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  1. 2 points
    I am NOT saying other operators were NOT looting, before jio days. Yes, they have looted and will continue to do so, if they get the slightest chance, even now. No doubts in that. I do agree that, people are getting huge benefits as well. I am NOT against the benefits for mass. I wholeheartedly welcome this. But why they are NOT caring about high ARPU users??? Do you think, they got profit, just from Jio's operations ALONE and NOT from funds of RIL??? Do you think, they will get returns for the 2.5 Lakh Crores, (this amount is as big as budget of few small countries) by offering to masses only? No, they need to concentrate on high ARPU users as well. I will be more happy, if they offered balanced services like, Rs49 Limited plan for feature phone users and Bulk benefits for high ARPU users. I am NOT losing anything, if Idea or Airtel goes to loss (they already are. Idea for 1 year & Airtel from last qtr for India operations). But lack of competition is a HUGE loss for customers. With NO competition, there will be NO need to ensure quality services. Already CC of Jio is the worst. Guess, the situation, when there is NO or little competition? It is much worse than Rs296/GB, imho. Reg "Revival of Looting Era" -- I don't think it will be as severe as AVoId days of Rs296 per GB for sure. At the max, it can go to Rs303 -- 1GB per day for 28 days. When saying LOSS to customers, it is NOT just about money -- It is loss of quality -- It is the loss of Choice -- It is the loss of peace of mind. With NO competition, your money is valueless. That is the real loss.
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    You may disagree, but the fact is that by giving away dirt cheap offers they can easily surpass Airtel (number of subscribers) by the next year & as far as ARPU is concerned they are already well off (reporting profits) so there is no need to concentrate on improving it, at least at the moment - when they are looking for more subscribers. This can be addressed as "Killing the competition" but just think what was happening before the entry of Jio - all telecom operators were simply LOOTING. Now Jio has emerged as a "Robin Hood" and may be killing the competition, but who is benefited - We the users (remember 80%of Indian population is still poor). This is the reason why they are after masses and not merely after the bunch of high ARPU customers. I would like to say that when the things are beyond our control & we can't do anything about the present situation it is better to enjoy the cheap data till the "Looting Era" revives again if ever (although not expected).
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    what is interesting is that Jio has kept the bench mark 149 ARPU level intact and increased the daily data limits. for all practical purposes, most people will not be able to consume full daily limit for entire validity, even if they manage for some days. psychologically, Indians would prefer to go for 149 (o its variation of long term ones) recharges instead of the 98 one, even if their requirements are more than satisfied by 2 GB monthly data. of course, thanks to whatsapp, a good amount of data gets used up just with the useless good morning/good night pictures/GIFs/Videos. JIO is using VOIP for voice so no extra charge of voice, as long as the call gets terminated within their own network. so they are trying to ensure just that by attracting as many person on board as possible. by giving the facility of queued recharges and bundling with cashbacks from various wallets, they are also ensuring that once a person is onboard, he/she remains with them for a long time. again, Jio will keep on coming out with offers and Indian psyche would induce people to keep queuing up recharges even though they may have a few queued up already. Mukesh bhai (or is it Mukesh Jr) has found a new way of perpetual contract carrier model on prepaid, without actually spelling it upfront. they have learnt from RIM mistakes. so in the end, it would be 149 APRU multiplied by number of users, not a small figure by any measure.
  4. 2 points
    Since Jio starting making money, now they are going all out and Jio is aware of the fact that network issue persist for all the operators. These prices are insane and now God bless us as service will further deteriorate.
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    Update: Did some RnD on Engineering Mode (*#546368#*371#) IMS setting and VoLTE Enabled on LG Phoenix 2 At&t. Now i can make voice call using Phone dialer without 4G support.
  6. 1 point
    did a recharge of Rs 49x13 for the Rs 1500 jio phone which my daughter uses so now voice will be free @ Rs 637 for a year (364 days) without any headache of paying / recharging. I dont see any other operator offering unlimited calling for both roaming as well as local in 637 bucks also dont see rates bottoming from Rs 49 / 28 days so this is a win win for heavy voice users or cases like mine where i dont want my child to have whatsapp access but only access to a phone.
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    jio 1500 phone users are for a bonanza with recharge rate falling to 49 from 153 for 28 days existing users can also avail this offer
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    Looks like, Jio is determined to kill the total competition... Whether this will be good or bad, only time will tell. Till then we have to digest the call drops, congested network, slow speeds, NIL voice clarity, even if we are ready to pay more for quality...
