Earlier today, Eric Schmidt stepped down as Alphabet’s Executive Chairman to assume the new role of a technical advisor. In addition, Reliance Jio launched new offers for the new year, Motorola offered festive discounts, and Apple faced a second class action lawsuit. We also saw a price cut for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and the launch of Airtel and Celkon’s new 4G smartphone. Here’s a brief look at the news stories of the day.
Reliance Jio Happy New Year 2018 plan
Reliance Jio announced two new offers for its prepaid users, under its Happy New Year 2018 plans. At Rs 199 and Rs 299, Jio believes it will deliver “higher data benefits” to its subscribers.
While the Rs 199 plan offers 1.2GB 4G data per day with a validity of 28 days, at the same validity the Rs 299 plan offer Rs 2GB data per day. The offers are available starting midnight today, that is December 23 12:00AM.
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Apple’s second class action lawsuit
Hours after Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit for purposely slowing down older iPhones, the company has reportedly been hit with another one that alleges essentially the same harms to consumers.
According to the filings, Apple has acted in “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” ways, with the iOS 10.2.1 update engineered to “purposefully slow down or ‘throttle down’ the performance speeds” of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7.
Motorola Christmas offer
Motorola announced various discounts on its range of smartphones in India. Offers available both online and offline, will last until December 30 and is part of its Christmas retail offers.
Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL price cut
The two smartphones are now available at lower-effective prices in India. While the Pixel 2 now starts at Rs 42,000, the Pixel 2 XL starting price has been revised to Rs 57,000.
Airtel and Celkon’s new 4G smartphone
Airtel and Celkon have announced the launch of Star 4G+ smartphone. The smartphone will be available at an ‘effective price’ of Rs 1,249. The smartphone currently retails at Rs 2,999.