Tata DOCOMO Launch Michael Jackson’s "Michael" With Sony Music

If you are a Tata DOCOMO user and a Michael Jackson fan, here is some good news for you. DOCOMO is launching the latest album by late Michael Jackson "Michael" in partnership with Sony Music, exclusively for DOCOMO users.

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TATA DOCOMO and Sony Music together in partnership have launched the much anticipated album MICHAEL’, not the last, but the posthumous release of the priceless songs recorded by the legendry King of Pop Michael Jackson. The album carries a total of 10 tracks including the Hold My Handduet with Akon, this song is one of the greatest piece of works created by Michael Jackson and is surely going to be a chartbuster.

Subscribers can access Michael’s Call Me Tunes, My Song, Full Songs, Videos, Wallpapers & Ringtones. The subscribers can call and enjoy the entire bouquet of services on 55500 at a nominal charge of 2p/sec, they can also set the Call me Tunes directly by sending SMS MJ to 55500 (toll-free).

Tata DOCOMO is also running a contest for its subscribers in Chennai where in a few lucky customers who download the maximum number of songs from the album will be given passes to attend the listening Party on 14th December ’10 in Chennai.

So go ahead and enjoy the songs from your favorite artist right away.

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 http://www.3glife.com/.

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

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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 Docs.com 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

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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.

Summarizing

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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Tata Launches On-Demand Computing & Storage Service

Tata Communications has launched two different services in the cloud space to deliver self-service and pay-as-you-use IT application plus data centre infrastructure services which are easily accessible via the internet. The first one is an on-demand computing and storage service called InstaCompute and the second being an online collaboration and web-based office tool software called InstaOffice. Both these services are primarily meant for Indian businesses.

InstaCompute runs on compute and storage infrastructure from Dell and aims at providing a secure and elastic on-demand computing and storage resources to businesses over the network on a “go-as-you-need” basis. Computing and storage is based in India and can be paid for in Rupees or global currencies.

InstaOffice is powered by Google Apps and includes email, calendar, instant messaging, voice and video chat, as well as office document applications. InstaOffice joins the club of other InstaApps that Tata Communications already offers in India – InstaCC   for contact centres, InstaCRM – a customer relationship management software and InstaECM for content storage and management.

Tata DOCOMO Launches “Pay Per Site” GPRS Plans

Tata DOCOMOTata DOCOMO seems to have taken its slogan “Do the New” quite seriously. After “Pay Per Second” calling plans, it has now announced “Pay Per Site” GPRS data plans.

You can now buy GPRS packs which allow you to pay a fixed rate per site, every month. It is aimed at those who surf only a few sites from their mobiles and want to pay for only those. You can browse a single website for Rs 10/month with 200 MB free usage and 1 p/KB after that. You can also choose to buy a combo pack of Rs. 25/month for multiple sites with 500 MB free usage and 1p/KB after that.

You can choose bundles from various categories of sites: social networking ones like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Orkut; email websites like Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Rediff; or chat messengers like Gtalk, Yahoo or Nimbuzz.

Pay per Site is a potent market disruptor, that aims at enabling an innovative service in the Data market; offering customers the power to decide on what they surf the most and purchase packs’ suited and tailored to that specific need. Tapping into the huge potential that is today offered by Social Networking and Emailing/Instant Messaging, Pay Per Site aims to offer customers the choice to DO’ what they like and pay for it alone,said Mr. Rishi Malhotra, Head of VAS, Tata DOCOMO.

To activate “Pay Per Site” GPRS packs, you can dial *141# or send an SMS to 141 with the keyword “MY SITE”. You can also activate it by the Tata DOCOMO Dive In Zone or by visiting the Tata DOCOMO website.

In my opinion, this is a not a very consumer-friendly idea. Service providers should be providing their users with better, cheaper, unlimited GPRS plans with no restrictions in order to encourage mobile internet usage; not roll out such restrictive plans which allow users access to only specific sites.

Tata Docomo Launches Web Based Live Chat Customer Care

Tata Docomo has launched yet another first in the Indian telecom industry – Web Based Live Chat. This new web based Live Chat help feature from Tata Docomo enables both existing new subscribers to submit their query for a new connection by giving their details. After this, Users get a chat window and a customer service executive becomes available on line to resolve the query or issue in real time.

This Live Chat service from TATA Docomo is available 24×7 and lets users share files during the chat session.the chat service is powered by Talisma Chat. However the chat is not supported in Google Chrome browser.

You can directly launch the live chat window by clicking here or by going to the   Help website.

Here are a few screen shots which you can take a look at for yourself:

EAMCET 2010 Results Through SMS/Voice From Tata DOCOMO

The EAMCET will be declared shortly and the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited has announced that its customers can avail the benefit of knowing EAMCET results on SMS and Voice portal.

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Students who want to check the exam results for their Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) in the state of Andhra Pradesh will be able to check their results using 2 convenient ways.

Tata DOCOMO provides 2 convenient ways to get EAMCET results delivered personally! Using the IVR option, customers will have to dial 54321234 and provide students seven digit Roll Number. For this the subscribers will have to follow a Pre-registrationwherein customers can register their Roll Numbers by dialing 54321234 and they will be notified through SMS as soon as the results are announced. As a second option customers can also have a choice of getting the result by sending an SMS to 55352. Ex: SMS EAMCET <space> Hall Ticket Number to 55352.

Every SMS will be charged at Rs. 3 per SMS and the IVR service will be charged at 10 paise per second.

We wish all the students who appeared for the EAMCET results best of luck for their results.

Tata Teleservices Crosses 70 Million Subscribers

Tata Teleservices Limited has achieved a big milestone by crossing 70 million subscribers and in the process more than doubled their subscribers year over year. TTL also became the fastest telecom company in India to achieve this milestone.

