As India moves towards a unified tax regime with GST becoming operational from tomorrow, there is both intrigue and concern across industries. Almost no sector is entirely sure of the ramifications of this major tax reform. The mobile phone industry, for instance, is uncertain of the taxes it'll have to bear, and the pros and cons of this reform across the value chain from manufacturers and distributors to retailers and customers.
Armed forces personnel are not facing any difficulties in charging their mobile phones and all communication equipment in use comes with integral power banks and generators, Parliament was told on Friday.
Petrol pumps across the globe all have a sign warning everyone against the use of mobile phones. But it also happens to be one of the most disregarded warning signs. To highlight the perils of not following the rules, Hyderabad City Police have posted a video on Facebook.
Increasing internet penetration and growing preference for online shopping is expected to push the digital commerce market to over Rs 1 lakh crore this year, a report said today.
Over 1.7 billion females in low-and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones and women on average are 14 percent less likely to own a mobile phone than men -- creating a gender gap of 200 million fewer women than men owning mobile phones, a report said.
Young Indian consumers are preferring mobile devices over traditional media like television and radio for information, current affairs as well as source of entertainment and this trend is poised to surge in the coming years, a private telecom operator said here Wednesday.
More people in India use connected devices like mobile phones and PCs for educational and professional purposes compared to those in developed markets such as the US and Japan, a study by IT firm Juniper Networks said yesterday.
Over 94 percent of popular Android applications used in the Middle East and Africa are potentially vulnerable, according to a report.
Soon you will be able to use traffic noise, music, chants from a football ground and even your own voice to charge your cell phone! Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Nokia have created an energy-harvesting prototype (a nanogenerator) that could be used to charge a cell phone using everyday background noise such as traffic, music, and our own voices.
This is the end of Nokia as we know it. Apart from slashing 12,500 jobs from Nokia's Devices and Services business that Microsoft acquired earlier this year, the company is also phasing out its feature phone and Nokia X Android smartphones. BGR India has access to an internal email sent by Jo Harlow to employees.
Indian electronic engineers have developed and tested a novel device that prevents automobile drivers from receiving or making a call with their mobile phones when at the wheel but allows passengers in the vehicle to use their phones.
The Election Commission has banned use of mobile phones inside polling stations in the Lok Sabha elections but has allowed use of SMSes by polling staff for sending reports to the election authorities. "Use of mobile phone within the polling station is prohibited. You, as Presiding Officer or your first polling officer can use it only for sending reports through SMS," the Election Commission said in its handbook for presiding officers for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
While the interim budget did propose to make mobile phones slightly cheaper, the production of phones in India is witnessing a huge decline. Phone manufacturers are outsourcing manufacturing to countries like Vietnam and Taiwan, while the Indian phone brands depend heavily on China. According to the Indian Cellular Association, number of phones produced in India dropped from 180 million in 2012 to just 125 million units last year, Hindu Business Line reports. The exports were affected too, displaying a decline of 59 percent.
The Department of Telecom said mobile tariffs are unlikely to rise in the near future as a result of the recently concluded spectrum auction because competition will restrain operators from hiking rates.
Lack of theatre-manners took an ugly turn when a couple was allegedly shot at by a retired police officer who became annoyed with their act of sending texts while sitting inside a Florida theatre, before a showing of 'Lone Survivor'.
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are getting hit by highly targeted attacks known as ''advanced persistent threats'' which is the biggest challenge for business.
The Indian government is soon going to roll out its rural mobile phone project (Bharat Mobile Scheme) to offer a free mobile phone with Internet connection to rural and poor people, which was supposed to get over by August 15, 2013 but was pushed ahead. Under this plan, the Indian government will utilize Rs 7,000 crore to provide 2.5 crore households with Internet-enabled mobile phones.
The Indian Telecom Commission has now proposed the use of only those mobile devices, which are made in India for the government's rural mobile phone project, the Hindu Businessline reports. This means that only those telecom vendors with their manufacturing units in India will be eligible to participate in the bidding process for the Indian government's plan to distribute free mobile phones that was announced a few months back. The government feels that this initiative under the Bharat Mobile Scheme will actually help in promoting the indigenous manufacturing units as well as entice some of the players to set up manufacturing units in India.
Mobile phones would be getting more expensive this fiscal year, especially those that cost more than Rs 2,000 as they will now attract an excise duty of 6 percent. Finance Minister P Chidambram made the announcement while tabling the annual budget in the Parliament today.