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.
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.
We bring you an exclusive review of the postpaid plans on offer by Aircel for Mumbai users. Overall, we think the operator has introduced a good set of plans and here is each one of them broken down to the basics for you.
The operator has 4 plans in all, the basic differentiators being the usage of the user.
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::
BSNL launched its 3G services a while ago and we are here to give you the Gyaan you need on the same. This review will take you through all the plans on offer and their respective pros and cons::
- The service is available for both Prepaid and Postpaid users.
- Currently, users cannot migrate from existing 2G service to the 3G one.
- They will have to buy a new Sim for the same.
- Users can avail voice and data benefits through the service
A quick note to inform all our readers that Airtel has posted a small note of caution on their website about an unsolicited fraud SMS. It asks the users to ignore the message as a reply to it could cost them up to Rs. 500. Ouch! Full text below:
Unsolicited fraudulent SMS’s are being sent to various subscribers informing them that they have won a prize and need to call an international number to collect their prize. When calls are made to the number in the text message the subscribers are billed a high amount (upto Rs 500 per minute).Subscribers are cautioned not to respond to such SMS’s.
It’s a good thing that Airtel is notifying its customers but looks like a half-hearted attempt from them. Sending an SMS to its subscribers would prevent gullible users from getting fooled.
PS: If you have received the message or have replied to the same, do let us know in the comments.
Virgin Mobile today announced a new enticing SMS offer dubbed as the New Thumb Rule. The offer comprises of giving the user, a daily quota of 100 local and 100 national SMSes free. Yea, it looks pretty lucrative but is it worth? Let’s do the math.
To activate the scheme, a Virgin Mobile user first needs to send 3 local SMSes or 3 national SMSes to get his daily quota. In this case, we’ll concentrate only on local messages. Each message sent to a local number will be charged Re. 1 (except in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Karnataka where it will be charged 50paise). Say you sent the first three messages everyday making the total expenditure of 30 days to Rs. 90. This gives you 3000 messages in a month. Well, that’s cheap but not cheap enough when you compare it to some SMS packs available from other service providers. And another thing is that the free messages allotted, has to be exhausted on a daily basis. You cannot carry forward the remaining number of messages.
You can learn more about the offer from here.
Tata Indicom today announced a new scheme to woo postpaid customers across Maharashtra & Goa region. A 100% cash back on the handset will be given to the customers if they are unsatisfied with the service. The three devices included in the scheme are Samsung Super Hero (Rs. 1,800), Radio phone (Rs. 1,800) and Motorola W212 (Rs. 1,200).
The devices bought under this scheme will be bundled with the Great Value 199 plan. The intrinsic details of the plan are as follows:
Rent: Rs. 199
Free: 300 minutes of local calls and 200 SMS per month
Local Calls: Mobile – T2T: 30 paise; Others: 50 paise
Landline – Re. 1
SMS: Local and National: 50 paise; International – Rs. 5
STD: Rs. 1.5
Airtel has finally launched its impending GSM services in the Sri Lankan island. The service will be offered by Airtel’s subsidiary, Bharti Airtel Lanka Pvt Ltd while the network will be managed by Huawei and IBM as a partner to manage the infrastructure.
Airtel is making its presence felt in the region. To promote the service, they are offering free SIM cards to any users from Jan 12 till Jan 25. However, the user needs to activate the card by recharging it with a Rs. 100 coupon.
With competition heating up and users having better alternatives to switch over to, Vodafone has launched some very effective plans. Here is one for those who have their fingers busy all the time:
- Cost: Rs.35/month
- All local SMS @ 10paise
- 350 local SMS free– Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa
- SMS: ACT SMS10 to 111 to subscribe
We Say:The plan makes sense and will see many takers as it provides SMS at the lowest possible rates. Although this may not be equally good when compared to similar CDMA plans, it would give Vodafone users some reason to rejoice.