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Jio Diwali Bonus : Offers Rs 400 Cashback On Rs 399 Recharge

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Reliance Jio has launched a new tariff plan for its customers to celebrate Diwali. In the Jio Diwali offer, the operator is offering Rs 400 cashback on a recharge of Rs 399. This recharge plan is available from 12 October to 18 October.

So, what does this Jio Diwali plan has to offer and how does it work?

Jio has kept its offering pretty simple irrespective of tariff plans. It offers voice calls, SMS, and roaming charges free of cost. And it offers 1 GB 4G data per day with this plan.

So, when a customer recharges with Rs 399 plan, he is entitled to get 8 cash back offers of Rs 50 each totaling to Rs 400. The customer will get these refund in his MyJio app and the money can be redeemed after 15 November.

The company said its a Diwali gift to its millions of users.

Once this Jio Diwali offer ends on 18 October the operator informs to bring out new plans starting 19 October.

Reliance Jio, the telecom services arm of Reliance Industries, made a commercial launch of its services in September last year. In this one year the company has acquired more than 100 million users on its 4G LTE network. Jio is India’s only operator with an all-IP network and offers only 4G services.

The company is the first and only operator to offer voice call services, SMS and roaming services completely free of charge. Its a data only operator and all its offerings are based on its 4G data network.

In August this year the company also launched a 4G feature phone – Jio Phone– – targeting the over 500 million Indians who do not have a smartphone or have not experienced internet yet. The Jio Phone is a 4G feature phone but capable of offering data services like a smartphone. The Jio Phone is also offered free of cost, though there is a security deposit of Rs 1500 involved, which the operator promises to refund when the device is returned after 3 years.

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Aping Jio, Airtel Launches Bundled 4G Smartphone Offer At Rs 1399

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Following the footsteps of Reliance Jio, Airtel today brought out a bundled data offer combining it with a smartphone at an effective cost of Rs 1399. The operator launched the offer with a smartphone from Karbonn, named A40 Indian, which is originally priced at Rs 3499.

Couple of months back Jio had introduced a similar offer with JioPhone where the customers need to pay a security deposit of Rs 1500 to own a 4G phone and the money will be refunded to the users after 3 years.

The major difference between these two offers is JioPhone is 4G feature phone, though capable of most smartphone functions, and Airtel’s is a true smartphone, though with basic specifications.

In the plan offered by Airtel, taken under a new initiative called ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’, meaning ‘my first 4G smartphone, the consumers need to pay Rs  2899 to own the Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone and are expected to recharge with a plan of Rs 169 for the next 36 months.

Only if they do this, the customers will be eligible to get a refund of Rs 1500, making the effective cost of the phone to be Rs 1399 or (Rs 2899-1500).

“In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund installment of Rs 1000),” Airtel said in a statement.

As far ass the technical specifications of the Karbonn A40 Indian is concerned, the smartphone comes with a 4 inch display screen and is powered by 1.3 Ghz processor. The phone has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage capacity.

The dual SIM 4G phone has 3 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front camera and the device carries an 1400 mAh battery.

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After Mumbai, Airtel VoLTE Launched In MP, Chhatisgarh

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Country’s largest telco Bharti Airtel today said it has launched its VoLTE (voice over LTE) services in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. Airtel VoLTE was launched in Mumbai exactly a month back, on 11 September.

A VoLTE service, offered over 4G IP network, gives HD quality voice calls as well as takes less time in connecting the call.

Airtel is the second operator in the country to offer such service besides Reliance Jio that offered the VoLTE service from the day one.

Airtel VoLTE will be available on popular 4G/LTE enabled mobile devices, which must have a Airtel 4G SIM. Customers can call any mobile, landline network using Airtel VoLTE. There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or packs benefits.

“We are delighted to announce the addition of VoLTE capabilities on our 4G network in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh as it enables high definition voice qualities and faster call set up time. We invite mobile users across the progressive states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to experience this advanced technology,” said Dharmender Khajuria, Chief Executive Officer – Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Bharti Airtel.

To avail VoLTE services the customers need to have a VoLTE enabled 4G smartphone and it needs to be remembered that all 4G smartphones are not VoLTE capable.

