CRASH: Bharti Airtel offers 6 GB at Rs 147 per month

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, is offering a whopping 6 GB of 4G data for Rs 147 with a validity of 28 days. The offer is being rolled out only to prepaid users, and can be seen only in the ‘only for you’ deals section of Airtel’s recharge app or website. As it is a targeted offer, it may not be available to new customers. The regular price of the 6 GB pack is in the range of Rs 800 per month, and…

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BSNL matches Airtel, Idea with 339 unlimited voice + 1GB offer

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has unveiled a new unlimited call plan, matching bigger rivals such as Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel. While Airtel and Idea offer unlimited calls to any network in India plus 1 GB of 4G data for Rs 345, BSNL is doing so with a new recharge of Rs 339. In addition, BSNL’s offer is valid for all customers whether they use 2G, 3G or 4G handsets. In contrast, the other two have limited the 1 GB data to those with 4G handsets. BSNL has not yet…

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BSNL to launch Gigafiber plans, slash FTTH tariff to counter Reliance Jio

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch Gigafiber plans with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps to counter the threat from players like Reliance Jio, the head of the organisation said today. “We have a similar strategy and soon we are going to come up with Gigabit OFC connection to customers in select locations,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said today in an interaction with customers. He was responding to concerns about the company’s ability to withstand competition from players like Reliance Jio, which already rolling out Fiber-to-the-Home or FTTH…

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Tata DoCoMo cuts 3G price to Rs 40/GB under unlimited call plan

Following its Rs 300 plan to give 2 GB of data and unlimited calls to any network in India, Tata DoCoMo has now unveiled a new plan that adds 3 GB more at an extra cost of Rs 50. The pack offers five times as much data for Rs 350 as is given by competitors like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. The new plan, currently being tested via an invite system, entitles subscribers to use a total of 5 GB of 2G or 3G data and unlimited free voice calls…

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Tata DoCoMo offers 2GB data + Unlimited Calls for Rs 298 per month

After Aircel, it is the turn of Tata DoCoMo, the telecom arm of the Tata Group, to jump on to the unlimited call bandwagon started by Reliance Jio. With nearly every player having already launched such plans, Tata DoCoMo too has started testing a ‘free call’ plan among select customers. It is offering 2 GB of 2G and 3G data along with unlimited local and national calls for Rs 298 per month. The offer is currently available by invite only, and is expected to be rolled out more widely soon….

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Aircel makes CALLS, DATA FREE at Rs 249 per month

Aircel today started offering unlimited calls to any number in the country under two special recharge plans — Rs 12 for one day and Rs 249 for 28 days. RC12 offers customers with Unlimited Local and STD calling across all networks with a validity of one day. Unlike earlier packs, the calls are not restricted to other Aircel users. However, it remains to be seen how successful the new strategy is, given that its partner Reliance Communications, is already giving unlimited calls to any network at Rs 149 per month….

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Airtel halves 4G data price to Rs 495/10GB; offers freebies to take on Reliance Jio

Over the last two days, Bharti Airtel has quietly slashed its 4G pack prices to unprecedented levels in reaction to upcoming plans from Reliance Jio. According to the new data plans available to anyone who recharges using Airtel’s online or app facility, the price of 10 GB of 4G data pack has been brought down from Rs 999 to Rs 495. Similarly, the 6 GB plan now costs Rs 260-265 compared to Rs 700 a month ago. These price changes are applicable only for 4G handsets and usage, and not…

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India traffic to porn sites jumps 3-8% in November

Traffic from India to major pornographic websites in the world rose sharply in November. The numbers also reveal that Indians use the Internet for accessing pornographic content more often than globally. For example, according to similarweb.com, a website that collates monthly web analytics data, there were no pornographic websites included in the list of the top 22 websites in the world. The most popular website in the category, xvideos.com, is ranked No. 23 by traffic globally, while it is ranked at No. 9 in India. Globally, the website accounts for…

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Google regains top slot in November as Facebook sees 6% decline in traffic

Google.com, home to the world’s most popular search engine, beat Facebook.com to become the most visited website in the world in November as people spent more time shopping and comparing deals than networking online. There was also a sharp jump in traffic to online retail sites such as Amazon and to online advertising domains like googleadservices.com. Overall, people spent considerably less time on non-shopping websites in November compared with October, resulting in marked decline in the number of visits to non-shopping websites, according to web analytics firm similarweb.com. So, while…

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Bharti Airtel offers unlimited calls at around Rs 200 per month to counter Jio

Days after Reliance Communications unveiled a plan that offers unlimited calls at Rs 150 per month, India’s biggest telecom operator has come up with something very similar to take on both RCom, Reliance Jio and an upcoming plan from BSNL. Bharti Airtel has announced two new plans — one that offers unlimited Airtel to Airtel calls at Rs 148 per month and another which offers 1 GB of 4G data and unlimited calls to any network at Rs 345. Given that the cost of 1 GB of 4G data is…

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Indian Railways releases list of 71 stations with free Wifi, to expand to 709

The Indian Railways has released a list of 71 railways stations in India with free Wifi provided by Google and Railwire, and said the facility will be extended to 709 stations in about three years from now. In addition, several suburban stations in Mumbai — such as Kulra, Byculla, Belapur and Panvel — also enjoy this facility at present. Under the free Wifi program, anyone with a mobile phone can use the high-speed facility free of charge for the first 30 minutes. The facility is available in most of the…

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Vodafone ‘Double Data’ offer — the cheapest in India — to end in Dec?