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    Is this the way they plan to offer competition to Jio or retain their subscribers from switching or lure new customers? It is really sad to see that such a big Telcom is not even capable of designing a good plan for its subscribers. This proves how much they care for their customers. Still dictating terms - (habit is something which is always difficult to change). It is high time for all operators in the field to come out with pure & simple plans without imposing much restrictions / confusing terms, instead should concentrate in maintaining the service quality so as to force the user to stay on their network. Because sincere customers are looking for good service and moderate prices (rock bottom or cheap pricing with odd restrictions is not required). Jio has left everyone behind in planning as it also has host of bundled apps along with data offering and since Jio has turned into profit (as reported in last quarter) now they may concentrate on strengthening their network wherever users are facing issues.
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    Idea Cellular slashed the rates of its 4G, 3G BIG Internet packs by upto 67%, providing more value to heavy internet users who consume data packs of 2GB to 10 GB. Last week, Idea had announced the price reduction by 45% in its sachet data packs. Idea is now offering 10 GB 4G, 3G data pack for just Rs. 990. Idea’s 2 GB data is now priced at just Rs 349, as against the earlier price of Rs 449. Idea users will now get 5 GB of 4G and 3G data at Rs 649 – a 67% more value than 3GB data earlier. Idea’s new BIG Internet packs will give both postpaid and prepaid data users the convenience to download movies, stream songs and play online games without worrying about data balance. Commenting on the recent rate revision, Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, said, “While the price reduction in our sachet data packs was aimed at inducting more users into the world of internet; the reduction in rates of BIG Recharge packs now, is aimed at delivering significantly higher Value for Money to our regular internet users. Our consumer research studies have indicated a growing demand for affordable high volume internet packs which we are aiming to fulfil with the new offers.” http://rtn.asia/t-t/20323/following-airtel-idea-cellular-also-slashes-4g-rates-ahead-reliance-jio-launch Airtel has today slashed data tariffs for its 2G, 3G and 4G prepaid users. In essence, the company has increased the amount of data one gets on each plan by up to 67 percent. Airtel’s announcement comes days after Idea Cellular too slashed prepaid data tariffs by up to 45 percent. The moves come after reports of Reliance Jio planning to launch its services next month. Even if it doesn’t launch commercially, Reliance Jio is expanding its free Preview Offer from just LYF smartphones to Samsung Galaxy smartphones and even Apple iPhones. Under the revised plans, a user opting for Rs 655 monthly pack will now get 5GB of 4G data as opposed to 3GB earlier. In other words, the user gets 67 percent data benefit. Similarly, users opting for Rs 989 or Rs 455 plans will get 10GB (up from 6.5GB) and 3GB (up from 2GB) data respectively. http://www.bgr.in/news/reliance-jio-effect-airtel-slashes-data-tariffs-for-prepaid-plans-by-up-to-67-percent/ Now RJio 4G plans are costlier than Airtel and Idea. Expecting Vodafone to also match the Airtel and Idea rates.
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    Airtel drops plans to charge extra for VoIP calls following outrage http://m.ibnlive.com/news/tech/airtel-drops-plans-to-charge-extra-for-voip-calls-following-outrage/520315-11.html
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    DoT refuses to extend licences of Vodafone, Airtel; asks telcos to participate in spectrum auctions Source NEW DELHI: In a major setback to Vodafone India, the telecom department has denied its request for extension of licences in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata that are coming up for renewal in late 2014. A top communications ministry official said a similar request from BhartiAirtel has been rejected as well. In a communication to Vodafone, accessed by ET, the telecom department (DoT) has said under the new policy on spectrum allocation, airwaves have been delinked from licence. Therefore, the firm must participate in the auctions to be held later this year to access airwaves at market price. "Unless you participate in auctions and get your bid confirmed, you would not be entitled to wireless licence, which is a requisite," DoT said. It added that Vodafone was given a chance to participate in auctions, concluded early this month, but it stayed away. "In the circumstances, we find no reason to grant you an extension contemplated by Clause 4.1. It is also not expedient to do so as there is no inclination shown by you to come to settle new terms and conditions in pursuance of and in conformities of the extant policies...Consequently, your request for an extension for 10 years on the same terms and conditions stands rejected," the DoT notice said. DoT's Refusal to Prolong Legal Battle The department went on to add that government held the sole right to allocate spectrum and that Vodafone cannot claim any right, "much less preemptive right" with regard to extension of its permits under Clause 4.1 of the licence. A Vodafone spokesperson said the company was 'deeply disappointed' with the rejection of its request. "Vodafone is deeply disappointed with the summary rejection of its request for extension of its licences in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas by DoT. This decision is against the interests of our several million customers in these cities/circles. In addition, there appears to be no acknowledgment by DoT of the full and faithful operation of the licence (by Vodafone) for 18 years...Vodafone has also been consistently contributing several crores in revenues to the national exchequer. Clearly, in DoT's opinion, these aspects are not important for determining expe-diency," the spokesperson said. A senior telecom department official added that similar notices would go out to Bharti Airtel by Monday or early next week. DoT's decision will prolong the legal battle between telecom operators and the government and will in all likelihood cast a shadow on the government's plan to refarm, or redistribute, airwaves in the 900 Mhz band.
