Speak Asia – Scam? Bank Accounts Closed

Speak Asia is a Singapore based market research company that organizes online surveys for various products and companies. It launched it’s services in India sometime back and there are a number of ads you see on TV and newspapers. People wonder, how Speak Asia works and how it makes money? Is it real or a scam?

Speak Asia charges Rs.11,000 ($250) to register. Once successfully registered, a set of surveys are provided to answer. For every survey you complete, you get paid Rs. 500 ($11.36)

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Speak Asia currently offers 3 different methods to register.

  1. Email a scanned copy of your income statement which states that you earn over $1000 from one of the top 20 survey companies.
  2. Apply for a test in English. The examination fee is $60. The topics will range from general knowledge to comprehension. You can give test at Mumbai or Singapore.
  3. Pay $120 for 26 issues of online surveys or $220 for 52 issues and get direct entry to Speak Asia.

Here’s the catch. The first two ways of signing up for the program makes some sense as they are accepting quality panelists, but the third way to sign up for the program sounds fishy. Anyone can register by paying the fee and I wonder how they can compromise quality for $220?

Here are some interesting facts and things that have been happening in the last few days.

Speak Asia’s website states that they have their main office in Singapore and do not have an registered office in India yet. Wonder how they’re still offering services in India? The documents listed in Speak Asia’s website are rubbish. No legal documents of the company are available online.

Headline Today conducted a background check on Speak Asia sometime back and found out that the owner of Speak Asia is not based in Singapore and lives in Tax haven of British Virgin Island.

Interestingly, IndiaToday reported that the ownership of Speak Asia conforms to a typical offshore structure where multi-layered waterfall structure is created to hide the actual owner.

On 27th May, United Overseas Bank, based in Singapore has closed all accounts of Speak Asia.

Our bank account in Singapore has not been frozen… we are only moving our company account to another bank. We are approaching and evaluating various other banks in Singapore from where we will soon be able to disburse the payments to all panelists,Speak Asia said in a statement.

Here’s a complete analysis done by Vijay at India Forums. Interesting. Must read!

For over a year, Speak Asia has collected Rs. 11,000 from lakhs of people assuring them of high returns within months, but not sure how far it is true. If you’re planning to register, then I suggest you not to do so. Looking at the analysis, it can be scam. You never know!

Please share this across with all your friends and alert the ones who have already registered.


Micromax Launches The Android Powered Bling 2 For Rs.8,999

Micromax recently launched the Android powered Bling 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Micromax Bling smartphone. The Micromax Bling 2 runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

This handset is specially targeted at the fashion-savvy women mobile users. Micromax Bling 2 is decorated with Swarovski Zirconia in the front and back panels. Check out the complete specs below.

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Micromax Bling 2 Specifications:

  • 2.8 inch multi-touch capacitive display
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • GPS enabled
  • Micromax App Store
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • 150 MB internal memory
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh Li-ion battery

Micromax Bling 2 comes pre-loaded with some useful apps such as MiRoamer, Saavn, Mosho, Mundu Live, Whatsapp and much more. You will also get a white leather carry case enclosed with a compact mirror and special pouch. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999.

Airtel Finally Launches The iPhone 4 In India

Last month, Aircel and Airtel announced that, the much awaited iPhone 4 will be launched soon in India. Finally after waiting for a month, Aircel launched the iPhone 4 in India. And now, Airtel joined the bandwagon and finally announced the launch of iPhone 4. Aircel’s postpaid plans offers a great discount, but the Airtel’s postpaid plan offers a monthly discount of Rs.1000 for 24 months. So, the Airtel’s postpaid plan helps you to save up to Rs.24,000 in a span of 2 years.

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Announcing the launch, Mr. Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, As 3G services drive the next wave of growth in the country’s telecom industry, iPhone 4 on Airtel’s exceptional high-speed network will provide customers with a truly mobile 3G experience at affordable service offerings”.

iPhone 4 comes with 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution, Apple’s A4 chip, iOS 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more. iPhone 4 allows you to access more than 500,000 apps from the App Store. The 16 GB variant of iPhone 4 comes with a price tag of Rs.34,500, while the 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs.40,900.

