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Date: 27/9/2005 
Nokia announced 3250 music phone 
Nokia today announced the launch of Nokia 3250 (which is expected to be available in first quarter 2006) that is set to be the cool companion for music lovers who are passionate about listening to music while on the move. Its unique twist design makes it quick and easy to switch between the music keys, the keypad and the camera mode.  The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 GB (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250’s 2-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. more... 
 
Date: 22/9/2005 
Nokia launches N90 - a new era in mobile photography 
Nokia, the World leader in Mobile Communications today launched the Nokia N90 multimedia device that incorporates world class Carl Zeiss optics. The N90 is a flagship product of the Nokia Nseries, a range of high performance multimedia devices that deliver unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences. The Nokia N90 features a full set of advanced digital camera features targeted at high-technology enthusiasts who value the ultimate in connected mobile photography. more... 
 
 
 
Date: 22/9/2005 
Infineon Introduces Chip Platform for sub-$20 mobile handsets 
At a briefing in New Delhi, Munich based semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies show-cased their chips that can facilitate mass production of ultra low-cost mobile handsets. With Infineon's new platform design, a mobile phone capable of basic voice and SMS service needs below one hundred electronic components, in contrast to 150 to 200 components required in models produced today. This is made possible by Infineon's highly integrated chip that combines the processor and send and receive electronics. 
The US market-research company "Strategy Analytics" expects that more than 150 million ultra low-cost handsets, costing less than US $50 wholesale, will be sold throughout the world in 2010. Infineon aims to provide the mobile phone manufacturers with chips for individual functions, and also with complete reference platforms for all types of mobile phone - ranging from ultra low-cost phones to multi-functional multimedia ones. Infineon is one of the world's leading suppliers of mobile phone platforms. These are adapted by mobile phone manufacturers to their individual designs, and can therefore shorten development times and reduce production costs.  
 
Date: 20/9/2005 
BenQ's M350 to capture special moments of life 
BenQ's M350 a revolutionary phone is all set to spread the buzz around with its  inbuilt  camera  which facilitates continuous shots thereby saving the user from the brunt of the normal tedious saving procedure. more... 
 
Date: 19/9/2005 
Music player camera-phone launched by SAGEM 
Inspired by leisure, style and innovation SAGEM continues to innovate and set new benchmarks and records. Following its practice of Perfecting, Sagem now unveiled a brand-new camera-phone handset equipped with the latest functionalities in terms of music, photo, video and games- The Sagem  MyX 6-2.  

The MyX6-2 is for those who are looking for more than just a phone, the MyX6-2 is the ideal Multimedia mobility companion. By concentrating on the essentials in technical terms, the Sagem MyX6-2 has everything needed for mobile communication. Owing to its intuitive menu structure and central navigation button, the way around all its functions are can be easily found. Sagem MyX6-2 being a tri-band mobile, can be used anywhere around the globe. more...

 
Date: 8/9/2005 
Hutch Delhi Half Marathon -  (October 16, 2005) 
Rare are the occasions when a city is provided with a platform to come together in a celebration that cuts across all social barriers, overlooking physical limitations and disregarding financial capabilities.  A celebration that emphasises on the joys of life, the triumph of the human spirit and deserves nothing but the overwhelming and wholehearted participation of its citizens. 

The Hutch Delhi Half Marathon 2005 is that very platform and it is now up to the people of Delhi to join hands and come together on a scale that has never been witnessed before. Big names like cricket legend Kapil Dev, Rahul Bose and many more celebrities from all walks of life have already pledged their might to the Event, which has been designed specifically for Delhi, keeping in mind the city's stature. Joining them will be the world's top international athletes, vying for the world's richest prize money, while former athletic legends will be present as Brand Ambassadors. Why should Delhi's citizens be lagging behind? more... 
 

Date: 8/9/2005 
SonyEricsson announces the first global search for the world's favorite music 
SonyEricsson announces an Online contest to compile a list of the Top 100 favourite songs in the World. The initiative is in sync with the company’s identification of Music as the next platform for mobile telephony. For those music lovers who have longed to know just where their favourite song(s) exist in the collective consciousness of the world at large, and no way of ever knowing just how many people rock to their personal anthem, there is now good news. Sony Ericsson is compiling ‘The Walkman phones 100’ - the first soundtrack of the world’s favourite songs of all time, to coincide with the launch of its new family of Walkman phones. Sony Ericsson is asking people across the world about their favourite music: the tracks that truly epitomise their own personal soundtrack to their life. more... 
 