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    Will CDMA suffer from this hike too? I thought this whole 2G scam was related to GSM cause CDMA works on different frequency. I thought 2G scam was about the 850MHz/900MHz(whichever works in India) band.
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    AirHELL increasing base tariff in India is good for Africa... They shamelessly calls themselves as India's network... I too agree that TRAI will intervene for sure, if the suitcases given to them are NOT enough... Their MoU (Minutes of Usage) will get a severe beat in coming months (happened earlier)...
  18. 1 point
    Why sending DND request on 1909 is showing error msg 'wrong keyword'??
  19. 1 point
    Very good initiative by TRAI. Operators loot public during the blackout days.
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    Understand the meaning of LTE = Long Term Evolution Rarely does one come across a name which signifies the meaning so effectively.
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    TD LTE is technology developed and implemented in china
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    Following is an excellent article written by one of our RIMweb member INCEPTION. His name is Rudradeep Biswas and he contributes articles to Telecomtalk. Thank You Rudradeep. Fantastic Work Mate. Original Article Link At Telecomtalk http://telecomtalk.info/cdma-in-india-past-present-and-future/50370/ In midst of the controversy of 2G spectrum scam and excitement of 3G and MNP, India's telecom watchdog TRAI released active user's base of all telecom operators based upon Visitor Location Register (VLR). This heats up the old arch rivalry between GSM and CDMA operators on spectrum issue. Though this study is not good enough to comment on, as TRAI did not specify any time period for VLR, but it shows Airtel, Vodafone and Idea has more than 75% active subscribers in their network compared to Reliance has 66% and Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has 45% – below than 70% of total active subscribers, based on September 2010 data. Following this, COAI – the lobby of GSM operators (mostly Airtel, Idea and Vodafone) hit back AUSPI (union of CDMA operators, face of TTSL and RCom) saying as they have more active customers and thus need of spectrum for them is logical and they do not hold extra spectrum as TTSL accused them. Note that existing policy gives a maximum of 15 MHz of airwaves per circle to GSM players; while the limit for CDMA players is 7.5 MHz. Recently TDSAT rejects TTSL's appeal for taking back extra airwaves from GSM players.CDMA had helped mobiles to reach masses of India via Reliance India Mobile, but now CDMA is not first choice of India, as it is said. But fact is it also could be GSM, if Mukhesh Ambani led Reliance Infocomm chose it. CDMA got mass acceptance due to operator's marketing strategy in a GSM-predominant market. At the same time CDMA gave them some advantages also like efficient spectrum use, greater coverage area, superior voice quality and security than GSM. Reliance Infocomm pioneered in pushing mobiles to masses, the whole thing turns better when lifetime prepaid validity comes, multi SIM handsets launched and new operators bring rock bottom tariff. CDMA Road Map in India * December 2002: Reliance Infocomm started its CDMA mobile services with brand name of Reliance India Mobile with the tagline of 'Karlo duniya Mutthi Mein' * January 2005: Tata Teleservices started its CDMA services with brand name of Tata Indicom. * January 2006: 'One Nation-One Rupee' tariff plan introduced by Reliance Infocomm. * October 2007: DOT allows CDMA players to enter GSM mobile service using Dual Technology platform. * February 2008: Licenses issued to New Telecom Service Providers, only Sistema-Shyam choose CDMA. * October 2008: Reliance rolls out GSM services with pan India approach. (Note Smart GSM services in eastern circles are owned by Reliance subsidiary) * November 2008: Tata DOCOMO arises out of the Tata Group's strategic alliance with Japanese telecom major NTT DOCOMO. * March 2009: Sistema Shyam started pan India rollout with brand name of MTS. * June 2009: Tata Tele starts GSM operation under brand name of Tata Docomo * March, 2010: RCOM reaches 100 million subscriber marks including GSM and CDMA subscribers. When Reliance and TTSL both entered GSM market, both said they will continue to focus on their CDMA business. But as we can see both CDMA major saw a way better response on GSM segment. Also when new 2G licenses were issues in 2008, only SSTL chose CDMA. Check out current status of Reliance and Tata Teleservices (GSM and CDMA): (Note: Oct '08 Reliance GSM rolled out, June '09 Tata GSM/Tata Docomo rolled out) - CDMA is loosing the ground – Why? Handset Issue:CDMA is a patented technology and every manufacturer make cdma phones have to pay Qualcomm. As a result a cdma phone is priced more than a GSM