Archive | February, 2010

Chatting via 5 popular social networks gets free for Tata DoCoMo’s BuddyNet community

23 Feb

Tata DoCoMo’s BuddyNet users can now stay connected to buddies through social networking sites (SNS) even without a GPRS subscription. The operator has introduced a new feature which allows its BuddyNet subscribers to access five SNS – Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, LinkedIn and Nimbuzz (MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk and more) for free. To know more about Tata DOCOMO BuddyNet visit:

Tata Teleservices tops again by adding 2.98 mn subscribers in January

19 Feb

TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) has done it again, for the sixth consecutive time. By adding nearly 3 million subscribers in January, the company stands at the number one spot in terms of monthly subscriber additions. Bharti Airtel followed closely and added 2.8 million subscribers in January.


Check out the table below to find out the monthly additions by various operators.


 Subscriber additions for the month of January

Tata Teleservices Limited

2.9 million

Bharti Airtel

2.8 million

Vodafone Essar

2.7 million


2.2 million


2.2 million


2 million


0.04 million


1.3 millon

Nokia launches its most-economical 3G-enabled device, Nokia 2730 Classic

19 Feb

Last year, Nokia introduced us to its most-affordable GPS-enabled device, Nokia 2710 Navigation edition. And now, the company has surprised us with its most-affordable 3G-enabled device, Nokia 2730 Classic. The device is launched and can be bought at a snatch-away price of Rs 4,499. Dude, that’s a steal!


Nokia 2730 Classic sports a 2.0 MP camera, Bluetooth, FM Radio and the battery provides a talk-time of 7.4 hours. Internal memory is 30 MB and the storage can be increased up-to 2GB with a microSD card. There will be a pre-embedded Opera Mini browser in the device. And yes, this Nokia baby also supports Nokia Life Tools and OviMail.


Colour options- Black and Dark Magenta.

HTC announces HD Mini, Legend and Desire

16 Feb

HTC today announced three new devices at MWC – the HD Mini, Legend and Desire. The HD Mini is a compact version of the HD2 (did we have to tell you?), the Legend is the 2010 version of the Hero with a new unibody, aluminum casing, while the Desire is simply the Nexus One with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. We’ll be uploading some video demos of all these products next week, so stay tuned.

All the three phones will be shipping by April, which again is a sort of trend for this edition of MWC, where vendors are launching products which will be shipping in a couple of months than the latter half of the year.

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Vodafone launches $15 phone

16 Feb

At MWC in Barcelona, Vodafone has announced what it claims to be the world’s cheapest phone. Aimed to retail at under $15, the Vodafone 150 makes voice calls, sends text messages and will also do some kind of mobile money, which we believe to be over SMS or USSD platform. The phone will be launched in India, Turkey and some African countries. There is a slightly higher version, the Vodafone 250, that has a colour display and FM radio, which is expected to retail around $20. 

ZTE flaunts Bingo at the MWC, the world’s slimmest touchscreen smartphone based on Brew platform

16 Feb

ZTE has announced Bingo, the world’s slimmest 3G-enabled touchscreen smartphone to run on a BMP (Brew Mobile Platform). Brew is the mobile OS platform on which most of the CDMA devices run.


The Smartphone features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display (the UI supports multi-touch), two cameras (a 5.0 MP camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front), supports a download speed of 7.2Mbps, an accelerometer and A-GPS. And since the device is based on BMP, there is full support to Adobe Flash content.


So far the picture of ZTE Bingo is not available but we’ll update you as soon as we get one. And not to forget, the Chinese company has also got five Android-based smartphones in store to showcase at the MWC.

Ballmer takes wraps off Windows Phone 7 series

15 Feb

Windows Phone 7

Microsoft CEO has unveiled the Windows Phone 7 series at the Mobile World Congress 2010.  As expected, the new platform offers a fresh approach to the mobile version of the Windows OS, which has so far been represented by different versions of Windows Mobile. Among the highlights are an integrated experience that will combine Xbox Live and Zune music and a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. The new Start screen comes with dynamically updated live tiles, which show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friend’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.

Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query. All of which makes for an interface and experience that is a very far cry from the existing Win Mo one and more in line with what the likes of Android are serving up. 
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer however, believes that the new Windows Mobile will be very different from its contemporaries. “In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences,” he said, with typical ebullience.
Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010.

For the complete press release, click here.