Reliance Offers Unlimited Facebook Messenger Access For Just Rs.16

We have a good news for Facebook addicts. Most of the operators in India have already launched the unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) plan, which allows the BlackBerry users to enjoy unlimited BBM access for just Rs.129 per month. Along similar lines, Reliance Communications recently launched the new Facebook Messenger plan.

You can subscribe to this plan for just Rs.16. It comes with a validity of 30 days. The new Facebook Messenger plan offers unlimited access to Facebook Messenger without subscribing to any other data plans. This plan will prove to be extremely useful for those who does not want to subscribe to any costly data plans, but still want to get in touch with their Facebook friends on the go.

Sadly, this pack is currently available only for pre-paid subscribers. The plan is auto-renewed every 30 days unless the user unsubscribe it manually. Facebook Messenger is currently available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. You can also use Facebook Messenger even if you do not have a Facebook account. Similar to WhatsApp, the new Facebook Messenger for Android allows you to sign up with just using your name and phone number. You can download the app from fb.me/msgr.

Nilanjan Mukherjee, Wireless Chief Revenue Officer, Reliance Communications Limited said,
“We have always been at the forefront of offering innovative products with incredible affordability for our customers and the launch of Facebook Messenger Plan is yet another step in that direction. We are confident that ‘Facebook Messenger Plan’ with unlimited usage of Facebook without any extra data charges is set to provide a compelling new experience with incredible affordability to smartphone users across the country on our superior network. We are hoping this offer to trigger a significant shift of youth customers using smartphones to our superior network.”

Reliance Launches The Unlimited BBM Plan For Just Rs.129

BlackBerry smartphones are not only used by professionals, but they are also used by students in India. Most of them does not need the BlackBerry Enterprise services, hence paying Rs.500 – Rs.1,000 only for the use of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was not the perfect solution. To solve this problem, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Tata Docomo launched the “Unlimited BBM” plan for Rs.129. As the name suggest, the Unlimited BBM plan allows the BlackBerry users to use unlimited BBM service.

Reliance Communications (RCom) has announced a similar “Only BBM” plan for its subscribers in India. The new Only BBM plan is available for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. This plan allows Reliance subscribers to use unlimited BBM service on their BlackBerry smartphones for 30 days. Apart from the unlimited BBM usage, Reliance also offers 600 local and national SMS per month for prepaid subscribers and 500 local and national SMS per month for postpaid subscribers.

To activate the Only BBM plan, prepaid subscribers will need to send a text to 53739 with the keyword ‘ACT BBMPRS129′. On the other hand, postpaid subscribers will need to call *389 from their Reliance phone or 1800 3000 8989 from any other phone. The unlimited BBM plan offered by Reliance is much better than the plans offered by other operators, since you will not only get unlimited BBM usage but also free local and national SMS.

Private Indian ISP Blocks The Pirate Bay, Vimeo, Pastebin–No Reason Given

For a couple of days now a very reliable mobile internet device service operator in India has been playing Big Brother by censoring the world’s most resilient public torrent tracker – the Pirate Bay. Now speculation about this operator’s reliability to do things like these when a movie is about to be released by the parent company’s entertainment division has reached fever pitch, however there is no conclusive evidence connecting these two temporal facts together, and thus I am not in any position to comment on that.

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Alright, enough with the euphemistic name calling; it seems Reliance have decided to go up and block The Pirate Bay, Vimeo and Pastebin. Not only did they block these sites, they also managed to put up a large and highly friendly “This site has been blocked as per instructions from the Department of Telecom (DoT)” sign which is rather odd because no other ISP in India has blocked The Pirate Bay – especially the state run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on which I am currently writing this piece.

Speculation is ripe on the fact that Reliance Entertainment is the distributor of an upcoming big budget movie Dangerous Ishhq which might be possibly will definitely be pirated and put up on various public/private trackers. To check the rate of this astoundingly high loss of revenue, Reliance may have taken up this false censor. However, what imagined evils propagate through Vimeo or Pastebin, I will never know.