phone with similar features. Also cdma handset market is small and options are limited. CDMA got a blow when leading phone makers Nokia and Sony Ericsson stopped making cdma phones. CDMA handset market is led by Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei. Also mediocre battery backup (because of continuous nature of transmission) makes these handsets not a good choice for most consumers. Though introduction of open market handsets (OMH) by Samsung & others is now changing the situation. You can use non-OMH RUIM (equivalent to SIM of GSM), but data sevices and operator's portal can not used unless you get OMH RUIM. It has some drawbacks – you may not get it all places and it does not come free of cost, compared to you can use a GSM SIM to any device (mobile/modem/laptop/tablet) which has a SIM slot. Same thing applies when EVDO/1X data cards come in talk. No private CDMA operators (Reliance, Tata and MTS) sell RUIM for using on customer's own EVDO data card. They sell network-locked data cards. Only BSNL sells CDMA RUIM cards for voice and data. But BSNL CDMA services are not commercially available all over the country. Also there are also limited options for CDMA data cards. SIM-Advantage of GSM: The success of Reliance was based on bundled handset offer. Both Reliance and Tata Indicom sold thousands of Motorola C131, an early cdma b/w handset. Till date most cdma phones are sold with network locked, even if it is RUIM enabled. With worldwide availability of GSM networks (virtually everywhere), global roaming is easier if you are on GSM. Internet on Mobile: Broadband penetration in India is poor, most Indians get into internet for 1st time via mobile. GPRS/EDGE enabled GSM networks and wide range of GPRS/EDGE supported handsets favors the situation to GSM. With limited handsets, most of which do not support 1X connectivity CDMA could not be a mass adaptation! Also like GSM operators have GPRS pack (2GB at around Rs. 100), CDMA operators do not offer 1X Data packs. Recently Tata Indicom has come up with 1X data packs. CDMA lost this game because of limited handsets with data support and operators' lack of interest to be into the ring. Interestingly CDMA players, who are never keen to capture data market on mobile, launched high speed internet via USB dongle (EVDO) for using with computers to capture wireless internet market first. Before 3G comes, EVDO data cards (speed 2.4 – 3.1Mbit/s) were the only option for high speed wireless internet. No Long SMS and USSD: Those who are high SMS users are generally staying away from CDMA, because network does not support any SMS longer than 160 characters – SMS is delivered in parts, it is really painful to forward the long SMS to others. USSD code which offers real time connection on GSM is not supported on CDMA, it is done by SMS if operators really like to do it! 3G and MNP: These are main factors which will control the telecom growth in 2011, and both of them can erode the growth of CDMA. With Mobile Number Portability (MNP) it is expected more and more users will move to GSM while retaining their numbers. At the same time GSM players 3G offerings also lure the customers to enter into GSM space leaving CDMA. Better handsets and same SIM for mobile and data card – it will hike up GSM operators' growth. Also CDMA players can not offer video calls on their current EVDO network. These 3G and MNP will have a very negative effect on CDMA's growth. Though LTE is the common upgrade path for GSM and CDMA, CDMA to LTE path is more complex than UMTS/HSPA to LTE upgrade. Currently there are 6 operators offering CDMA mobile services - # RelianceCommunications (mobile, high speed internet, fixed wireless) # Tata Teleservices – brand name Tata Indicom/Virgin Mobile (mobile, high speed internet, fixed wireless) # Sistema-Shyam Teleservices – brand name MTS India (mobile, high speed internet, fixed wireless) # BSNL CDMA (mobile, high speed internet, fixed wireless) # MTNL under brand name of Garuda (mobile, fixed wireless, 1X data services) – available in Mumbai and Delhi. # Quadrant Televentures Ltd (formerly HFCL Infotel Ltd) under brand name of Ping Mobile (mobile, fixed wireless) – in Punjab circle only. All CDMA operators in India is using 800MHz spectrum Advantages of CDMA in the context of Indian scenario: Though technically CDMA has more benefits than GSM, we are talking about the points which are very relevant in the context of Indian scenario. It can accommodate more users per MHz of bandwidth – efficient use of spectrum; it is ideal for a spectrum-starved country like India. CDMA has no built-in limit to the number of concurrent users. It is able to produce a reasonable call with lower signal (cell phone reception) levels – beneficial to rural users situated far from cells. CDMA also offers better coverage area – better for rural penetration. CDMA offers superior voice quality compared to GSM. CDMA has a well-defined path to higher