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Flipkart Billion Capture+ : Day 1 Sales Number Will Blow Your Head

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Flipkart yesterday claimed that its first own branded smartphone, the Billion Capture+, was sold out on the very first day of its flash sale. The claim was true and you will be surprised to know the number of units this new smartphone sold on that day.

On 15 November Flipkart opened the flash sale at 00:00 hours and in the morning of 16 November the company claimed all units of Billion Capture+ were sold out.

“The Billion Capture+, sold out on Day 1 amid an overwhelming response from customers. The “Made for India” smartphone went on sale from 00:00 hours on November 15, and was sold out on the same day,” the company said in a statement.

We asked the company to tell us the exact number of units that were put up for sale and the number of units sold out. Unfortunately, we did not got a satisfactory answer.

However, when we did our research and reached out to our sources at the seller – Flipkart, the manufacturer – Smartron, and the brand – Billion, we got our answer and the ‘sold out’ number was mind-boggling.

The total number of units that were ‘sold out’ on that day is just 923 and the total number of units that were kept for sale was 950. Not even one thousand, multiple sources informed.

However, its a known fact now, that the companies these days resort to many a marketing gimmicks to grab some eyeballs.

The Capture+ is the first smartphone from Flipkart and was launched under its own devices brand name Billion. The smartphone was designed, researched, manufactured and tested in India by Hyderabad based smartphone maker Smartron – the company that has its own smartphones like tPhone and srtPhone.

The Flipkart Billion Capture+ comes in two variants – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB and are priced at Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999. The phones come with 13 megapixel rear dual camera and 8 megapixel front camera. The 5.5 inch smartphone is VoLTE ready dual SIM 4G phone and comes with 3500 mAh battery. The Billion Capture+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octacore 2 GHz processor and runs on Android Nougat OS.

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Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ Offer Added Two More Karbonn Phones

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Bharti Airtel today added two more Karbonn smartphones – A1 Indian and A41 Power – to its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ offer and launched at Rs 1799 and Rs 1849 respectively. So far Airtel has added 3 smartphones from Karbonn to this offer that aims at targeting first time smartphone users.

The ‘A1 Indian’ 4G smartphone will be available at an effective price of Rs 1799 (compared to MRP of Rs 4390) and the ‘A41 Power’ comes at an effective price of Rs 1849 (compared to MRP of Rs 4290). Both devices come with a full touch 4” screen, 1 GB RAM, Dual SIM Slots, Dual Camera along with a host of features. The 4G smartphones, which are Google certified, run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS and offer full access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. In addition, both smartphones comes preloaded with MyAirtel App, Airtel TV and Wynk Music to offer a great self-serve and content experience to customers.

Both 4G smartphones come bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel, which offers generous data and calling benefits.

Today’s launch follows the runaway success of the first 4G smartphone, the A40 Indian, under the Airtel – Karbonn partnership. The smartphone was fully sold out within the first month of launch, underpinning the strong customer endorsement for this highly affordable proposition.

All smartphones under the Airtel-Karbonn partnership will also be available on Amazon India. While A40 Indian is available on Amazon starting today, A1 Indian and A41 Power will be available starting next week. This will add to customer convenience, while considerably enhancing the distribution reach.

Raj Pudipeddi, Director – Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel said: “We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Karbonn to fulfill the smartphone aspirations of India. We saw very strong demand for our first offer under the Mera Pehla Smartphone initiative, which validates the broad appeal of this innovative proposition. We are also delighted to have Amazon on board as a partner in this exciting journey and look forward to working closely with them. We believe these partnerships will help us make a significant contribution towards transforming India into a smartphone nation.”

For the ‘A1 Indian’ 4G smartphone, the customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 3299 and for the ‘A41 Power’ 4G smartphone the down payment is Rs 3349. Customers need to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169 pack from Airtel. The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 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).

The ownership of the smartphone is completely with the customer and there gis no need to return the device to Airtel/Karbonn at any point to claim the cash benefit.

Under the Mera Pehla Smartphone initiative, Airtel will partner with multiple mobile handset manufacturers to create an ‘open ecosystem’ of affordable 4G smartphones and bring them to market for virtually the price of a feature phone.

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Airtel Expands VoLTE Services To Andhra, Telangana

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Bharti Airtel has expanded its VoLTE services to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Airtel VoLTE, which works over 4G, will enable customers across the two states to enjoy HD quality voice calls with faster call set up time.

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.

The VoLTE services were already launched in Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Gujarat.

