Airtel Launches The International Video Calling Services In India

Earlier this year, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. Airtel 3G comes with the video calling, Mobile TV, video streaming, music download and many more services. The company recently launched the international video calling services in India. This service allows you to make international video calls and interact face-to-face with your friends and families living abroad.

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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. This service is available only for 3G customers living in these telecom circles. You will be charged 5 paisa per second for video calls to any number in India, but you will have to pay Rs. 14/min, for international video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh and other countries.

Atul Bindal, President MobileServices, Bharti Airtel said, At Airtel, it is our constant endeavor tointroduce services that enrich the lives of our customers. As we take the leadin launching International Video Calling on 3G in India, this marks the beginning ofa new era of next generation communication in the country – one that will helpmobile customers break the barrier of boundaries and instantly connect withtheir personal and business network across the world. Given the high demand ofvideo calling services seen since the launch of Airtel 3G services, we areconfident that our customers will see great value from the availability of thiscapability for international calls as well. We invite our 3 million plus Airtel3G customers to enjoy this exciting experience.

Airtel’s International Video Calling 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 UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman will be charged at Rs. 20 per minute.

Idea 3G Tariff Plans

After waiting for months, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. In the first phase, Idea 3G will be available only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. To activate 3G services on your 3G enabled smartphone, Idea subscribers will need to dial *147# or you can even SMS ACT3G to 12345.

Within few minutes, your 2G data plan will be de-activated and you will be shifted to the 3G Pay As You Godata plan. Idea offers 4 types of data plans – Sachet based, Time based, Usage based and Data rate cutter. Almost, all the telecom operators have provided free trial of their 3G services, but sadly, Idea does not provide any free data for trial. Check out the Idea’s 3G tariff plans below.

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Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Deputy Managing Director, Idea Cellular said, “3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and bring the sector on par with the most advanced telecom markets in the world. Beginning today, Idea subscribers will be the first in India to experience the Gold Standard in 3G services.”

To get the 3G settings on your 3G enabled smartphone, you will just need to SMS SET to 12345. You will get the settings within a minute. You can even video call with your friends and relatives for just 5p/sec (Rs.3/min). If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below.

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Idea Finally Launches 3G Services In India

All the major telecom operators have already started their 3G services in India. Last year, Tata Docomo and Reliance communications launched their 3G followed by Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone in the Q1 of 2011. Idea subscribers were eagerly waiting for the launch of 3G from last few months. And today, Idea finally launched its 3G services in India. Idea 3G signals are currently live only in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh circle.

Speaking about the 3G network rollout, Mr. Ambrish Jain, Director Operations, Idea Cellular, said: “Beginning with MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and HP, Idea’s 3G services will expand in a progressive manner to provide expansive coverage across 4,000 towns by year end. Idea will target areas of industrial and commercial activity, centres of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands where broadband is yet to make a breakthrough. Idea has set up the most extensive customer service network to educate customers on 3G and support their requirements, across the country.”

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Idea has also unveiled a new 3G logo. Idea has set up ‘Experience Kiosks’ to provide a flavour of the services that customers can opt for. These will be available to all users at select ‘My Idea’ stores. Idea 3G services will be available in 200 towns by mid-April 11. Idea is planning to grow at the rate of 10 towns per day. Idea will coverr 750 towns by mid 2011 and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12.

Idea Cellular had won 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Idea has also selected Nokia Siemens as their 3G partners.

Idea offers peak speed of up to 21 Mbps on 3G handsets. It also allows you to download latest songs, watch videos on YouTube, update status on Facebook, download movies, view photos, play HD games and much more. Idea has introduced Time based Billing plan and Sachet plan. The time based plans all you to download unlimited data for a certain period of time. The sachet plan is basically a trial package, introduced to promote their 3G services. We will soon post the complete 3G plans and offers. Stay tuned for more info.

TRAI To Fine Telemarketers Rs. 2.5 Lakhs for Unwanted SMS and Calls

Looks like the unwanted calls from telemarketers is finally going to end soon. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published the new guidelines for telemarketing companies who call you for anything from a house loan to sell a credit card.