data rates and increased cellular communications security. Also 3G from GSM players using 2100Mhz spectrum requires around 3 times more BTS covering same area compared to 800Mhz CDMA spectrum used for offering EVDO service. Both CDMA and GSM have their merits and limitations, but as India is a predominant market of GSM operators, users base of CDMA is decaying. What could be the future roadmap for CDMA in India: With MNP kicks in pan India, voice users will shift from CDMA to GSM. With less voice users, the momentum must be given to data. If the operator have 5 MHz, i.e. 4 carriers of 1.25MHz they can upgrade to EVDO Rev B by multi carrier mode, allotting one/two carrier for voice and the rest three/two for data. 2X EVDO Rev.B can give upto 6.2 Mbps and on 3X EVDO Rev. B can give upto 9.3Mbps. Globally there are three commercial EVDO Rev B network is available (Smart Telecom of Indonesia, PTCL in Pakistan and China Telecom of China). In India Tata Tele already tested for 2X Rev B with ZTE. And MTS plans for hardware upgrade its network to support maximum 4.9Mbit/s per carrier, so with 3 carriers it can offer upto 14.7Mbit/s! CDMA players are offering 3.1Mbps download speed with EVDO Rev A on their 2G 800Mhz spectrum, this is almost similar to GSM operators 3G offering – 3.6Mbps. CDMA players did not have to pay some thousand crore rupees for getting 3G spectrum, still the dual mode operators (Reliance and Tata) who are offering both 3G and EVDO data services are priced almost similarly to cut down competition between their 3G and EVDO services. BSNL, the PSU operator is probably priced the most reasonably for EVDO and 3G services. BSNL offers 3G at a price double of EVDO – BSNL EVDO unlimited comes at Rs. 750 and 3G unlimited data comes at Rs. 1499. As there is a little chance of auction of CDMA 3G spectrum at 2.xGHz band private operators can choose a roadmap which is shown in the following figure: Brief Technical details of CDMA :[/b]CDMA2000 family (next to CDMAone/IS95 which was for only voice) 1xRTT or just 1X-Core CDMA2000 wireless air interface standard, supports packet data speed upto 153kbps (DL & UL) 1X Enhancements-1.5 x increases in the voice capacity, supports packet data speed upto 153kbps (DL & UL) – NOT Commercially successful. 1X Advanced-Up to 4x increase in the voice capacity of today's networks, Frees-up spectrum for high revenue earning EV-DO data services, Up to 70% increase in coverage with same capacity as today, supports packet data speed upto 307kbps (DL & UL) 1x-EVDO or EV (Evolution Data Only) * EV-DO Rev 0: Upto 2.4Mbit/s downlink, 153kbps uplink. On realtime use downlink is average of 800kbps. * EV-DO Rev A (DOrA): Upto 3.1Mbit/s downlink and upto 1.8Mbit/s uplink using single carrier of 1.25MHz. Supports VoIP and video telephony. * EV-DO Rev B (DOrB): It is the multi carrier upgrade of Rev A. With multicarrier Rev B can support upto 9.3Mbps using 3 carriers of total 5MHz. With H/W upgrade Rev B can deliver upto 4.9Mbps downlink per carrier. Uplink upto 5.4Mbps. With EV-DO Rev B as allowing the combination of up to 15 1.25 MHz radio channels in 20 MHz – significantly boosting peak theoretical rates to 73.5 Mbps. (DO Advanced) * DOrC: also known as Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB)/CDMA 4G. Qualcomm discontinued it in November, 2008. As a result Long Term Evolution(LTE) will be natural upgradation pathway for CDMA operators, though it is more complex than migrating from UMTS-HSPA to LTE. * EVDV- Evolution Data and Voice Qualcomm stopped developing EVDV chipsets in 2005. Recently Verizon has taken initiative to roll out Voice over Rev A (VoRA) to offer Apple iPhone CDMA on its network. Notes: * CDMA spectrum is allocated carrier wise. Each carrier is of 1.25 MHz. Initially operator is given 2 carriers i.e 2.5 MHz and then one carrier to be added depending on increase in subscriber base. (Hence it'll be 2.5 then 3.75 then 5 and so on) As per current allocation methodology, each CDMA operator is contractually permitted to receive till 5 MHz without any additional charge and can have maximum 7.5MHz in a circle area. * UMTS is also a CDMA-based 3G technology (WCDMA) that represents an evolutionary step forward for the 2G GSM networks. The 1x technologies operate in the 1.25 MHz radio channels, compared to the 5 MHz channels used by UMTS, resulting in lower theoretical peak rates, but similar average throughputs for high level of network loading. * CDMA450 represents a family of CDMA2000 technologies that operate across the 410-470 MHz band. GSM Evolution: 2G(WAP/GPRS) > 2.75G (EDGE) & EDGE Evolution > 3G UMTS/WCDMA > HSPA > HSPA+ > LTE
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    MTS licence covers CDMA or GSM spectrum? if CDMA, they could possibly make a case out of that itself. and in terms of customer base, MTS CDMA is definitely not a small operator. Add to that the fact that MTS Russia is owned by the Russian Govt.
