A report by the Economic Times suggests that India’s top telecom providers Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Tata Teleservices are cutting down on freebies to increase their profit margins. The report in particular talks about slashing freebies and talk time on pre-paid vouchers. While this is nothing new as the telecom service providers have been on a spree to boost profit margins, it is nonetheless detrimental to consumers especially in a market like India where 96 percent of the cellphone connections are prepaid. More →
Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL) has announced its plans to bring its CDMA, GSM, 3G & Photon wings under one unified brand Tata Docomo. With this move, the brand Tata Docomo now moves to CDMA space and all Tata Indicom customers will now be migrated to Tata Docomo starting tomorrow. "We are pleased to welcome Tata Indicom customers into Tata Docomo family, offering them a new world of telecom and lifestyle-impacting experiences" said Deepak Gulati, Executive President, Mobility Business TTL. The carrier has also launched Photon Max on Tata Docomo which works on REV.B and offers fast surfing speeds up to 6.2 Mbps. It is the latest addition to its Photon family of high-speed mobile broadband products with 'Photon Plus' being the earlier version based on REV.A. Hit the break to check out the monthly plans of Photon Max. More →
Stealing MTS's thunder of being the world's first carrier to offer EVDO Rev B Phase II, Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTL) today announced plans to launch EVDO Rev B service of its own that will provide download speeds of up to 14.7 mbps, which will be available across 27 cities at the time of launch. MTS, on the other hand, is offering speeds up to 9.8 mbps and has launched only in Jaipur with plans to cover more cities later. Tata has not revealed whether its service is EVDO Rev B Phase I or Phase II. MTS will face difficulty to offer the service in major cities where it does not have multiple carrier channels, which are required to offer higher speed data service. TTL is currently testing the network and plans to launch its EVDO Rev B service in the latter half of September. It has not revealed any tariff plans, yet.
Tata Indicom has launched new BlackBerry data plans starting at just Rs 99 per month. Tata Indicom users can now enjoy BlackBerry Messaging Services(MaiLite), BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server plans at Rs 99, Rs 199 and Rs 599 respectively for the first three months after which standard monthly tariffs of Rs 299, Rs 399 and Rs 999 shall be applicable. Jump the break to find out more about these new plans. More →
D-Link has launched three 3G wireless routers in India, which can provide downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. The Le Petit Mini USB Router DWR-510 (pictured here) can work as a conventional USB modem when connected to a USB port or transform into a Mi-Fi router with the flick of a button. It is priced at Rs 7,299. The DWR-131, meanwhile, offers the functionality to either connect a USB modem or an ethernet cable for Internet access and creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for users. Priced at Rs 4,299, it has a 1790 mAh Li-ion battery and is compatible with both EVDO and HSPA+ networks (backward compatible). And finally, the DIR-456U, which is a pocket sized router with a rechargeable battery. Users can insert a data-enabled SIM card and create a Wi-Fi hotspot. The DIR-456U carries a price tag of Rs 6,899. Mi-Fi routers are becoming quite popular in India with brands like Micromax, Olive and now D-Link entering into the space. Even carriers like Tata Indicom and Vodafone are now offering their own Mi-Fi routers. While these devices are certainly priced a bit steep at the moment, we believe that prices will come down by the end of the year as competition between both the hardware vendors and carriers increases.