According to the new guidelines published by TRAI, telemarketers will be provided with a new set of numbers which start with "70". This will make it easier for users to identify telemarketing calls before they even pick the phone up.

Also telemarketers will have compulsorily register for the new numbers or else they will be fined anywhere between Rs 25000 and Rs 2.5 lakhs. Also you will not have to worry more about late night calls, since the new TRAI regulations state that there should be no telemarketing calls between 9PM and 9AM.

Overall the new TRAI guidelines will definitely provide relief to consumers who are subjected to unwanted calls. The new guidelines will go into effect start January 2011.

If you do not want to receive any calls at all you can register yourself for the Do Not Call service with your mobile operator.

3G Is A Game Changer For India. What You Can Do With 3G In India.

My 3G LifeAfter a long wait which was frustrating, India will finally get access to 3G services in the next few months. India has been missing on 3G which is a norm in countries like US and continents like Europe. 3G not only brings higher data transfer rate, but also better voice clarity. Another advantage of 3G is that it allows simultaneous usage of data and voice.

In India, data services have recently become popular thanks to heavy usage of social networking sites like and and video and picture sharing services like and . Another important reason behind this is the introduction of cheap data plans from many telecom operators like Tata DoCoMo.

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3G services were launched in India by BSNL in late 2009-early 2010. Since BSNL is known for its poor network, I never bothered to check out how their 3G service was. Recently, the 3G spectrum auction was concluded in India, and most of the telecom operators will be launching 3G services in India by this year-end or early next year. The first private operator to launch 3G in India will be Tata DoCoMo. Tata DoCoMo is a merger of Japan’s NTT DOCOMO and India’s very own Tata. Tata DOCOMO has promised to launch 3G by Diwali (November 5) in India. You can find more information about 3G at

Tata DOCOMO is no stranger to innovation in the Indian telecom industry. Tata DOCOMO were among the first private operators in India to announce the per second calling scheme. The company has in a very short span of time managed to get a lot of customer and appreciation due to the reliability of its services.

The advantages of living a 3G life are many. Apart from the thousands of features about 3G which you have heard thousands of time I will list a few lesser known but equally useful features below –

Live TV/News On The Go

Indian Cricket Mobile

A 3G Life will allow me to watch live sports on the go on my mobile phone. I can watch all those cracking shots from Sachin Tendulkar or watch the beautiful goal scored by Rooney. Thanks to 3G, I will never miss all those exciting nail biting moments of a match while I am on the move. I can easily watch them on my 3G phone like HTC Desire.

Also, I would not miss watching my favorite news channels online without having to wait to get to a TV to catch on a breaking news, disaster or good news. It would make my life much more easier to watch videos on the go, without having to worry about the quality

Access Email and Documents Quickly and Easily


In my 3G life, I will be able to access emails and documents quickly on the go, making use of several internet enabled document creation services like , Zoho and Microsoft’s to instantly create documents, all from the comfort of my phone.

If I realize that I have made a mistake in a presentation I am going to present, I can use 3G to quickly make changes to it while I am on my way to the venue itself. No more fumbling with the presentation just moments before presenting it.

Mobile Access Point

Being a blogger, it has happened to me many times that my net has stopped working during an important online tech event or while covering some breaking news. In my 3G life, I can simply use my phone as an Access Point by tethering internet to my laptop or PC and then get back online and finish my important blog post. Since 3G provides very high data transfer rates, I won’t miss the speeds of my wired or wireless net connection at all.

Video Streaming


In my 3G life, I can stream videos right from my PC located at my home to any device irrespective of my location. This would allow me to share some precious videos with my friends and/or relatives whenever I meet them. The joy of recalling all those crazy school and college memories by watching those videos is only possible in my 3G Life because of the high download speeds offered by the 3G technology.

I can also use the 3G service to quickly record videos and share them online using services such as Qik. This would allow me to show people who matter to me things even when they are not around me.

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)

VOIP Calling

Thanks to the high bandwidth offered by 3G, I can use numerous VOIP applications on my phone in my 3G life. With the help of VOIP based applications like Skype and Fring I can talk to my dear ones at low costs, irrespective of their location. I can also have a video chat with them for free by using Yahoo Messenger Video Call feature or Google’s own Video Chat feature.