Date: 3/9/2005 
LG launches B2050 GSM handset in India 
Reiterating its commitment to introduce the latest cutting-edge technology products in the Indian market, LG Electronics India Pvt. Limited (LGEIL), a Leading Consumer Electronic, Home Appliance & Mobile Handset co. in India and fifth largest Handset manufacturer in the world, announced the launch of its new exclusive B2050 GSM handset in India. B2050 is a trendy phone that is compact, lightweight and comes with a streamlined design display. The handset is a Triband phone with unique features of rhythmic keypad light and rhythmic vibration which makes mobile usage more exciting and enjoyable. more...  
 
 
Date: 2/9/2005 
Music Masti on Say Idea 456 
India’s leading cellular operator IDEA Cellular Ltd. has announced the launch of “Music Masti” on Say Idea Voice portal (456). This unique service allows the customer to listen, dedicate, gift songs, preview and download ring-tones of their choice from Say Idea Voice portal.  

IDEA customers can use MUSIC MASTI by dialing “456” and a voice welcoming the customer will inform him/her of the content that can be explored. The customers will be charged @ Rs. 6.99/min for accessing Music Masti through the voice portal, 456. For Polyphonic tones download, data charges will be applicable as per the GPRS tariff plan. more... 
 

Date: 8/2005 
Nokia introduces 8800  
Drawing upon modern watchmaking and jewelry techniques, Nokia has unveiled a truly inspired mobile phone for today’s connoisseurs of quality and taste. Encased in a slim stainless steel body, the Nokia 8800 subtly glides open to reveal a number of distinctive details, each meticulously considered and researched to complement the prestige and quality of the device. To heighten the experience, the Nokia 8800 features exclusive audio accompaniment, including all ring tones and alerts, by award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto*. This attention to detail continues Nokia’s heritage of premium mobile phones that have set the industry standard for elegance and performance. more... 
 
Date: 8/2005 
Haier launched Z3000 
Haier, the world’s second largest home appliances brand has recently introduced the Z3000 model of mobile phone in the Indian market. Affordably priced at Rs 6,480, the Z3000 is available in attractive colours like metallic red, silver And comes bundled with a range of comprehensible features like a 65K Colour Screen, a Tri Band of 900/1800/1900, incoming Flash Light, FM Radio and GPRS.  

The stylishly designed handset handset has a Daily Personal Bio-Rhythm along with Incoming Colour Flashing and comes equipped with an Incoming Firewall. The Z3000 is also accompanied with accessories like an Extra Battery, Head Set and a Neck Strap along with a Desktop Charger. more...

 
Date: 8/2005 
Haier Mobile Phones 
Haier is the world’s second largest home appliances brand. Haier India is 100 per cent subsidiary of Haier Group, which started its operations in December 2003. In India the company’s home appliances range include Haier colour televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, microwave ovens, clothes dryers, dishwashers, DVD players and home theatre systems and recently they launched Haier mobile phones. 

With the launch of these seven highly in vogue mobile handsets, Haier marked its entry into the fast growing Indian mobile telephony segment. The seven cost efficient mobile phones include the Haier P7 mobile phone handset, ‘Talk of the town’, which is the world’s first Pen mobile phone with a 300K Pixel camera and Dicta Phone priced at Rs. 14940/-. The Z1100 mobile phone, priced at Rs.9099/- comes loaded with an MP3 player an FM radio & stereo speakers with a Gen X look, the Z1100 has 32 MB flash memory & a colour screen, no wonder called the ‘Rock Talk’. more... 
 

Date: 29/8/2005 
HMTL becomes Hutchison Essar 
Following the consolidation of five entities under Hutchison Max Telecom Limited (HMTL) earlier this year, the name of the company is now being changed to Hutchison Essar Limited. The company's subsidiaries include Hutchison Essar Mobile Services, Hutchison Telecom East, Hutchison Essar South, Aircel Digilink India and Fascel. Having established itself as a major entity in the Indian mobile phone industry today, this consolidation reinforces the company's commitment towards further strengthening and expanding its services across the nation. more... 
 