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    apple is so arrogant that they will prefer to stop selling all apple products in india rather than comply with a single objection raised in the complaint. some of the points for CCI are moot: 1. you can buy ipad unlocked from any apple store so its not tied to any particular operator i think the same is true for iphones also 2. non-apple outlets like staples, jumbo, reliance etc are selling ipads now [at least in the top 4 metros] but apple will never support flash or non-app store software or even allow music downloads in india and they will charge a premium over singapore, HK, USA etc for unlocked / unsubsidised products in fact india will remain the highest priced market for apple for the foreseeable future the silver lining is that it will spawn a lot of android clones at affordable prices and apple will continue to have negligible sales from here
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    No use, nothing will come out of complaints as they use international gateways to send spam SMS' Anothr thing I wanted to point out was that beyond 100 SMS' per day, Vodafone is charging at base rates. This is totally unjustifiable and unethical. hey are enriching themselves due to this stupid TRAI rule. In my RGSM connection, I cannot send a single SMS beyond 100 SMS per day at all, no matter whatever I try to do. Atleast RCOM is not enriching themselves like the greedy Voda, No idea about the other gangsters...
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    Any idea if the Torch Series will come in CDMA also. Though 9930 will be in Global Mode Like 9650/9530.
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    Karbonn releases 3G-enabled low-cost Android phone at Rs. 6,999 - Karbonn A1 Source. Karbonn has launched its first Android-based handset in India, the Karbonn A1. Priced at Rs. 6,999, it joins the ranks of low-cost Android handsets from companies like Micromax, Spice, and Huawei. Like the Huawei Ideos U8150 and the new Micromax Andro A70, the Karbonn A1 comes with a capacitive touchscreen. The Karbonn A1’s most remarkable features are its connectivity options, which include 3G (7.2Mbps HSDPA) and GPS, as well as Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, apart from Bluetooth. Running Android 2.2 Froyo, the Karbonn A1 has a 2.8-inch display (resolution unknown), a 600MHz processor, a 3.2MP camera, a 3.5mm audio jack, and expandable microSD storage up to 32GB. Also onboard is SWYPE text input functionality, as well as various bundled apps, such as Bollywoodji, Saavn Music, and Tune Wiki. Karbonn is looking to get behind the popular Android platform in a big way in India, and apart from strongly promoting the A1, it intends to launch three other Android phones shortly. Let us hope it manages to deliver usable and well-built devices at prices that trigger even greater adoption of Android in India, providing choice in a still rather empty low-cost market.
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    HTC Sensation Arrives in India Rs 29,299 (After icicilb Code Rs 1,200 Discount http://www.letsbuy.c...nsation-p-18158 It's a beauty and worthy contender to Galaxy S II.. Fight begins now.. Official HTC Webpage http://www.htc.com/w...n/overview.html
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    Seems like the deal (Number of suitcases to DoT from RIM) got finalized after a very very long bargaining...
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    She should think positively and use the time to compose more poetry... with the condition that she does not inflict it on other hapless inmates.
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    Raja on TIME’s List of Top Power Abuses Former Indian telecom minister A. Raja’s alleged lowball pricing of mobile phone spectrum at the behest of his corporate pals is arguably India’s biggest corruption scandal. But should it really be considered among the top all-time abuses of power in the world? TIME magazine has a new list of the “Top 10 Abuses of Power” and it puts Mr. Raja’s so-called 2G scam at No. 2, just behind the “Watergate” scandal that shook American politics and brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974. We at India Real Time think that is a big stretch and is an example of the hyperbole that often surrounds the “2G” spectrum case. The dodgy Indian spectrum sale of 2008 led to several billion dollars in lost potential revenue for the Indian treasury, according to Indian investigators. No one really knows how much the spectrum would have been worth in an auction, and neither investigators nor the media has yet been able to show how much bribe money was paid out to Mr. Raja or his associates. Moreover, it may be a bit early to add Mr. Raja to such a list, given that India’s legal system has yet to render its verdict on him. Mr. Raja, who denies wrongdoing, is facing trial on criminal charges of conspiracy, cheating and forgery. We’re not minimizing the 2G case by any means. Taxpayers should be infuriated if lucrative public airwaves were dealt on the cheap to someone’s cronies. That is indeed a scandal. But if we’re talking about the Global Hall of Infamy here, one would think TIME would include on the list – well ahead of Mr. Raja – the despots and strongmen of Asia, Africa and the Middle East who have verifiably looted their nations and lined their pockets with cash while taking care of their families too. Nowhere on the list, for example, is Indonesia’s former President Suharto, who Transparency International has said misappropriated between $15 billion to $35 billion in state funds during his 32-year rein. This wasn’t lost potential state revenue. These were assets directly controlled by Suharto and his family. (Ironically, it was TIME whose 1999 article helped expose the staggering scale of the Suharto family’s fortune in “cash, property, art, jewelry and jets.” Also not making the cut in TIME’s list: Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Soko, who amassed about $5 billion in wealth over three decades in Zaire (modern-day