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MTS Launches “Unlimited MBlazer” Mobile Broadband Service

MTS-Mobile-Broadband MTS has achieved 5 million subscribers in India, and it is marking the occasion by launching a new mobile broadband plan dubbed the “Unlimited MBlazer”. Speaking on the occasion, Vsevolod Rozanov, the President and CEO of MTS’s parent company Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited said, Five million subscribers have given us a special place in Indian telecom sector and we are determined to offer them new voice and data products, further enriching their telecom experience.

The Unlimited MBlazer offer is available to existing and new MTS customers and provides unlimited high-speed mobile broadband connectivity. Of course, like most broadband plans in India, there is a catch. If you happen to use more than 15 GB of bandwidth, your connection will be downgraded to CDMA 1x. In other words, your connection speed will be reduced to 144 Kbps (from 3.1 Mbps) for the rest of the month.

In case you don’t mind opting for a high speed broadband connection, which can’t be used for downloading large files, you will have to shell out Rs. 999 per month (in form of an e-recharge).

Karbonn K777 Launched in India for Rs.4,500

Karbonn-K777 Karbonn Mobiles has launched its newest budget mobile phone and as you may have already guessed, it is a dual SIM ready handset. The Karbonn 777 is hoping to make an impression on potential buyers with its sleek and stylish body and all around feature set.

The candy bar styled handset weighs 95g and measures in at 115 X 50 X 10.7 mm. Its 240×320 resolution, 2.4 inch QVGA screen is capable of displaying 262K colours.

When it comes to multimedia, Karbonn has covered its bases and all the basic features are present. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera capable of snapping pictures and recording videos, along with a media player does more than what is required from a budget phone. MP3, MIDI, AMR and WAV audio formats, and MP4 and 3GP video formats are supported. FM player is also included.

Karbonn K77 bundles Opera Mini for browsing the web, however social networking widgets and apps – which are a commonplace these days, are surprisingly absent. Fortunately, more Java apps can be downloaded from the web.

Other significant features include Mobile Tracker, expandable memory up to 8 GB, talktime of 3-3.5 hours and standby time of 250 hours and phonebook memory with up to 2000 contacts.

The K777 is now available for Rs. 4,500.

Nokia 2690 Launched in India for Rs. 3,700

Nokia-2690 Back in April, Nokia had announced the 2690 along with a slew of other budget phones aimed at the Indian market. At that time, we had stated that the Nokia 2690 houses all the standard features you have come to expect from a budget phone and then some more.

The attractively designed 2690 is available in four colours: hot pink, graphite, blue and white silver. Its 1.8 inch TFT display supports 262K colours at a resolution of 128 X 160 pixels. It is a GPRS and EDGE enabled handset with a capable MP3 player and FM radio. The handset comes with 15MB of inbuilt memory, which can be expanded up to 8GB (microSD).

Besides supporting SMS, MMS, email and social networking, Nokia 2690 also bundles Nokia Life Tools, which is an SMS based VAS (value added service) aimed at rural India.

We had initially expected the handset to retail for around Rs. 2,700. While that would have been an absolutely killer price, Nokia has chosen to offer it for a MRP of Rs. 3,700. At this price point, the 2690 will face stiff competition, but Nokia is probably betting on its reliability and reputation to sway undecided customers in its favour.

Samsung B7722 Duos Announced: Coming to India Soon

While cheap dual SIM phones are a dime a dozen, high end dual SIM devices are still somewhat of a rarity. The just launched Samsung B7722 Duos attempts to address this deficiency. It is a GSM phone in which one SIM can run on 3G while the other must operate on GPRS/EDGE.

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The full touch Duos deploys a 3.2 inch touchscreen with 256K colors and 240 x 400 pixels. It has a capable 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash, which snaps pictures at a resolution of 2592Ñ…1944, and records QVGA videos at 30fps. As expected from a high end phone, the B7722 supports plenty of multimedia formats including MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, MP4, H.263 and H.264. Although it lacks GPS support, Google Maps and Mobile tracker are included. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Push Email, Instant Messaging and MicroSD cards up to 8 GB are also supported.

The Duos will cost $510 in the US and is slated to be launched later this month in Sweden. It’s not known when it will be launched in India, but it is expected to cost around Rs. 23,000.