Date: 25/8/2005 
Nokia to establish a Global Network Operations Center in India  
Nokia announced today that it plans to open a Global Networks Operation Center in India by the end of the year, underscoring its commitment to one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications markets. The center will perform network operation tasks primarily for selected operators in the Asia Pacific region as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa as part of Nokia’s managed services offering. The location of the site, which will initially employ up to 100 people, will be unveiled at a later date. more... 
 
Date: 25/8/2005 
Tata Indicom gives exclusive entry to No Entry 
Catch the hottest clips… Play your favorite scenes… Dance to your own tunes… Wherever you are, whenever you want, again and again! All this at the press of a mobile button!  

Tata Teleservices Limited, India’s premier telecom service provider, today announced its association with the much-awaited Boney Kapoor’s ‘No Entry’. Under the association, Tata Indicom, will provide to its mobile subscribers, exclusive sneak previews, songs, remixed song videos, and scenes of the movie, on the Tata Indicom video zone. more... 
 

Date: 24/8/2005 
Ravneet Phokela joins Nokia’s global marketing organization 
Nokia India today announced that Ravneet Phokela , Nokia India brand marketing and CRM manager will shortly be moving into a global role as a marketing manager in the Nokia Global Marketing organization, based out of London, UK . In his new role, Ravneet’s key responsibilities will include developing the global marketing communication strategy & communication architecture for Nokia’s Mobile Phone business. more... 
 
Date: 23/8/2005 
IDEA & HDFC BANK in exclusive tie-up to offer Co- branded products 
In an exclusive nationwide marketing alliance, India’s leading cellular operator IDEA Cellular Ltd. and HDFC Bank, one of India’s leading private sector banks, today launched a range of co-branded products. An HDFC Bank - IDEA Co-Branded VISA Credit Card for subscribers of Idea Cellular and an IDEA -HDFC Bank Co-Branded postpaid connection for credit card customers of HDFC Bank. The Co-Branded products were unveiled today by Mr. Vikram Mehmi, CEO, IDEA Cellular Ltd. and Mr. Aditya Puri, Managing Director, HDFC Bank Ltd. The alliance targets at bringing best-in-class products to customers of both Idea Cellular and HDFC Bank. more... 
 
Date: 22/8/2005 
Nokia to host “Focus on India” investor event in New Delhi 
Nokia will host a “Focus on India” event for investors and analysts in New Delhi on Thursday, August 25, the first time that the company will be holding such a meeting in India.  Attending will be investors and financial and industry analysts from a number of global investment banks, financial institutions and research houses. more... 
 
Date: 19/8/2005 
Motorola's top management reshuffled 
According to industry sources, top management of Motorola's handset division is being reshuffled. Percy Batliwala, GM, South-West Asia, has resigned. Narendra Nayak promoted and will now be in charge of the accessories division for South-West Asia and emerging markets like Africa. Sudhir Aggarwal, who was earlier the head of the North Eastern circles of Bharti's mobile operations, has joined in as sales director for the handset division. 
 
Date: 19/8/2005 
Anil Dhirubhai  Ambani group buys 15% in Spanco 
Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group is buying 14.9% in Spanco Telesystems & Solutions, a Mumbai based telecom solutions company, for about Rs.30 crore. Spanco will use the funds to expand its 5,000-seat capacity. Spanco provides solutions to leading telecom companies such as BSNL, VSNL and Tata Teleservices. It has seven offices in India and two in the US.  
 
Date: 18/8/2005 
Private GSM service providers recorded rise in revenues but decline in ARPU 
Private GSM cellular service providers recorded a rise of 5.7% in revenues in the first quarter of the current fiscal. The adjusted gross revenue has increased from Rs.3,557 crore for the quarter ended 31 March, 2005  to Rs.3,760 crore for the quarter ended 30 June, 2005. It was a 43% rise in revenues compared to the same quarter of the year 2004.  