Some of the popular device models that are compatible with Airtel VoLTE  include Apple iPhone SE /6 /6plus / 6S / 6S plus /7 /7 plus /8 /8 plus; Samsung A5 2017/ A7 2017/ A8/ A9 Pro/ J2 2016/ J2 Pro/ J7/ J7 2016/ J7 Prime/ J7 Max/ J7 Nxt/ On Max/ On 8/ On Nxt/Tab AS2; Oppo F3, F3 plus, A71; Gionee A1; Lava Z25/ Z80/ Z90/Xolo and Vivo Y55L.

Customers with Dual-SIM handsets have to ensure that the Airtel 4G SIM has been inserted in the data SIM slot/slot 1 and network mode has been set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)” to make VoLTE work in their phones.

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New Reliance Jio Plans Are Even Better Than Before

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The subscribers of Reliance Jio, who were worried that operator might increase prices after Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offers comes to an end in July, should not worry. Reliance Jio has introduced new post paid and prepaid plans and they are better than before with most plans being retained with longer validity.

The Rs. 309 and Rs. 509 prepaid Reliance Jio plans now gets 56 days of validity instead of 28 days earlier. Similarly Rs 509 plan also remains the same but with 56 days of validity (against 28 days earlier) and daily 4G data usage cap at 2GB per day.

New plans have also been introduced, Rs 349 plan gives you 20GB of 4G data for 56 days with no cap on consumption, The Rs. 399 plan is similar to the Rs 309 plan with 1GB per day data, but gets 84 days validity.

Apart from these changes, all the other Reliance Jio Plans remain the same with first recharge benefits provided with Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer now gone from the mix. The starting prepaid plan is as low as Rs. 19 which gives you only one-day validity, 200MB of 4G data. The Rs 49 plan offers 3-day validity and 600MB of 4G data. There’s also a Rs. 96 plan with 7-day validity with unlimited data of up to 1GB per day.

The Rs. 149 with 28 days of validity offers only 2GB of 4G data for usage, and 300 free SMSes. The Rs 999 plan offers 90-day validity, 90GB of 4G data. The Rs 1,999 plan offers a 120-day validity, 155GB of data. The Rs. 4,999 and Rs. 9,999 plans will offer 210 and 390 days of validity respectively, with 380GB and 780GB of data benefit respectively.

Postpaid plans are available at Rs. 309, Rs. 349, Rs. 399, Rs. 509, and Rs. 999 denominations with validity lasting up to three months. The new plans introduced are at Rs 349 and Rs 399 which offer two months and three months of validity. The Rs 349 plan offers 20GB of 4G data. The Rs 399 plan offers unlimited 4G data with the 1GB per day cap and other unlimited voice and SMS benefits. All the new prepaid and postpaid plans are now available on the Jio website.

The best part about Jio’s plans are that they all offer unlimited voice calls and SMS, apart from Rs 149 plan which offers only 300 SMS but unlimited voice calls. Data is also unlimited in all the plans and only the speed reduces to 128kbps and therefore there is no fear of over charging.

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Zyxel launches multi service Wireless router for service providers

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Zyxel, has launched PMG2006-T20A Wireless router which is GPON HGU embedded with a 4-port GbE Switch enabling it to connect to peripherals such as IP cameras, Network Data Storage, computer servers and Wi-Fi access points to share data in high speeds.

The switch furnishes numerous integrated services via a single optical fiber to support existing deployments of triple-play services such as data, video/ HDTV, VoIP as well as interactive games.

The Zyxel PMG2006-T20A can be connected to the GPON OLT to offer network operators with management and provision features that support ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and TR-069 management functions as well.

As higher bandwidth and greater efficiency of Ethernet cannot guarantee delivery of high-quality voice, data and video across a GPON network, service providers can freely design their Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) policies and prioritize mission-critical services such as IPTV and VoIP based on their service plan offerings.

This switch is aimed at service providers who want to offer a multi-play solution that truly meets of residential user needs. This switch supports DS/US transmission rate to 2.488 Gbps/1.244 Gbps and can be installed up to 20KMs away from consumer premises.
PMG2006-T20A Wireless Router is available exclusively at Zyxel website at a price of INR 13,000.

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Airtel To Invest Rs 2000 Crore to Improve Customer Experience

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Telecom major Bharti Airtel has announced plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore over three years under ‘Project Next’ which is aimed at revamp customer touch points and enhancing customer experience.

