Archive for the ‘India’ Category

India Telecom Cap Number Portability Rate

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

India’s telecom regulator TRAI has now announced a cap on the price a subscriber would have to pay for shifting to a new operator while retaining her existing number. The maximum amount it will cost to port your phone number from one carrier to another will be Rs. 19. These new rates will go into effect Dec. 31st 2009.

Read the full story here http://www.medianama.com/2009/11/223-mobile-number-portability-in-india-at-rs-19-from-dec-31st-2009/

Blackberry India App Store

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Research In Motion, the maker of the smart phone Blackberry, has extended its application store to India, which includes third party applications by Indian media and entertainment firm such as Hungama, broadcaster CNBC-TV18 and application developer Geodesic.

Range, Pricing

A factor that affects the success of an app store is its range of applications. Other handset vendors such as Apple and Nokia were able to immediately tie up with Indian developers and media partners to offer India-exclusive applications on their respective application stores but RIM has only managed three. Will Indian users be dismayed by this small-scale, pocket-sized attempt? One wonders if such launches could spark off more independent mobile app sites on the lines of Getjar.com.

We attempted to search for the Indian pricing of applications online at the store – it is unavailable as of now. We have contacted the company to get details of paid applications and their pricing and will update this post soon.

Can we expect moderation in pricing compared to other app stores? Maybe not – the company has chosen to stay in its ivory tower while other handset manufacturers (Nokia with its E63 and HTC, Acer) are lowering price barriers.

Will Anybody Really Use The Store?

Recently, at the Geodesic earnings call, Kiran Kulkarni, MD, Geodesic, had revealed something that suggests (and this is our extrapolation and not Kulkarni’s) the app store might not find many takers. He said, “Fact is that 79% of Blackberry users use only voice in India and not its e-mail features.” So much for its “push e-mail” slogan! RIM might need to come up with new strategy for India and invest largely in advertisements that expound the real value of the handsets and that will encourage users to explore its functions.

via Here Comes The Blackberry India App Store | MediaNama.

Tata Docomo Commercials

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I’m loving the new Tata Docomo Commercials. The audio is great and they are so playful. Here are a few that I have found.
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BSNL Launches PrePaid Broadband Plans, More Expensive

Monday, October 26th, 2009

bsnl-mobile-indiaInstead of lowering rates for broadband, public sector owned telco BSNL, has launched a prepaid Broadband service, that appears to be more expensive on a monthly basis, than a post-paid one.

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Tata Docomo Launches Comics On the Go

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

tata-docomo-comicsTata Docomo has introduced a new value added service called “CoMix on-the-go”. This new service allows Tata Docomo subscribers to read full comic book content ranging from  ‘Mythological tales’ to the all popular ‘Supandi’ from Amar Chitra Katha, children favorite characters ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘Princess Diaries’ from Disney like and the powerful characters like ‘Sadhu’ and ‘Devi’ from Liquid comics. They have over 2000 titles currently available. Read the full story here »

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Virgin Mobile India Introduces New Low Rates

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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Virgin Mobile of India introduced two new recharge SIM cards available across India in denominations of Rs.16 and Rs.75 with Rs.16 recharge customers will get all local calls at just 30p/min after 1st 3 min of the day at Re1/min.
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Twitter and Bharti Airtel Partnership

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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Twitter formed a partnership with Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in India. Now you can receive twitter updates via SMS in India for free. Sending in Twitter updates from SMS still costs the normal SMS rate.
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Now is a great time to recharge those Airtel phones :)

mChek Awarded TiE-Lumis Partners Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

mChek (www.mchek.com), India’s leading mobile payment solutions provider, has been awarded the prestigious TiE-Lumis Entrepreneurial Excellence award. The award aims to recognize and applaud the entrepreneurs and startups that have braved the odds and made a mark in the industry.

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Airtel Launches Mobile Commerce Service On Voice

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Print edition appeared on Financial Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Economic Times and many more

Telecom major Bharti Airtel launched on Wednesday its m-Commerce service – “mChek on Airtel” – which will enable its customers to make payments on the voice platform

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Bharti and MTN Wont Merge

Monday, October 5th, 2009

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Bharti Airtel of India and the MTN Group of South African rival called off a $24 billion deal to create a low-cost telecommunications giant. The deal fell apart as a result of differences from the South African and Indian governments. This is the second failed attempt at a merger between these two companies. Deals of this nature can be difficult because of immature capital markets of developing countries and hands-on governments, which make corporations less independent than their counterparts in developed economies.

The New York Times has the entire story here »