Monday, December 20, 2010

Reliance 3G Tariffs and Plans

[Courtesy fonearena team]

As we reported earlier Reliance launched its 3G services in India. Here we bring you the latest 3G plans and pricing from Reliance.

Reliance offers PAYG aka Pay As You Go plans which offers 3G on the go for the price of 10p/10kB upto 50MB and above 50MB you will be charged at 1p/10kB.
Reliance also offers data cards which have two variants 7.2Mbps data card costs Rs.2599  whereas the 21Mbps card costs Rs.4499
Reliance Mobile Broadband Charges:

TariffData Offered
Rs. 100100 MB
Rs. 399500 MB
Rs. 6491 GB
Rs. 8993 GB
Rs. 1,49910 GB
Rs. 2,10021 GB

Reliance Mobile TV:
Reliance also offers Mobile TV as a part of its 3G services.

Reliance also introduced combo pack which comes bundled with Free Mins, SMS and Data usage.

Sadly there are no unlimited data usage plans. What you think of the Reliance 3G tariffs? do let us know in the comments.

LG Optimus 2X with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor - Supports 1080p recording and playback!!!!!

An awesome top spec phone from LG. Checkout the details below. Courtesy Fonearena team.

One might think LG is out of the smartphone market but the company has managed to sell 2 million units of its affordable Optimus One smartphone.  Now LG has managed to surprise everyone by launching the world’s first dual-core smartphone- OPTIMUS 2x which is capable of recording and playing 1080p HD video.The LG Optimus 2X is powered by the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip from NVIDIA  runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and offers low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio.Users will experience faster experience compared to single-core processors running at the same speed.One can also expect instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.

LG Optimus 2X Features

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording
  • Micro-USB port

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month, followed by Europe and other Asia in the coming weeks. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

LG Optimus 2X  Price

The price of the phone has not yet been revealed but considering it is an LG device , we are sure it will be competitively priced.

An affordable touch screen Android phone from Motorola - Quench XT5

Motorola launched their new slim touchscreen Android Handset QUENCH XT5 in India. QUENCH XT5 runs on Android 2.1 and comes with a high-resolution 3.2inch capacitive touch screen and a trackball . The QUENCH XT5 is packed with various Google services and Android Market.

Motorola QUENCH XT5 Features

  • 12.5mm thin
  • 114grams
  • Android 2.1
  • 5MP camera with digital zoom and LED flash
  • 3.5G
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Full HTML browser with Web kit
  • MP3 player
  • 2GB SD card in-box Memory is expandable up to 32GB
  • 3.5mm  headset jack

Motorola QUENCH XT5 Price and Availability

The QUENCH XT5 is available with bundled Aircel Offer for Rs 13,990 . It comes with free 2GB SD card in-box and an Aircel Offer. The offer is available both in prepaid and postpaid.
  • With Aircel prepaid connection you get up to 9GB download for three months PLUS 150 Aircel to Aircel local minutes. To activate this offer, please SMS ‘SMART PI’ to 54343 from your Aircel number
  • With Aircel Postpaid connection you get up to 1GB per month download for six months. To activate this offer visit the nearest Aircel Store

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tata Docomo offers 10hrs of Free Live Cricket on MobileTV till Dec 10th

Tata Docomo has launched a new offer wherein users can watch Live Cricket through MobileTV on their 3G Enabled handset. The offer is applicable in circles where Tata Docomo has launched 3G services. You can watch up to 10 hrs of live cricket during the India – New Zealand one day series

Users will be moved to the Rs30 Weekly plan only after the completion of Free 10 Hours or on 11th Dec (whichever is earlier).The customer can unsubscribe from this Free offer before the completion of 10 Free hours or 11th Dec, and in this scenario, customer will not be charged for the weekly subscription.To download the Mobile TV app and avail the offer, users have send TV to 53333 (Toll Free).
If you don’t want to be charged, make sure you cancel the subscription before Dec 11th.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Finally, Android 2.2 Update for Samsung Galaxy S now available in India


After a long wait, Indian users of Samsung Galaxy S can finally rejoice as Samsung has finally released the Android 2.2 Froyo update. The update was announced in mid October & had begun rolling out since then in stages across the world & has finally reached Indian shores.
Samsung had earlier announced that Samsung Galaxy S would get the Android 2.2 Froyo update in September 2010. The update was delayed several times & just when everyone thought that Samsung will miss the November deadline as well for India, it was made available through Kies. Many users on the famous xda-developer forums noticed the Froyo update available for their phones & it was only later in the day that Samsung Mobiles (India) confirmed the same through their official twitter account. 
The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade. 

