Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile phone operator, on Thursday cut prices of its third-generation (3G) mobile data services by about 70 percent, in a move to boost usage of the premium services in the country. This move has made it the cheapest 3G data provider in the country
3G services were launched in the country last year by all the telecom giants of the country but till now remain unpopular due to its excessive tariff. Its adoption rate is very low. With the new rates in effect, the above situation will indeed change.
For prepaid users browsing rates for 3G have been brought down from 10 paise per 10 KB to 3 paise for the same amount of data transfer. The new data plan for pre-paid customers, now starts at Rs 10 for 30 minutes of usage, with a validity of one day, Rs 45 for 150 MB with 7-day validity, and Rs 1500 for 10 GB with 30-day validity. Post-paid users will now have to pay Rs 100 for 300 MB and Rs 1500 for 10 GB, each with a validity of 30 days.
The company has also launched Smartbytes data packs for post-paid like in the broadband service where in the users who exhaust their monthly usage limit, are offered a choice of different 3G data top-up packs, allowing users to control their spending. These packs are priced from Rs 80 for 200 MB to Rs 300 for 1 GB.
We hope that this reduction will soon increase the 3G customer and the trend will be followed by other telecom operators as well.
Apple is always unfair towards India when it comes to iPhone, the world is expecting the launch of 5th generation iPhone, India is officially getting its hand on 4th generation iPhone the “iPhone 4″. The iPhone is the only Apple product now left that isn’t on time as even the iPad 2 and the new line of Mac have reached India.
Telecom operators, Airtel and Aircel will officially launch the iPhone 4 in India on the 27th May, 2011. The iPhone 4 will be made available in both the postpaid and prepaid subscription plans. The 16GB version of the iPhone will cost INR 34, 500, whereas the 32GB version will cost INR 40, 900.
Airtel hasn’t given any word regarding the plans or the launch, but is soon expected to. To view Aircel’s Postpaid and Prepaid subscription plans Click Here.
The release states that “Following an upfront payment of Rs. 34,500 for the 16GB model and Rs. 40,900 for the 32GB model, customers will have the opportunity to recover 100 percent of their upfront iPhone cost in monthly credits on their service plan over a period of 24 months”.
We will keep you updated with any further news.
The eagerly awaited 3G Radio Airwaves Spectrum Auction kicked off on friday. India is the world’s fastest-growing wireless market and 3G is still not here. This auction will help telecom firms offer premium third-generation (3G) services in India. Strong competitors are Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and the Indian unit of Vodafone. An DoT official has confirmed the scheduled start of 3G auction and it would take about a week to for the auctions to be completed. There are a total 71 3G slots on offer in India’s 22 telecoms zones in the auction, followed by a separate auction of broadband spectrum. Ths auction is the biggest of its kind in recent times.
A total of 10 rounds of bidding had been completed by Saturday, India’s Department of Telecommunications said on its website, without disclosing which company had bid how much. On the first day, bids were at about a 12 percent premium to the base price of 35 billion rupees for all-India spectrum. There is no bidding on Sunday. The auction resumes on Monday. ($1=44.3 rupees)