Saturday, January 31, 2009

Post-Paid Mobile Plans

Before buying the first prepaid or postpaid plan for yourself, or a family member, it’s better to first find out about the different cell phone plans available. The best way to rate exactly what kind of plan you should have is to think about how much you’ll be making calls on your mobile phone.
You also need to monitor the time (minutes) that you often make calls. This is because most cell phone plans will be limited to ‘anytime’ minutes which mean that you can make limited calls during peak hours.

When looking at cell phone plans, you will also want to consider the amount of coverage you will get. It is important to know whether the prepaid or postpaid plan that you’re signing up for is local, regional or for nationwide coverage. If you do not travel a lot, then it doesn’t matter. But if you do, then it’s important to know what you’re getting into or you could find yourself paying a high price for ‘roaming’ charges. Take note that the cell phone plans with the best values are the ones that include free long distance calls.
A family plan is also an option when shopping for a cell phone plan. It allows you to share your monthly airtime allowance with additional lines. What’s great about postpaid packages like these is that you’ll be able to make free inter-network calling so you won’t have to pay to talk to your family members.
Find out if a Prepaid or Postpaid Plan is the right one for you
The latest Aircel LIFETIME POSTPAID - Freedom Plan is such good plan. It offers Lifetime Rental Free. According to this plan,there is no rental for your Aircel Postpaid Connection. A One time fee of Rs. 999 should be paid (Exclusive of all Taxes), Rs.25 of Bill Plan Charges will be deducted.
Plus 100 Minutes Aircel to Aircel free one time.

Another plan is from the company Vodafone, which is one of the leading companies in the field of telecommunications.

Benefits of this plan:
1) 350 mins FREE for local M2M every mth.
2) Caller id service: 49rs./mth is absolutely FREE
LOCAL: M2M @ 0.30 paisa/min. and on landline @ 0.50 paisa/min.
STD: Voda 2 Voda @ 1/min and Voda 2 others @ 1.50 paisa.
SMS: Local@ 0.50 paisa, STD @ 1.50 and ISD @ 5

Similarly there are many more plans launched which are quite attractive and will suit your budget. Names of some other postpaid plans are:
I sincerely hope you find the right plan for you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

J&K to get 3G services by BSNL

As March approaches, Jammu and Kashmir is going to witness the launch of 3G services by the public telecom provider BSNL. BSNL is ready to launch the much anticipated service in J&K. Anyhow, the circle doesn't seem to be very attractive, and hence we don’t see many subscribers for the service. Moreover, BSNL looks less concerned and has set the third month of the year as the official date for launching of the serives.

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100 % refund on handset offer by Tata Indicom

Tata Indicom has announced a new scheme to attract postpaid customers across Maharashtra & Goa region. A 100% refund 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 given with the Great Value 199 plan. The details 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
STD: Rs. 1.5
SMS: Local and National: 50 paise; International – Rs. 5
Landline – Re. 1

Looks like Tata Indicom is trying something very different. Innovative is what I have to say.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Update on 3G by MTNL

MTNL shortly announced the commercial launching of the 3G services in Delhi. This would happen in a period of 10 days - close to the end of the month. Anyhow, Mumbai users would have to wait for around two weeks till they get the same. It’s Mumbai launch is currently planned in the first week of February.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

3G spectrum auction clueless

After extending the dates of the 3G spectrum auction twice, the government still has no time-line for executing the process to introduce this high tech mobile service in the country.

"We don't have a timeline (the fresh date for 3G spectrum auction), the cabinet note for the process is being sent. I cannot comment on the time or the price for bidding," telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura said at an ICRIER event here.

The government is looking at re-planning on the current spectrum policy thereby making sure of efficient management of the radio wave.

The 3G spectrum auction process has not been able to start because finance ministry wanted to double the 3G reserve price of all India 3G license from Rs 2,020 to Rs 4,040 crores.

In view of the finance ministry suggestion, the DoT had to refer the matter to the Cabinet Committee of economic affairs for a clearer view before deciding on the 3G spectrum price.

The second 3G spectrum auction was scheduled on January 30, which has been postponed cluelessly now.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Non-IMEI phones to be blocked after 15th of April

A lot of cell phones are being used in the country without an IMEI number. Connectivity to such cellphones was intended to be blocked by telecom operators, as instructed by the telecom authorities. DoT has now tightened their reins by its decision of lieving a fine on a fortnightly basis on operators failing to do their duty by getting a proper phone with an IMEI number.

Telcos were trying to evade this by providing a software which could generate the IMEI number for them. However, this has been strictly termed null thereby not allowing it. Now the new deadline, before which the operators are supposed to do the needful, has been set as 15th of April.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prepaid likely to be banned in J&k and more

As February approaches, telecommunication users from J&K and some other areas, mainly from the North Eastern belt, may have to switch to postpaid connections, as the telecommunication regulator along with the defense ministry is contemplating a ban on prepaid connections in those areas.

The debate would decide the fate for almost a million users, who already use prepaid connections in these areas. According to sources, this number could rise upto 8-9 million since the areas account for about 10 million mobile users. The ministry had established a deadline, which falls in the middle of next month and might be extended for a while till a collective decision isn’t put forth by the authorities.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

GSM in Srilanka by Airtel

Airtel has lately launched its overhanging GSM services in the Sri Lanka. The service will be given by Airtel’s subsidiary, Bharti Airtel Lanka Pvt Ltd whereas the network will be managed by Huawei and IBM as a partner to manage the infrastructure.


