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.

Airtel Introduces ‘Live Aarti’ Service For Religious Devotees

Religion sells and Airtel knows it. Bharti Airtel has introduced a new VAS (value added service) called Live Aarti, which offers daily live pujas and aartis directly from the shrines.

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At the moment, Airtel is offering live Pujas and Aartis from Tirupati Balaji, Sidhi Vinayak, Shirdi Sai Baba and Bangla Sahib. More shrines including Golden Temple, Vaishno Devi, Kashi Vishawanath, Har Ki Podi, Nathdwara, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, and Puri Jagannath will be added in the near future.

Announcing the launch of the service, Mr. Shireesh Joshi, Director-Marketing, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, Airtel continues to innovate and bridge barriers through technology. Airtel Live Aarti is yet another initiative in this direction. Devotees across India can now listen to Aartis – LIVE from some of the holiest places of worship in India. This is a great demonstration of how technology can bridge physical distances and bringing experiences emotional and spiritual on the mobile at the click of a button.

The Live Aarti VAS comes with a one-time subscription fee of Rs. 5 and a daily charge of Rs. 2 per shrine. To subscribe you need to just call 55200 (Tirupati Balaji and Sidhi Vinayak), 55205 (Bangla Sahib) or 55222 (Shirdi Sai Baba) from your Airtel mobile phones.

Nokia Launches Four Dirt Cheap Handsets in India – Nokia 1280, 1616, 1800 and 2690

Nokia may be having a tough time elsewhere, but it is still the king of the hill when it comes to India – especially in the low-end mobile segment. Nokia 1100 and Nokia 1110 are iconic phones, which became a slam-dunk hit in India, thanks to their sturdy built and low cost. Now, Nokia has announced that it will be launching four more low cost models for Indian consumers.

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Nokia 1280 is the cheapest of the lot. In fact, it is the cheapest phone ever launched by Nokia. As you can expect, this phone is pretty thin on features. It utilises a monochrome display and includes a FM Radio as well as a torchlight. Nokia 1280 is expected to cost Rs. 1,200.

If you don’t want to go with a monochrome screen, then Nokia 1616 is your cheapest bet. This handset costs around Rs 1,600 and features a TFT screen with 65K colours.

Nokia 1800 costs around about two hundred bucks more than Nokia 1616, but it features some extra goodies including prepaid tracker, anti-scratch cover and dust-resistant keymat.

Nokia 2690 is the most feature packed phone among the four. It includes a VGA camera, MP3 Player, Bluetooth, EDGE and expandable memory up to 8GB (microSD). This handset is expected to retail for around Rs. 2,700.

Nokia 2690, Nokia 1800 and Nokia 1616 also offer Nokia Life Tools, which is an SMS based VAS (value added service) aimed at rural India.

LG GU285 and GU220 – Cheap And Attractive Entertainment Phones For Indian Consumers

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LG has launched two new slider phones for Indian consumers – the LG GU220 and the LG GU285. The 3G enabled GU285 is the more feature packed sibling. It sports a 5.6 cm screen along with a 1.3 megapixel camera. A secondary VGA camera is also present to facilitate self-portraits and video telephony. Other features include MP3 Player with equaliser, EDGE connectivity, up to 5 e-mail account support, and instant messaging clients.

The LG GU220 also features a 5.6 cm screen. However, it doesn’t support 3G and provides just a single VGA camera. Other features include FM recording and a talk time of 10 hours.

Sudhin Mathur, Business Group Head, Mobile Communications, LGEIL said, The new phones are an extension of our unique offerings in the Buzz series that promises to give our users benefits of mega multimedia for entertainment on the move. The extensive basket of features, make these phones a preferred choice for consumers who demand for more. As always, we promise to come up with more handsets that cater to varied needs of consumers.

Both the models are available in trendy and attractive designs. The LG GU285 is priced at Rs.6500 while the LG GU220 comes at Rs. 4500.

Videocon to offer Free local calls in Tamilnadu

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Videocon Mobile Service has announced free local calls for the Tamil Nadu Telecom circle. However, you need to recharge with Rs 99 to get it activated. This will allow you to make free local calls of 18 minutes from Videocon to Videocon and 15 minutes from Videocon to other networks. 18 and 15 minutes of free talk time are provided on a daily basis and the talktime will not be added to the next day’s value. You will lose talktime if you do not complete its daily quota of free calls.

Videocon also launched its GPRS/WAP services in TamilNadu dubbed as V-live and V-Internet. All the Videocon subscribers will receive GPRS Settings automatically to access the Internet. Browsing is free on V-live page and browsing to any other page is chargeable at 10p/10Kb.

If you are not from TamilNadu, do not worry as Videocon will soon cover your region. Videocon is all set to expand its services in next two months covering cities across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prasad and Maharashtra.

Via: Telecomtalk

Luminous enters mobile phone market with ‘Wynncom’ as flagship brand

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I am sure you must have heard of Luminous Power batteries and inverters. Now you are going to hear its mobile phones. The company has planned to offer its mobile handsets under the brand name of Wynncom’ under Wynn Telecom Limited.

Mr. Rakesh Malhotra, Co-Founder and Chairman, Wynn Telecom Ltd said,

This move is a part of the company’s strategy to offer more consumer products under the umbrella of convergence and the company aims to capture a place among the top brands

The company is all set to launch seven models of dual SIM handsets in the price range of Rs 5,000 in May this year. According to Wynn Telecom Ltd, the products will consist of Utility phones, Upgrade Phones and Youth Phones. Utility phones will feature long battery backups. The Wynncom upgrade series mobile phones will focus on multimedia. The Youth series mobile phones will feature QWERTY keypad, Instant Chat messengers and support for social networking applications.

Via: Telecomtiger

Samsung S5620 Monte Lands In India For Rs. 8,850

Samsung has launched the S5620 handset aka Samsung Monte in India for an affordable price of Rs 8,850. The 3G touchscreen phone which is powered by the Touch Wiz 2.0 OS by Samsung also has a 3.2MP camera and support for up-to 16GB microUSB card.

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Samsung S5620 Monte also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, giving users the ability to access several social networking sites including and through their internet connection.

Samsung Monte has a 3.0 inch wide-screen WQVGA display which will makes watching videos on the go a delight. The phone also comes with support for GPS. The best part about the phone though is it’s pricing which is pretty affordable in the Indian market.

A phone from Samsung selling for only Rs 8.850 definitely takes the cake and eats it too, to top it the phone is full of features which an everyday user would love to have. The only problem with the phone though is that the initial memory is only 200 MB so users would have to spend a few extra bucks to store videos and songs, but considering that phone memory is pretty cheap these days users won’t have to spend a lot more to add that.

Followed by Airtel, BSNL Doubles Broadband Speed of all Customers under Unlimited Plan

Recently Airtel announced that it will double the internet browsing speed for all its customers free of cost (i.e. if you have 256 kbps connection, it will automatically be converted to 512 kbps plan) and it seems like BSNL has followed Airtel’s strategy and has rolled a similar plan wherein broadband speed of all BSNL customers with any unlimited plan will be doubled without any extra charges.

BSNL Speedtest Results

As a proof, you can check out the speed test results of my 256 kbps unlimited plan on the image above. My home unlimited 256 kbps plan has automatically been upgraded to 512 kbps plan. Though, as per BSNL, this is just a promotional offer and will last until 26th April but, personally I am quite sure that this offer will be extended for an indefinite period considering the falling broadband tariffs of competing ISPs.

Besides this, BSNL also has several freebies for new dataone broadband customers such as waiver of activation charges, unlimited free data usage for first 15 days at a speed of 2 Mbps, etc.