However, the average revenue per user (ARPU) has declined by 2.9%, ie. around Rs.11 per subscriber, from Rs.401 for the quarter Jan-March '05 to Rs.390 for the quarter April-June '05. In the April to June '05 quarter, the Delhi circle had the highest ARPU at Rs.491, followed by Mumbai at Rs.484.  
 

Date: 18/8/2005 
Airtel reduces ISD rates to USA and Canada for new Mumbai subscribers  
To attract new subscribers in Mumbai, Airtel has reduced ISD rates to Rs.3 per minute from the current Rs.15 per minute for new subscribers in Mumbai for ISD calls to USA and Canada which will be available to both new post-paid and pre-paid subscribers. Airtel has already reduced STD rate to Re.1 per minute two weeks back to match the competetion. It has also dropped the rates for entry calls to the television quiz show, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' to Rs.2 per minute from the earlier Rs.6 per minute. This offer is available to new prepaid customers.  
 
Date: 14/8/2005
Kaun Banega Crorepati 2 to benefit cellular service providers
AIRTEL, BSNL and MTNL would be the biggest beneficiaries of the popular quiz show on TV, Kaun banega crorepati 2. During first three days of KBC2, which was launched on August 5, around 5.33 lakh calls/SMS were made per episode.  These calls came in response to “Har seat hot seat” wherein, in each episode Amitabh Bachchan asks one question to home viewers. The lucky winner gets a prize money of Rs.2 lakh. Two third of these calls originated from BSNL and MTNL networks, while Airtel subscribers contributed the rest one third of the calls. 

Earlier, in July BSNL and MTNL  subscribers made 10.7 million calls to get a chance to participate in the programme. BSNL and MTNL subscribers have to pay Rs 2.40 for a call made KBC, while Airtel subscribers pay Rs. 6 per call. Airtel subscribers can also send SMS, which is also charged at Rs. 6 per SMS. The three telecom operators share revenue with Star TV from the calls for KBC2. 
 

Date: 11/8/2005   
LG CDMA launches ultra lite phone with R-World   
LG Electronics Inc., a US$ 38 billion Electronics & Telecommunication Conglomerate, has announced the launch of the new LG CDMA RD 2430, the ultra lite mobile phone with R-World, the mobile internet service of Reliance India Mobile. The R World menu offers personalized ring-tones, cricket scores, dating, astro world, contests, news, jokes, city, travel, TV guides and much more. LG RD 2430 is priced at Rs. 2999/- with a free talk time of Rs. 165/-. LG RD 2430 is exclusively available with Reliance IndiaMobile at all the Reliance Web Worlds, Web World Expresses and Reliance outlets. more...   
 
Date: 10/8/2005  
24 lakh mobile phone subscribers added last month  
24 lakh people purchased mobile phone services last month. While 19 lakh Cellular Subscribers were added to GSM,  5 lakh customers opted for  CDMA services. The GSM subscriber base has grown up to 4.68 crore, according to latest release from COAI. CDMA base grew to 1.23 crore as per  AUSPI figures. Last month's growth for GSM sector was 45% higher compared to the previous months. Fixed line services also witnessed a growth in subscription where fixed wireless and wireline phones added 3.41 lakh subscribers during July.   
 
Date: 9/8/2005   
Hutch Essar to use its NLD for carrying own traffic    
Hutch Essar plans to use its proposed NLD network exclusively for carrying its own traffic. It has already applied to DoT for NLD licence. Currently the company routes its traffic through various NLD operators including Bharti, BSNL and VSNL. It has to give high carriage charges to them. After BPL merger, groups's subscriber base will cross 10m mark. All the telecom service providers who have more than 10m subscribers like BSNL, Bharti and Reliance, have their own long distance nework. For an NLD licence, a company has to pay Rs.100 cr as entry licence fee, furnish performance guarantees of Rs.200 cr and an additional Rs.20 cr in financial bank guarantees. Owning a licence for carrying its own traffic is viable only when an operator assumes a critical mass.    
 
