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Reliance Jio starts turning off free services, urges users to recharge

Reliance Jio, the telecom firm that has caught the country by storm, has started turning off the connections of those subscribers who have not recharged their mobile phones since the beginning of April.In April, it had introduced the Summer Surprise offer, and gave around four months of validity for each

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Idea Cellular likely to expand 4G offers this year

Idea Cellular, India's third biggest telecom player by revenue, is likely to see its 4G data capacity rise to three times the current level over the next nine months, which is likely to push the price of data down further.This could impact Reliance Jio's ability to stop its discounts and

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Is the Reliance Jio’s JioPhone really free?

The latest entrant to India's telecom market, Reliance Jio, has announced an unprecedented offer -- a 4G enabled phone with support for apps and videocalling for free.According to Mukesh Ambani, customers do not have to pay anything for the phone as the cost of the phone will be returned to

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RIL stock up as Reliance Jio proves doubters wrong, avoids an April dip in subscribers

Shares of Reliance Industries rose 3.5% today -- an extraordinary move for such a large company -- after it emerged that not only did the company not lose subscribers when it made the transition from free to paid services in April, it actually added a few million.The result was

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Bharti Airtel to offer cheap 4G plans for all dongle users – report

With new operator Reliance Jio snapping at its heels, incumbent Bharti Airtel has decided to slash its data prices for everyone with the introduction of new 4G dongle plans, Telecom Talk blog reported quoting unnamed sources.At present, Bharti Airtel does not offer any plan that comes close to what new

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Reliance Jio puts more 4G spectrum to use to increase speeds

Reliance Jio, the 4G operator that has taken the market by storm, has deployed the extra spectrum that it bought last year, increasing the total spectrum in use in most markets by 20-25%.In most circles, Jio is operating with about 40-50 MHz of spectrum, and with the new spectrum, this

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Bharti Airtel to start refarming 2G spectrum for 4G this year

India's largest telecom services company by revenue and spectrum holding, Bharti Airtel, will start diverting its 2G spectrum to add to its 4G network in the second half of the ongoing financial year, the company's CEO said.The move will help increase 4G capacity of the operator by adding a carrier

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India’s 3G networks creak under freebie overload; 4G also slows

MySpeed, the speedtesting platform operated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has revealed a sharp dip in wireless data speeds across operators in March compared to the previous month.The declines were visible in both 4G as well as 3G services, but were more pronounced in 3G networks, which typically

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Reliance Jio Prime Membership closing in on 50 mln mark

Reliance Jio, India's newest telecom operator is set to add almost 50 mln users to its Prime platform, according to reliable sources.As of now, the company has added close to 43.5 mln, with another 3-4 mln additions expected in the remaining 2.5 days.On average, the company added 1.55 mln Prime customers

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Reliance Jio to lose over half of its subscribers by the month-end – CyberMedia Research

Even as some brokerages are predicting that Reliance Jio will manage to carry over 80% or more of its subscribers when it starts charging for its services at the end of this month, CyberMedia Research said it sees 55-60% of existing connections getting abandoned.Jio is estimated to have 105-110 mln

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Reliance Jio unveils new 4G plan: 60GB at Rs 999, 56GB at 499

As expected, Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom operator led by Mukesh Ambani, has totally overhauled its 4G tariffs ahead of 'going commercial'.The firm had unveiled one set of tariffs in September, and said that these would apply when it started charging for its services several months later.However, many had said

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BSNL turns net gainer in MNP, to launch 4G at year-end

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom operator, is now 'MNP positive', its chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said, without giving details."BSNL's MNP ratio is positive," Shrivastava said at a customer interaction event today.It is not clear whether the executive was talking about all-time figures or monthly or

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