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Tata Indicom and Fly Mobiles launch the CG588 QWERTY phone with GSM and CDMA connectivity

23 Oct

Tata Indicom has launched the Fly CG588 aka the X-LIFE on its network. The phone is a dual-SIM handset and runs a GSM connection and of course, Tata Indicom’s CDMA connection. The carrier will also offer a few voice and data benefits with a recharge of Rs 104 – 1GB of free data usage, 250 minutes of free on-net and off-net local calls and 250 free national messages.

The phone has a 2.2-inch TFT display and a QWERTY keypad. It also features Fly Buzz!, an app that allows a user to stay connected on multiple social networking platforms like Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo!, MSN and Twitter. It also has a 1.3 MP camera, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth and WAP browser for internet connectivity. Inbuilt memory is expandable up to 4GB and a  2GB microSD card will be bundled with it . The Fly CG588 is priced at Rs 4,795 and will be available at all Tata Indicom outlets.

Samsung launches i899 Android smartphone on RCom's EVDO network

8 Jul

Last week, we had reported that RCom will get India’s first CDMA Android smartphone in the form of the Samsung i899. Today, the news just became official. RCom has launched the Android smartphone, which will run on its EVDO enabled network, giving users the ability to browse the web at high speeds that can go up to 3.1 Mbps (in theory).

Priced at Rs 19,900, the i899 seems to indicate a good buy, considering its specs – 3.2 inch AMOLED display, 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and especially high speed Internet browsing. Plus, prepaid customers will get a month’s subscription of RCom’s Netconnect+ Internet service (up to 10 GB) while postpaid subscribers will get two months of service free (up to 15 GB). The only thing we are not sure of is which version of Android does it work on as we have a hunch that it might be working on Android 1.6.

LG bakes a CDMA Cookie this time, launches Cookie Zip in India

8 Jul

LG has launched a CDMA variant of its popular Cookie phone series today, the LG 510 aka Cookie Zip in the Indian market. The new handset is an open market handset featuring EVDO connectivity for high speed internet and live TV streaming.

The LG Cookie Zip features a 3.0 inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 2.0 MP camera, Bluetooth, 72 MB of internal memory which is expandable up to 4 GB with a microSD card and a couple of pre-embedded social networking apps like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Orkut. The new CDMA Cookie Zip is available in stores for an MRP of Rs 8,299.

The features of the Cookie Zip remind us of the popular Samsung Corby TV, which was so far the leader by virtue of being the only touchscreen device in the market to offer live TV streaming.

Did Apple throw AT&T under the bus cuz there is a CDMA iPhone on the way?

5 Jul

In its ‘letter regarding iPhone 4‘ Apple wrote everything but admit that there is a genuine reception issue problem with the iPhone 4. Instead, it put the blame on its sole carrier partner in the US (AT&T) by implying that users were facing dropped calls and network bars disappearing because they might be in an area with poor network reception. Judging by the number of complaints that we are reading about, it seems that would be across the country and not just some pockets.

Now why would Apple do that to its exclusive partner. Why now, after three iterations of the device have made the iPhone the most popular smartphone ever. Why now, when Apple knew since 2007 that AT&T’s network was being overwhelmed by the traffic its iPhone toting users generated and whatever the carrier did was just not enough to satiate the data guzzling smartphone?

Till now Jobs and company were content to simply smirk when people complained about AT&T. But never did they go to the extent of blaming the carrier for the poor reception quality of Apple’s “best iPhone yet.” But now they just did.

So here’s what I think: Apple is on the verge of closing a deal (or might have already inked it) with Verizon Wireless, AT&T’s closest rival that uses a competing CDMA network known for its strong reception and data throughputs. Verizon already has a robust EVDO network and is on the verge of launching an LTE network (4G) in the US.

Apple has done its bit for AT&T (and vice-versa, as it is believed that Apple first approached Verizon for the iPhone but the carrier at that time refused) and now it seems the right time to move on from their exclusive relationship. Verizon will offer Apple a new set of customers to sell the iPhone to and also offers the company a future growth path.

On Verizon, Apple could first launch an EVDO version of the iPhone later this year or early next year and tap into its millions of subscribers who just could not switch to AT&T but were dying to use an iPhone. Then, in late-2011 or early-2012, Apple can launch an LTE version and then keep adding new features just like it did with the GSM iPhone. A simple 2G version in 2007 (iPhone), a 3G version (iPhone 3G) in 2008 and progressive feature improvements in 2009 (iPhone 3GS) and 2010 (iPhone 4).

