Archive | December, 2009

Movil: Yet another vendor vying for the Indian handset market pie

18 Dec

It’s official now, we have lost count on the number of handset vendors operating in India. The last time we did a census, there were somewhere between 65 to 70 of them. The latest to enter this space will be Movil, which will showcase its range of CDMA and GSM phones on December 22.

Brought in India by a company called Bling Telecom, Movil is headed by Rajiv Khanna, who had earlier introduced Fly Mobile in India. It’d be interesting to see what new they bring to the table in this already over-crowded market. But with as many as 15 million new subscribers added every month and over 10 million phones sold in the same period, we don’t see many complaining about a new player. What remains to be seen is whether retailers have enough shelf space…

Tata DoCoMo brings ‘CREATE Merchandise Contest’ for wannabe designers

18 Dec

Aspiring designers now have the chance to showcase their skills with a new contest from Tata Docomo. The contest is called ‘CREATE Merchandise Contest’ and is beginning today. Designers will be given four categories to design – T-shirts, key-chains, mouse pads and mugs.


The CREATE Merchandise contest will run till December 25, 2009 and up to five winning entries will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 25,000. Also, the runners-up prizes will also be given to the contestants in the form of custom made merchandise.

Click here to find out how to participate in the CREATE Merchandise contest.

Smartphones to account for 64 pc of the profits for handset industry: Informa Telecoms & Media

17 Dec

Smartphones are the fastest growing and the most profitable segment of the mobile handset industry, according to a forecast by Informa Telecoms & Media. The market research outfit predicts that smartphones are likely to grow by 36 percent in 2010.


Though the smartphones would account for 27 percent of the total number of handsets sold in 2010 but the profits generated by smartphones would be as high as 64 percent of the total profits produced by the mobile handset industry.


The Average Selling Price (ASP) of a smartphone is usually high as compared to other devices. High ASP’s has led to the growing profitability of the smartphone industry which in turn has attracted many incumbents such as Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson to join the league. Existing players such as RIM, Apple and HTC are still leading the smartphone industry though many new players have arrived. Informa Telecoms & Media expects the market share of these four challengers to shoot to 35 percent of all smartphones sold in 2009 from 24 percent in 2007.


Nokia and Microsoft are overhauling their operating systems with an aim of capturing a challenging position in the global smartphone industry. Recently Samsung launched its Bada OS in an effort to make every ordinary device a smartphone. Google’s Android, which is getting popular day-by-day, seems to be a lifesaver for other incumbents. In the coming period, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung are soon to launch smartphones based on Android with a clear aim of innovating their smartphone portfolio.

Samsung to launch Corby Pop in India, an 'affordable version' of the Corby

17 Dec

If you thought the Corby was affordable at about Rs 9,000, think again. We have learnt that Samsung is planning an even cheaper all-touchscreen phone in its Corby series that would be branded as the Corby Pop.

Priced at under Rs 7,000, the Corby Pop will have a 1.3 MP camera, 22 MB of internal memory, FM radio with recording and a 960 mAh battery with a quoted talktime of about 8 hours. On the application front, apart from widgets for popular social networks, the Corby Pop will come pre-installed with Palringo IM and a fake call prank app.

Samsung’s Corby series has been one of Samsung’s best selling phones in the Indian market with its range of affordable touchscreen phones and social networking apps, and colourful outer casing that has proved to be popular among the youth.

MTS brings per-second billing in Mumbai along with its MBlaze data service

17 Dec

MTS, the mobile telephone brand of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), has launched per-second billing plan in Mumbai along with its MBlaze data service. Under the per-second billing plan, users will be charged half a paisa per second for local calls and one paisa per second for STD calls made to other MTS numbers.


The MBlaze plan will allow Mumbaikars to download up to 15 GB data worth Rs 1500 absolutely free for a month as an inaugural offer. And after that, the subscribers will be entitled to pay 10p/MB for downloading data.

‘Pay Per Second’ has a new friend – Tata Indicom, offer arrives with a bonus scheme of ‘3 on 3’

16 Dec

After launching the famous ‘Pay Per Second’ in Tata DoCoMo, Tata Teleservices Limited has today launched the ‘Pay Per Second’ plan for its Tata Indicom subscribers as well. But with the per-second billing, they have added a bonus scheme of ‘3 on 3’.


Under this new scheme, if a customer makes a continuous call for 3 minutes, he/she will get to avail the next 3 minutes of free calling usage on the same call. The combination is friendly for short duration calls with one-paisa-per-second billing as well as for long calls, three minutes free after every three minutes of calling on STD and Local calls.


To avail this scheme, existing customers will need to recharge with an STV of Rs 53 while the new customers require to buy a starter kit of Rs 99.

Idea records its best performance with 2.5 million new additions in November

16 Dec

Idea has recorded its best performance in terms of monthly subscriber additions for the month of November according to a report published by COAI (Cellular Operator’s Association of India). The net subscriber additions increased for Idea from 1.9 million in October to 2.5 million in November and BSNL hopping twice over to 1.2 million additions from just 0.6 million in the month of October. Bharti Airtel has also added 2.8 million subscribers in November and still leads holding a 31.63 percent market share with a total 116 million user base.


However, Vodafone Essar’s monthly additions succumbed to 2.7 million from the previously recorded 2.9 million in October. Tata Teleservices lead the market with maximum additions in both GSM and CDMA in the previous month but the monthly addition figures for November have not been submitted yet.