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.
Here it is fellas. As expected, HTC and Airtel have announced Magic, India’s first widely awaited Android phone. You know, I am excited about its arrival but on the other hand, somewhat sad too because of its price. Airtel and authorized HTC resellers will be selling for a whopping Rs. 29,900. Ok, it may not sound more comparing iPhone’s cheapest model but Magic’s price could be costlier than iPhone 3G when operators decide to decrease the price in the wake of iPhone 3GS launch in August.
Anyways, keeping the iPhone-Android comparison aside, the good things Magic features are free data access of up to 100MB for the first six months for Airtel users, different Airtel applications, 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3,2MP camera, Exchange support and much more.
It seems Airtel has struck a double deal. First the iPhone and now they are being tagged as an exclusive operator for HTC’s Android phone that will be unveiled today, which for the record will also be India’s long awaited Android offering.
The price is expected to be around Rs. 25,000 and I think it is in line with iPhone 3G’s price that will be after the launch of iPhone 3GS. Let’s hope HTC releases Magic and Airtel has decent data plans to support the phone.
RCom signed up a deal recently with HTC to sell the CDMA version of the Touch Diamond (P3051) phone. It might be good news for some people but with the price tag it carries, it surely is way out of budget for majority of the RCom users. They are selling it for freakin 40K or Rs. 39,900 to be precise. Agreed its got all the goodness of TouchFLO 3D on a 2.8-inch VGA screen, 4GB memory, Windows 6.1 OS, 3.2-megapixel camera and much more but paying 13K premium over the GSM version of Airtel doesn’t look justified to me. Ok, you argue that CDMA radio gives good voice clarity and better data rate transfers but paying 13K more for that is not a viable decision for me. Don’t you think?
The week started with a short review of Tata Indicom’s website which has got a worth looking makeover. Next article notified us about another 3G service provider in the form of MTNL. They will be providing services as soon as they are allotted the spectrum.
Security is gaining more and more importance. But it seems RIM is compromising it to continue itself selling BlackBerry services in India and would be sharing the encryption key with the government. Next article highlighted the fact that Orkut has become a hub for users to share the telecom secrets and discuss the loopholes enabling the users to enjoy free GPRS and other services.
Another security loophole: This time it comes from government owned MTNL. MTNL’s website clearly lags behind in this Web 2.0 age but a more depressing fact is that their website included details of their customers. We have notified the authorities and as per their feedback, the situation is in control.
Airtel launched the Dial a Postpaid plan which will help them to gain more postpaid customers by giving them exciting benefits. Airtel announced that they will be selling HTC’s Touch Diamond phone which is reckoned to give iPhone a run for its money. Airtel has the exclusive rights to sell the phone. The last dose of Airtel is that they have launched their services in Lakshadweep islands.
Tata Indicom had launched a prepaid plan known as Go Speak Life giving users the freedom to call at 49 paise. Definite Steal according to us for users clocking more local calls. And lastly comes the Videocon’s announcement of starting their telecom services by mid-August and South India would be the first ones to experience them.