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Spice Launches QT-95 And QT-68 QWERTY Phones in India

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Dual SIM phones are already quite popular in India.

Spice Mobility recently launched two new dual SIM QWERTY phones in India, Spice QT-95 and Spice QT-68. Hundreds of dual SIM QWERTY phones are available in India, but Spice QT-95 is different from them, since it supports 3G and 2G SIM active dual modes. You can enjoy the benefits of both 2G and 3G in a single handset.

Commenting on the launch of Spice QT-95 and QT-68, Mr. Kunal Ahooja, CEO & Director of Spice Mobility said, Spice Mobiles always had a holistic approach towards driving the adoption of 3G in India and we are delighted to bring QT-95, a smart and premium phone in Qwerty segment with 3G + 2G Dual Mode enabling the consumer faster access to the net while he is on the go. Both QT-95 & QT-68 are made for the future trendy users.

Spice QT-95:

  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • 220 x 176 pixels resolution
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 48 MB internal memory
  • 8 GB + 8 GB expandable memory
  • Java Games & Applications
  • Incoming Call Guard
  • FM Radio with recording
  • Track PAD
  • Video Calling
  • up to 4 hrs talktime
  • up to 400 hrs stand-by time
  • 1000 mAh battery

Spice QT-68:

  • 2.4 inch display
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • Full Qwerty keyboard
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 8 GB + 8 GB external memory
  • 19 MB internal memory
  • Java Games & Applications
  • Incoming Call Guard
  • FM Radio
  • Scheduled FM Recording Yes
  • 240 mins talk time
  • 150 hrs stand by Time
  • 1000 mAh battery

Spice QT-95 and QT-68 comes with a price tag of Rs.5,499 and Rs. 4,999 respectively.

Micromax First Android Phone Expected To Launch Soon

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Micromax, the largest Indian domestic mobile handset company will soon launch its first Android phone, the Micromax Andro. According to the guys at AndroidOS, Micromax was expected to launch its first Android phone during Diwali, but due to some reasons it was not released on time. But after the long wait, Micromax will finally launch its first Android device in the coming days.

Micromax Andro is an entry-level touchscreen phone with basic features such as 2.8 inch resistive touch screen display, Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm audio jack, MicroSD card slot and more. This handset might also have Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities. The complete specs of this device is still unknown.

Micromax Andro is currently showcased at Ambience mall in Gurgaon. Micromax will host a bloggers meet today at Delhi, where the company is expected to “reveal the secrets”. This phone is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.9000.

Mobile Number Portability Comes To Haryana, Entire India To Get MNP From Jan 20

After much fuss over Mobile Number Portability in India, the Indian Govt. finally begun the service in India starting from Haryana. At the launch event, the Communications and IT Minister of India, Mr Kapil Sibal said that the entire country would get Mobile Number Portability (MNP) from January 20, 2011.

The Union Minister for HRD, Telecom & IT, Mr Kapil Sibal (left) at the launch of mobile number portability at Rohtak in Haryana

Rohtak in Haryana became the first Indian city to get Mobile Number Portability. The Secretary of Department of Telecom told the media that MNP will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff. He also said that the DoT is working with Mobile operators to put the system in place over the next two months.

Telecom Operators are very happy that MNP has finally been launched in India as they feel this would provide the freedom of choice to consumers and would promote fair and effective competition in the market. However it seems that not all Indian subscribers want MNP. A study a Colombo-based ICT firm revealed that 26 per cent of Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) mobile subscribers in India would definitely not consider switching even to a cheaper package which indicates some kind of operator loyalty being present among them.

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Tata Teleservices And Acer Launches The Aspire One Netbook In India

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Tata Teleservices and Acer India today announced the launch of a next-generation Netbook in India, the Acer Aspire One AOD 260. This device is embedded with Tata Photon Plus, which offers high-speed Internet access for connectivity on the go. The Aspire One AOD 260 netbook is packed with powerful features and performance capabilities, to boost productivity and enhance the mobile computing experience. Check out the complete specs below.