Vodafone will Bring iPhone 4 to India

It’s no secret that Apple has never been bullish about the Indian market. As a result, Indians looking to buy Apple products have often ended up getting a raw deal. While iPhone 3GS was announced last year, Indians had to wait until April ’10 to get their hands on it.

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The good news is that Apple has promised to roll out iPhone 4 to 88 countries within September and India is among one of them. Vodafone has also confirmed that it will launch the newest iPhone in India “in the coming months”.

Although, this is good news for fans anxious to get their hands on the drool worthy gadget from Apple’s stable, don’t expect it to be cheap. The initial price of iPhone 4 will probably start from Rs. 35,000, with the more spacious models (16 GB and 32 GB) costing in excess of Rs. 40,000. The iPhone 3GS is expected to replace the ageing iPhone 3G models.

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S: Coming to India Soon

The Samsung 1900 Galaxy S is shaping up to be a killer Android phone. It is a beast of a device, powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU and 512 MBs of RAM. The 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixel resolution offers superb clarity even under daylight, while the 5 camera is capable of capturing high resolution (2592 x 1944) images and HD videos (720p at 30fps). Early reviews of the handset have been overwhelmingly positive. GSMArena even suggested that it is the best Android device yet.

We tested the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and it tested us in return. It bared its teeth at us and so did we. Ours was a grin. Easy boy, good beast. There goes the new leader of the Android pack. The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has oomph to spare and even hardened geeks like us cannot help but acknowledge its compelling power.

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It’s not just the hardware that makes Galaxy a compelling package. It will initially ship with Android 2.1, but will be updated to Froyo at some point in the future. To make things even sweeter, Samsung is using its proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, which adds numerous usability enhancements. On top of it, the Galaxy S has an excellent selection of pre-installed applications including Swype predictive text input, file manager, image and video editor and document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF).

The Galaxy is also a formidable multimedia device. It provides excellent codec support and is capable of playing MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC audio files and MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video files. The camera app has all the fancy features including autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and face and smile detection.

The good news is that the Galaxy S is expected to hit the Indian shores in early June. The price remains unknown; however, a behemoth like this won’t come cheap.

Lemon Duo 401: Stylish Dual SIM Phone with Large TFT Screen for Rs. 3,699

Dual SIM mobile phones seem to be the the in-thing at the moment. We have had a flurry of dual SIM mobile phone launches over the past few months. Now, Lemon Mobiles has added another impressive handset to the ever growing list.

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The Lemon Duo 401 is a stylish handset with a metallic finish and a 2.6 inch TFT screen having a resolution of 176×220. The dual SIM (GSM+GSM) handset has all the basic features you can expect from a phone in its price range. It is capable of playing MP3, MP4, 3GP and AVI audio and video files. The GPRS enabled device supports up to 2GB of expandable memory (microSD) and features FM radio, voice recorder, USB connectivity and up to 500 phone book entries. It also has a some unique features like shake for music, which can be used to change tracks by simply shaking the handset. The battery is capable of providing up to 4 hours of talk time and 360 hours of standby time.

Mr. Gopal Kalra, Director of Lemon Mobiles, said, What sets Lemon’s offering apart, however, is the zeal to equip the masses with the best handsets at the best value for money. The pricing for the categories have been kept in sync with this ideology”.

Indeed, the Lemon Duo 401 is attractively priced at Rs. 3,699. In spite of having only a VGA camera, Lemon is a smart option for budget conscious buyers looking for a stylish dual SIM handset.

Samsung Launches Star Nano 3G – Stylish Touchscreen Phone For the Masses

The 3G spectrum auction in India is over and 3G is well on its way. If you are going to buy a new phone, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a 3G enabled one. The good news is that thanks to stiff competition in the mobile segment, the cost of 3G phones has been dropping rapidly.

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Samsung has just unveiled their latest handset for the Indian market – Star Nano 3G S3370. Nano is a stylish, 3G enabled phone with a 2.6-inch touchscreen and a curvilinear design. Nano sports Samsung’s Touchwiz 2.0 interface with 4 page menus like the Corby series of phones. As expected, it bundles a nice selection of social apps including Google Talk, Palringo Chat and AIM. Nano provides quick access to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube out of the box.

The 1.3-mega pixel camera is nothing to boast about, but given the phone’s price one can’t really complain. Nano comes equipped with a 2 GB memory card and can support up to 16 GB of expandable memory. Other features include Microsoft Active Sync, Google push email service and sync calendar.