Tata Teleservices Limited

Tata Teleservices added over 35 million subscribers in the last 12 months to have a subscriber base of 70 million subscribers. TTL had around 35 million subscribers in May 2009 and that has grown more than 100% in a year.

In May 2010 itself, Tata Teleservices added 2.33 million new subscribers to their growing user base. Tata also became the fastest telecom company to cross the 70 million mark in a span of 5 years.

Commenting on the landmark achievement, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited, said: We thank and appreciate every subscriber’s faith in us as a transparent, caring and efficient telecom services company. With each new milestone crossed, we have raised our own internal benchmarks—in keeping with our larger objective of consistently enhancing and improving our standards, and of providing our customers with differentiated and lifestyle-impacting telecom services. The achievement also bears testimony to the efforts that have been put into making our network and services the best in the industry—we will continue to innovate and evolve, providing world-best products and offerings to our subscribers.

Tata Teleservices has been aggressively pursing new customers through advertisements and deals which have been liked by the users. Earlier this year TTL’s GSM brand Tata DOCOMO added two new tariff plans Pay-Per-Second’ and Pay-Per-Call’ and also introduced products like Photon TV and Mobile TV for their mobile subscribers.

With the countdown on 3G services having begun, we will continue to walk the innovation path, providing our customers with differentiated products and services which will take telecom to the next level. We are working closely on the creation of such relevant products with our partners, particularly NTT DOCOMO, which is acknowledged as the world leader in telecom technology development; and look forward to the next wave in Indian telecoms, Mr. Sardana added.

Tata Launches Photon Plus For Mobile Phones

Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Photon Plus service for mobile phones. This much awaited service allows high-speed Internet and data access on the move, thereby allowing its users to get the most out of applications like Live TV, video streaming and music downloading and other Value Added Services such as TATA Photon TV, TATA Photon Videos, Push 4 ALL Mail, Web Cha & a variety of apps from the TATA Appstore. As of now the services is available in all major metros & tier 2 cities in India.

Customers will get Free Live TV subscription for three months for all activations till 30th June which will also enable them to watch the T20 World Cup live on their mobile handsets. Furthermore, customers will also get 10 GB of data usage free for the first two months on pre-paid connections and 15 GB per month free for two months on post-paid connections tariffs are Re. 0.50 per MB of usage. As of now, this service will be enabled on the Blackberry Tour 9630 and Samsung Corby; however plans are in place to make it available on 8 other top-end handsets.

Tikona Launches Wireless Broadband In 10 In India

Tikona Digital Networks launched its wireless broadband service in 10 cities in India, including Delhi. The internet service provider (ISP)  plans to expand its network to 50 cities by the end of 2010. The speed offered is quite decent too — up to 2Mbps. Apart from that, users need not buy an extra device for the service, the company will offer it as a part of the package, which might work in advantage for the users. ISPs like Relaince, Tata Indicom and others force users to buy the device worth 3-4k INR to use their wireless service.

Mr Prakash Bajpai, Founder, MD & CEO, Tikona Digital Networks explains, The current broadband internet scenario is similar to what the mobile scenario was 10 years ago. India has just a little under 10 Mn Broadband while China has more than 120 Mn Broadband. China could reach this level as they had a large wireline plant of over 400 Mn lines. India has only 40 Mn and only a fraction of this is usable for Broadband. Wireless broadband is the only option for India to increase its Broadband base to levels that are similar to China’s. We envision a powerful broadband enabled India and believe that it is an imperative for an emerging IT and software superpower.^

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We yet haven’t heard about the next 3G auction date. As a matter of fact, in a public poll many voters suggested that the government should drop the 3G auction and concentrate on bringing in the 4G technology in India, so by the next 2-3 years we could actually use 4G connection and we could cope up with the latest technology. And to think of it, by that time I am sure everyone would also be flaunting a 4G mobile device with them.

While we talk about 3G and 4G, Airtel has launched an interesting GPRS plan for prepaid customers. With a recharge of 98 INR you will now be able to get 2GB free data usage plan and with multiple recharge you can extend the limit in multiples of 2. To counter attack BSNL launched five new plans with an unlimited download plan. The coming week, I expect Vodafone, Aircel and others to join the flame. It’s always better to have options.

As if caller tune was enough irritating on wireless connections, Airtel wants to cash on its 2.9 million fixed line connections with similar service. Airtel has launched a new service called Family Namewhere you can set your Family Name as caller tune for Rs.15 one time download and Rs.30 monthly subscription. Thousands of standard’ family names are available and more would be added soon.

Last week, we saw some astonishing figures and statics. Indian operators collectively signing up 19.1 million new subscribers for wireless services in December 2009. This is the highest figure so far for new subscribers in a month. India’s mobile subscriber base now touches 525.15 million. So by March 10 we could definitely cross the predicted 529 million subscribers. With this we have achieved the overall tele-density of 47.89. Take a look at the Net addition of wireless connection in the month of December 2010 in percentage.

 

Dec 2010 wireless addition statics

Apart from that, we saw the launch of three new handsets last week. RIM introduced Blackberry BOLD 9700 in the Indian market with the price tag of 31,990 INR. It will be available on Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Reliance, Tata and Vodafone. Acer introduced it’s first Android based phone: Acer Liquid. This touch screen handset is priced at 24,990 INR. Nokia, launched Nokia 5233 a cheaper version of it touch screen Nokia 5230, just without 3G. Nokia 5233 will be available for 7500 INR which is almost 1000 INR cheaper than Nokia 5230.

That’s all for this week. See you Next week and Enjoy the weekend.