Under Project Next, Airtel will spruce up its stores, launch mobile handset protection schemes, allow transfer of unused mobile data to next month for postpaid users and pooling of postpaid plan within a family.

On the rollout of VoLTE (Voice over LTE), Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (South Asia) Gopal Vittal said “it is in the works and the company is conducting trials in five cities. He added that the company will be “able to take VoLTE” everywhere in the country in later part of the year.

One of the standout features the project brings in is Airtel’s Postpaid Promise. Under this new programme, Airtel post-paid users will be now able to carry forward unused data after the billing cycle ends. In total they will be able to accumulate up to 200GB as part of the Airtel Promise.

In other words, you have have been alloted 10GB for a month and you managed to consume just 2GB, next month you will have 18GB of data to use.

Last year, Airtel invested 6000 crore to improve its network and now Airtel claims that Project next is aimed at taking the enhanced network and delivering Airtel’s services like Postpaid, Prepaid, Wynk, Airtel TV and Payments Bank across all its touch points – stores, airtel app, airtel.in, call centre and retailers – seamlessly .

Under the project Next Airtel will revamp its stores and create new flagships stores, which are designed by the same people who designed Apple Stores (8 inc). These stores are divided into three zones – share zone, create zone and experience zone. Airtel plans to revamp 2,500 stores over the course of the next three years. First two redisigned stores are already live in Gurugram.

Airtel Mobile App also gets a new version. The new app allows real time, change of plans to real time notifications and self-care.

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Reliance Jio offers 10GB additional data to Asus smartphone buyers

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Reliance Jio is offering up to 10GB additional data free to buyers of Asus smartphones, the offer is available only to Jio Price members and on selected Asus smartphones bought after June 16th.

Asus customers will get the additional 4G data with every recharge of Rs 309 or above, and will be applicable for 10 recharges till March 31, 2018.

Asus ZenFone Selfie, Asus ZenFone Max, Asus ZenFone Live, Asus ZenFone Go 4.5, Asus ZenFone Go 5.0, and Asus ZenFone Go 5.5 buyers will be eligible for 3GB of additional 4G data per recharge.

While some smartphone like Asus ZenFone 2, Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5, Asus ZenFone 3S Max, Asus ZenFone 3 Laser, Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.2, and Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. will be eligible for additional 5GB of 4G data per recharge.

High End devices like the Asus ZenFone Zoom, Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, Asus ZenFone 3 5.2, and Asus ZenFone 3 5.5 will get 10GB additional data per recharge.

It is likely that Asus and Jio will offer similar services to new devices from Asus that are planned for launch in next couple of months.

However to remind you that the offer is valid only for next 10 recharges till March 2018, recharge amount needs to be more than Rs 309 and you need to be part of the Jio Prime subscription plan.

Eligible device users will need to do activate the ‘Additional Data Offer’ through MyJio app by following these steps: Open MyJio App -> My Vouchers -> View Voucher -> Recharge my number -> Confirm Recharge -> Successful Recharge Notification.

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Airtel Launching VoLTE? Well, We Are Not Surprised!

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While the war is in its full steam with Jio busy acquiring new customers and Airtel in steadily plugging all the gaps to retain its supremacy in the Indian telecom market, Airtel VoLTE offering was one such big gap

There are media reports that Airtel is going to launch its VoLTE services today. Well, we are not sure about this but we are not surprised either. In fact, this was long due from the country’s largest operator. More so, it was a much needed ammunition for India’s first 4G operator, to withstand the wrath of the country’s latest LTE player that snatched away more than 100 million customers from the incumbents, and to put up a brave fight against free calling offers from Reliance Jio.

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In March this year we had reported that Airtel is testing its VoLTE services. It was also learnt then that the company was doing some compliance test with various smartphone models and Gionee P7 was one such model that had passed all the tests.

As per sources, Airtel VoLTE is now compatible with smartphones from Motorola, Xioami, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo and Samsung. If Airtel VoLTE services are launched today, you can expect some sort of bundling offer with these smartphones.

Why Airtel Needs VoLTE?

At present Reliance Jio is the only operator in the country that offers VoLTE or voice over LTE networks. Because VoLTE is offered on the data network and calls are made over IP, operators incur very less cost providing the service. Primarily that was the reason why Reliance Jio is offering voice calls free to its subscribers. And this ‘free’ stuff is snatching away customers from incumbent operators including Airtel.