Airtel is making its presence known in the region. To promote the service, they are giving free SIM cards to people in there from Jan 12 till Jan 25. Anyhow, the user needs to activate the card by recharging it with a Rs. 100 coupon.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lifetime prepaid 99 by Airtel

Another measly groundbreaking news comes from the Airtel front about the launching of its lifetime prepaid card at a lower price point. Now the card comes for just Rs. 99 which will also have a talk time of Rs. 10.

Anyhow, as with other lifetime prepaid cards by Airtel, this one also has a term attached to it. A subscriber needs to refill his account with a minimum of Rs. 200 every 6 months. The new price is effective and available already.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Night SMS 1 Paise by Tata Indicom

Used to too much of text messaging? If you're a Tata Indicom Subscriber then you might actually get lucky. They have introduced the Night SMS pack that enables the subscribers to send SMS's at just 1 paise. Anyhow, there’s a monthly charge of Rs. 59 wherein a user can send messages at the mentioned cost between 9PM to 8AM.

Maharashtra, Mumbai and Goa users are the only ones who can avail this scheme. Users can activate this service by sending an SMS to 12524 with the text NIGHTSMS or by dialing the same number.
An awesome scheme by Tata Indicom which would make many happy.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Spice cancels 10 lakh subscribers

After acquisition of Spice, Idea Cellular was expecting new addition of subscribers of upto 44 lakhs. However, the revised number of subscribers can be around 34 lakhs as Spice Communications lost around a million customers within the two months.

This clean up activity which Spice says was conformed to the reporting standards adopted by Idea Cellular and was carried out to wipe out those customers who have not generated any revenues for the past six months. Such large number of inactive customers will surely make a company ail but analysts claim that with the backing and expertise of Idea, Spice will soon be a profitable venture within this year.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Call at 20p - Vodafone Friends Circle

Available to both prepaid and postpaid users, Vodafone has launched its new plan known as Vodafone Friends Circle. The much hyped plan allows users to add other local Vodafone numbers to their friends list and make calls to them at only 20paise/min.

However, the ad says that you can add as many friends as you like to list, which does not hold true in reality. The maximum number of friends you can add has a limitation of 10 for prepaid users. You can change these at your own convenience, but this will cost you Rs.5 for each change. The plan is charged at 50paise per day.

For the postpaid users, this could turn out to be pretty expensive as the number of Vodafone users that you can add to your list is 5, and each comes at the price of Rs.15/month.

The plan might provide good value of money for a prepaid user, but will also benefit a postpaid user who has majority calling to particular a Vodafone number. Also the fact that the plan provides the flexibility to add one or more friends (postpaid) gives it that extra benefit.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Make Own Plan by Vodafone AP

Surprizingly Amazing; Vodafone Essar has now launched `Mee Kosam’ in Andhra Pradesh, an offer that lets postpaid customers in the State to make their own tariff plans. With this strategy, Vodafone becomes the first operator ever in India to facilitate freedom to allow users to design their own monthly package.

Vodafone postpaid customers can select from 27 tariff options offering various combinations between call and SMS rates and free minutes. User would be lieved a monthly rental of Rs 100 irrespective of the tariff schemes they go for.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

199 Jodi Plan by BPL

BPL mobiles have come up with a new kind of plan launched by them recently. It's called the 199 Jodi(pair) Plan. High time they launched a new plan.

Here're the details :

Monthly Rent: Rs. 199
Inter-calling between Jodi: free
Local Calling: 50 paise/minute
Local SMS: Re. 1
National Calling: Re. 1/minute
National SMS: Rs. 1.5
CLIP: Free

Looks like a good plan for the BPL mobile users. You can get the plan by contacting the nearest outlet. All the best!

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Monday, January 5, 2009

GSM to be launched by Tata Teleservices

Tata Teleservices, the CDMA telecommunication service provider will extend out GSM services by the end of this year by investing $2 billion, the
company said on Monday.

"We have already got spectrum (2G) for most of the circles and will roll out the services by the end of this year hopefully," the company's managing director, Anil Sardana said.

Tata Teleservices is also plotting a pan-India launch of its services.

The Tata Group company outscores Reliance Communications (RCom) in CDMA subscribers, attaining a 31 million wireless user-base at November-end, making it India's sixth largest service provider, where the chunk of users are on GSM networks.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

MTNL to launch 3G this month

At last, here it comes. MTNL seems unaffected with all the ongoing controversies engulfed the 3G auction. A source close to MTNL Mumbai says that they will be launching the 3G services from January 26th. The service will be a meagre launch, just like Delhi, and will be limited to selected customers.

The area to be covered during the first part of the launch will be from the Airport to Prabhadevi and will be extended to most parts of the city by the end of February. Do keep your eyes and ears open for the pricing and other details.

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Tata Indicom now in J&K

Tata Indicom is approaching their goal of attaining a pan-India presence. After launching their services in Assam a couple of months before, Tata Teleservices have announced their services for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. TTSL will introduce a variety of services like prepaid/postpaid mobile phone services, fixed wireless telephony (Walky Talky) and a lot more.

The initial first pack to be offered will be the Go Active pack priced at Rs. 199 that will allow subscribers to call local Tata to Tata at 50 paise and STD calls at Re. 1.
Tata Indicom has already incorporated 100 cell sites and put forth over 100 crores worth of investment for seamless data and voice quality in the circle.

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