Last week saw Kolkata getting its sixth GSM operator – Tata Docomo. The operator is already present in 10 circles which include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh and Haryana. We bring you a peep into its prepaid offering in Kolkata –
Samsung today announced its first Android-powered phone in India dubbed as the Galaxy (I7500). Measuring just 11.9mm thick, the phone packs a vivid 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display along with full 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera, 8GB internal memory, microSD slot (up to 32GB) and a nice 1500mAh battery. The phone also comes pre-installed with Google services like Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps and Android Market that will allow users to download new apps on to the phone.
Samsung also announced an exclusive offer for Tata Docomo users. For the first six months, Tata Docomo users will be eligible for a 500MB data access per month (and if you exhaust it before the month, there’s always an unlimited pack to the rescue).
The phone will sell for Rs. 28,990.
With the proliferation of social networking sites and to satisfy user’s urge to remain online 24×7, Tata Docomo has announced unlimited GPRS packs. The packs are similar to Aircel’s Pocket Internet that were launched few months ago. A user can opt for a 3-day pack costing Rs. 15 or go for a full month of unlimited freedom for just Rs. 95. However, there’s one important thing to know. These packs won’t work on roaming. In simple words, you’ll be able to access the internet but will be charged 10p/10kb.
Activating the GPRS pack is simple. Go to a retailer to recharge your account with the GPRS voucher and then SMS INTERNET to 52270 to receive the settings. Likewise, you can also set the settings manually. More on that here.
And yes, you can connect the phone to your laptop or desktop PC to surf the internet but with the speeds hovering up to 48Kbps, this doesn’t sound to be a good option.
Tata Docomo sent some shivers to the ‘established’ GSM operators when they launched 1paisa per second calling and now they’re trying to attempt the same by announcing diet-sms that charges 1paisa per character excluding the spaces. Sounds too good to be true, right? In fact, it is but there are a few things to note before you jump with joy.
If Tata DoCoMo’s 1paise/sec is a boon for heavy callers, they’ve come out with another offer to please avid texters. Launched in Kerala, the SMS offer will allow users to enjoy 100 local and national SMS everyday for free. The only catch here, which we think is a reasonable one is that the user needs to send a message to a local or national number that will be charged at 60 paise and Rs. 1.20 respectively. The offer is applicable to pre-paid users and will be valid till November 25.
We Say: Tata DoCoMo is trying every ploy to take on the competition and needless to say, such a scheme will enable them to add more connections. Let’s hope they roll this offer in other circles too.
UPDATE: The website is live. Check the link below.
This just in. NTT DOCOMO who owns a 26 percent stake in Tata Teleservices have announced a name and branding of Tata’s GSM service. It will be known as Tata DOCOMO and will launch its services in southern India this month. They also have a website which will apparently be accessible after 1PM IST.