“Ever since the launch of netbooks in India, the market has been displaying tremendous growth for mobile computing devices. Acer, known to break new ground in launching fresh technology, has yet again brought a consumer friendly netbook AspireOne D260 which provides embedded broadband connectivity at ease. With this launch, we will be in a position to adapt to the ever changing needs of our consumers. Acer’s embedded broadband netbook with a multitude of attendant benefits like longer battery-life, convenience, tighter integration, security and lower TCO will surely be a great welcome in the marketplace. This smooth and slender lightweight netbook is a great solution for Internet mobility,said Mr. S.Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India.

Specifications:

  • 10.1 inch high-brightness TFT display
  • 1024 x 600 pixels resolution
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home Edition
  • Intel ® Atomâ„¢ Processor N450
  • 1.83GHz Intel Atom Processor N475
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 250GB hard drive, 5400RPM
  • Multi-in-one card reader
  • Support for simultaneous display on external monitor
  • Two integrated stereo speakers
  • Integrated digital microphone
  • Headphones/speakers/line-out and microphone ports
  • Three USB 2.0 Ports
  • Acer Crystal Eye
  • Acer ePower Management
  • Acer eRecovery Management
  • McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version)
  • Microsoft Office (60-day trial)
  • Norton Online Backup
  • Weight – 1.25kg with six-cell battery

Aspire One AOD 260 will be available only in Delhi and Mumbai in the initial launch phase. It comes with a price tag of Rs.17,999. To learn more, head over to this page.

RIM Launches BlackBerry Bold 9780 In India For Rs.27,990

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Research In Motion (RIM) today launched the Berry Bold 9780 smartphone in India. BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series of smartphones. It is also the first BlackBerry Bold smartphone which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. This handset features a premium and iconic design with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and advanced multimedia features.

BlackBerry smartphones are very well received in India and we are pleased to be working with our partners to launch the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 in the Indian market,said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, RIM. We believe that customers will be extremely impressed with the enhanced user interface and exciting new features available with the BlackBerry 6 operating system.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 features a 2.44 inch TFT display with 480 x 360 pixels, 624 MHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry 6 OS, optical trackpad, 5 megapixel with LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, BlackBerry Browser, 3.5 mm audio jack, up to 36 hours music playback, up to 6 hours talktime, up to 528 hours stand-by time and more.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 helps you to stay connected with your near and dear ones with the help of expanded messaging capabilities and intuitive features which simplifies the management of social networking and RSS feeds. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.27,990 (approx. $610).

Instant Mobile Payment Service Coming To Seven Indian Banks

Mobile Internet is catching up with Indian users at a rate which Desktop internet has not been able to match yet. According to a recent report, the Indian youth finds mobile Internet as one of their favorite pastimes.

Given the massive growth of Mobile users in the country, The National Payment Corporation of India is launching an instant mobile payment service   (IMPS) that will enable retail customers of seven banks to enjoy inter-bank funds transfers – 24 hours a day & 7 days a week.

Soon, Long queues of customers at bank branches to transfer money may become a thing of the past. If IMPS catches up with the users like Facebook did, then in the long run, customers may not have to worry at all for change to pay auto/ taxi fare and the neighbourhood vegetable vendor. The mobile phone will take care of everything.

As of now the seven banks which will be able to provide it’s customers with IMPS are State Bank of India, Bank of India, Union Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and YES Bank.

Apart from these 7 banks, 22 more banks are in the preliminary phase of getting ready to provide their customers with the IMPS. Utmost care has been taken to make sure that the mobile banking application runs on all handsets – be it low-end or high-end.

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India Leads Mobile Ad Impressions Volume In Asia

Mobile advertising network InMobi has come up with some very useful metrics and reports that will definitely help mobile content providers to think about better strategies to monetise their mobile content. InMobi conducted a market research in association with comScore and the results of which are very surprising. The report reveals that over 72% of Indian consumers are comfortable with mobile advertising and over 50% of the users are ready to receive personalised advertisements.

This piece of data will in particular stun advertisers who are generally picky about including mobile advertising in their market strategies as well as budgets. The report of the research results also point to the untapped potential of the entire mobile space which is mainly consumer driven. In terms of volume of impressions for mobile advertisements, India leads the Asian region with over 6 billion impression served for Mobile advertisements. Next in line is Indonesia.