Priced at just Rs. 7,320 the Start Nano 3G S3370 an enticing option for budget conscious buyers looking for an enjoyable touchscreen phone.

G-Fone 571 – Feature-packed Full QWERTY Handset with Dual SIM Support for Rs. 3,999

Telecom Talk is reporting that the G-Fone 571 has finally launched in India. The G-Fone 571 is a dual SIM, full QWERTY handset, which offers an impressive feature-set.

It is equipped with a 208 Mhz processor, which can flawlessly playback MP4 videos on its 2.2-inch, 64k colours QVGA Display. The G-Fone boasts of plenty of other features including FM radio playback, FM recording, MP3 audio playback and audio recording. The 1.3 megapixel camera with flash takes care of photography as well as video recording. The G-Fone 571 even includes a motion sensor and a mobile tracker.

The G-Fone bundles Snaptu and Nimbuzz to take care of your social needs. Since, it supports JAVA you can always install additional apps. Unfortunately, the G-Fone is strictly GPRS only and doesn’t offer EDGE support.

If that is not a deal breaker for you, then G-Fone 571 is indeed worth considering. It has a lot of things going for it including Dual SIM support, QWERTY keypad, PC sync, expandable memory up to 8 GB and an impressive list of built-in apps. The G-Fone is a pretty sweet deal at just Rs. 3,999.

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G-Fone 571 Specifications

General Information
Form Factor: Bar
Dimensions :112X62.5X12.2 MM
Operating Frequency: GSM 900, 1800
Key Pad: QWERTY keypad
Dual Sim: Yes

Display
Color: 2.2 inches QVGA , 262K Colors
Size: 320 X 240 px

Multimedia
Camera: 1.3 Mega Pixels Camera
Video Player: 3GP, MP4
FM: FM Radio with Recording
Music: AAC, AMR

Data
GPRS: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Edge: No
Infra Red: No
Salespack: Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card

Simply Unlimited CDMA Plan from Reliance Offers Monthly Unlimited Calls

Reliance-Unlimited-CDMA-Calls Reliance Communication (R-Com) has launched a new tariff model for its pre-paid customers, which offers unlimited talktime for a flat monthly fee. The ‘Simply Unlimited CDMA’ offer is available in two flavours:

Simply Unlimited CDMA Local Pack: The local pack offers unlimited local calls to any Reliance phone (CDMA, GSM and Landline) as well as virtually unlimited local free calls to any other network. STD calls to any network will be charged at Rs. 0.50 per minute.

Simply Unlimited CDMA National Pack: The national pack offers unlimited calls (STD as well as Local) to any R-com phone in India, along with virtually unlimited calls to other networks.

The Local pack costs Rs. 299 per month, while the STD pack is available for a monthly rental of Rs. 599.

Most of you are probably wondering what R-com means by virtually unlimited calls. It is nothing but a misleading PR jargon. According to Medianama, what Reliance actually means by virtually unlimited calls is that subscribers will be getting 30 minutes of free calls per day or 900 minutes of free calls per month. If you exceed the 30 min of free talktime/day, you will be charged at Rs. 0.50 per minute.

Samsung Guru 1175 Launched in India for Rs. 1690

Guru 1175, the latest low-end mobile phone from Samsung, has been launched in India. Speaking on the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Director, Mobile & IT, Samsung Indian Electronics Pvt. Ltd said, “The new, stylish Guru 1175 is a valuable addition to the popular Guru series of Samsung phones in the essential phone segment”.

The newest Guru handset offers an interesting mix of features including torch light, advanced mobile tracker, fake call, bike mode, Indian calendar and SOS messages. When “bike mode” is enabled, you will only receive calls from a select few contacts. Everyone else will automatically get a busy tone.

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The stylish and ergonomic Guru 1175 has a 1.52-inch CSTN screen with 65K colours and measures in at 108.5×45.95×14.4 mm. All the standard features like FM Radio, MP3 ringtones, regional language input (with support for 9 regional languages) are present. Thanks to the inbuilt 1 MB memory, Guru 1175 is capable of storing 1000 contacts and 500 SMS messages. The 1000 mAh battery should provide up to 12 hours of talktime, 23 hours of FM radio playback and 38 hours of torch light.

The mobile segment in India has been growing at an explosive rate and everyone wants a piece of the cake. Guru is decently priced, looks good and even more importantly, it has a few unique gimmicks. Overall, if promoted well, Guru 1175 has the potential to be a winner for Samsung.