What truly sets apart Airtel VoLTE is the seamless connectivity enabled by Airtel’s wide 4G network coverage across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Even in the case of non-availability of 4G network, Airtel VoLTE calls will automatically fall back on 3G/2G network to ensure that customers continue to stay connected at all times. Airtel VoLTE will also enable customers to enjoy HD quality voice calls and high speed data sessions in parallel.

Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Bharti Airtel said, “Having built a world-class 4G network across the two geographies, we are delighted to roll out Airtel VoLTE for our customers. With the increasing penetration of VoLTE enabled smartphones in the market, Airtel customers can add to their calling experience to go with high speed data on India’s best smartphone network.”

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; OnePlus 5/ 5T; Xiaomi Redmi Note 4; Lava Z25/ Z80/ Z90/Xolo, Intex Lion N1 and Vivo Y55L.

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

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Airtel Sets Up TIP Community Lab To Work On vRAN Fronthaul Solution

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In bringing another first to the country, India’s largest telecom firm Bharti Airtel on Friday said it is launching India’s first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Community Lab in Manesar. TIP Community Lab is a global R&D initiative founded by global majors including Facebook, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom to create a new approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.

Airtel, as an early member of the project, will convert its existing Network Excellence center in Manesar, Haryana in to a TIP Community lab will be used by TIP project group members to create innovative solutions for telecom networks. Airtel’s Manesar center works for validation and demonstration of new technologies and solutions.

This lab will work around virtualisation of radio access network for fronthaul solutions.

“Having been at the forefront of India’s telecom revolution, Airtel is excited to extend its network innovation facilities to the growing TIP Community Lab program. We look forward to collaborating with other TIP members in creating innovative network infrastructure solutions for the future, and quickly and cost-effectively expand the reach of our networks to serve customers with exciting and disruptive solutions,” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Founded in February 2016, TIP is an engineering-focused initiative driven by operators, suppliers, integrators, and startups to disaggregate the traditional network deployment approach. The community’s collective aim is to collaborate on new technologies, examine new business approaches and spur new investments into the telecom space.

“We look forward to working with Airtel to establish the first TIP Community Lab in Manesar. Our community is re-imagining traditional approaches to network deployment everywhere, and this lab can accelerate the development of innovative solutions for achieving this goal. TIP members can take advantage of this facility to refine new products, technologies and solutions, from proof of concept, through trials and ultimately deployment,” said Axel Clauberg, TIP Chairman and Vice President, Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG.

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Airtel Partners Amdocs To Offer Improved Customer Experience

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Bharti Airtel has joined hands with its old partner Amdocs to offer innovative and improved customer experience to its close to 300 million customers. Amdocs, considered to be an expert in designing quality customer experience solutions, earlier used to provide converged billing solution to Airtel.

In this new partnership, Amdoc-Airtel would create an innovation foundry to bring exciting new services to Airtel’s customers in India and would augment it with Amdocs’ advanced digital technologies.  The partnership includes a long-term contract to introduce cutting edge technologies and practices to enhance Airtel’s customers’ service experience.

“We are delighted to have Amdocs as a part of our ecosystem of strategic business partners and look forward to collaborating with them to build a solid innovation pipeline for the future. Amdocs’ sharp focus on telecoms and their DNA of cutting edge innovation will add immense value to Airtel’s digital transformation journey and help us to deliver a world class experience to our customers,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel India.

By leveraging Amdocs innovation centres, delivery expertise, and its ecosystem of startups, Amdocs will deploy machine learning and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technologies across Airtel’s multiple lines of business to help pre-empt and self-heal operational issues, introduce smartbots into digital channels, and quickly launch and activate new services, thereby enabling a seamless customer experience.

“This program is at the epicenter of two innovation waves: India’s fast growing and dynamic market and the communications industry’s amazing pace of change,” said Eli Gelman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Amdocs. “Airtel India is a pioneer and innovator, our partnership will be an innovation engine to the industry and drive our joint success.”

Airtel recently rolled out ‘Project Next’ wherein the company announced to invest Rs 2000 crore to transform customer experience across all of its services and touch points. It plans to launch several exciting digital innovations to simplify and enhance interactivity of the Airtel customer experience. Project Next complements Airtel’s massive investments in building a future ready network under Project Leap.

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Jio Prime Users To Get Rs 2599 Cash Back On Rs 399 recharge

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Reliance Jio is coming up with a new tariff plan for its Prime members. According to the new plan, which would be applicable from 10th November, Jio Prime members will now get a cash back of Rs 2599 every time they recharge their Jio connection with Rs 399 recharge vouchers.

This is highest ever cash back offered by any Indian operator so far for their recharge plans.

So, how does the plan work?

