Telcom companies waiving off mobile banking charges till Dec 31, 2016, is a good move to facilitate the use of electronic banking without incurring any additional cost. At present, a charge is being levied by telecom operators for the mobile banking, which is commonly known as USSD charge (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data).
Hope it would reduce difficulty to the common man as there is a large number of the population using feature phones to access electronic banking facility. An awareness should be created among sabziwalas, autowalas, rickshaw walas, etc.
It seems Reliance Jio wants to keep everyone happy with their plans and thus made some minor changes mainly with respect to ₹ 149 plan.
As ₹ 149 plan is the most affordable plan, Jio has incorporated unlimited 4G data at night even to this plan. Moreover, the subscribers of this ₹ 149 plan will also enjoy 0.7GB JioNet hotspot WiFi data.
By going through the trends, one can easily expect much more affordability before the tariff kicks start, post welcome offer.
Officially, Xiaomi has now launched Redmi 3S in India under 2 variants - Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. Both the smartphones have the same specs. However, the fingerprint sensor is a bonus with Redmi 3S Prime.
As expected, 3GB RAM plus 32GB inbuilt storage and a fingerprint scanner will be the USP of Redmi 3S Prime. These smartphones will be available in Dark Grey, Silver and Gold color options.
Both the devices will be available in Dark Grey, Silver, and Gold color options. As usual, Flipkart and Mi.com will have an exclusive sale. One can purchase Redmi 3S phone from August 9 and 16th respectively.
With respect to the sale of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, Lenovo India just announced that the mobile has achieved the distinction of fastest selling smartphone in India. As per the company sources, the mobile has made a revenue of INR 100 crores since its first sale on August 3rd with Flipkart.
It is to inform that Lenovo Vibe K5 Note comes in 2 variants. The 3GB RAM variant is priced at INR 11,999 and the 4GB RAM phone costs INR 13,499. The USP of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is that it allows the users to have two Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail etc on their device without any rooting. Indeed a smart move by Lenovo India!
Hey! I’m really in love with this Motorola’s all metal smartphone. Though priced under ₹16K, Moto M looks as if it is a premium phone. Apart from 3050mAh battery, I would rate its support for fast-charging as the ultimate thing.
Hybrid Dual-SIM Card:
However, I’m really worried about its hybrid dual-SIM card slot. It supports either two SIM cards or one SIM card and microSD card. This is really a big let down for me. The other option is to spend extra ₹2K and get 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.
4G VoLTE Ready:
The 4G VoLTE support will make it handy as I would like to port my number to Reliance Jio. The other benefits like nano-coating will definitely be an advantage if there is any accidental water splash on the handset.
Hey! This is again a spectacular show by Lenovo’s latest K series smartphone. Within 15 minutes after opening the second sale, Lenovo K6 Power sale went off.
35,000 Units of Lenovo K6 Power Smartphone Sold:
Just now, the eCommerce portal Flipkart tweeted that it had sold 35,000 of Lenovo K6 Power smartphones in 15 minutes. Even during the first sale, there was a similar rush. More than 1.7 million visitors tried to grab the newest phone from Lenovo India.
And the eCommerce portal Flipkart mentioned that it would host the third sale during Big Shopping Days December 18-21. The customers can expect a flat 10% discount while using SBI credit cards.
That’s a BIG news for mobile phone users. Instead of 14.5% VAT, now one needs to pay only 5% VAT on the purchases of cell phones.
Definitely, it’s a welcome move to pass the amendment bill of Telangana VAT Act in the state Assembly. Currently, the mobile purchases are being diverted to the firms registered in AP as the neighboring state levies 5% VAT on the cell phone items.
Hey! That’s a big news from Xiaomi. If I’m not wrong the Mi A1 is actually the same Mi 5X that was launched in China. The only difference is ditching the usual MIUI interface.
I’m not against the popular MIUI interface but having the stock pure Android UI on board gives a clear advantage. Recently, the other Chinese telecom giant Lenovo ditched its famous Vibe UI for stock Android.
Instead of relying on the developer OS, the handset will quickly receive OS updates and bug fixes. Moreover, it doesn’t have any bloatware resulting in a clean interface.
Back to the Xiaomi Mi A1, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
Though @Rewati-Baruah is comprehensive, it missed some minor details such as:
It has a fingerprint scanner at the back.
It is equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
Along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it has 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU.
The in-built 64GB storage can be further expanded up to 128GB using an external microSD card.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 supports 4G VoLTE and has a hybrid SIM card slot with 3.5mm headphone jack.
Though the company claimed iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 as its competitors, in reality, based on the pricing strategy, it needs to fight with the new players like Nokia 6, Coolpad Cool Play 6 and Moto G5S Plus.
Based on the price, specs offered by Xiaomi, and Google’s stock Android experience, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a decent buy.
If I’m not wrong Telenor - Unitech merger was valued at $375 million. Back in the year 2009, Telenor bought 49% stake in Unitech Wireless (the telecom arm of a realty firm Unitech). In a year or so, it raised its stake to over 60%.
Though the Joint Venture license was canceled by the Apex court in India in 2012, it remained in the Indian market. However, after the exit of Unitech, Telenor has got 100% control on the businesses. Then, the company rebranded itself from Uninor to Telenor. Wait and watch for the next part of the story.