Vodafone Launches Special International Roaming Pack In India

Vodafone recently launched a special international roaming pack that will make international roaming affordable for post-paid subscribers in India. The international roaming pack offers 60% discount rate for voice, data and text messages in more than 40 countries on specific partner networks across the globe. To learn more about the available countries and other network details, head over to this page.

Sanjoy Mukerji – Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India, said:
“We, at Vodafone, have a customer first approach and always believe in providing differentiated and customized solutions to our customers. This latest offering addresses the latent needs of customers travelling to multiple countries with a single pack on one number and one-time rental, thus making international roaming a worry-free experience.”

The new international roaming pack is available for Rs.1,499 with a validity of 30 days. After the validity period, Vodafone subscribers will have to re-activate the pack. To activate the pack, just send a text to 111 with the keyword “ACT VROAM”. You can activate this pack even after arriving at your international destination. This pack offers unlimited usage and it will be available only till September 30, 2012.

To get the network name and its handset display name, you will need to send a simple text to 111 with the keyword “PACK country name”. Within seconds, you will receive the the network name and the handset display name. After arriving at you destination, you will need to select the applicable network manually. To learn more, call Vodafone Customer Care at 111.

Vodafone Launches New Affordable 3G Tariff Plans In India

Last month, Idea Cellular and Airtel reduced the price of their exciting 3G plans. Now, Vodafone has finally joined the bandwagon. The company has already reduced the price of its 3G plans for postpaid users. However, the Vodafone pre-paid users had to pay a huge amount to access their 3G services. Following the price drop by Idea and Airtel in India, Vodafone went ahead and reduced the 3G tariff plans by up to 80%. You heard it right! Vodafone recently announced new 3G plans which are applicable for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers across India.

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Sanjoy Mukerji, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India, said:
“We, at Vodafone, believe in offering services that add value to the lives of our customers through constant focus on meeting their needs. With the introduction of these plans, we aim at establishing a foundation for providing a 3G data plan for everyone, making it affordable to the masses in the country. Also, users who shy away from trying 3G services due to prohibitive costs can now experience services without the fear of a bill shock. The 2p/10kb PAYG & no additional charges for roaming are the first of its kind in the Indian market. We expect this offer to be well received by the customers as it will act as a strong value proposition for data users.”

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The new data plans start from Rs.25 for 25 MB data usage and go up to Rs.1599 for 12 GB of data usage. For any usage beyond the mentioned data usage on each plan, the customers will be charged at the rate of 2p/10kb. Alternately, Vodafone users can subscribe the Pay As You Go (PAYG) plan which allows them to browse the web or download their favorite songs at just 2p/10kb. Vodafone now allow its customers to use data from their bundle package while on-net roaming across any location in India without any additional charge.

Vodafone Blue Facebook Phone Launched In India For Rs.4,950

Yesterday, we posted that, Vodafone India will soon launch the Vodafone Blue Facebook phone in India. Now, the company has finally launched this amazing handset, exclusively for the Vodafone subscribers in India. The Vodafone Blue is originally called as the Vodafone 555 Blue in the UK and other European countries. This handset comes with the unique Facebook button, similar to the popular HTC ChaCha smartphone.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Kumar Ramanathan, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Essar said,

“The mobile internet plays a central role in the daily lives of millions of Vodafone customers, many of whom are avid Facebook users. Vodafone Blue is the answer to our youth’s mobile social networking needs. The phone has been designed to let everyone experience the fun of connecting with friends on the go, at a pocket friendly price. With our unique, fully integrated Facebook customization, the Vodafone Blue offers a compelling, out-of-the-box experience.”

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Vodafone Blue allows you to easily share and stay connected with your friends anytime, anywhere. The F (Facebook) button on the Vodafone Blue handset lets the user upload pictures, visit profiles and update status at a single click. You can also customize the Facebook ‘F’ button and assign a number of tasks, including instantly posting a status update with photos from the gallery or with links from the browser.

Vodafone Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, Opera Mini browser, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

The Vodafone Blue Facebook phone comes with a price tag of just Rs.4,950 (approx. $110). You will also get free unlimited access to Facebook for a year, with the purchase of this handset.

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook Phone Arriving Tomorrow In India

Do you still remember the entry-level QWERTY phone, which was announced by Vodafone during the end of July? Yes, we are talking about the Vodafone 555 Blue phone, which comes with the Facebook button, similar to the HTC ChaCha smartphone. Vodafone 555 Blue is an entry-level phone, which comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, 200 MHz processor, QWERTY keypad and much more.

This handset is already available from July in the UK, but the wait is finally over for the customers in India. Vodafone India will finally launch the Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone tomorrow in India. We also got an invitation from Vodafone India, to attend the launch of this phone at an event tomorrow in Mumbai.

vodafone 555 blue

Vodafone 555 Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of £60 in Europe. It is expected to be available in India for less than Rs.5,000. We cannot expect GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options in this low-cost phone. But, this phone allows you to easily browse the web, thanks to the pre-loaded Opera Mini browser.

