Airtel HTC Smart: A Smart 3G Touchscreen Phone for Budget Conscious Buyers

Following closely on the heels of iPhone 3GS launch in India, Bharti Airtel has announced that it will be launching the HTC Smart in India.

Unlike most of its more feature packed siblings, the HTC Smart is not powered by Android or Windows Mobile. HTC has instead opted to go with Qualcomm Brew. Smart is a pleasant looking device featuring a 2.8-inch resistive display and a three mega-pixel fixed-focus camera.


One of the main attractions of this pretty little handset is Scenes, which are essentially different phone configurations that reflect different moods in your daily self. The user interface (UI) bears all the hallmarks of a HTC phone. It is charming and simply to use. The panel based UI does a good job at providing quick access to stuff that you require, while the contact manager neatly clubs together SMS, e-mail and Facebook communications.

Airtel will be selling the HTC Smart for Rs. 9,900, which is reasonable for a capable budget smartphone with 3G support.

While designing Smart, HTC obviously paid a lot of attention affordability. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that Smart is an inferior device. If you are looking for a 3G enabled budget smart phone, then this may be just be it.

Nokia Offers Free 12 Months Extended Warranty in India


Nokia has announced that it will be offering 12 months of extended warranty with every Nokia E-series and N-series handset. This offer is valid in India til April 13th and can be availed from any Nokia Priority dealer.

From the official website:

Now, all new Nokia E-Series and Nokia N-Series devices come to you with Free Nokia Care Protect – an extended warranty for 12 months worth Rs. 1,414 absolutely free. Hurry, the offer is valid only from March 13 to April 13, 2010.

Nokia Care Protect offers you:

Peace of mind:
After your Nokia Limited Warranty expires, you can receive repair and support for an additional 12 months – from set-up to help with new features to repair options.

No hidden or additional fees:
Nokia Care Protect covers all your support and repair needs.

In other words, you will be receiving 24 months of warranty instead of the usual 12 months. If you are planning to buy a Nokia device, don’t waste time and order it before this offer expires. Extended warranty on electronic goods always comes in handy.

Spice Introduces 12MP Camera Phone with 3x Optical Zoom

Camera phones have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. We have come a long way since the days of VGA camera phones. However, one feature that is yet to go mainstream is optical zoom. Now, Spice S1200 has joined the rank of elite few mobile phones that can brag about optical zoom.

The S1200 features a 12 mega-pixel camera with professional CCD sensor and boasts of numerous advanced camera functions including multiple face detection, smile shutter, auto focus, night vision, anti-shake, xenon flash and 24 preset capture modes. It is also quite capable when it comes to video recording and supports recording QVGA resolution video at 30 fps.


Besides the standard assortment of connectivity options (no Wi-Fi), the S1200 also includes TV out support (cables included), which allows it to be connected to standard television sets.

Speaking on the launch of Spice S-1200 Mr. Kunal Ahooja, Director and CEO, Spice Mobiles Ltd stated, “Photography is emerging as a fine art and expression of creativity. Our latest Picture Perfect series phone the 12MP S-1200 caters to this lifestyle need of good photography on the move”.

Although, optical zoom is possibly the biggest draw of this handset, it is also responsible for the unsightly appearance of S1200. High megapixel count does not automatically ensure great picture quality. However, if Spice’s optical sensor is even half-decent, the S1200 should be a commendable camera phone. At Rs 14,500, it is priced just right for the Indian market.

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Vodafone Will Also Sell iPhone 3GS in India

Vodafone-iPhone After Airtel, Vodafone has also announced that it will be offering the iPhone 3GS in India. However, don’t get too excited as Vodafone’s pricing is as ridiculous as Airtel’s.

The 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models of iPhone 3GS will retail for Rs.33,500, Rs.40,500 and Rs.47,500 respectively in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. In the rest of India, they will be available for Rs.29,500, Rs.35,500 and Rs.41,500 respectively.

