MTNL Mumbai Lowers Free Data In Special 3G Data Packs

MTNL Mumbai


MTNL introduced special 3G data packs to give a taste of what their 3G service is like. They had introduced 3G 22, 3G 76 and 3G 126 data packs that gave a validity of a day, week and 15 days with a decent amount of free data usage – 250MB, 1GB and 1GB respectively.

But it seems MTNL has now lowered the free data usage for the aforementioned plans. The revised data usage is now 100MB if you recharge 3G 22, 350MB for 3G 76 and 600MB 3G 126.

We’re not sure what led MTNL to revise the plans but as a consumer, I’m disappointed.

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Airtel adds a new 3G plan for Postpaid BlackBerry users


Airtel today introduced a new add on plan for existing BlackBerry postpaid customers. For a monthly rent of Rs. 299, which is in addition to the regular BlackBerry plan, a user will be able to enjoy 3G service. So in short, if you’re paying Rs. 399, Rs. 599 or Rs. 898 for the BlackBerry plan, you can add this plan to get unlimited usage on the BlackBerry phone at 3G speeds whereas 1GB of free data if you use BlackBerry as a modem.

MTS slashes STD tariff to 1 paisa/sec

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We recently saw MTS launching its CDMA services in the capital city of Delhi. Today MTS joined the intensifying tariff war by slashing down its STD rate to 1 paisa/sec across all networks. This new tariff is against the earlier 2 paise/sec tariff and would be implemented with immediate effect in the MTS circles of Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar-Jharkhand, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

The official company release said that, “STD will now be one paisa per second or 60 paise per minute (for lifetime) with the added benefit of per second billing. While STD calls from MTS will be charged at 1 paisa/sec, MTS to MTS local calls will be charged at 1 paisa/2 secs.”

Other big operators like Reliance, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were seen slashing their local and STD tariffs earlier this week. With new operators joining the race, telecom operators are looking at wooing customers with lower tariffs and calling rates.

IDEA Cellular’s Super 50 Recharge vouchers in Andhra Pradesh

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To add up to the festivity in Andhra Pradesh, IDEA Cellular has introduced three new recharge vouchers branded as Super 50. These recharge vouchers are targeted towards users with varied usage behaviours. Read on to find out what’s in offering –

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Tata Comm’s N Srinath ranks ahead of Bharti’s Sunil Mittal

N Srinath

Global Telecoms Business magazine has published its annual list of 100 business leaders from telecom industry across the world wherein it has ranked Tata Communications’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, N Srinath, at number 8 and its Chief Operating Officer, Vinod Kumar, at 60 in its global telecom power list.

The twist is that the magazine ranks Tata Communications N Srinath ahead of Bharti’s Chairman and group CEO, Sunil Mittal in the global telecom power list. Well this doesn’t really comes as a surprise as N Srinath was the sole Indian in last year’s top 10 list. Sunil Bharti Mittal, who is today considered to be one of the most influential man in the Indian telecom industry ranked at number 18.

The other Indians in the top 25 are Punit Garg, President and CEO, Reliance Globalcom (21), and Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks (25).

Vodafone offers per second billing in MP-Chhattisgarh circle

vodafone per second billing

Vodafone is the newest entrant to offer the per second tariff option, although this option is restricted to the Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh circle only. To adopt to the per second tariff scheme, Existing Vodafone users will have to buy a special recharge voucher priced at Rs 59 which will enable them to make local as well as STD calls across all networks at 1 paisa/sec. This special card is called Bonus Card 59 and comes with an airtime of Rs 40.

People who presently do not use Vodafone can also get this scheme by purchasing a new Vodafone SIM car worth Rs 49 which will be set to this plan by default. The validity of this tariff option will be 365 days post which, users will have to re-purchase the special voucher.

Tata Teleservices crossed the 10 million subscriber mark in Maharashtra


Tata Group and Tata Teleservices (TTSL) subsidiary, Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd. (TTML) today claimed crossing the 10 million subscriber base mark in the region. The region that comes under TTML comprise of the Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa circles.

Tata Teleservices which operates under both GSM and CDMA technologies has been lately investing a lot in its infrastructure development and researching and developing new products and services.

Expressing happiness and joy, Dr. Mukund Govind Rajan, Managing Director, TTML, said, “We are humbled by the response and the trust our consumers have reposed in us. We will continue to introduce cutting edge products and services and do our best to live up to the market’s expectations.” Further he added that, “TTML has been rated as the only congestion-free network in its geography, in four consecutive reports, by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.”

IDEA Cellular launches GSM services in J&K


Earlier this year, IDEA Cellular had released its plans to launch its GSM service in 5 new circles which included West Bengal, Kolkata, North East, Assam and J&K. Well, a few days back we saw IDEA making a quite entry in Kolkata, now they have even successfully launched their services in the J&K circle.

The bad news is that, IDEA Cellular won’t be available in the whole of J&K circle. To initiate their operations, IDEA Cellular’s network will only be available in Jammu City, Bari Brahmana, Bishnah, Katra, Udhampur and Jammu-Katra Highway regions. Other major towns in J&K like Srinagar, Lakhanpur, Badgam, Anantnag, Mattan, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Ganderbal, Patan and Sumbal will be covered gradually.

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MTS prepaid recharge now available at post offices in Chennai

Indian telecom operators are definitely making full hearted attempts to reach consumers. In today’s times when prepaid recharge vouchers are everywhere, MTS has gone a step further and has partnered with India post to make MTS recharge vouchers available across post offices in Chennai.

To start off with this new attempt to reach consumers, these vouchers will be initially available at 50 selected post offices and subsequently will cover all post offices in the city. MTS is sending SMSes to its customers in Chennai informing about this new tie-up. If wou have further information about this initiative then feel free to comment.

Contributed by: Ajaykumar

HTC and RCom bring Windows Mobile 6.5 powered Touch2

HTC Touch2


India’s one of the first Windows Mobile 6.5 equipped phones have arrived, courtesy HTC and RCom. The Touch2 brings the new OS experience laden with an intuitive TouchFLO user interface and internet surfing RCom’s GSM network. Although HTC will sell Touch2 as an unlocked device, users buying from RCom can enjoy free data usage of 200MB per month for the first six months.

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