Vodafone 555 Blue QWERTY Phone Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

Vodafone recently announced a new entry-level QWERTY phone, the Vodafone 555 Blue. This handset comes with basic features such as 2.4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera, 16 GB expandable memory and so on. The most interesting feature of this phone is the dedicated Facebook button, which was earlier seen in the HTC ChaCha smartphone. The dedicated Facebook allows us to upload photos, share links as well as change the status update on the go. Check out the complete specs below.

vodafone 555 blue

Vodafone 555 Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

Vodafone 555 Blue allows you to easily browse the web, thanks to the pre-loaded Opera Mini browser. Sadly, this phone does not come with GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Vodafone 555 Blue is expected to come with a price tag of £60 (approx. $100/ Rs.4,400). This handset will be available from next month in Europe and Asia.

Samsung Galaxy S II Launched In India For Rs.32,890

Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S II at an event in New Delhi. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The powerful Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core application processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II

This handset features a new Live Panel service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customizable home-screen. Samsung Galaxy S II comes with the WiFi Direct technology, which allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points.

Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800×480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 3D user interface, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC (Near Field Communication) and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II will be exclusively available at Vodafone Stores from June 3 and at other retail stores from June 9. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.32,890. Vodafone also offers 1 GB of 2G/3G data for the first 6 months, with the purchase of this smartphone. Are you planning to buy this amazing smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Vodafone U.K. Rolling Out Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Desire HD

It was just yesterday that we reported about HTC rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

However, the update was being rolled out only for the unbranded Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, in Europe.


Today, Vodafone U.K. has announced that they have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Desire HD, in the U.K.

Here is the update change-log via Android Community :

  • Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,   with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)

Ironically, the Desire HD lacks a front camera, so I wonder what the Multiple Camera Management’ feature will do.

The update is an OTA one, and users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The update will be rolled out to all Desire HD owners within the next few weeks.

Hopefully, other carries will follow Vodafone U.K. steps, and release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.

Nokia E7 Launched In India For Rs 29,999

Today, Nokia released the next generation business communicator the E7 in India, within a few days of its global launch. The Nokia E7 sports a huge 4-inch ClearBlack Display with nHD (360×640) resolution.

The E7 also features a spacious four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is powered by an ARM11 680Mhz processor and packs 256MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a VGA cam up front for all your video calling needs.

The E7 also has 16GB of internal memory, and supports USB On-The-Go as well. Sadly, the E7 has an inbuilt battery like the iPhone and the N8.


The E7 also suffices the needs of business users with support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Mail for Exchange and VPN support. Nokia has also tied-up with Vodafone to offer 2GB of free data usage to all E7 owners for six months. The offer is valid for all Vodafone 2G and 3G users.

The Nokia E7 will be available across all Nokia Priority dealers effective immediately, with a best buy price of Rs 29,999.

10 Most Popular Brands In India (Via Google Zeitgeist 2010)

Each year Google releases a “Year in review” called Google Zeitgeist with the help of which it showcases some wonderful data through the aggregation of millions of search queries that the search engine receives every year. This year, Google Zeitgeist for India had some nice revelations with the IRCTC (railway ticket booking) continuing to top the charts of the year-on-year fastest rising bracket for search queries in India.

The top three most popular searches among Indians on the web during the year 2010 were Songs, Facebook and Google. Amongst the fastest rising people, Indians searched for British actress Aruna Shields and this year’s new Bollywood sensation, Sonakshi Sinha and other favorites from Bollywood like Zarine Khan, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.

The zeitgeist also has a list of top 10 popular brands in India in terms of the search volumes generated by Indians on Google search. Here is the list:

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Micromax Mobile ranks 4th among the top 10 popular brands in India during 2010

10 Most popular brands in India

1. Nokia

2. Samsung

3. Airtel

4. Micromax

5. Dell

6. Maruti

7. Vodafone

8. Apple

9. Sony Ericsson

10. HP (Hewlett Packard)

It is really nice to see a relatively new Indian brand Micromax making it to the top 10 in the list and that too it being the 4th most popular brand in India among the big guns!

Vodafone To Set Up Global R&D Centre in India

Lot of big companies around the world leverage Indian IT expertise to give their businesses a lead over others. UK-based mobile operator Vodafone is now planning to set up a global applications research and development (R & D) centre in India in order to leverage on the expertise in India.

Mr Marten Pieters, the Managing Director of Vodafone Essar said that Vodafone is already in the process of setting up an application centre in India. India being such a big centre for IT, technology and application development, Vodafone is looking forward to leverage this not only for their Indian operations, but also for the rest of the world.

Opening this R&D Center in India will open new opportunities for development firms and generate more jobs. Also experienced programmers from different avenues will have a good chance to change their service line and do something new.