RIL plans to offer Rs 3,500 4G tablets, Rs 10/GB data plans: Report

By on December 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

RIL plans to offer Rs 3,500 4G tablets, Rs 10/GB data plans: Report

We are taking this one with a pinch of salt but The Economic Times is reporting that Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is likely to offer LTE tablets for Rs 3,500 and will offer data plans as low as Rs 10 for 1GB. This is not the first time we are hearing about the Rs 3,500 tablet but paying Rs 10 for 1GB of data sounds a bit unrealistic (of course, we won't mind). Currently, carriers offer about 100MB of 3G data for Rs 100 and RIL could wipe out the entire data market with its aggressive plans. Mind you, the same report claims that the company's plans to launch its 4G LTE network have been pushed from mid-2012 to late-2012, which puts more question marks on the authenticity of these tariff plans. Read
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4G services: TRAI extends time for sending views

By on November 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM.

4G services: TRAI extends time for sending views

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Wednesday extended till November 30 the deadline for sending comments on advanced mobile wireless broadband or fourth generation (4G) services. "All the stakeholders may now submit their written comments by November 30 and counter comments by December 7, 2011," TRAI said in a statement. The regulator had invited comments of stakeholders on consultation paper on advanced mobile wireless broadband services August 19. Initially, the written and counter comments from the stakeholders were sought up to September 20 and September 27 respectively. The last date for submission of written and counter comments was earlier extended to October 31 and November 7 respectively.

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Infotel Broadband acquires stake in e-learning firm

By on November 8, 2011 at 11:05 PM.

Infotel Broadband acquires stake in e-learning firm

As it nears the launch of its broadband wireless access services in the country, Infotel Broadband, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, Tuesday said that it has acquired 38.5 percent stake in Extramarks Education, a company focussing on education and digital learning. "The investment in Extramarks has been made through an affiliate company, Reliance Strategic Investments Ltd," the company said in a statement. The investment by Infotel will enable Extramarks pursue its aggressive growth plans in further developing services and wider market penetration also by utilising the money in computer-aided programmes. The company endeavours to provide computer-aided learning and reach out to the students in the remotest corner of the country. Its digital distribution model will provide services to the student community across age groups including education support and study help at affordable prices. In the auction for broadband airwaves held last year, Infotel Broadband had emerged as the sole pan-India winner and had paid for Rs.12,847.77 crore for the spectrum. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries had thereafter announced that the company had acquired a 95 percent stake in Infotel for Rs.4,800 crore (little over $1 billion) to enter the broadband services. The company is expected to launch its broadband wireless access services early next year.

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Aakash manufacturer in talks with RIL for cheap LTE tablet

By on November 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM.

Aakash manufacturer in talks with RIL for cheap LTE tablet

The jury might be still out on Aakash, DataWind's cheapest Android tablet in the world for the Indian government, the manufacturer is already in talks with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to make cheap TD-LTE-enabled 4G tablets. Business Standard is quoting DataWind CEO, Suneet Singh Tulli, where he confirms having had preliminary talks with RIL for making ultra-cheap 4G tablets. RIL has broadband spectrum to roll-out a TD-LTE network across the country. It plans to launch its 4G network sometime next year and is reported to have tied up with Disney's UTV to provide entertainment content. RIL is expected to launch its LTE network with affordable tablets and other devices, just like it did in 2002 when it launched its CDMA network, now called Reliance Communications. DataWind claims it has already received over 108,000 pre-orders for its commercial version of Aakash, which is priced at Rs 2,999 and comes with GPRS connectivity. Tulli claims the company has also received interest from institutions for 2.2 million units of the tablet. More →
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Unannounced Motorola DROID4 pictured, detailed

By on October 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM.