Access To More Information On The Go

Being a very active Twitter user, on the go, I have many times bumped across interesting tweets accompanied by a link. Most of the time, I have to favorite that tweet and read it later on when I have access to a faster net connection. All this, just because the slow speeds offered by GPRS will take ages to load the web page. In my 3G Life, I can simply click on the link in a tweet and read the article at that very moment.

Better Voice Clarity

Along with the above mentioned advantages of 3G, another important advantage of 3G which is rarely highlighted or marketed is that it brings better voice clarity. So in my 3G Life I can hear the voice of my dear and near ones clearly.


3G in India is no longer a dream, it is going to turn into reality pretty soon. With the help of 3G services, users from all across the country will have access to better features, high data transfer rates and better voice clarity.

Small businesses in India can take advantage of the 3G services to access their business on their phone, keep in touch with clients through email and quickly send documents to them without even having to have access to computers.

For people in rural areas where Internet has not yet reached, the 3G service will open a new mode of communication. Bloggers will also benefit and be able to do more things without having to worry about the bad internet connection in India. As for other people, they will have access to more entertainment and social networking on the go.

Is 3G life required in India. Absolutely yes, it is definitely going to be a game changer. I hope when Tata DOCOMO launches 3G in India by Diwali I will be able to live a true 3G Life.

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Nokia C6 Coming To India In September

Nokia C6, which is one of the most awaited phones in India will finally be launched in India in September. Nokia C6 has a 3.2 inch HD touchscreen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS and OVI Maps.

Nokia C6

Nokia C6 is a QWERTY based slider phone which has caught the imagination of people in India due to its fantastic features and low price. Nokia C6 also provides users with an option to use widgets on the home screen, so you can add a and widget and view all your social networking updates at a glance.

The C6 comes in two different colors – white and black and also has integration with instant messengers from Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN Messenger and others through OVI Chat. The phone also has a secondary camera for video calling and can be used to record videos too. A 2GB MicroSD card is included with the phone, however, you can also update the memory up to 16GB.

Nokia C6 is expected to be launched in India in the first week of September and will be sold for a price between Rs. 13,000 and Rs. 15,000.

(Source: PWI)

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Motorola Launches 5 Cheap Phones in India

Motorola which has been seeing declining sales in the Indian markets due to several other cheap mobile phone makers, has introduced 5 new cheap entry level handsets in India. The low cost handsets will be launched under the MOTOYUVA brand.

All the new Motorola handsets are priced between Rs. 1,490 and Rs. 2,890 and offer basic functionalities like color display, FM radio, USB port and memory slot. Motorola has unveiled the WX181, WX260, WX265, WX290 and WX295 phones in India.

MOTO WX181 Details


The MOTO W181 is the most basic of these devices and does not have a memory slot. The phone supports GSM 900/1800 and also has a Mini USB connection. In addition to that the phone also has a built-in FM Radio player. The display is 1.5 inches, 128×128 pixels and supports 65K colors. It also has support for midi ringtones, screensavers and . MOTO WX181 is the cheapest phone and will sell for Rs. 1,490.

MOTO WX260 Details


Unlike the MOTO W181, MOTO WX260 has a memory slot expansion through a MicroSD card and can store up to 800 address entries on the phone. The phone also has a FM radio player.  MOTO WX260 also has a 1.8 inch, 128×160 pixels display with 65K TFT. Data can be expanded up to 2GB using a MicroSD card.

MOTO WX260 supports midi and MP3 ringtones and also supports wallpapers. The phone is again a GSM 900/1800 and also supports GPRS Class 10 and Mini USB connectivity.

MOTO WX265 Details


MOTO WX265 is a "Flip phone" and is a bit advanced than the first two phones. It also has support MicroSD cards up to 2GB and also has Bluetooth connectivity. The phone also has FM Radio, GPRS Class 10 support and Mini USB connectivity. MOTO WX265 also comes with preloaded Games and support MP3 ringtones. The display of the MOTO WX265 is 65K TFT with a 1.8 inch, 128×160 pixels screen.