The easiest way to counter this would be to access the sites via a Proxy or a VPN. However, if the ISP decides to be rather silly and only remove a DNS entry for these sites from their DNS servers, you can easily get access back to the servers by using a different DNS service, such as Google’s free DNS: 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4

Reliance to Offer 4G Services by Early 2012

The Mukesh Ambani-headed company, Reliance Industries (RIL) is all set to roll out the next generation services (or 4G) in India sometime in early 2012, and is planning to scale it up to a nationwide network by the mid of 2012.

According to a source, RIL is planning to offer 4G enabled data cards for tablets which are priced at Rs. 3,000 ($60) or lesser. It plans to provide data connectivity with speeds of 50-100 Mbps at cheaper prices compared to the current 3G services.

RIL confirmed stating that its telecom unit was “in the process of setting up a world-class broadband wireless network using state-of-the-art technologies and finalising the arrangement with leading global technology players, service providers, infrastructure providers, application developers, device manufacturers and others to help usher the 4G revolution into India”.Speed

It is also noted that RIL is in talks with Walt Disney’s Indian venture UTV Software, to acquire content for its wireless broadband services. With this, Reliance will be able to offer games, entertainment and applications which are mainly targeted towards the younger generation. However, the deal is yet to be finalized and hopefully we will see a positive reply.

The company indicated that it has completed trial tests with vendors like Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson and China’s Huawei for its broadband services and will be partnering with either one of them or might split the contract between the three.

Amabani’s strategy of tantalizing customers with low prices is very much similar to the winning strategy in 2003, where the company started selling mobile phones at a very low rate, mainly targeting the middle class people. This made RIL win more than 1 million customers in just 10 days.

Reliance took over Infotel Broadband Service Pvt. Ltd in June 2010. RIL agreed upon the terms and invested about Rs. 4,800 crore, and following the investment, RIL acquired 95% of Infotel Broadband’s equity. RIL plans to have full scale commercial operations by next year, and expects to have its network cross over 700 cities.

According to a post by Reliance Industries, 4G broadband service contracts are expected to be finalized between the October-December 2011 quarter and operators, including Reliance Infotel, are expected to start rolling out services to consumers by early 2012 when favorable operational conditions are in place, which includes design and production of latest handsets, data cards and updated networks.

Reliance 3G Tab Launched; Runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

We had reported that Airtel was planning to launch its Android tablet – the Beetel Magiq – just a couple of weeks back. The Beetel Magiq was supposed to be priced at Rs 8,900, making it one of the cheapest Android tablets in India.

Today, Reliance announced the launch of its own tablet – the Reliance 3G Tab.

Reliance Tab 3G

The Reliance 3G Tab is a budget Android tablet which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will sport a 7 inch display, presumably with a capacitive touchscreen and a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

It will have 512 MB RAM and will likely come with a 1 GHz processor, like the Beetel Magiq. It weighs 389 gms and is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab when it comes to dimensions.

It will sport a 2 MP camera, and a lower resolution secondary camera for video calling. It comes with support for 3G, as well as GPS. It supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

Coming to the best part, the Reliance 3G Tab is priced at just Rs 12,999, which makes it one of the cheapest Android tablets in India. It will also come with discounted 3G plans, which you can check out below.

Reliance Tab 3G

“Reliance 3G Tab is being launched today in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and will be available in Reliance World and Reliance Mobile stores across the 13 3G circles in the next few days,” said the official press release from Reliance.

Reliance Communications Launches Mobile Banking In Association With SBI

Mobile banking in India is slowly catching up as various service providers are tie-ing up different banks in order to provide banking services to their customers right on their finger tips. Reliance communications also announced the launch of it’s mobile banking services for its GSM subscribers.