Date: 9/8/2005  
BSNL mobile to cover more of Karnataka by October end   
BSNL is likely to commission a ‘Capacity Expansion Exercise’ worth Rs.230 crore in mid-August, making way for the issue of about eight lakh new mobile connections in Karnataka, by October end. The project is a part of the overall Rs.450 crore expansion plan for the State. 343 more cities and towns will be covered. Currently BSNL has network in 380 places. About 15 towns in Mysore, 38 in Dakshina Kannada and 23 towns in Gulbarga figure in the new network areas. The connections to be issued will include both pre-paid and post-paid.   
 
Date: 8/8/2005 
Tata Teleservices’ Launches an exciting range of Nokia Mobile Handsets for 2005 
Tata Teleservices, India’s leading telecom service provider, has partnered with Nokia, one of the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers, to announce the launch of an exciting range of Tata Indicom-Nokia mobile handsets for its customers. more... 
 
Date: 4/8/2005 
Nokia brings feature rich CDMA handsets to India 
Nokia, the World leader in Mobile Communications today announced the launch of its latest and most advanced handset, Nokia 6255 in India. The Nokia 6255 phone integrates an impressive list of features into its compact, fold-style design. Dual color screens, MMC memory card support, a VGA camera with flash and digital zoom, video player, streaming media capability, an MP3/AAC player and FM radio are among the features that make the Nokia 6255 phone a powerful platform for both business and entertainment applications. more... 
 
Date: 4/8/2005  
Texas Instruments to launch single-chip mobile phone  
The world's first single-chip mobile phone will be launched in India by US-based Texas Instruments.The single-chip phone will drastically bring down the cost and increase the battery life of a mobile handset. This comes after Texas Instruments had announced last year its success in putting on the same slab of silicon, two disparate set of circuits - the digital audio portion that handles the voice capability and the radio frequency or RF circuits that send the signal, to and fro, as radio waves.   

According to a COAI release, Mr. Thomas J. Engibous, Chairman, Texas Instruments Inc. will launch the phone in a function at New Delhi organised by COAI. Texas Instruments has become part of COAI as an associate. In India, Texas Instruments has pioneered semiconductor design over the last 20 years. It was among the first companies to start a development centre in India. The Texas Instruments India centre has been instrumental in bringing the single-chip mobile phone solution to the market.   
 

Date: 4/8/2005  
New STD tariff for Hutch subscribers  
Hutch has offered its subscribers in Delhi a new STD tariff of 75 paise per minute on calls made to all private GSM mobile networks, excluding MTNL, BSNL and CDMA, irrespective of the distance. The offer carries a rental of Re.1 per day and is for both pre-paid and post-paid users. Another offer by Hutch enables a subscriber to SMS another Hutch user in Delhi at 10 paise per message during the night. These offers are not applicable for post-paid users, who are already on the discounted or free packs of STD or SMS. In Mumbai, STD rates have been dropped only for Hutch-to-Hutch calls, as it will be charged at Re 1 per minute. Mumbai subscribers will have to pay a monthly rental of Rs.25 to avail the low tariff.   
 
Date: 4/8/2005    
All telecom ventures of Reliance group to be brought under RCVL    
As part of the re-organisation of the Reliance group, all its telecom ventures would be brought under Reliance Communications Ventures Limited (RCVL). RCVL is a special purpose vehicle that will be a listed entity before March 31, 2006. The demerger will take 3 to 4 months. RCVL will be the holding company for the four Reliance telecom companies - Reliance Infocomm (CDMA service provider), Reliance Communications Infrastructure Limited (RCIL), Flag Telecom (US based undersea cable company) and Reliance Telecom (GSM venture). RCVL will hold about 66% in three companies. The balance stake of RCVL will be held by ADA Enterprises (ADAE).     

RCIL has approximately 65% stake in Infocomm which in turn owns a 100% stake in Flag. Reliance Infocomm is the main company with a subscriber base of 12m. RCIL is an infrastructure carrier that has leased the infrastructure to Infocomm. RCVL will hold a 35% stake in Reliance Telecom and the balance 65% will be held by ADAE.    
 