Well, every time a Jio Prime member recharges their phone with Rs 399, they are simply eligible to get a cash back of Rs 400. This will be refunded to their MyJio app in 8 installments of Rs 50 each. This amount can be used to future recharges and will be applicable from 15 November.

Secondly, Jio would send instant cash back of Rs 300 on the recharge if that is done through Jio’s partner wallets like AmazonPay, AxisPay, FreeCharge, Mobikwik, PayTM and PhonePe. Thirdly, Jio Prime users will get Rs 399 off on a minimum purchase of Rs. 1500 at ajio.com.

Similarly, these customers can get a discount of Rs 1000 on all round trip domestic flight tickets booked through yatra.com and a discount of Rs 500 on one way tickets. Finally, shopping at reliancetrends.com entitles Jio Prime customers to an instant discount of Rs 500 for purchases worth Rs 1999 and above.

“The introduction of exclusive Prime Benefits is in line with Jio’s promise to ensure that Jio Prime members always get the very best of what Jio has to offer,” says a company source.

Jio Prime is a membership for customers who have joined Jio and enrolled for Jio Prime at a one-time annual membership fees of Rs.99. Jio Prime along with a validity recharge brings a host of benefits with it. It gives members the opportunity to avail unlimited benefits of free voice (Local, STD, Roaming, to any operator, anywhere in India), 4G data and SMS across various plans for a nominal charge of Rs. 99.

This new offer is valid from November 10 to November 25.

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Google Partners B2X To Offer Aftermarket Service For Pixel Phones

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B2X, an integrated customer care services firm for smartphones and IoT products, Wednesday said that Google has selected it as its “Authorized Service Partner” for India and the the after sales support for Google Pixel phones will now be provided by them.

The company said, together, B2X and Google will soon roll out innovative service offerings for customers in India – a key market for Google Pixel worldwide. People who need help with their Pixel phone will benefit from a completely new and highly convenient service on their doorsteps, the company added.

“In true “you don’t need to come to us, we’re happy to come to you” fashion, certified B2X service experts will diagnose device related issues in people’s homes and provide immediate help. The new customer care solution adds to Google’s mission to provide customers with the best possible Pixel experience,” it said.

Pixel owners need to simply contact Google’s call center and will be seamlessly transferred to B2X. After a first remote diagnosis on the phone, a B2X technician will make an appointment with the customer and have all required tools and parts at hand. If the customer prefers to send in the device for service, a logistics courier will pick up the smartphone and return it after repair. Aiming to minimize any inconvenience during the repair process, B2X and Google will provide a loaner device to the customer while their phone is being tended to. Alternatively, customers can turn to one of many walk-in service centers operated by B2X throughout India, all of which will be certified for providing customer care for Pixel devices.

“We are extremely excited to help Google provide premium service for people using Pixel in India. India is a vibrant mobile market and people love the Google brand. We will make sure that we exceed their expectations and deliver seamless and fast service and support for any question people may have around their smartphones,” says Maximilian Grabmayr, CEO of B2X India.

“It’s a great honor for us to start our new partnership with Google in India. India is the second largest and fastest growing smartphone market in the world and we are very happy that Google has selected B2X as the exclusive service provider. Together, we will deliver one of the most advanced customer care offerings in the market,” says Rainer Koppitz, Chief Executive Officer of B2X.

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Vodafone Does An ‘Airtel Postpaid Promise’

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Vodafone India, after its rebranding, on Wednesday did an ‘Airtel Postpaid Promise’ and came out with a new tariff plan wherein it offers free calling, free roaming and data rollover for its postpaid customers.

Exactly a similar offer was launched by Bharti Airtel under its ‘Postpaid Promise‘ in July this year.

The Vodafone postpaid plan gives 5 offers – free calling, data rollover, free entertainment, family plan and device protection.

Under this plan Vodafone says it will offer unlimited free calling to any network – both local as well as national. The plan also offers free roaming facility means customers do not have to pay the roaming charges anywhere in the country if they have to make calls away from their home network.

Like Airtel, Vodafone, in this plan, allows the consumers to use of their unused data of previous month or billing cycle. Means, if you have 5 GB of unused data from your previous month, you can get to use this data in the next month. Earlier this data used to lapse.

In its entertainment category under this plan, Vodafone offers Netflix, Vodafone Play and Magzter free upto 12 months. Airtel does offer its Wynk ass well Airtel TV in its offer.

Aping the smartphone protection plan of Airtel postpaid Promise, Vodafone too now offers protection plan for smartphones under this plan.

