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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.

New Tata DoCoMo plan charges subscribers only for GPRS, offers free calls!

14 Jul

Tata DoCoMo logoTata DoCoMo has launched a new ‘Voice Free’ plan in plan in Andhra Pradesh that offers subscribers free local and STD calls on any network and charges them only for Internet access via GPRS. Before you jump off your seat, there is a caveat: users will get only 2,400 seconds (40 minutes) of calls every day. Internet usage will be charged at 1 paisa per KB. Tata DoCoMo subscribers in Andhra Pradesh can avail of this offer by purchasing recharge vouchers for Rs 200, Rs 350 or Rs 500 that are valid for 10, 20 and 30 days, respectively.



In a nutshell, one would be paying Rs 20 per day (for 10 days) to avail 2,400 seconds of calls (Tata DoCoMo was the first to introduce per second billing of voice calls). Considering that normally one pays 1 paise per second for local and 2 paise per second for STD, this ‘Voice Free’ plan still offers better value for money as the user is not restricted to making calls on the same network.



According to Tata DoCoMo, this plan is targeted at the student community who are heavy mobile Internet users as they would have to pay only for data usage. We believe otherwise. It would make more sense for a user to pick up a Rs 98 Internet voucher that provides up to 2 GB of Internet access in a month rather than having to pay per KB.

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?

MTNL slashes ISD rates to Re 1/min for its GSM, 3G subscribers

1 Jul

Starting from today, MTNL has slashed its international calling rates for a period of 90 days with calls to some countries at Re 1 per minute. MTNL’s GSM and 3G subscribers can now make calls to USA, Canada and China at Re 1 per minute. Calls to Argentina, Bahrain, Cyprus, Jordan, South Korea, Malaysia and Sweden will be charged at Rs 3 per minute while those to Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Columbia, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will be charged at Rs 5 per minute. This limited period (90 days) scheme has been launched to celebrate MTNL’s 25th anniversary.



via Economic Times

Retail giant Future Group launches T24 GSM service with Tata Teleservices

20 Jun

Kishore Biyani’s Future Group has launched its GSM services under the brand T24 in India, with operations commencing in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In a first of its kind service, T24 is essentially running on Tata DoCoMo’s network and will offer subscribers loyalty minutes for shopping at Future Group’s retail chains like Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, EZone, Brand Factory, Home Town among others.



Tata Teleservices had announced this strategic tie-up with Future Group in February this year. The carrier offers GSM and CDMA services in India under the Tata DoCoMo and Tata Indicom brands, respectively. Tata Teleservices also has a similar tie-up with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which offers its services under the Virgin Mobile brand.

Tata Teleservices offers live streaming of Asia Cup cricket matches on mobile and PC

19 Jun

Tata Teleservices has launched services to live stream cricket matches for subscribers of its GSM and CDMA services – Tata DoCoMo and Tata Photon Plus.



Tata DoCoMo subscribers will have to download MiMobiTV, a GPRS based application that allows them to watch Asia Cup 2010 on streaming-enabled mobile handsets. Subscribers can download the client application at no cost while browsing the content is charged at 1p/1 KB in home network and 10p/10KB while on off net roaming. To download the application, users will have to send an SMS ‘LIVE’ to 54321 (Toll Free).



Tata Photon Plus subscribers can watch the live telecast either on their laptop or EVDO cellphone using the Photon TV app thanks to the inclusion of a new channel for the cricket tournament. The pricing for the event on laptop is Rs 5 per match; Rs 25 for the full tournament while Asia Cup is available absolutely free of cost for Tata Photon TV on Mobile. Tata Photon TV is available only on LG 510, Samsung Corby, Samsung M519 Metro & Blackberry 9630 (Pre imbedded) handsets.

Zen Mobile launches Z90, a palm-sized Dual-SIM touchscreen phone

15 Feb

Zen Mobile has launched a new dual-SIM touchscreen phone, Z90 in its dual-SIM portfolio. What’s unique about this handset is that it is just about the size of your palm. It has got a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, provides a 2.5 hours of talktime, a 3.0 MP camera, GPRS, Bluetooth, expandable memory up-to 4 GB with a microSD card and an FM Radio.

 

This palm-sized device by Zen will be available in the stores for Rs 5,399.