Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G bookings now open via Airtel, to go on sale tomorrow

By on January 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G bookings now open via Airtel, to go on sale tomorrow

To give a fillip to its super fast fourth-generation mobile services, Bharti Airtel has tied up with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi to provide 4G device Redmi Note at a price of Rs 9,999 in six cities, including the National Capital. More →
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Airtel backtracks on VoIP plans but don’t celebrate just yet

By on December 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Airtel backtracks on VoIP plans but don’t celebrate just yet

Earlier today Airtel announced it was withdrawing its plans to charge extra for Over The Top (OTT) services including VoIP. However, it is not the time to celebrate just yet as things may get much worse in the coming weeks. More →
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Airtel now faces heat from fellow ILD operators over unfair marketing of ‘Airtel Talk’ VoIP app

By on December 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Airtel now faces heat from fellow ILD operators over unfair marketing of ‘Airtel Talk’ VoIP app

Airtel is courting enough controversy over its VoIP data packs from users, and now the company faces the heat from International long distance operators (ILDOs) like Vodafone, Tata Communications AT&T and Verizon. An Economic Timesreport suggests that the these ILDOs have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) to complain that Airtel was resorting to unfair means to promote its VoIP app, Airtel Talk.  More →
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Airtel withdraws controversial VoIP data packs, puts the ball in TRAI’s court

By on December 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

Airtel withdraws controversial VoIP data packs, puts the ball in TRAI’s court

Airtel’s plan to charge its subscribers extra for using VoIP services like Skype or Viber, and the data pack it announced have come under heavy criticism. Today however the carrier has issued a statement saying that it will be temporarily withdrawing the controversial data pack. More →
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Consumers take potshots at Airtel’s new VoIP data plan on Twitter with #FutureAirtelCharges

By on December 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Consumers take potshots at Airtel’s new VoIP data plan on Twitter with #FutureAirtelCharges

People are having a hard time accepting Airtel’s new tariff plan for using VoIP services. The largest telecommunications network in India by subscribers yesterday announced a new plan for using services like Skype and Viber wherein a user gets 75MB of data for Rs 75 with a validity of 28 days. Subscribers who don’t opt for this special plan will be charged at 4p/10KB on 3G network and 10p/10KB on 2G network.

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Opinion

F*ck you, Airtel

By on December 27, 2014 at 3:13 AM.

F*ck you, Airtel

First things first. F*ck you, Airtel. The carrier that claims itself to be "The smartphone network" has come up with the dumbest business plan - to charge separately for VoIP calls outside of the data plan one is already paying the carrier. Airtel's move is against the essence of net neutrality - the fabric of providing equal and fair access to all Internet services and content. In essence, Airtel wants to decide what consumers can access on the Internet in the data plan and for what Internet services they will have to pay extra. As a consumer, if I have bought 1GB of data from Airtel, I decide what I want to access with that data. But it seems for carriers like Airtel, there is no end to greed. More →
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Airtel announces VoIP exclusive pack of 75MB for Rs 75 as government looks to review its policy

By on December 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM.

Airtel announces VoIP exclusive pack of 75MB for Rs 75 as government looks to review its policy

Airtel, the largest telecom operator in India has announced a special data plan for the use of VoIP services on its network. The company announced today a ‘VoIP exclusive’ pack consisting of 75MB of data for Rs 75 with a validity of 28 days. The announcement comes two days after the telecom operator quietly started charging subscribers with premium rates for using Skype, Viber and other VoIP services regardless of the data plan users were subscribed to.

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