Vodafone sent out a press release announcing its Double Data offer that offers 4G data at Rs 50 per GB, but a close look at the terms and conditions of the offer reveals that it has been in effect from October, and will end on Dec 31. “This is a limited period offer by Vodafone India, available from 18th October 2016, 00:00:01 hrs till 31st December 2016, 23:59:59 hrs, both days inclusive,” the telecom operator says in the terms and conditions. The double data offer, as the name signifies, offers…

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10GB @ Rs 495 – Tata DoCoMo’s new 3G plan costs half that of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio 4G was supposed to be the biggest thing that ever happened to data in India, and it probably is too. But that doesn’t mean that it owns the market for affordable high-speed data. Tata DoCoMo, which operates 3G services in nine circles, has started rolling out India’s cheapest limited 3G plan. The new plan, which is being offered only via the web, gives 10 GB of high-speed data for Rs 495. This is half the price of the corresponding high-speed data pack from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone…

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Ambani Speech on Reliance Jio to start soon

RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s speech on Reliance Jio’s Welcome Offer and other plans is starting in a few minutes. In his speech, Ambani is expected to thank everyone for using the company’s services under the Welcome Offer, but is unlikely to extend the free services by three months as widely expected. “The Welcome Offer was to get your feedback,” Ambani is expected to say in his speech that will start at 2 PM today. Jio has not only become the largest broadband company in India in a matter of three…

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LIVE COVERAGE: MUKESH AMBANI speech on RELIANCE JIO welcome offer

Starting at 1:30 PM today, Mukesh Ambani will give a speech on the future plans of Reliance Jio at which he’s widely expected to unveil new tariff plans for the 4G operator. The new plans will come in the context of the successful resolution of the interconnect dispute between the operator and its incumbent rivals such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. We will give be a live video and textual coverage of the event, with updates starting at around 11 am today. POST-CONFLICT PLANS The three incumbent telecom…

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Reliance Jio Welcome Offer Extended? Mukesh Ambani to reveal tomorrow

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio, will unveil a new roadmap for the telecom company tomorrow at 1:30 PM. The new roadmap will include details of the company’s so-called ‘Welcome Offer 2’ as well as details on whether or not existing free users will have start paying from Jan 1 or not. According to our sources, it is likely that Ambani could also unveil new tariff plans in addition to the ones that were given out on Sept 5. The new announcement comes in the wake of the expiry of…

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Jio has five times as many 4G subscribers as Airtel — report

Reliance Jio has crossed the 5 cr subscriber mark, which gives it a market share of around 10% among cellphone users in the country. Though India has a total of around 80 cr subscribers on paper, due to multiple and dormant connections, the actual cellphone users is estimated to be around the 50 cr or 500 mln mark. PTI reported that Jio has cross the 50 mln 4G subscribers in India, which is several times higher than the total number of 4G subscribers with Airtel, or Idea Cellular or Vodafone….

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Reliance Jio WELCOME OFFER will NOT be EXTENDED to March

Reliance Jio’s free Welcome Offer will not be extended beyond Dec 31, despite widespread media reports saying that it will be. “There is practically zero chance of it getting extended,” said a marketing official working for the company in Kerala. “If there were to be any such thing, we would have got to know by now.” In addition, there are reports of flyers and brochures that are to be used to introduce existing and new users to Jio’s plans. The brochures mention that the tariffs are applicable from Jan 1, 2017. If…

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Sorry, Reliance Jio is NOT launching DTH

In what is becoming something of a routine, yet another rumor has been spread that Reliance Jio is about to start a DTH service and you will be able to get all the channels at half the price that you currently pay. According to this, 350 TV channels will be offered at Rs 185 per month, which is half of the price that you have to pay for Airtel Digital, Tata Sky and so on. What’s more, there will be catch up and rewind feature as well. Is this true?…

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BSNL offers yearly data plan: 80 GB @ Rs 4500, 60 GB @ 4000

To take on competitors like Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, state-owned BSNL has come up with a one-year 3G data plan that offers 80 GB of 3G data for Rs 4,498. That translates to roughly Rs 56 per GB with a one-year validity. In comparison, others like Idea and Bharti Airtel also offer similar scheme, but they are structured different. In Airtel’s case, one has to recharge with Rs 1,450 initially, and then keep paying 54 rupees for every GB used for one year. Under Airtel’s scheme, 80 GB of…

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