This VoLTE offering will give Airtel a shot in its arm to take on Jio. Airtel, in fact, could start offering voice services completely free just like its rival. Also, it would help the operator in retaining its customers.

Lack of VoLTE capability was one big flaw in Airtel’s offerings, and while both Jio and Airtel are offering 4G services, the former could able to lure more customers by offering free voice calls to its customers. Besides, quality of voice calls over IP on LTE network is better than non-IP calls or the conventional calls that we use on a regular basis.

In November last year Airtel had contracted Nokia in a Rs 402 crore deal to deploy VoLTE infrastructure for its pan India network and the company has been working in this regard since the launch of Jio that offered VoLTE facility to its customers.

While Airtel boasts of its robust 4G network and claims to have the ‘smart’ as well as ‘fastest’ network in the country, Jio boasts of its all-IP network and dirt cheap offerings on data, and free voice service. With the launch of VoLTE, Airtel too would be in a position to free voice calling services to its customers too.

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Rs 500 Jio 4G Feature Phone Launch Set For 15th Aug

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Jio’s plans to launch a 4G feature phone has been known even before Jio launched its 4G services in the country, with confirmation of such plan coming from many handset makers. When and what price point the phone will be launched was not known though.

TeleAnalysis had last year reported that Jio was in the process of making a 4G feature phone and it could launch the phone at Rs 1500.

People will still need to wait till mid August to get a 4G feature phone, however the good news is that announcement of launch is expected to take place as soon as July 21st and the phone will be available at a terrific price of Rs 500.

The announcement regarding this phone will be made at the Reliance AGM to be held on July 21. It is also expected that Jio will also announce monthly tariff plans of less than Rs 100 for these feature phone users.

An Economic Times report quoting the HSBC research note says that Jio 4G feature phone with VoLTE capability will be subsidised by the operator to achieve Rs 500 price point of the phone. Jio, according to report, has already placed an order of 18-20 million units for the handsets with Chinese vendors such as Zhejiang Techain Electronics Technology Co., Shenzhen CHINO-E Communication Co, Crave and Megaphone.

The phone will be launched under Lyf brand and will start arriving by late July in India and will be launched on 15th August.

TeleAnalysis has been talking to several handset markers in India about their 4G feature phone plans and many vendors like InFocus and Karbonn have confirmed that they are indeed working for such phones, with InFocus confirming plans to launch them in 2017.

We believe that soon after Jio other operators too will launch 4G feature phone and Indian handset makers will also be joining the party sooner than later.

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India Has 87 Mn 4G Subscribers, Jio Alone Has 72 Mn

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The total number of 4G subscribers in the country on LTE technology has reached to 87 million by December 2016, of which Reliance Jio alone has acquired more than 72 million, representing almost 83% of total 4G subscribers base.

This means that the other 4G operators – Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India – put together have around 15 million 4G subscribers by the end of December 2016.

This also means Jio represents 82.7% of India’s total 4G LTE market share leaving a meager 17.3% for all others.

It can be recalled that Bharti Airtel was the first operator to launch 4G services in the country, though in pockets, way back in 2012 and Reliance Jio launched its commercial service only in September 2016.

This data has been culled out from the freshly released report by country’s telecom regulator TRAI.

Though the country is seeing a huge surge in 4G subscriber addition in recent days, post Jio’s launch, with all the 4G operators putting up a war like situation to grab more customers, a dominant portion of India’s wireless internet users are still on 2G or 3G.

As per the TRAI report, there are a total of 370 million wireless internet users in the country. Of this, 2G internet users using GPRS or EDGE technologies constitute 152 million whereas 3G users with HSPA and WCDMA technologies constitute 128 million subscribers.

While internet on 2G has been more than a decade old and 3G became prevalent in last 5 years, 4G LTE is a recent phenomena with little over a year in service.

In the overall wireless internet segment, however, Bharti Airtel still holds the commanding position with 82.79 million users and a market share of 22.38%. Jio is closely following with 72.16 million wireless internet users and grabbed a market share of 19.5%.

The total number of wireless internet users of Vodafone India is 65.05% whereas the same of Idea Cellular has touched 48.6% by the end of December 2016.

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