Congo), according to Transparency. It’s not even clear that Mr. Raja’s funny business with frequencies is the worst-ever abuse of power in India. Some Indians might nominate former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s imposition of emergency rule from 1975 to 1977, when the government halted elections, suspended civil liberties and cracked down on political opposition. It’s hard to tell what TIME’s criteria were for this list. It apparently isn’t limited to government officials, since No. 3 is Dennis Kozlowski and his weirdly opulent lifestyle as CEO of Tyco (when he used corporate funds for such lavish items as a $6,000 shower curtain). There are so many corporate chieftains who have broken trust with shareholders or investors – from the management of Enron to Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme – that it’s hard to know why Mr. Kozlowski was singled out. In the realm of corruption, the Chinese food safety tsar who took bribes to let substandard products into the market is No. 9. There are also several sex scandals on the list, including Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” parties and his alleged payment for sex to an under-aged Moroccan woman; and the coerced concubines of North Korean despot and “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il. There’s no mention of what is arguably the biggest U.S. sex scandal, former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. If this is supposed to be a ranking of abuses of power, sex scandals would seem relatively minor compared to dictators who have committed genocides on their populations or otherwise used the state’s might to attack political opposition. There are numerous such examples. We assume that TIME decided human rights abuses shouldn’t be factored into this particular list. Regardless, it is hard to see how the loss of potential revenue – even a huge amount – from the sale of mobile phone frequencies in India qualifies as the second-worst abuse of power in the world. Not to minimize what Mr. Raja is accused of but sadly there have been much worse abuses of power than that. Via : Wall Street Journal
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    If you are talking about MTS HTC pulse, YES both Voice and Data work.
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    Bharti Airtel may buy Qualcomm's BWA biz Bharti Airtel is likely to buy yet-to-be-launched Indian wireless broadband business of Qualcomm, industry sources said. The US-based chip maker is set to be in discussions with the country's largest telecom operator to sell its BWA licences in all four circles, sources told ET NOW. The valuation of the deal is likely to be around $1.2-1.3 billion, with a premium of 25-30%. Qualcomm has broadband wireless licences in four circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala and Haryana and had paid $1.05 billion for these permits and airwaves. "Qualcomm is not expecting much of a premium on these licences. It expects only a commitment from the operator that it will use its LTE TDD technology ," an industry source added. ET Now had earlier reported that along with Bharti Airtel, Aircel was also in talks with Qualcomm to buy its wireless broadband business. Earlier, Bharti Airtel had shown interest for Delhi and Haryana, while Aircel had shown interest for Mumbai and Kerala circles. But ET NOW learns that Aircel, a unit of Malaysia's Maxis Communications has walked out of the deal because of various issues. Qualcomm refused to confirm that it was selling to Bharti Airtel, but in an email statement said: "Qualcomm has publicly stated that it will work with 3G operators to develop the 3G+LTE ecosystem, commercially deploy LTE TDD in the broadband wireless spectrum, and then exit its India venture. Consistent with those goals, discussions with 3G operators in India on LTE TDD commercialisation and commercial discussions related to Qualcomm's broadband spectrum are indeed ongoing. These discussions are however confidential and Qualcomm cannot comment on speculation regarding specifics." When contacted, the Bharti Airtel spokesperson said: "As per company policy, we do not comment on speculation." Qualcomm is best known for pioneering the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, which is used by several mobile phone companies, including Reliance Communications , Tata Teleservices and Sistema-Shyam in India. The San Diego-based company had earlier told Indian telecom companies that the buyer of its broadband permits will have to give an undertaking to use these airwaves only to offer services on the upcoming Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Qualcomm's upcoming TD-LTE technology directly competes with Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), a platform that is being pushed by global giants such as Intel and Google. The American chip maker has a history of participating in spectrum auctions to popularise and expedite the commercialisation of new technologies, and has successfully bid for airwaves in both the US and the UK. Qualcomm India has Global Holding and Tulip Telecom as its India partners, each holding about 13% stake in the company. Both companies will also sell their stake, if Bharti Airtel is successful in buying the BWA licences of Qualcomm India. Source : ET
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    :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: karunanidhi wants to win election and this way he is trying to get sympathy votes.. wht will happen to our netas?? Supreme Court shoould also stop this using him till the verdict is out... i thought it was Pramod Mahajan who made telecom affordable. remember, he favor RCOM and after which rates dropped like anything... sorry n tnhx amit... edited
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    Still Sibal's claim of "NIL" loss actually holds good. CAG's hypothetical figures remain notional till date. Raja's arrest is purely for procedural irregularity of changing 'first come first serve' to 'first pay first serve' thus helping some companies to jump the rest in the queue.