Date: 2/8/2005 
LG launches C3400 GSM handset in India 
LG launches C3400 GSM handset in India. C3400 is an elegant camera phone and comes in a clamshell compact design display. Its dual LCD colour screen gives a big screen impact (128X160 Screen pixels). With a VGA CMOS camera and 4X digital zoom C3400 enables one to capture precious moments perfectly with crystal clear details. It also comes with a data cable that helps in downloading clicked photographs to your PC. Moreover with features like Photo Frames, Self Timer Shooting & shooting themes C3400 gives photography a new dimension. A true bonanza for music lovers the handset is equipped with MP3 player and a stereophonic headset kit. The phone also has a unique feature of USB charging i.e. the phone can be charged through the USB port of your PC/Laptop. more...
 
Date: 1/8/2005    
Many new appointments in Bharti    
There have been many new appointments in Bharti's senior management in the past three months. Singapore based American Express HR chief Daljit Singh has been appointed as HR head of the company for Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Jai Menon who was former Bharti IT head was picked by Reliance Infocomm some time back. He returns to Bharti. BP Singh takes over as COO of  Gujarat circle, Vishal Sehgal from Reliance joins the mobility team. Company's Southern operations'  CFO has come from VSNL while new Airtel Enterprise Services' CFO has come from GE Motors.      
 
Date: 31/7/2005    
Cingular's stake in IDEA to be bought for $300m    
AV Birla group and Tata Industries have decided to buy out Cingular Wireless' 32.9% stake in IDEA Cellular for $300 million. The Cingular's stake will be divided equally among the two companies. Deutsche Bank is the advisor to Cingular in this deal. The Birlas and the Tatas have the first right of refusal for the stake.     
 
Date: 28/7/2005      
Bharti plans $1b investment in telecom      
Bharti TeleVentures plans to invest $1 billion in its telecom projects by March 2006. Major part of the investment, around $700 million, will be on expanding cellular networks. The company is planning to cover 5,000 towns all across India. Currently it has infrastructure in around 2,700 towns. Rest of the investment will go in for its fixedline projects spanning 20 new cities. Airtel has 27.28% GSM market share. According to analysts India will add 150 million new mobile phone subscribers by 2008.      
 
Date: 28/7/2005    
Hutchison Essar Expands Use of Schema’s GSM Forté    
Schema, a global provider of industry-leading network optimisation solutions, announced that they have recently received several orders for their GSM Forté optimisation solution from Hutchison Essar in the circles of Chennai, Karnataka, Rajasthan, U.P. (East) and U.P. (West). Following an initial installation in Hutchison Essar’s Gujarat circle, this brings up the number of circles in which Schema’s GSM Forté optimization solution has already been implemented to six. more...    
 
Date: 25/7/2005     
Both Birlas and Tatas to hold their stake in IDEA Cellular     
The Aditya Birla group and the TATAs have both decided to continue with their holding in IDEA Cellular. Earlier, they were planning to sell part of their stake to the STT-TM combine. As per analysts, one of the reason could be the increasing valuations of the telcos. They have also shown interest in acquiring Cingular's stake. According to investment banking sources, Cingular is keen to exit. Currently, the Birlas and Tatas have approximately 34% and 32% stake, while Cingular has 32.9% stake. The balance  1.8% stake in Idea Cellular.     
 
Date: 25/7/2005       
IDEA Cellular launches a complete suite of Mobile Email services       
IDEA Cellular Ltd. has announced the launch of two specially designed email solutions - one for the Business User and the other for the Individual Customer. With these email solutions life on the move is enriched and becomes far enhanced. What’s more… an IDEA customer can access email with a range of GPRS enabled handsets of their choice and across all major towns in India. more...       
 
Date: 21/7/2005        
Essar buys out BPL Communications        
Essar buys out BPL Communications valued at Rs.4,400 crore. It is the biggest acquisition in telecom sector in India so far. The business carries a debt of Rs.1900 crore. Mr. Rajeev Chandrashekhar sold his 64% stake in BPL Communications to Essar in an all cash deal of about Rs.1600 crore. Essar is in the process of buying out other share holders including 7.3% stake of Mr.TPG Nambiar. Balance 8.3% is held by ICICI & others and 20.4% by Foreign investors. BPL Communications is the holding company of BPL Mobile which operates in Mumbai and BPL Cellular which operates in Maharashtra & Goa, Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry and Kerala. BPL has around 26.3 lakh subscribers. The merged entity would become the third largest private service provider in terms of subscribers after Bharti and Reliance.        
 