Vodafone will be offering iPhone 3GS users three plans. Users opting for Plan 1 would be charged Rs. 799 per month and receive 249 minutes of voice credits and 250MB data credit. Plan 2 costs Rs. 999 per month and includes 299 minutes of voice credits with 600MB of data credit. Users can also opt for a basic plan, which costs Rs 100 per month and does not include any voice or data credits.

The iPhone is a fantastic phone; however, does it merit the outrageous sum that Airtel and Vodafone are demanding? We believe it does not. Unfortunately, the truth is that there is a certain section of Apple fans that will always go ahead and get their latest product, irrespective of the price tag. And, this is the section that Airtel and Vodafone are trying to take exploit with their absurd launch prices.

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Kareena Kapoor Is The New Brand Ambassador Of Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson has recently signed Kareena Kapoor as its new brand ambassador. The famous bollywood actress unveiled the new portfolio of phones including the most awaited Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Pro, Vivaz and Vivaz Pro. Earlier Hrithik Roshan was the brand ambassador of Sony Ericsson mobile phones in India.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hirokazu Ishizuka, Corporate Vice President & Head of Asia Pacific region said, “Being one of the most widely-followed youth-icons, Kareena matches the level of energy, vibrancy, passion and fun associated with Sony Ericsson, and thereby elevates the aspiration value of the brand. We are also extremely excited about re-energizing the digital space with Kareena, as we debut her social networking that will allow her to engage with the rapidly growing digitally-evolved fan-base over various social networking platforms.”

Kareena Kapoor said, “I am very happy to be associated with Sony Ericsson. I believe that Sony Ericsson truly represents the fusion of communication and entertainment in mobile device. I love my new feature rich Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 that allows me to easily keep in touch with my family and friends, while keeping myself entertained on the go.”

Recently, Spice Mobile signed Sonam Kapoor, LG Electronics signed Abhay Deol, Genelia Dsouza & John Abraham, Nokia signed Adah Sharma & Sharman Joshi and last but not the least Karrbon Mobiles signed Virender Sehwag & Gautam Gambhir to endorse their products in India.

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Videocon Gets Into Mobile Services – Promises Transparent Tarrifs

Videocon-Telecom-Mobile-Services-Provider The Indian mobile segment is growing at a phenomenal pace and Videocon – an international conglomerate based in India, wants a piece of it. It has announced that it will be joining an already crowded mobile services market under the banner of Videocon Telecom.

In spite of explosive growth of the mobile services segment, achieving profitability has become a daunting task for new comers due to the cutthroat competition. Videocon is obviously aware of the challenges it will be facing. Nevertheless, Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal N. Dhoot is confident that the company will break-even within two years.

Videocon will be investing Rs 14,000 crore over the next three years to build up its 2.75G EDGE GSM network. After its initial launch in Tamil Nadu, Videocon Telecom will rapidly expand over the next hundred days to cover hundred key cities across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prasad, Maharashtra and Mumbai.

According to Mr Dhoot, Videocon Telecom will offer an unprecedented sub-one-paisa effective tariff. Videocon Telecom wants to suit all pockets with tariff plans that are transparent and simple.

Increased competition is usually better for the consumer. The Indian mobile services market is not an easy one to getting into. However, if anyone can do it, Videocon can.

Zen Mobiles Launches Dual SIM X380 Mobile Phone

After the launch of a Dual SIM G-Fone G-588 CDMA/GSM phone in India for Rs. 5,799, India is seeing another low-end cheap Dual SIM GSM mobile phone being launched by Zen Mobiles, named X380.

Zen Mobile X380

X380 has some interesting features for a low-end phone including MP3 ringtones, loud stereo speaker, wireless FM radio, expandable memory of up-to 2GB, music player, support for multiple (dual) GSM SIM cards, color display and a torch.

According to ET, the phone will be targeted at tier II and tier III cities and will be priced at Rs. 1,399 which is pretty cheap considering the features it has. The phone will sell through over 200 distributors across the country.