Among other things Nokia still dominates both the OS and manufacturer market share in India. Nokia’s OS platforms alone account for 65% of the OS share of ad impressions that were taken into consideration for the survey / report. Samsung stands second in the region with 17% of the market share. This survey was conducted by interviewing over 3,500 consumers in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Australia on grounds of overall comfort with mobile ads, perceived benefits and willingness to have ads.

70% Indian Youngsters Spend Over 30 Mins. Daily On Internet: Survey

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recently conducted a survey about the internet usage among the indian youngsters and has found out some good statistics which can help rising internet startups in India to understand their consumers in a better way. According to the survey 85 per cent of the Indian youth uses Google as their only search engine and are also active on social networks.

The survey has been titled as The Web 2.0 Generation Survey 2010. It also reveals that more than 70 per cent of the Indian youth spend approximately more than 30 minutes daily on the internet. This survey was conducted by TCS by polling over 10,000 school going children in the age group of 12-18 across 11 cities in India.

According to Ajoy Mukherjee (VP,   Global HR) of   TCS nearly half of India’s total population has a age of below 20 and has been classified under the youth category, creating a group of over 459 million. This happens to be more than the population of USA. He also said that this survey will not only help TCS to find the best students but will also guide them to better communication with the youth. More survey results can be found here.

Versace Unique Comes To India For Rs 4.5 lakhs

versace unique

Luxury brand Versace recently launched Versace Unique, its first mobile phone in India. Versace Unique is a handset that resulted from a collaboration between LG, ModeLabs and Versace. This handset comes with a pretty high price tag of Rs.450,000.

Versace Unique has a pure ceramic frame with an 18K yellow gold finish, 316L grade stainless steel inlay and its rear is made of crocodile leather. You will be surprised to know that, each and every Versace Unique phone is hand assembled. Versace Unique is the first luxury touchscreen device that sports full-featured multimedia capabilities.

The Versace Unique comes with a sapphire crystal screen, the largest single piece of this material to be produced for consumers. On the back, it has a handcrafted leather, which sports the Medusa head. Versace Unique features a 5.0 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and Dolby Surround Sound. This handset is definitely not affordable for most of us, but if you are willing to spend Rs.450,000 for a mobile phone, then you should definitely grab this handset.

Motorola To Launch Android Powered Charm In India For Rs.15,990?

motorola charm

Do you still remember the Android powered full QWERTY phone announced by Motorola back in July? Yes, we are talking about the amazing Motorola Charm. This handset comes with a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen display. According to the online retailer, Flipkart, this handset will be soon launched in India with a price tag of Rs.15,990.

Motorola Charm features a 2.8 inch touch screen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, full QWERTY keyboard, BACKTRACK navigation pad, full suite of Google services, 3 megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch technology, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, pinch to zoom functionality, 512 MB internal memory, 3.5mm headset jack, one-touch social media uploads to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa & PhotoBucket and more.

Flipkart is selling this handset at 16% discount. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.15990, but you can get this amazing device for just Rs.13,499. This is definitely a good deal and this the handset will be shipped to you within 3 business days. Does it means that Motorola is planning to launch this handset soon in India? Let’s wait and watch.

Samsung Offers Galaxy Tab With Special Data Packages

Earlier this month, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India. This device was launched in India for Rs.38,000, but now you can get it for as low as Rs.34,000. The good news is that, after purchasing the Galaxy Tab, you will get a 2GB memory card pre-loaded with MapmyIndia navigation and 3 Idiots movie. You will also get a leather diary case and a Bluetooth headset worth more than Rs.5,500.

Cellular operator like Airtel, Aircel, Reliance, Tata Docomo and Vodafone are currently offering special data packages with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out the complete details below.

samsung galaxy tab

Airtel:

  • 2GB free data usage @ Rs. 300 per month for 6 months
  • For activation customers will have to SMS SAMSUNGto 543210 from their Airtel number

Aircel:

  • 3 GB free per month for 3 months for Prepaid users
  • 1 GB free per month for 6 months for postpaid users
  • For activation: Prepaid Customers SMS SMART PIto 54343.
  • PostPaid customers visit Aircel COCO store with original TAB bill

Reliance Mobile:

  • 5 GB Free Data usage per month for 6 months on Reliance network
  • For Activation: Visit any Reliance World/Reliance Mobile store outlet or call Customer care on 3033 3333 or from Reliance mobile phone *333