MOTO WX290 Details


MOTO WX290 is a advanced phone in the 5 phones released and has a VGA camera, along with support for Bluetooth connectivity, GPRS Class 10 support and USB Connectivity. MOTO WX290 also has support for a MicroSD card which can be expanded to 2GB. The display is same as the MOTO @X265 and it also has a built-in FM Radio and MP3 ringtones.

MOTO WX295 Details


MOTO WX295 is the most advanced phone of the lot and is a "Flip phone" with a VGA camera. Just like the other phones WX295 also has a MicroSD card support up to 2GB and Bluetooth connectivity. WX295 also has FM radio support and has games preloaded with the device. There are two displays on the phone and the internal is 1.8 inch, 128×160 pixels whereas the external display is 96×16 pixels.

Considering that Nokia is the king in the Indian market and people have lots of cheap options available along with several cheap Dual SIM phones in India, this strategy of targeting  lower end consumers by Motorola may help them gain more market share.

LG Cookie Zip Launched in India For Rs 8,299

LG has launched a new set of their Cookie phone line-up in India with Cookie Zip also known as LG 510. LG had earlier also launched Cookie Fresh and Cookie Plus in India. LG Cookie Zip will retail for Rs. 8,299.

LG Cookie Zip

LG Cookie Zip is a CDMA phone and has a 3 inch touchscreen display. Cookie Zip also has a 2MP camera with 2X digital zoom which cal also record videos. LG Cookie Zip boasts of fast download speeds and Live television using the EVDO platform.

Cookie Zip also includes usual smartphone features Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM radio, video messages, video streaming and more. Like with many other phones being launched in the Indian market, Cookie Zip comes integrated with social networking apps for , , MySpace and which is one of the biggest social networking site in India.

Cookie Zip comes with an internal memory of 72MB which can be expanded to 4GB with the help of a MicroSD card. LG also promises that Cookie Zip has a talk time of 5 hours and a standby time of over 150 hours. The phone will be available in retail markets soon and will be priced Rs. 8,299.

5 Billion Active Mobiles By 2010 End

There is no doubt that smartphones has exploded into the market making its way into the pockets of users and replacing several desktop and laptops in the process. Mobiles which were a replacement for landline phones have quickly grown from being a device you make a phone call from to becoming a device you can almost do pretty much everything with, at-least in a basic way.


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However, the mobile growth has not yet peaked and it will continue to grow in the coming years. According to a recent study by ABI Research, the total number of active mobile connections is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2010 end.

Most of the growth is expected to be registered in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. India, which has one of the largest mobile population had already crossed 529 million users sometime back and now has more than 600 million mobile subscribers. At the same time the Africa telecom industry has also been growing at an healthy pace.

In addition to this, developing nations like India and Africa also have several choices with low-end handsets being launched there every day. This in turn makes it easier for people to get their hands on a mobile phone. The 5 billion mobile mark will definitely be a huge milestone, considering that 5 billion people may not even have access to broadband internet.

This number might grow significantly in future when more internet tablets are launched. Though internet devices may not be mobile phones, they are pretty close to the features you can find in one. However, the smartphone growth may not be as dramatic in developing nations due to the cost.

(Network World via Techmeme)

Oscar Electronics Launches 10 Dual SIM Phones in India

It looks like India is getting a lot of attention these days with lot of global and local mobile manufacturers introducing mobile phones and smartphones into the market.

Oscar Mobile Phones

Oscar Electronics is one such new entrant into the Indian telecom industry, and they have unveiled 10 new Dual SIM phones in the Indian market. Most of the Oscar phones will be low-end and will be priced between Rs. 1,700 and Rs. 4,500.

Most of the Oscar mobile phones will have multimedia options which include FM Radio, MP3 and video playback along with a decent camera to take pictures. Oscar will be launching mobile phones named N1, N2, J1, J2, J3, J4, K2, K3 and Z1.

Oscar phones will also be social networking capable which is what many users want these days and some of the phones will also sport a QWERTY keyboard. Oscar phones will be available in Northern India and the rest of the country for a price between Rs. 1,700 and Rs. 4,500.