Airtel’s postpaid plan for iPhone starts from Rs.600 and goes up to Rs.2000 per month. The Rs.600 monthly plan offers a discount of Rs.300 while the Rs.1000 plan offers a discount of Rs.1000 per month. On the other hand, the prepaid plan offers a maximum discount of Rs.907 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung will soon release its powerful “superphone”, the Galaxy S II in India. Which handset you are planning to buy? Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Google Debuts “Street View” In India; Starting From Bengaluru

“Street View” is one of the many projects from Google that lets you check out places around the world with the help of 360-degree street-level images. This feature is available inside Google Maps. Street View has already been under the scanner of various Govt. agencies in the 27 countries where the service is currently available. Google has now announced the launch of the “Street View” service in India too.

“Street View” will debut in Bengaluru and after which it will make it’s way into other major Indian cities. However, you won’t be able to see any imagery as of now as the service has just been started in India and Google will have to take pictures and compile the database first. Once the collection process is over, the entire city of Bengaluru will be available on your desktop or mobile device!

Here is an image of some vehicles from Google Street View’s fleet of vehicles which will used to scan the images of various parts of the city. In the image you can see a tricycle and two Chevrolet Captiva SUVs. Note the special camera at the top of the vehicles which will be used to capture the images.

Via Google India Blog

Vodafone Launches 3G Services In Kolkata

After waiting for almost a year, Vodafone finally launched its 3G services earlier this year in India. Tata Docomo was the first operator to launch its 3G services in India, followed by Aircel, Reliance, Idea and Airtel. Last week, Vodafone launched its 3G services in Uttar Pradesh. And now, Vodafone went ahead and launched its 3G services in Kolkata circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Sridhar Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Essar East Limited said, We expect a strong uptake and high demand for these 3G Services and we welcome all our subscribers to faster, smarter, better world of Vodafone 3G.

vodafone 3g

Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone is expected to launch 3G services in the remaining circles, by the end of this month.

Vodafone offers video calling, high definition gaming and fast internet to their subscribers, along with exclusive access to retransmission of live IPL matches and streaming of entertainment and other content on their smartphones. Vodafone Mobile Internet plans is available at a minimum price of Rs 100 for postpaid and Rs.103 for prepaid subscribers, which offers 100 MB of free data usage. On the other hand, the Mobile Broadband plans is available at a minimum price of Rs.650 for 1 GB of free data usage.

Vodafone also offers local and STD video calling at Rs.3/min. Customers can also enjoy live TV with a subscription pack at Rs 150 monthly or Rs 7 daily.

Samsung Galaxy S II Launched In India For Rs.32,890

Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S II at an event in New Delhi. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The powerful Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core application processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II

This handset features a new Live Panel service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customizable home-screen. Samsung Galaxy S II comes with the WiFi Direct technology, which allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points.

Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800×480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 3D user interface, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC (Near Field Communication) and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II will be exclusively available at Vodafone Stores from June 3 and at other retail stores from June 9. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.32,890. Vodafone also offers 1 GB of 2G/3G data for the first 6 months, with the purchase of this smartphone. Are you planning to buy this amazing smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

MAXX Mobiles Launches The MAXX GLO MX388 Gaming Phone

MAXX Mobiles recently launched the a new gaming phone MAXX GLO MX388. This handset comes with more than 250 preloaded games and dedicated gaming buttons. MAXX GLO MX388 is specially targeted at youngsters and mobile gaming enthusiasts in India. This handset is packed with games across categories like action, racing, puzzles, adventure, fighting, shooting and sports.

Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group says, Gaming has developed at a rapid rate in India and we expect significant growth in the coming years. The tech-savvy Indian youth are now demanding entertainment at their fingertips even when on the move. We would like to take advantage of this trend by reaching out to the Indian youth with yet another cost-effective mobile phone that promises to satisfy their craving for mobile gaming.

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MAXX mobile phones have always been known for being value-for-money. We never cease to innovate for our customers basis their needs,concludes Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group, MAXX Mobiles aims to be recognized as a brand that personifies not only quality at affordable prices, but also as a strong service backup. Currently, MAXX has a strong network of service centers already operational across India to ensure every customer gets the best service.

