As expected Apple shown again that India is on low priority. Aplle Iphone 5s Gold colour is already showing out of stock / coming soon on online shopping portals like infibeam.com or shop.airtel.com . Though cashback offers are already luring for iphone buyers. Citibank is offering 5% cashback for Iphone brought from above mentioned online stores. On other hand Reliance is offering the new iphone on contract for first time in India. Only limitation is you need to have credit card to avail the offer.
HTC ONE DUAL SIM mobile phone which is a true global mobile phone with both Gsm/Hspa and cdma/Evdo connectivity. Its available for Rs.34,999 under exchange from Flipkart if you buy it with a Standard Chartered credit card.
Rs.48,999 original cost minus Rs.9000 off under exchange for selected models minus Rs.5000 cashback if brought using Standard chartered Credit card.
So actual Cost is Rs.48999-9000-5000=Rs.34,999.
Checkout Htc One Dual Sim under the offer.
Tata Docomo aka Indicom has a mobile Internet pack which give 4.5GB data usage on recharge of Rs.95 valid for 30days. Though customer care reps says its valid for internet on mobile on only. But most users are reporting that it gives evdo speed even on tethering. Evdo aka 3G of cdma network gives speed of 3.1mbps DL and 1.8mbps UL on Rev A network. Tata Docomo cdma names it as HSIA and have different packs on it. However for past few month it is working on HSIA also.
This pack is not valid on Tata Docomo/Indicom branded cdma data dongle. Only on mobile sim card aka OMH sim cards. People are buying unlocked data dongles and using it with these OMH sim cards. Infact many unlocked MTS data dongle can be found selling on OLX/Quickr with seller promising cheap high speed data at below Rs.100 per month. If you call they’ll sell you the modem with Tata OMH sim card.
Airtel Mobile increased 1GB 2G(Edge) data rates from Rs.124 to Rs.155 while on other side decreased 3G rates from Rs.250 per 1GB to Rs.157 per 1GB. Thus bringing both 2G and 3G rates at same level. This was in response to the similar move firstly by Reliance 3G then by Bsnl Cellone of uniform tariffs few months back.
This is in line with western countries pricing of uniform tariffs for 2G, 3G and even 4G data where companies anticipated higher usage from customer bringing in higher revenue. Wireless data pricing world over is by volume instead of by bandwidth like done in case of wireline broadband.
In India 3G data tariff were on higher side compared to average household incomes but it was mostly due to huge license fees paid by cos for 3G license in 2010 3G auction. Tariffs have been cut many times now to bring it with par to what people can afford. This rate cut can also be due to anticipated entry of Reliance jio infocom which is expected to launch 4G data services under LTE technology.