A more detailed changelog for the Android 2.2 update reads as follows:
  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-updating
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
  • Improved default keyboard
  • Quick links to "GPS" and "Auto rotation" toggles on notification bar added
  • Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings
  • GPS Fix
  • Colored settings icons
  • Media Hub
  • Darker menu theme, navy blue color
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application

The Froyo version which is released for India includes the following components: PDA:JP6;  PHONE:JP2;  CSC:JP5. Apparently newer versions of Froyo have been subsequently released by Samsung for other regions. However India will have to be currently satisfied with the JP6 update instead of the more newer JPA update that was widely expected to be made available for India.
The Android 2.2 update will be available via Kies, Samsung’s in-house software upgrade programme. If Kies is unable to detect your Samsung Galaxy S then you can download the official update from SamFirmware (a third party unofficial website) & install it using Odin.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

MNP (Mobile Number Portability) offers from Tata Docomo - Awesome!!!!!

You all must be knowing that MNP was launched today in Haryana. A lot of operators are putting up their ads of shifting to their networks for goodies. One sucg goody offered by Tata Docomo is very very competitive. Check this out. The info is from Enjoy.

Telecom operators have another challenge to tackle from today i.e. retaining the existing customers from switching to other operators as MNP goes live. There can be two ways to tackle this,  either you retain existing customers with better service and offers or lure other operators customers with attractive offers & promises. Stick to anyone of above two won’t suffice , so operators will have strategies for  both as customer defection is inevitable.

The knee-jerk reaction of operators is to bring in attractive offers to entice other operators customers. BSNL has been the first to announce its MNP  special offer. Now Tata Docomo follows.
Tata Docomo , the brand known for bringing in turbulence in competition  by introducing difficult to match propositions, has introduced special offers keeping MNP in mind. On Tata Docomo  website, it has created a seperate MNP  webpage. The content on the page educates customers about what it is and why one should choose Tata  Docomo to switch to .
Customers switching from any other operator to Tata Docomo ,through number portability mode get the given benefits till 31st December,2010. The offers have validity period of 6 months.
Special MNP offers for prepay customers:
  1. Default benefit for swtiching to Tata Docomo-  Local On Net calls (own network)- 1 Paise per 6 seconds.
  2. More Than Full Talktime Recharges-

3.    3G offers
A. Packs:
B.  100 MB free data per month for 6 months- credited every month
Special MNP offers For postpay Customers:
  • On-net calls @1p/6sec
  • 100 MB data/month for 3G network for 6 months for all customers.
  • Free Itemized Bill for six months.

* Topping Options: 200 local mins or 150 STD mins or 500 SMS or 100 MB data

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Benchmarking results of Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.2

Finally, the benchmarking results of the super powered Samsung Galaxy S is out after the Android 2.2 release has hit Asia. The update is as of now available in Singapore and will later be available in other countries in Asia as well. Check out the CNET report below... Thanks to John Chan for the report.

The long-awaited Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Samsung Galaxy S has finally hit Asia. This latest version is a significant upgrade over Android 2.1 (Eclair) as Google has added features such as improved Microsoft Outlook integration, support for Adobe Flash in the browser and a native tethering function. The latter turns your phone into a Wi-Fi access point so a notebook can share your cellular data connection.

Aside from those features, Froyo also boasts improved performance. We got hold of a Galaxy S running the latest firmware and ran some benchmarks. In the following tables, we compared these latest results with those gotten from our earlier tests of the Galaxy S running Eclair (before update) and the HTC Desire after a Froyo update).

Linpack for Android
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.2)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.1)
HTC Desire (Android 2.2)

Benchmark by Softweg CPU performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.2)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.1)
HTC Desire (Android 2.2)

Benchmark by Softweg 2D graphics performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.2)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.1)
HTC Desire (Android 2.2)

Neocore 3D graphics in fps
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.2)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android 2.1)
HTC Desire (Android 2.2)

We saw marked improvement in the CPU benchmarks using the Linpack and Benchmark by Softweg tests. In both graphics tests, the difference compared with the Android 2.1 Galaxy S wasn't significant.

What surprised us was that the HTC Desire did better than the Galaxy S in all the CPU tests. In our earlier comparison of the Galaxy S and Desire, the Samsung performed better than the HTC in every benchmark. However, the 2.2 upgrade for the Desire increased its CPU benchmark results by as much as five times. On the other hand, 2.2 for the Galaxy S gave only a twofold improvement. While significant, it wasn't as dramatic as the Desire's jump in results.

Numbers aside, in our short time with the upgraded Galaxy S, we found it to be faster and more responsive. This can be felt from the time you start typing or when swiping through the menu.

The Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S is now available for users in Singapore and will roll out gradually to other Southeast Asian countries before year-end. The upgrade can be performed by the end-user through Samsung's desktop software called Kies or at any service center.