MTNL Mumbai has reinitiated its Loyalty Program with a new bait for the existing customers. Existing Trump/Dolphin/landline users can now avail a free Lifetime Trump prepaid connection. The free card will give a talktime of Rs. 20 along with the lifetime validity. The user can get a free connection by submitting the prerequisite documents at MTNL Area Service Centres only.
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This shouldn’t be surprising, right? In an analysis done by TRAI, Airtel has emerged as the most congested GSM network for the period of Oct-Dec. During this period, Airtel had 14 POIs (Point of Intersection) with congestion followed by Vodafone who had 12 and Reliance Communications and Idea with 11 each.
Note: POI signifies the ease with which a customer of one network is able to communicate with a customer of another network. This parameter also reflects as to how effective is the interconnection between two networks. TRAI has set a benchmark of less than 0.5 percent, which means out of 200 calls between two operators, there should be a single call facing a congestion problem.
Now a days, everyone is on the search for a cool phone number which they can flaunt. These are vanity or special numbers, for which operators charge a premium. Take the case of Tata, which bids these special numbers. But BSNL is playing it fair, with a price range of Rs. 1,000-3,000 for these numbers.
The state-run operator has categorized these numbers into three, on the basis of their exclusivity. Here they are::
We Say:: We think that the price of the numbers being offered is quite affordable. However, we are not too sure if BSNL will have any remaining. If it has, we definitely recommend going in for this one.
Now you can apply for the People’s Car at your nearest Tata Teleservices store. Application forms for the car will now be available at these stores. But Tata is making sure it gives its users more than what they can expect, here is how::
- With the application form you get vouchers worth Rs.300
- Users can redeem these for any Tata accessories available in these stores.
We Say:: Tata is using its network of 3,800 stores to market the People’s Car and also trying to build some loyalty for its telecom service.
Ed’s Note: Our overworked brains ditched us. Sorry for the goof up, we have added the plans and edited the story accordingly.
When TeleGyaan did an exclusive review of MTNL’s 2G/3G plans, one of our avid readers voiced his opinion and asked us to look at other operators in the landscape. Given the reader-friendly blog we are, here is a post comparing all the GSM – Blackberry plans on offer::
Now that MTNL too has launched Blackberry services along with 3G, here is a quick look at the plans the public operator is offering its users.
Plans for Individual users
BIS 2G Unlimited:
- Monthly Rent: Rs. 1099
- Unlimited data download
BIS 3G Unlimited:
- Monthly Rent: Rs. 3099
- Unlimited data download
BIS 2G Value:
- Monthly Rent: Rs. 500
- Free usage of upto 500Kb (Strange isnt it???)
- Data charges post free usage: 50p per Kb (Expensive isn’t it???)
BIS 3G Value:
- Monthly Rent: Rs. 1,500
- Free usage of upto 1,000Kb (Strange isn’t it???)
- Data charges post free usage: 30p per Kb (Expensive isn’t it???)
We posted about MTNL and BSNL’s video conferencing services coming under the Intelligence Bureau’s scanner. The IB had asked the two operators to stop offering these services to users for the time being, the main reason being that the IB did not have access to monitor these services.
However, both operators are of the view that they have adhered to all security measures and will not put a pause to the services. The refusal to put a hold is quite evident if you happen to browse through BSNL’s website, which has Deepika Padukone – BSNL’s brand ambassador promoting the operators Video conferencing calls. As an introductory offer, the operator is allowing users to use web-conferencing free of charge. The user just has to call a toll-free number -1800-111-233 and get the service activated.
TeleGyaan recently brought you a post on BSNL coming out with Blackberry services in April. Now it’s the other public operators turn to offer the same. Yes, MTNL announced the launch of Blackberry services in Delhi yesterday. The service will be made available through MTNL’s postpaid arm – Dolphin.
As for the phone, the operator will be selling the Blackberry Bold as a part of its initial offerings. Also the operator is trying to take due advantage of the 3G spectrum, by offering this 3G enabled phone. This will give both the operators an edge over others. Along with the above phone, MTNL will also be offering Blackberry Curve 8310/20 and Blackberry 8700. The prices of these handsets are:
- Blackberry Bold: Rs. 34,000
- Blackberry Curve 8310/8320: Rs.24,000
- Blackberry 8700G: Rs.14,000
We Say: Reiterating the fact, the two public operators will have an edge over other players as they will be offering the Blackberry service along with 3G to users. However, it solely depends on the plans being offered by MTNL and BSNL.
As per recent reports tom TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited), the company plans launching their GSM services in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa by the second half of 2009. Mr Mukund Govind Rajan, the Tata Teleservices managing director told media that, “You will hear a lot from us in subsequent months on our strategy for our GSM launch.”
Last year, the Tata group had received spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band to offer GSM services in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa. Telecom operators look forward to get space in the Mumbai GSM market as it has nearly 15 million mobile subscribers and is the highest-revenue generating telecom circle in India.
A couple of days back Vodafone Essar announced that it has crossed the 7 million subscriber mark in West Bengal to become the biggest cellular service provider in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.
Vodafone has a statewide coverage spanning over 3253 cities and towns and some 31,000 villages in West Bengal. When calculated in February last year, the company’s subscriber base in West Bengal was around 4 million subscribers and now it has shot over 7 million.
We say: Good going Vodafone!