A move like that would not only give Apple a bigger addressable market in the US but also help it secure more carrier partnerships in other countries like India, where CDMA carriers are yet to get a ‘killer’ smartphone that would enable it to keep its high value customers interested in their services.

That is what I think. What do you think?

RCom to launch Samsung Galaxy i899 Android smartphone

29 Jun

RCom will introduce the first CDMA Android phone in India in the coming weeks. RCom’s website is displaying the Samsung Galaxy i899 in its list of handsets with an option to book units. Current details do not indicate which version of Android it will run on, but we have a hunch that it is going to be Android 2.1 and not the latest Android 2.2.

Listed specifications include a 3.2 inch HVGA display (320×480 pixels), a 3.2 MP camera with a single LED flash and auto-focus, 230 MB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, a 1440 mAh battery, DivX video support and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB in capacity.

Barring a few BlackBerry and a couple of WinMo devices, CDMA in India has typically been driven by low-cost basic phones with minimal multimedia or enterprise capabilities. The Galaxy i899 would make for a good addition to the smartphone-starved CDMA users in the country. It would help open the floodgates for other handset vendors (LG and HTC in particular) to launch CDMA variants of their own Android smartphones. Meanwhile, we also expect new handset vendors in India to launch dual-SIM Android smartphones that support both GSM and CDMA networks.

Coming back to the Galaxy i899, we expect it to be available at under Rs 20,000. Just a note, this is our estimate and not something that we have heard from RCom or Samsung.

Motorola and Verizon officially launch the Droid X

24 Jun

First it was the HTC Evo, then the Samsung Galaxy S and today, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have lifted the covers off the latest flag bearer for Android – the Droid X. Yeah, we had already seen glimpses of the device and now with the official announcement, it is time for the Full Monty.

The Droid X has a 4.3 inch WVGA display (the same resolution as the Droid aka the Milestone), a 1 GHz processor, an 8.0 MP camera with dual flash that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution, an HDMI port for connecting it to an HD TV and all possible connectivity options that you can expect from a high-end smartphone. Surprisingly, the Droid X still runs on Android 2.1 but both Motorola and Verizon Wireless promise an over-the-air update to Android 2.2 by the end of summer. Motorola has so far had a pretty good track record with Android updates, unlike HTC, which is yet to roll out an Android 2.1 update for the Hero in all markets.

The Droid X has 8 GB of internal memory and the sales pack comes bundled with a 16 GB microSD card. The superphone will be available on Verizon Wireless at a subsidized price of $199 in July. We hope to see a GSM variant for Europe and Asian markets being announced very soon. You can check out the spec sheet of the Droid X here.

MTS reaches 5 million subscribers mark in India

24 Jun

CDMA carrier MTS, a joint venture between Shyam Telecom of India and Systema of Russia, has added 4 million new subscribers in just 361 days. The carrier now has 5 million subscribers in India. And on this occasion, MTS is offering ‘Unlimited MBlazer’ pack which will allow its subscribers to access unlimited data for a period of 30 days. The Unlimited MBlazer pack will be available for Rs 999 and will remain valid for a month. The operator is also offering ‘Win-Win pack’ at a discount of 25 per cent apart from a Rs 199 plan that offers 1,000 local minutes of free calling on any network.

The ‘Win-Win pack’ will be available for Rs 399 instead of its regular price of Rs 530 and will include the following benefits –

  • Special Value Voucher @ Rs 150 – offers talk time of Rs 200 for 30 days.
  • STD pack @ Rs 58 – offers 120 STD minutes valid for 30 days.
  • Local pack @ Rs 94 – offers 360 local minutes valid for 30 days.
  • SMS pack @ Rs 9 – offers 100 local and national SMSs valid for 30 days
  • SMS pack @ Rs 16 – offers 150 local and national SMS per day with daily decrement of Re 1 valid for 30 days
  •  SMS pack @ Rs 32 – offers 600 local and national SMSs valid for 30 days
  • Caller tune pack @ Rs 23 – provides 1 month rental and one free song download
  • Caller tune pack @ Rs 46 – provides 3 months rental and one free song download
  • Recharge voucher of Rs 100