Mukesh Ambani to announce 100 mln Reliance Jio customers tomorrow?

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and Reliance Jio, will make a statement on Tuesday, 21 February, at 1:30 PM. The statement will be streamed via Youtube and other channels. The link to the live stream will be shared by around 12 PM tomorrow. Though the company has no revealed what the subject of the announcement will be, it is expected that the Ambani will announce that the company has crossed the 100 mln subscriber mark. Jio, which started signing up customers in September, had crossed the 72 mln mark in…

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Bajaj Auto to launch 2017 KTM Duke 390 and 200 next Thursday

Bajaj Auto said it will unvel the “all-new KTM Duke Range” of motorcycles in India on Feb 23 at an event in Mumbai. The event, which will start at 11:30 AM and will most likely be streamed live on Youtube, is likely to launch the 2017 Duke 390 and possibly the Duke 200 bikes. The Duke 390 is the most popular bike from the KTM brand, part-owned by Bajaj Auto. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke is also powered by the same 373 cc engine found in the 2016 model, but…

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LENOVO K7 NOTE, with Snapdragon 625, to take on Redmi Note 4 in India

Two months after the launch of its latest mid-range phone, the Lenovo K6 Note, the Chinese smartphone brand is ready to unveil its next mid range model and the competitor to the successful Redmi Note 4 “Something more noteworthy is coming soon,” the Chinese company said, unveiling a picture (see above) of a previously unseen model. It is almost certain that the new model will be named K7 Note. The predecessor, K6 Note, was launched as an offline model and was priced at a steep Rs 17,000 for the 4 GB…

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BSNL doubles data on 11 existing 3G plans to take on Reliance Jio

BSNL, the public-owned telecom services provider, has increased the data allowance of more of its 3G plans, days after announcing two new tariff plans. Last week, the company has increased the allocation on two of its popular recharges by double or more. The Rs 78 pack, which used to provide 1 GB of data for 5 days, was tweaked to give 2 GB and the Rs 291 plan, which used to provide 2 GB per month, would not provide 8 GB. Now, BSNL has revealed some more 3G plans with…

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Facebook to start showing ads in Groups

Facebook, the biggest website in the world by amount of time spent, has started showing targeted advertising on ‘Groups’,  the social network’s equivalent of forums. The ads will be based on the interests of the user,  Facebook  said in a communication to group administrators. The move marks the coming of age of ‘Groups’, which Facebook has largely been content to ignore. Unlike Pages, which was hogged most of the attention of Facebook’s internal ‘monetization’ team, Groups do not lend themselves to easy monetization. Administrators of Pages, for example, get lots…

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Hathway Broadband to double data allowance, give 1 Gbps speed to take on Reliance Jio

Hathway Broadband, which has over six lakh subscribers for its cable and fibre-based services, said it has upgraded its network and will soon be providing its users with up to twice as much data in the same package. Hathway provides its high-speed broadband service in around 20 cities and in much of Kerala (via Asianet). Hathway currently operates on a fiber-to-home model in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata, and on CISCO’s Docsis technology in other places. “Post completion of technical infrastructure upgradation project, network is ready for 50% increase in speed…

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Quora imposes restrictions on anonymous users; to pre-screen anon content; stops likes, comments

Quora, the question and answer app that is very popular in certain pockets of population in India and abroad, said has made three crucial changes to its anonymity policy: installing a mandatory screening process, preventing anonymous users from liking and commenting, and removing direct linkage between anonymous content and their authors on the back-end systems. Quora, a modern version of the once-popular Google Answers and Yahoo Answers, allows people to share their experiences and knowledge anonymously, unlike Facebook, which abhors anonymous posts. It also allows people to ‘pull’ information from…

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DIESEL PRICE CUT: After Airtel & Idea, Reliance to target IOCL, HPCL, BPCL?

Reliance Industries, which started giving a discount of Re 1 on every liter of diesel sold through its pumps in January, has now started advertising the offer in Kerala. The discount was first noticed in January in North and West Indian towns. The move was, at the time, not taken very seriously by players such as Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, who felt that it was a response to the discounts offered by state-owned companies to promote electronic payment. In the aftermath of demonetization, state-owned players including Bharat Petroleum…

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Sun Direct overtakes Dish TV, Videocon D2h in HD movie channels in English

Sun Direct, the DTH operator from the Sun TV group, has added several new High Definition channels over the last several days, and has now overtaken rivals Dish TV and Videocon D2h in terms of the number of English movie channels on its HD platform. The move comes more than a year after ISRO launched the GSAT 15, which promised to make more capacity available at the location at which Sun Direct is broadcasting from. GSAT-15, launched in late 2015, has 24 Ku band transponders, all of which can be used…

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ViVo, Oppo, Xiaomi need cheaper smartphone models to grow in India in 2017