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    KOLKATA/DELHI: The telecom department has just told the home ministry that Aditya Birla Group-promoted Idea Cellular’s monitoring solutions for the super-secure BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) do not make the cut. Idea Cellular, incidentally, is the only mobile phone company to have demonstrated interception solutions for BIS. In an internal communique to the home ministry, the Department of Telecom (DoT) said that Idea’s encryption solution is ‘user-unfriendly’ as it fails to open any emails with .jpg attachments, coupled with the fact that all intercepted content is loaded with junk data. “The email and web browsing interception mechanism demonstrated by Idea Cellular is not user-friendly as the intercepted content is embedded in undesirable junk data, making it difficult to locate the actual useful content in the intercepted email. The system also could not open any emails with .jpg attachments. The company should be asked to provide the tools to open all email attachments, including those in .jpg formats,” notes a telecom department communique to the home ministry, which was reviewed by ET. The telecom department also wants the home ministry to give companies like Nokia and Cisco the same treatment as BlackBerry by nudging them to demonstrate encryption solutions for their range of enterprise services offered in India. “The home ministry should assess Nokia and Cisco’s compliance levels for their enterprise services, in so far as providing interception solutions in step with the requirements of the law enforcement agencies,” said a telecom department official with direct knowledge of the matter. The latest developments come as Canada’s Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone , edges closer to the end-January 2011 deadline of sharing the encryption keys and codes of its secure email and BlackBerry Messenger services with India’s security establishments. In a customer update, aimed at allaying concerns of an impending ban, RIM asserts that it “continues to be as co-operative as possible with the government in the spirit of supporting legal and national security requirements.” Source : Economic Times
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    Yeah, much needed for the operators, else many will switch to the 3G provider once MNP starts. I wonder if the subscriber will have to pay anything extra when using a different provider for 3G services though.
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    Good news for the customers whose operator has no 3g license in their circle. But what about the 3G tariff by the private players? Initially the tariffs may be sky high.If 3 biggies form an alliance to share the revenue.Hard times for the customer to escape their high tariffs.
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    QUOTE from the above article - ...New entrants such as Unitech, Etisalat, Sistema and Videocon said they were shocked that TRAI had cut termination charges by only 33% and added that it was "too little to create a level-playing field with existing operators". Mr Raja has since maintained that a further reduction in termination charges was vital towards ensuring his dream of consumers enjoying local calls at 10 paise/minute and STD calls at 25 paise. So far, large GSM operators had strongly opposed any further reduction in termination charges as they feared that this would further impact their revenues and profits....
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    This is really too much stupidity. I am not getting payee confirmation SMS from ICICI and I need to transfer money urgently. Always used to get it instantly. But not getting it now even after 5 tries of adding/deleting the payee.
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    yeah i m still able to send sms to my 26 members group... had ho gyi ye to.
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    DoT instructs all the BTS installed before 18.05.2010 must be self-certified by 15.11.2010. DoT has relaxed the clause of submitting layout and photograph of sites for the first submission on 15.11.2010. However, in the next annual sbumission which is due on 15.11.2011, all sites' layout and photograph must reach DoT. BTS installed on or after 18.05.2010 must be self-certified before radiating. DoT says BSNL/MTNL will not have any special treatment. http://dot.gov.in/as/MNP/MNP_27.08.2010.pdf Kudos to DoT for following up the matter with seriousness. :clap:
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    nice review, Arun.. I am also going to apply for one tomorrow.. And as ur, I am also staying some where near to a BSNL office ( tover ) and I hoope the initial tests will be fine.. I am a bit confused on which plan to apply for, the 1K plan comes without a static IP and the 2K one, the static IP is included.. So my question is you you have frequent disconnections or DHCP reset issue? Of course, it varies from town to town, but still... Is that a built in Wi-Fi router ? Vinod
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    Analyst Angle: BWA in India: WiMAX, TD-LTE and things in the rearview mirror Flap over security concerns could hobble Huawei, ZTE growth in India source :: http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20100505/SPECTRUM_AUCTION/100509967/analyst-angle-bwa-in-india-wimax-td-lte-and-things-in-the-rearview Although article is heavily loaded against WiMax, it throws good information on ecosystem here and there...
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    I still have doubts whether these telcos will verify address proof throughly or not , may be the initial spirit will be for a month or two... After then, I doubt thorough verification may NOT be possible with any telco, imho...
  48. 1 point
    This can be a good new and bad new both !!! Verification should be done for prepaid and postpaid both. This ban was due to telco not doing verification, We should blame telco for not doing verification..
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    9907 belongs to Reliance GSM for Madhya Pradesh circle