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RCom launches 3G services in India

13 Dec

RCom today announced the launch of 3G services on its GSM network. Like most other private carriers, RCom is offering HSPA+ services with theoretical speeds of up to 21 Mbps. The 3G network is live in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chandigarh at the moment with plans to launch it in all 13 circles where RCom has 3G spectrum by the end of this fiscal year. RCom has spectrum to offer 3G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa and Assam.

Unlike Tata DoCoMo, which offers tiered data pricing depending on the data transfer speed, RCom has announced a simple tariff structure that is independent of speed. The data speed will depend on the capabilities of the device used. Also, RCom won’t distinguish whether a connection is used on a cellphone, a USB modem or an Internet Tablet. The same SIM card can be used across devices.

Data tariff plans start from Rs 100 a month for 100 MB and go up to Rs 2,100 for 21 GB.

100 MB – Rs 100; 500 MB – Rs 399, 1 GB – Rs 649, 3 Gb – Rs 849, 10 GB – Rs 1,499, 21 GB – 2,100

In addition, RCom is also offering Pay As You Go (PAYG) plans where subscribers will be charged 10 paise/10 KB if their consumption is under 50 MB in a monthand 1 paisa/10 KB if they exceed 50 MB of usage. There is also a 25 MB 1-day pack for Rs 20 and a 125 MB 1-week pack for Rs 98. RCom will also offer two USB modems – an HSDPA 7.2 Mbps capable modem for Rs 2,599 and an HSPA+ 21 Mbps USB modem for Rs 4,499. Both these modems would be unlocked.

RCom won’t be offering video calling service at the moment as it awaits government clearance to offer the service. Other services on offer include a mobile TV service that would mimic RCom’s DTH service. It will offer over 120 channels with an electronic programme guide where users can set reminders for their favourite shows. Users will be able to subscribe to individual channels or packs for daily, weekly or monthly durations. Unlike other mobile TV services, users won’t have to pay data transfer charges while watching a channel. Which means, watching mobile TV won’t eat up your data plan.

We hope to get hold of a RCom 3G connection soon and review its service. Stay tuned in.

RCom launches Twitter via SMS, voice blogging services

19 Nov

Reliance Communications (RCom) today announced the launch of Twitter via SMS and voice blogging services for both GSM and CDMA subscribers. To get Twitter on SMS, RCOm subscribers have to send START as a text message to 53000. The service is free till November 30.

RCom has also launched a celebrity voice blog service where subscribers will be able to hear voice blogs of their favourite celebs via the carrier’s IVR service. Currently, RCom has roped in John Abraham Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Sonu Nigam, and regional film stars like Riya Sen (Bengali), Ravi Kisen (Bhojpuri) and Pooja Gandhi (Kannada) among others. The service is powered by Bubble Motion and RCom expects some sports stars to join sometime next year.

RCom starts talking about 3G, might offer download speeds of up to 21 Mbps on a HSPA+ network

31 Oct

After Tata DoCoMo, Vodafone and Airtel, it is now RCom’s turn to talk about flipping on the 3G switch. The carrier has added a section for 3G services and can be expected to make an official announcement as early as next week. The page does not talk about 3G tariffs but claims of providing up to 21 Mbps download speeds, which are consistent with an HSPA+ network. India might be one of those few countries where multiple carriers will offer HSPA+ speeds. RCom has licence to offer 3G services in 11 circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir. However, like other carriers can be expected to be finalising 3G roaming agreements to provide a seamless, Pan-India 3G experience.

RCom latest to form an alliance with Nokia, to offer Ovi Life Tools service along with other freebies

23 Aug

As anticipated, Reliance Communications (RCom) is the latest carrier to offer Ovi Life Tools service on its network after forming an alliance with Nokia like its rival carriers- Bharti Airtel and Tata DoCoMo. The subscription charges for education and entertainment services are Rs 30 per month and for the agriculture service, the subscription charges are Rs 60 per month. Apart from these monthly subscription models, users can also opt for single requests ‘the pay-per-use’ which will cost a user Rs 3 per request.

The good news doesn’t ends here; RCom will also offer 2 GB of free data usage per month for six months to its subscribers who use Nokia OMU handset (Ovi Music Unlimited including Nokia 5530, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6 16 GB, Nokia X6 8 GB and Nokia 5235). And for the Nokia GPRS-enabled handsets, the carrier will provide 200 MB of free data usage per month per for six months besides giving up to 1,800 free on-net minutes bundled with Nokia 1800 with six-months validity.