Not only that, Vodafone too replicated Airtel’s Family Plan offer. Under this plan Vodafone now offers 20% discount on its rentals if a consumer adds his/her family members with their connection.

In July this year Airtel under its project Next came out this ‘Post paid promise’ and announced to invest Rs 2000 crore to enhance its customer services.

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.

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Buy iPhone X From Airtel Online Store, Get Rs 10000 Cashback

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Bharti Airtel that recently opened its online store Wednesday said the iPhone X will be made available here and customers can visit the store to buy the latest iPhone of Apple. Buyers who buy from Airtel online store stand a chance to get Rs 10,000 cashback as well.

Airtel online store would sell the iPhone X starting 6 PM on November 3.

“We are delighted to offer the most advanced iPhone on our Online Store and give our postpaid customers in India an opportunity to be amongst the select few globally to get the much awaited iPhone X. Our customers can also experience the seamless digital experience offered by Airtel’s Online Store from ordering the device to doorstep delivery. We are seeing some terrific customer response to our offerings on the Online Store and we are confident that iPhone X will only add to the momentum,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Director – Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel.

iPhone X on Airtel Online Store will be available exclusively to Airtel postpaid customers as an unlocked device on a first come first serve and full payment basis, till stocks last. Airtel will deliver the device free of charge to customers’ doorstep.

Airtel Prepaid and non-Airtel customers can upgrade to Airtel postpaid to be eligible for the purchase and can choose from a range of exciting plans that offer large bundles of high speed data and unlimited calling.

iPhone X 64 GB model is priced at Rs 89,000 and the 256 GB model at Rs 102,000. Customers purchasing iPhone X using Citibank Credit Cards will get a cashback of Rs 10,000. The cashback offer will be available between 6.00 pm, November 3, 2017 and 7.00 am, November 4, 2017.

Airtel’s Online Store accepts digital payments through all leading credit cards and debit cards, net banking, Airtel Payments Bank and other leading platforms.

iPhone X comes in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and dual 12 MP rear camera with dual optical image stabilisation. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID®, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera.

Airtel’s Online Store launch is part of Project Next – Airtel’s digital innovation program aimed at transforming customer experience across all of its services and touch points. Airtel plans to invest up to Rs 2000 crores under Project Next to launch several exciting digital innovations to step change the simplicity and interactivity of the Airtel customer experience.

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Google Pixel 2 Makes India Debut Today At Rs 61,000

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Google Pixel 2, touted to be the best smartphone of the year, will be available in India starting today at a basse price of Rs 61,000. The phone will be available online exclusively on Flipkart, and at Reliance Digital, Croma, Poorvika, Sangeetha Mobiles, Vijay Sales and numerous offline retail stores across India.

Google Pixel 2 comes in two variants basis its storage capacity. While the 64 GB version is available for Rs 61,000, the 128 GB version costs Rs 70,000. Both the devices come in three different colors – Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.

The India retailers are offering multiple financing options from HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance and other leading institutions.

The phone offers 2 years of warranty.

Running Android Oreo, Pixel 2 has a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) AMOLED 16:9 display, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and Adreno 540 graphics. The smartphone sports 12MP f/1.8 rear camera with optical + electronic stabilization, 8MP f/2.4 front camera, stereo front-firing speakers, Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/c/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a 2,700mAH battery. The phone uses an aluminium unibody with a hybrid coating, and is IP67 water and dust resistant.

With Pixel 2 you can take the best photos and videos. Independent camera testers, DXO, has rated the Google Pixel 2 camera as the best camera of any smartphone — with a record-breaking score of 98 — far higher than the score of 89 for last year’s Pixel, which at the time was the highest scorer as well. Capture stunning portrait shots with gorgeous background blurs, from both the front and the back camera. And with all of those great photos, Google is once again providing free unlimited storage for photos and videos taken on Pixel, in the highest resolution.

Google Pixel 2 also includes Google Lens—a new set of visual features that help you learn more about the world around you and get things done. At the start you’ll be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies, and artwork, right from Google Photos on your Pixel. You can also take an action like asking Google Lens to copy URLs and contact information from a picture of a poster or business card. Over just the next few months, Google will add more capabilities, as well as the ability to use it in the Google Assistant.

Pixel 2 also has Assistant built right in—and now it’s even easier to access with a new feature called Active Edge. Just give the phone a quick squeeze, and ask for what you need. This works even when your phone is in a case. In the coming weeks, your Assistant on Pixel will also be able to help with your daily routines: using simple phrases you could trigger actions during the morning, your commute, when you get home and more. The Google Assistant on Pixel not only understands you better but can also be more personal to you, helping you get more done at any time.

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