This mobile banking service is in collaboration with the State Bank of India(SBI) which means as of now only those customers having an active banking account with State Bank of India will be able to use the mobile banking facility on Reliance. These facilities include account balance enquiry, mini statement, fund transfer, cheque book issuance, mobile recharge and bill payment at any time just by using a mobile phone.

The best part is customers are not required to download any specific application in order to access the banking services on their phones. However, users be required to register for the services with SBI, after which the services will be commenced by the bank. All users have to do is just dial *595# on their phone which will show simple menu choices on the screen and users are required to key in their choices.

CDMA Networks Across The World May Get iPhone 4 Soon

At the Verizon event today, Verizon announced that they will be bring the iPhone 4 to Verizon network in February. Verizon customers and others can pre-order the iPhone 4 from Feb 3 and buy it from Feb 10.

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However, there was one question which was asked at the conference which goes like this:

Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?

Tim Cook, COO of Apple answered: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.

Prior to the Verizon launch, only worked on GSM networks. Now with the Verizon deal, iPhone has been modified to work on CDMA networks too. Since this is a non exclusive deal, Apple will more likely than not use the same phone model to court CDMA Networks across the world.

This would sound good for several networks including Reliance in India who run on a CDMA network. So you can expect Apple to launch on more CDMA networks soon, but I don’t see it happening for the next 3-6 months.

However, Apple will definitely be taking calls from several CDMA operators for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.

Reliance Launches Mobile Data Portal For 3G Services

Reliance Communications is gearing for the upcoming 3G wave in India and for this it has launched a new mobile data portal called R World. The portal will provide users with a complete 3G end-to-end mobile Internet and data services to 120 million Reliance mobile subscribers. The portal is powered by Motricity’s mCore platform.

With R World, users can access their email (Gmail, Windows Live, Ovi Mail) and social networks (Facebook, Twitter) with one login thus keeping the users out of hassles to re-enter different passwords and user IDs over and over again. R-World has a RSS reader using which users can browse through feeds and add them to their home page and get the most relevant news, sports and content.

Reliance Communications has secured 3G spectrum rights in 13 circles which include the metros Delhi and Mumbai and some cities in the category ‘C’ circle and plans to launch 3G services by the end of December this year. R-World for 3G will definitely help Reliance mobile subscribers to get started with 3G.

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Reliance Showcases LTE-TDD: Downloads Upto 80Mbps

Mobile broadband is eventually catching up in India, thanks to 3G. However, consumers in India are yet to experience the next-generation broadband technology which was showcased by Reliance Industries Limited in association with Ericsson India at the first field trial of LTE-TDD (Long Term Evolution) mobile system technology.

The trial showcased LTE-TDD network’s exceptional performance by achieving healthy balanced peak rates of 80 Mbps for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads in the specified configuration/setup. The eco system capabilities were also showcased using ST Ericsson dongles connected over the air to the base station. Other applications such as HD Multimedia Streaming and LIVE TV was demonstrated with on-the-move vehicle speeds of 50 and 70 kilometers per hour!

With such high speeds on Mobile devices, consumers can now enjoy ultra-high data speeds for services such as internet TV, mobile video-blogging, online video games and the mobile office-environment.

Reliance Comm. Brings Twitter To SMS And Launches Voice Blogging

Twitter and other social networks have become so famous in India now that even handset makers in the country list their handset’s ability to talk to these social networks – a feature! On similar lines, Reliance Communications (RCom) has tied up with Twitter to make the microblogging website available to users via SMS.

RCom has also launched a social voice blogging service in an association with Bubble Motion, which will make it easy for users to become a follower of famous Indian celebs and stay up to date with text and voice updates directly from their favourite celebrities. RCoM is bringing in a number of famous Indian celebrities including leading Bollywood stars and singers who will launch this first-of-its-kind voice-based mobile blogging service in India.

In order to add a Twitter account to their mobile, customers have to send an SMS to the Twitter short code 53000 to sign up with the service. After getting registered, customers can start following their celebrities and catching up with friends. The service is currently available for free of charge till November 30.

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