China’s LOVE brands — Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi — will have to introduce cheaper models in 2017 to continue their strong growth in India, CyberMedia Research said in a report. The reason? India’s replacement and upgrade market — Rs 10,000-13,000 — will no longer be the center of action in 2017 and to continue their growth, the Chinese brands must target the Rs 4,000-6,500 entry level segment. The youth of the country have largely bought decent Rs 10,000-13,000 smartphones (like Redmi Note 3/4) in 2015-2016 — the first time when such…

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Facebook biggest beneficiary of Reliance Jio free data

It’s common knowledge that Reliance Jio’s free data service has massively increased Internet usage in India, but a new report throws light on what categories have been benefited and which have not. The biggest beneficiary of the free data offer from Reliance Jio is — yes, you guessed it right — social media, which technically means Facebook for most people in India. According to a study by Smartapp, there has been an increase of 467% in usage of social media apps due to Jio’s preview services, now in their fifth…

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Bharti Airtel to stop obsessing about per-GB price to drive usage

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom network by number of subscribers, has shifted its focus from counting how much money it is getting from each GB of data sold to how much money it is able to get from each subscriber irrespective of data consumed. Traditionally, companies such as Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone have been very reluctant to ease data prices for fear that it will affect their profit, image etc.. But with the entry of 4G operator Reliance Jio, at least Bharti Airtel’s decided to take a leaf…

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Reliance Jio’s 1000-rupee phone likely to work only on its 4G network; feature

The market is abuzz with rumors of the impending launch of a 1000-rupee ‘feature phone’ by Reliance Jio, but comments by Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal suggests that the Mukesh Ambani firm will not be able to launch such a phone without providing a big subsidies. However, doing so would in turn require locking the device to the operator’s network. A VoLTE-enabled feature phone would help RJio tap three untapped markets — people who can’t afford to or don’t want to spend Rs 3,000 on a smartphone, people who want a…

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Jet Airways announces Republic Day sale starting Rs 999

Jet Airways has announced a Republic Day sale of air tickets, starting at Rs 999 on certain sectors. The special fares are applicable on tickets booked between January 25 to 29 for select domestic routes and until January 27, 2017 for international travel from India on Jet Airways’ direct flights to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Toronto. The sale is valid only on economy travel on domestic flights, but it includes both economy and business classes on international flights out of India. While international tickets are valid for immediate travel, domestic…

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Bharti Airtel loses 8 mln data users, now behind Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, reported a loss of around 7.7 mln data users in the three months between October and December, due to the free services offered by Reliance Jio. Jio, on its part, had picked up around 50 mln free data and voice users on its nationwide 4G network by the end of December. With this, the total number of data users on Bharti Airtel is at 54.9 mln, compared to about 75 mln on Reliance Jio. Of these 55 mln users on Airtel, only 37.7 mln…

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Redmi Note 4 sets new record with 2.5 lakh phones sold in 1 flash sale

Redmi Note 4, this year’s successor to the most popular phone of 2016, has got off to an unbelievable start. The Chinese company sold a whopping 2.5 lakh (250,000) phones in the first flash sale itself, and that too in under 10 minutes. The previous record for the highest number of phones sold in a single flash sale was around 60,000, and was set by LeEco last year. What is surprising about the number is not that there were so many buyers — after all it sold millions of Note3s…

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Reliance Jio NOT TO EXTEND free data offer after March

Reliance Jio will not be extending its Happy New Year free data offer beyond March 31, according to our sources in the company. The clarification comes in the wake dozens of reports claiming that it will extend the free scheme beyond the March 31 deadline into June. “There is zero chance of that happening,” said a senior official in the company’s sales team. HISTORY REPEATS In November and December, there were a similar number of articles that claimed that it would extend the Welcome Offer by three months from December to…

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Idea Cellular – Vodafone merger announcement soon?

Idea Cellular has put off the trimonthly meeting of its board of directors scheduled to take place tomorrow, raising speculation that it may soon announce a merger or deal with Vodafone India. The meeting was supposed to take on-board results  of the telecom operators’ working the three months from October to December. After the meeting, Idea was scheduled to release its quarterly financial results on Monday as well. Both have now been postponed indefinitely, and the new date is yet to be intimated. This has led to massive speculation that the…

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Redmi Note 4 is great, but can Xiaomi deliver the stock for flash sale?

  Xiaomi seems to have yet delivered yet another winner in the form of the upgraded Redmi Note 4, launched in India today. The phone, priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, is arguably the most value for money phone in the market today. It also launched a Rs 10,999 variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which should also see brisk sales. FEEDBACK TAKEN On a positive note, Xiaomi did not simply dump the old model introduced in China into the…

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Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB version, 9,999 for 2GB

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. The phone will be priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB version with 64 GB of internal memory. The 2 GB version will be priced at Rs 9,999 and the 3 GB variant, with only 32 GB of internal memory will be available at a price of just Rs 10,999. The prices are largely along expected lines, given the phone’s specifications. The model is only…

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