RCom subscribers can also purchase Reliance broadband datacards at an exclusive price of Rs 1,999 along with the purchase of any Nokia OMU handset.

RCom introduces Braille Bill service for the visually impaired in India

16 Aug

RCom has introduced a very noble service, the Braille Bill service, for the visually impaired in our country. It will be available for RCom’s postpaid customers and will provide details of current usage, bill amount, last dues, last payment and adjustments made. The Braille Bill will be dispatched to the visually impaired customers through post every month without any extra charges.

The Braille Bill service is a part of convenience option that RCom is introducing in the Indian market for its over 110 million mobile subscribers. There are currently 45 million people suffering from complete visual impairment across the globe out of which nearly 12 million reside in India.

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.

India adds 16.9 million mobile subscribers in May

29 Jun

According to TRAI’s report for telecom subscriber growth in May, India has added 16.9 million new mobile subscribers in May. With a wireless subscriber base of 617 million and the wireline subscriber base of 36 million, the total telecom subscriber base of India has crossed 653 million.

Airtel has added 3 million new subscribers in May followed by RCom and Vodafone, which added 2.8 million and 2.5 million new subscribers, respectively. While 10 out of 11 carriers have made net additions, Uninor has lost a few subscribers. Check out the subscriber additions of each carrier in the table below:

Carriers       May additions Wireless subscriber base
         (in millions)          (in millions)
         Aircel               1.6                40.07
         Airtel               3.0              133.6
         BSNL               1.05               71.6
         Idea               1.4               66.7
         MTNL               0.03                5.1
         Sistema               0.4                4.6
         RCom               2.8            107.9
         Stel               0.1                1.2
     Tata Teleservices               2.3              70.2
        Uninor           -0.008               5.0
       Vodafone              2.5            106.3

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.

Videocon and RCom announce unlimited Internet plans

16 Jun

Videocon mobile services and RCom have announced unlimited GPRS plans for their GSM subscribers. The former has launched unlimited GPRS plan for its subscribers in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Punjab. The ‘Unlimited Internet’ plan will cost Videocon subscribers Rs 96 and the pack will remain valid for a month. Download charges are not mentioned by the carrier as yet but like we know there will be fair usage cap.

RCom has announced MobileNet plan which will offer unlimited internet access to its prepaid and postpaid GSM subscribers. Users will get 2.5GB of free usage with the monthly pack and post usage of the free benefits, the download charges would cost RCom users 10 paise per 10 KB.

The operator will offer MobileNet plan in four variants which will be available at different prices:

Daily plan @ Rs 5

Weekly plan @ Rs 29

Fortnight plan @ Rs 51

Monthly paln @ Rs 99

Time for us to remind you which other carriers are offering unlimited GPRS plans  –  Aircel, Airtel, Tata DoCoMo and Uninor.

Who will offer 3G services in your neighbourhood?

19 May

Now that the 3G spectrum auction has been done and dusted with, the big question is whether your existing carrier will provide 3G services in your neighbourhood or not. Fret not, we have made it easier for you to figure that out. Now keep your fingers crossed as you go through this table and hope that your carrier’s name is along the name of the state that you live in. If it isn’t there, pray that Mobile Number Portability kicks in before 3G services begin.

Circle 3G Carriers present
Delhi Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Mumbai Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Maharashtra Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Gujarat Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Andhra Pradesh Aircel, Airtel and Idea
Karnataka Aircel, Airtel and Tata Teleservices
Tamil Nadu Aircel, Airtel and Vodafone
Kolkata Aircel, RCom and Vodafone
Kerala Aircel, Idea and Tata Teleservices
Punjab Aircel, Idea, RCom and Tata Teleservices
Haryana Idea, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh (East) Aircel, Idea and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh (West) Airtel, Idea and Tata Teleservices
Rajasthan Airtel, RCom and Tata Teleservices
Madhya Pradesh Idea, RCom and Tata Teleservices
West Bengal Aircel, Airtel, RCom and Vodafone
Himachal Pradesh Airtel, Idea, RCom and STel
Bihar Aircel, Airtel, RCom and STel
Orissa Aircel, RCom and STel
Assam Airtel, Aircel and RCom
North East Aircel, Airtel and RCom
Jammu & Kashmir Aircel, Airtel, Idea and RCom