Date: 21/7/2005        
IDEA Cellular's Lifetime idea !        
India’s first ever cellular service loyalty programme for pre-paid customers launched by IDEA Cellular is a runaway success. In only 6 months, more than 22 lakh customers earn over 9.5 crore from Lifetime IDEA across 8 circles of operations. This accounts for around 50% of IDEA Cellular’s prepaid customer base. more...        
 
Date: 20/7/2005        
Motorola RAZR V3 is Back…in Black        
Motorola RAZR BLK V3 is the latest version of the popular and ultra-slim metal-clad flip phone that has come to redefine style and elegance in wireless communications. The RAZR BLK was previewed earlier this year to a select audience of Hollywood’s elite at the 77th annual Academy Awards as part of Motorola’s tradition of providing the top 25 actors and directors with a not-yet-commercially available mobile phone. more...        
 
Date: 20/7/2005       
Samsung introduced SGH C-210 power packed and economical       
Samsung introduced its new, power packed and sporty bar type colour phone, the SGH C-210 in the Indian market. SGH C-210 is the lightest bar type phone in its category weighing only 69g. It has some useful power packed features like 65K UFB LCD Colour Screen, JAVA, WAP, GPRS for internet connectivity, MMS messaging capabilities and a 1000 phonebook plus 200 SMS memory. This phone supports seven regional Indian language menus including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati and Kannada. It's embedded emoticon box lets the user to express himself / herself with dozens of expressive symbols while messaging. The SGH C-210 is priced at Rs.4999/-.        
 
Date: 20/7/2005        
IDEA Brings BILL PAYMENT to your doorstep        
IDEA Cellular has launched Pay Easy service to facilitate its post paid subscribers for easy payment of their bills anytime and from anywhere. IDEA is the only operator in the world to launch this service at no extra cost. The service will be available across select retailers in its first phase and then be available across the entire retail channel. Pay Easy will be available at NO EXTRA COST to the customer. Pay Easy also enables IDEA customers two more options for easy post-paid bill payment. One is by paying through a bank ATM center and two is to transact the payment via SMS. more...        
 
Date: 19/7/2005 
Samsung launches power packed, bar type Colour Phone, SGH C210 in the Indian market 
Global technology leader, Samsung today announced the launch of its new, power packed and sporty bar type Colour Phone, the SGH C210 in the Indian market. At 69g, the SGH –C210 is the lightest bar type phone in its category. It has some useful power packed features like 65K UFB LCD Colour Screen, JAVA, WAP, GPRS for internet connectivity, MMS messaging capabilities and a 1000 phonebook plus 200 SMS memory. This stylish Samsung Phone stands out as a durable communicator. Cine Star, John Abraham will promote this Phone as Brand Ambassador. more... 
 
Date: 18/7/2005        
IDEA Presents ‘Telecom Grandmasters Quiz 2005’        
To take forward its endeavour of associating with challenging and mentally stimulating events, IDEA Cellular, the leading cellular operator of the country is presenting, for a second year in succession, the Telecom Grandmasters Quiz being organized by Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management at the Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium, Pune on August 5th 2005. more...        
 
Date: 15/7/2005        
Setting up manufacturing units in India may become mandatory for foreign telecom equipment suppliers        
National Telecom Policy 2005  may make it mandatory for foreign telecom equipment suppliers to set up manufacturing units in India if they have to supply equipment to government owned BSNL and MTNL. These PSUs will invest Rs.90,000 crore in purchasing equipment and expanding network in next five years. DoT is in the process of formulating NTP '05, which will replace  existing policy NTP 1999. The new policy will be finalised in three months. Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel, Huwaei, Lucent and Nortel are among the major equipment suppliers in India who are supplying to BSNL and MTNL. According to experts, the size of the market now will make indigenous manufacturing viable too.        
 
Date: 13/7/2005        
Spice Telecom launched Spice Caller Songs service        
Punjab’s premier cellular service provider, Spice Telecom launched Spice Caller Songs service. The Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT) service is a personalized mobile music service where the caller hears songs instead of the traditional ring tone. Spice Caller Songs can be accessed by both pre paid and post paid subscribers by dialing 678 and follow the instructions. Subscribers can choose songs from popular categories like Punjabi, Chartbusters, Bollywood, English, Remix and Devotional.         
 