Nokia X2 Offers 5-megapixel Camera, Dual Speakers and Social Networking

Nokia has just announced the X2 and if the spec sheets are any indication, Nokia may have a winner in its hands. The X2 is a candybar handset with a 2.2-inch QVGA screen and measures in at just 13mm thin and 81g light.

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This handset has plenty to please everyone. Music lovers will appreciate the dual speakers, dedicated music keys, 3.5mm headphone jack and FM stereo, while snaphappy folks will love the 5-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. For the net-addicts there is Facebook widget and Nokia Messaging. Whilst the former provides direct access to the social networking site from the home screen, the later takes care of email and Instant Messaging.

Other features include Ovi Player PC for transferring songs from you PC over USB 2.0, Ovi Store for getting quick access to Nokia apps, up to 16GB of storage via microSD card and Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless music enjoyment.

Nokia X2 is expected to be launched in June. According to the official announcement, it will be available for an estimated retail price of €85 before taxes and subsidies. We are hoping that this translates to a street price in the range of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 6000.

Micromax C350 – Cost Effective CDMA Phone

Earlier in the day, we took a look at Micromax W900 – a Windows Mobile powered phone, which costs just Rs. 7,000. In case you are looking for something even cheaper, this Micromax offering should interest you.

Micromax C350 is a CDMA handset with 2.0 mega-pixel camera, motion sensor, MP3 player and expandable memory up to 4 GB. It is an OMH (Open Market Handsets) compliant handset. OMH (Open Market Handsets) is an initiative led by the CDMA Development Group, which provides the consumers the flexibility of changing his SIM card whenever he wishes.

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Micromax is well known for its competitive price points and this phone is no different. The GPRS enabled Micromax C350 is available for Rs.4500.

Micromax W900 – Windows Smartphone for Just Rs. 7,000

Over the past year, the cheap smartphone category has been growing by leaps and bounds. Stylish phones like Samsung Corby managed to grab the imagination of the young generation and have become runaway hits. However, Micromax is taking a slightly different route and is concentrating on functionality over style.

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Micromax W900 is an impressive offering, which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1. Under the hood of W900 lies a competent K3 Hi3611 460MHz processor coupled with 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM. The handset is bundled with a 2 GB microSD card; however, cards up to 16 GB are supported. Besides the standard Windows Mobile features such as Microsoft Office, Active Sync and Pocket SMS, W900 also includes some handy goodies such as Maps powered by MapmyIndia.

Sure, Micromax may not be able to offer the smooth experience we have come to expect from big names like Nokia and Samsung. However, Win Mo has numerous benefits and there are very few Windows Mobile phones in the sub-10k price range. This alone makes Micromax W900 a handset to seriously consider.

Micromax W900 Specification

Weight:113g
Dimensions: 112*55*14.2mm
Display: 262K, 3.2 inchesWQVGA.
Camera: 2.0 MP CMOS with Flashlight
Music: Multi Format Music Player (MP3 / AMR / MIDI / WMA)
Video Player: WMV/WMA/Mp4/H.263/AVI
Operating system: Windows Mobile 6.1
GPS: Yes, with maps from MapmyIndia
Motion Sensor: Yes
WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
Messaging: Yes, SMS/MMS/EMS/Email
EDGE/GPRS/WAP/MMS: Yes, EGPRS (Class10)
Expandable Memory: MicroSD (upto 16GB)
Battery Type: Li-ion 1500mAh
Talk Time: Up to 5 hours
Standby Time: Up to 480 hours

Airtel World SIM Offers Cheap International Roaming Facility

If you have to frequently travel overseas, you will love the next bit of info. Airtel has announced a new World SIM for international travellers, which will significantly slash roaming charges.

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Currently, a one-minute incoming call in the US costs Rs. 100, while a one-minute outgoing call from the US costs Rs. 150. With World SIM, you will have to pay only Rs. 10 and Rs. 41 respectively for the same services.

The benefit of World SIM over international calling cards (like the ones offered by Matrix) is that you are able to retain your original phone number. For the subscribers of Airtel World SIM, the same SIM will work in all the country,said Shireesh Joshi, director — marketing (mobile services), Bharti Airtel.Airtel World SIM will cost Rs. 500. If it takes off, expect similar services from other telecom operators.