at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas and it was later showcased at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. Motorola Xoom is the first tablet, which runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola is selling both the Wi-Fi only version as well as the Wi-Fi + 3G version of this tablet in India.

Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by pre-empting the future mobile experience today,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be!

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of Rs.34,490, while the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is available for Rs.41,490. The Best Buy prices of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G are Rs.32,990 and Rs.39,990 respectively.

Currently, 5 major tablets are officially available in India – Apple iPad 2, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook and Acer Iconia Tab A500. Which tablet you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.