Tata Docomo:

  • 3GB Free data per month for 6 months on Tata Docomo network
  • For Activation: SMS Bun TABto 141

Vodafone:

  • 2GB data @ Rs. 99 per month for Prepaid users
  • 2GB data @ Rs. 199 per month for Post paid users
  • For Activation: SMS STABto 111 (Toll Free) from Vodafone number

Google Opens Help Center For South Indian Adwords Customers

Google has opened an all new help centre at Hyderabad, India where Google’s support team will provide assistance to Google AdWords customers in person. This help center aims primarily at helping customers in four regional languages — Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. Google already has a similar help centre at Delhi where experts from Google help AdWords customers in Hindi and English. Google India also plans to set-up more such help centres for providing assistance in languages such as Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi and Oriya.

Google India also has more plans to educate small and medium enterprises about the benefits of online presence and   using the web to generate business leads. Some of Google’s plans include:

  • Conduct around 100 workshops and seminars across 25 cities in the country.
  • Provide a free of cost programme, called Google Engage, which will offer training and support   for   businesses regarding Google AdWords and other Google products.

According to Sridhar Seshadri – India Head of Google’s Online Sales and Operations:

India has about 35 million small and medium enterprises out of which only one million have an online presence. We at Google want to help all the SMEs in the country and get them benefited by using our AdWords programme,

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Airtel Unveils New Logo And Signature Tune

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As expected, Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company, today unveiled a new logo and a refreshed signature tune at a press conference in New Delhi. Airtel currently operates in 19 countries across South Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands. The company also announced that it has crossed the significant milestone of 200 million customers.

Announcing this, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti airtel said, Fifteen years ago Bharti airtel started its journey in India with a promise of delivering world class and affordable services. Today, as we expand on the global stage, this new brand identity gives us the opportunity to present a single, powerful and unified face to our customers, stakeholders and partners around the world. It reinforces our promise to deliver innovative services and a superior brand experience to our 200 million customers across Asia and Africa.

The red colour, which is an integral part of the brand, continues to represent the energy and dynamism that has made Airtel the success it is today. The new curved addition to the logo is a symbol which will help ensure instant recognition across diverse international markets.

Along with that, Airtel have even more reasons to celebrate, since the company reached a new milestone of 200 million customers. Airtel crossed 50 million customers in October 2007 and 100 million in May 2009. The next 100 million customers were added by the company in just 18 months.

The Airtel signature tune has also been refreshed by A R Rahman making it youthful and dynamic. The Airtel’s previous tune made history as world’s most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads. But personally we didn’t liked the new signature tune. You can check out the new signature tune and the new TV commercial below.

Airtel also announced that it will launch its 3G services in India by the end of this year. The company have already grabbed 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.

Did you liked the Airtel’s new logo and signature tune? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Airtel’s New Signature Tune:

Airtel TV Commercial:

Facebook Places Launched In India

Facebook Places, a service from Facebook that lets you tell your friends on Facebook about your current location has gone Live in India. This service was earlier available to just US, UK and Japan. Although it will take some more time before it get eventually rolled out to all Facebook users in India.

All employees of Facebook in India have been able to use Facebook Places right from the day of it’s inception and now other Facebook users will also be able to use it finally. Facebook Places works in a similar manner to that of Foursquare, your current location is automatically determined   and you are shown a list of nearby places. If you can’t see your place listed, then you can add it right from your phone.

The Places application is available in India only on the Facebook apps for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. Although there is another option to access Facebook Places via touch.facebook.com but that is not available in India as of yet.

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PS: I can access Facebook Places via my BB but it is still not available on my Android phone.

India Gets Twitter’s Location Based Trending

Almost a year back we had told you about Twitter’s location based trending that allowed people to see a trending topic for their country or city. Back then, this feature was not available in all countries and India was one of them. And now almost a year later, Twitter has rolled Location Based trending for a couple of more countries including India.

Although, no Indian city has been included in the “City based trending list” but this is good for the starting I feel. In order to try out the location based trending for India, I enabled it from my dashboard. And as expected, Eid Mubarak was top on the trending topics list for India. Other India specific trending topics for the day are Ratan Tata and Gravita India. You can see a screenshot below: