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Qualcomm Ventures kicks off QPrize competition in India

21 Sep

Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm Inc, has announced the second annual QPrize contest in India. The contest is aimed at early stage wireless technology companies and is open to entrepreneurs in North America, Europe, China, India, Israel and South Korea. The Indian finalist will receive $100,000 in seed funding and an opportunity to present at the global finals to stand a chance to win another $150,000.

More than the seed funding, the contest gives participants an opportunity to present their ideas to angel investors. More details about the competition can be found here.

The countdown begins, Microsoft starts handing out Windows Phone 7 devices

9 Jul

Two American teenagers became the first people outside of Microsoft and its partners to ‘officially” receive Windows Phone 7 devices. Nope, they did not find it at a bar but Microsoft actually gave them the phones for winning the Windows Phone Rockstar contest at the Imagine Cup 2010. The team, Beastware, developed a game “Droid Assault” (ironic?) that requires controlling a droid using the phone’s accelerometer. In case the phone doesn’t have one, the teenagers – Christian Hood (17) and Eric Lo (16) – even hacked a Wii-mote that can be paired via Bluetooth.

At the moment, the make and the features of the first Windows Phone 7 devices to be given out in public are not known, but we don’t think it will be much longer before the beans are spilt and videos of the devices emerge. Heck, who knows, you might even find it on eBay, once the teenagers get bored with it and return to their iPhones.

It also indicates that Microsoft is comfortable with the state of Windows Phone 7, which could mean that it might just push the launch date ahead of its original ‘holiday season’ plan. Well, things are certainly heating up here… Anyway, here’s the video demo of their award-winning app.

Beastware Droid Assault Demo from Anand Iyer on Vimeo.

via The Windows Team Blog

Uninor subscribers can win up to 1,000 minutes of free local calling everyday

8 Jul

Uninor has a game for its subscribers called ‘Ready…Set…Call’. The game allows Uninor customers to make calls and win as much as 1,000 free local minutes everyday.

While playing, subscribers will receive an SMS with three call-time slots. They will then be required to make a call instantly at the prescribed time. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts one can make. For eg: if a user gets an SMS with a call time of 1:00 pm, the first 10 customers who make a call right after 1:00 pm will win free minutes.

Since there are three time-slots and 10 instant callers will be chosen each time, there will be 30 winners everyday. The winning minutes will be credited to each winner’s account within 48 hours. Uninor subscribers can call 50001 (toll-free) to know the results for the day. Winners will be acknowledged via an SMS from Uninor. This unique gaming scheme is valid till July 26.

Updated: It's our birthday and you can win an INQ Chat 3G!

17 Jun

It is our birthday and we want you to win a spanking new INQ Chat 3G phone worth Rs 7,500! So what if you have not wished us yet, now is a good time. So here’s what you have to do to stand a chance to win the social phone:

Give us a punchline that defines who we are and what we do. Better still, design a logo for us. If we like what we see, we might even use it on our blog. You can post as many entries as you want (but please don’t spam us) and the best entry will win an INQ Mini 3G phone!

You can submit your punchlines as a comment under this post and e-mail your logos to response(AT)cellpassion(DOT)com.

We would like to thank the amazing folks at INQ Mobile for scoring us a phone for this contest. Do check out their ubercool portal for some inspiration.

The contest is open for a week to all residents of India above the age of 18. Our decision is final and we won’t entertain any requests for a reconsideration.