Zen Mobiles MD Deepesh Gupta said:

With the launch of X380, Zen Mobiles has introduced a multimedia featured affordable handset to the Indian mobile users revolutionizing the market for handsets. Presently, we are targeting tier-II and tier-III cities since major chunk of growth lies in this sector only

The statement is definitely true considering that it packs all these features into the phone. Would you purchase the Zen Mobiles X380? You will find more information about the handset here.

7,00,000 IPL Videos Watched On Mobile Phone By Indians

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun and the cricket craze has taken over the nation. However, one interesting statistics that is bound to turn some heads is that 7,00,000 IPL videos were watched by Indians on the mobile phones.


The videos which are accessible all across India and can be accessed by dialing the toll free number 08 123 123 123 or by visiting  Nokia users accounted for 65% of the videos watched, followed by Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and accounting for 30%.

July Systems introduced the exclusive IPL on March 12, 2010 across India where users can access live ball-by-ball updates, action replays, video scorecards, cheerleader videos and more.

Speaking on the success of the IPL on MIX, Prem Bhatia, President , July Systems said:

The response from users in India has been astounding.  The rate at which mobile phone owners in India are consuming the IPL on their phone is a testament to the value, simplicity and the premium content the service offers. Feedback from consumers has been positive and it is encouraging to know that users across the country from the smallest town to the biggest metro are all enjoying same experience on their mobile phones it is fair to say that the mobile internet has ARRIVED in India as one of the main sources of information and entertainment.

IPL Mobile can be accessed across all telecom operators in India on 6,852 different web enabled handsets, including those who do not have multimedia and video capabilities.

Airtel Will Be Launching iPhone 3GS on Friday – Will Cost A Bomb

We knew that Airtel was preparing to launch iPhone 3GS in India, but we didn’t know the exact launch date. Now, Bharti Airtel’s official Twitter account has let it slip that it will be launching the latest iPhone handset on March 26. The handset will be available at Airtel authorized retail stores across India, including select Airtel Relationship Centres.


Airtel has also disclosed the Indian pricing for the iPhone 3GS. The 16GB model will cost Rs 35,000 ($780), while the 32GB model will cost Rs 41,500 ($910).

Needless to say, the pricing is outrageous for a locked handset, which will become outdated within a few months. But then again, no one really cares. Apple certainly doesn’t care about Indian consumers and merely treats it as a dumping ground. Airtel knows that the success or failure of iPhone won’ have a big impact on its bottom-line and is simply trying to leech as much as possible from Apple aficionados and mobile-enthusiasts. Thankfully, there are plenty of viable alternatives for Indian consumers. Sony Xperia X10 and Motorola Milestone (Droid), which are rumoured to be priced at around Rs 30,000, are just a couple of alternatives offering better value for money.

Airtel Doubles Speed for Broadband Subscribers At No Extra Cost

Airtel-Broadband-Double-SpeedBroadband internet connections in India are a joke. Here, 256 Kbps is still considered to be fast and anything above 512 Kbps still costs a bomb. However, Airtel is hoping to change all that by offering free speed bumps to all Airtel Broadband customers.

According to Airtel’s press release, their new broadband threshold (i.e. the minimum speed offered under broadband plans) will be 512 Kbps. In other worlds, subscribers of 64, 128 and 256 Kbps plans will be upgraded to 512 Kbps connections. Customers currently on 512 kbps and 1 mbps plans will have their speeds doubled to 1Mbps and 2 Mbps respectively. The automatic upgrades will not incur any additional charges and would be completed by June 2010. Airtel will also introduce new ‘Impatience Plans’, which will offer 4 Mbps speeds starting at Rs 899. The Impatience Plans will be available in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. However, as always, there is a catch.


None of these high speed plans offered by Airtel are unlimited in their truest sense. Once the subscriber has used up his quota of bandwidth, he will be offered two choices. He can either chose to pay 10paisa/MB of data transfer or settle for unlimited data transfer at 256 kbps for the remainder of the month.

Airtel’s new initiative is a positive move; however, what millions of Indians really want is a fast, affordable yet truly unlimited broadband plan. It is a shame that all the big names are still inclined on ripping off subscribers by advertising big speeds and setting low bandwidth limits.