MAXX GLO MX388 comes with a Dedicated gaming buttons, 250 preloaded game, 3 changeable A-cover shell, 1.3 megapixel camera, 8 GB expandable memory, MP3/MP4 player, FM Radio, Bluetooth, JAVA enabled, Free 2 GB memory card and a 800 mAh battery. It comes with different games such as Super Mario, Pacman, Race, Trojan, Battle City, etc.

MAXX GLO MX388 will be made available in Mumbai first, followed by other cities in India. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.2361. Are you planning to buy this entry-level gaming phone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Uninor Announces The ‘Super Cool Summer’ Offer

Uninor recently launched the Super Cool Summer offer. This offer is available only to Uninor customers in Andhra Pradesh. The new promotional offer will help it’s customers to fight the soaring temperatures by winning gifts such as AC’s and coolers. This offer will run for 10 days, starting from May 22 to May 31, 2011. Uninor subscribers can also win other exciting consumer durables and goodies every day, just by recharging their pre-paid Uninor number.

uninor logo

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Satish Kumar Kannan, Business Head – AP Circle, Uninor said, “We have always been striving to delight our existing customers through constant innovation and excitement. This time we have gone a step further by not just rewarding them through free minutes but through quality products that will help them beat the Hyderabad summer heat! On a simple recharge of Rs. 198 – Uninor’s flagship product, we are giving away AC’s, Microwaves, Coolers and travel bags as prizes to 140 lucky customers across AP selected through a daily draw over 10 days.”

To win these amazing gifts, Uninor subscribers will need to recharge their Uninor number with Rs.198 recharge voucher in the next 10 days. Uninor subscribers will automatically receive recharge benefits such as 42,000 local seconds and 1,20,000 local Uninor to Uninor seconds. After recharging with Rs.198 recharge voucher, Uninor subscriber will become eligible for a daily lucky draw that has consumer durables such as ACs, Summer Coolers, Microwaves and goodies such as travel bags as its reward. Selected customers in Andhra Pradesh circle will also win assured free STD minutes.

Hiox India Launches Indiaballot.com – Live Election Results At Your Fingertips

Wouldn’t it be good if you get the consolidated results, of the government elections happening in your state, at one place? If you feel this is true then here is something you may be interested in. Hiox India – a web services company, has launched a website called Indiaballot.com. The website currently has full reports and results of the Assembly elections in India including all the data for the five states where Assembly elections took place recently.

The website nicely structured with all the election data categorized under the respective states. There is also a search feature which you can use for finding information about a party or alliance wise, district wise and constituency wise information of parties from any state in the country.

Among other things, indiaballot.com has information about the number of contestants from each party or alliance, along with the name of the candidates, who participated in the election and number of candidates who won or lost are recorded. Another website which has been profiling similar information is myneta.info. It will be interesting to see how these websites profile the info for better use during elections.

India Ranks 21st Among 25 Developing Nations On The Broadband Connectivity Scorecard

The broadband internet connection scenario in India is deteriorating gradually. If you are finding hard to believe this then you do not have any other option than believing this. India ranks very poorly on the list of 25 developing nations which were the part of a new global report as compiled and published by Nokia Siemens Networks.

Here are a few noteworthy points from the report:

  • India’s broadband penetration rate, which is measured as number of subscribers per 100 households is around one eighth of the rate that has been achieved in China.
  • India does not perform well even when it comes to Mobile internet penetration and lies behind even the Latin American countries when it comes to Mobile internet.
  • India has a score of 1.25 on the Broadband Connectivity Scorecard whereas Malaysia and Chile have have got a score of 6 which almost 4 times that of India’s score.
  • The four countries which India ranks ahead of are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Kenya respectively.

Akamai Technologies, an internet company that addresses problems associated with the Internet such as performance, security and scalability has found out in a separate report that there has been a 9.1% overall decrease in internet connection speeds. By the end of 2010, almost 35 per cent of all internet connections in India metered an average speed of 256 kbps.

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