Date: 9/7/2005         
20 lakh new subscribers added to cellular community in June         
20 lakh new subscribers added to cellular community in June out of which 15.7 lakh opted for GSM while 4.3 lakh took CDMA services. GSM subscriber base reached 4.5 crore, while the subscriber base of CDMA operators grew to 1.4 crore according to figures released by the COAI and AUSPI.         
 
Date: 7/7/2005          
Pick a Hutch Prepaid number that is lucky for you          
It's all about lucky numbers! Now even your mobile number can turn out to be lucky for you! Hutch has introduced an offer for their prepaid subscribers in the capital, wherein new subscribers can 'choose their Hutch number' basis numerology. Alternatively, the customer can personalize their mobile numbers, by making their favorite number their Hutch number. What makes this even more attractive is that these numbers are available on the new 98999 series. more...          
 
Date: 7/7/2005          
ITI revived to manufacture GSM cellular equipment          
ITI Mankapur (U.P.) received Rs.1,000 crore revival package to open GSM cellular equipment manufacturing facility. It has 2400 employees and a township of its own. The base station equipment will be manufactured here with the help of Alcatel, which owns the technology that will be tranfered to India. The ITI was manufacturing Alcatel's landline switches. It's biggest customers are BSNL and MTNL where Alactel has orders to supply equipment for three million lines. According to ITI officials, the company would nearly double its revenues to Rs.3,000 crore this fiscal.          
 
Date: 5/7/2005          
Essar increases its stake in Hutch JV          
Essar Teleholding has bought an additional 3.43% stake held by Usha Martin Telemetics in Hutchison - Essar for Rs.267 crore. The purchase follows an agreement between Hutchison, Essar and Usha Martin Telematic where Essar had the option to purchase 3.43% of Hutchison-Essar at the original acquisition price for the Kolkata licence plus a carry cost till June 30, 2005, which it has exercised. Usha Martin is owned jointly by Kotak and Hutchison. Post-buyout Essar's stake in the joint venture has move up to 30.42%, valued at over Rs.2367.96 crore, while Hutch's stake has come down to 53.1%.           
 
Date: 5/7/2005          
BSNL and MTNL to provide radio news on mobile phones          
BSNL and MTNL have tied up with Prasar Bharati for providing radio news on phones facility to their subscribers. The service would be launched soon. This service would be initially available in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Bangalore, Lucknow, Raipur, Shimla, Ahmedabad, Imphal, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna and Jaipur. BSNL and MTNL have agreed on  revenue sharing with Prasar Bharati for this service. The subscribers would connect to an interactive voice recording system by dialing 125800 or 125900 and listen to radio news in Hindi, English or their local language. Mobile phone users would pay Rs.1.20/min for the service.          
 
Date: 4/7/2005        
IDEA announces STD at 99 Paisa        
Breaking all barriers of distances and geographies, India’s leading cellular service provider, IDEA Cellular Ltd.  has launched for their existing and new Pre-paid customers of Delhi & NCR region the best ever tariff of only 99 paisa per minute for calls to any GSM mobiles except BSNL and MTNL, anywhere across the country. The offer is also applicable to all Idea Post-paid subscribers on the new Idea India plans. more...        
 
Date:1/7/2005            
Hutch introduces Postpaid Bill Payment vouchers            
Hutch today launched an innovative and convenient payment system for its postpaid subscribers in Delhi. Hutch postpaid users can now make payments through postpaid bill payment vouchers. With this voucher, postpaid subscribers can pay their bills while on the move through SMS or by dialing 600 (Interactive Voice Response). The amount is instantly credited to the users account. Hutch is the first and the only cellular service provider in Delhi to offer this convenience to its postpaid subscribers. more...            
 
Date:1/7/2005           
Hutch shifts to volume based billing for GPRS in Mumbai           
Hutch has shifted to  volume based billing for GPRS in Mumbai. The company has reduced monthly charges for Orangeworld GPRS services, from Rs.99 to Rs.49 per month but now 10 paise would be charged for every 10KB of data sent or received. Sending MMS would also cost Rs.3 per message.            
 
 
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