Unannounced Motorola DROID4 pictured, detailed

Images and details surrounding the unannounced Motorola DROID4 for Verizon Wireless have been published on the web, revealing a potential QWERTY-equipped counterpart for the just-unveiled Motorola DROID RAZR. The phone appears to carry the same shape as the new RAZR, however its slide-out keyboard makes it significantly thicker. Purported specs include a 4-inch display, 4G LTE compatibility for Verizon Wireless’ network, 1080p HD video capture support, an HDMI-out port, a secondary front-facing camera and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Droid Life speculates that the phone might also include the same 1.2GHz TI processor as the RAZR, and that the rear camera resolution matches the RAZR’s 8 megapixels. Two more images of the DROID4 follow below. More →

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iPad 3, LTE iPhone promise ‘monster’ Apple earnings next year

By on September 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM.

iPad 3, LTE iPhone promise ‘monster’ Apple earnings next year

Is Apple’s product pipeline too full of home runs to fail? The release of the iPhone 5, a second entry-level iPhone, the next iPad and even next year’s 4G LTE-powered iPhone will help Apple maintain its series of “monster” quarters according to Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland. He expects Apple to ship 26 million iPhones during the first quarter of next year, up from 23 million during the first quarter of this year. New product launches are the special sauce to Apple’s success, Sutherland says. “While the iPhone 4 appears to be selling well due to existing market demand and new markets, we expect a bump up from the iPhone 5 this October, and a lower end iPhone geared towards emerging markets,” he wrote in a research note. “With the introductions ahead of the holidays, we expect a monster FQ1 from Apple. Furthermore, in 1H12, we expect the introduction of a 4G LTE iPhone with a materially improved user interface and the iPad 3.” Sutherland also said Apple will revamp its Mac and iPod products in the future, as it always does, and he believes rumors that Apple will enter the connected TV market. Apple’s new iCloud service may contribute to additional media and app sales, further propelling Apple’s quarterly success, Sutherland said. More →

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Motorola ATRIX 2 images and details revealed

By on September 20, 2011 at 9:15 PM.

Motorola ATRIX 2 images and details revealed

BGR has just been given photos of the follow up to the original Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola ATRIX 2, internally known as the Motorola Edison. The Motorola ATRIX 2 will not be an LTE device according to our source, though the phone will launch with a dual-core processor (either 1.2 or 1.5GHz TI OMAP, we’d assume), an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, and Android Gingerbread 2.3.5. We weren’t given a launch time-frame, though we’d expect the phone to touch down in the next few months, most likely around Thanksgiving. Check out all of the photos in our Motorola ATRIX 2 gallery!


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Qualcomm announces multi-mode LTE TDD devices in India [IndiaOn]

By on August 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

Qualcomm announces multi-mode LTE TDD devices in India [IndiaOn]

Qualcomm, along with its OEM partners, Huawei, ZTE, Quanta and BandRich today announced the availability of a range of devices like dongles, Mi-Fi terminals and smartphones with multi-mode LTE TDD capability. The devices will be available before the end of 2011 and will be based on Qualcomm's MDM 9x00 chipset. These devices will work on LTE TDD in concert with 3G to enable seamless mobile broadband experience for Indian consumers. Hit the break for the complete press release. More →
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HTC Puccini Android tablet with LTE spotted in the wild

By on August 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM.

HTC Puccini Android tablet with LTE spotted in the wild

We had earlier exclusively reported about the HTC Puccini Android tablet and today Engadget has scored the first live images of the tablet in action. The Puccini indeed has LTE connectivity and runs Honeycomb on a 10.1-inch display. It is rumored to be running a 1.5GHz processor (Qualcomm in all likelihood) and is expected to be launched on AT&T soon. Let's hope that a variant of the Puccini is retailed outside the US, so we can at least hope for getting one ourselves. Hit the source for more pics. Read
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Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0

By on June 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0

Google is two devices deep in a quest to deliver its vision of what a mobile device should be, while pushing the envelope forward as far as specifications and collaboration is concerned. BGR has exclusively learned that Google’s next Nexus device, possibly called the Nexus 4G, is going to be an absolute beast. We have been told that the Google Nexus 4G will feature a next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU, and contrary to reports about it featuring an NVIDIA Kal-El processor, our source indicates it’s most likely an OMAP 4460 or a, ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon. The display is said to be a 720p HD “monster-sized” screen, and it won’t feature physical Android menu buttons below the screen anymore — everything will be software-based. More after the break. More →
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