Vodafone 279 Recharge With Unlimited Voice Calls, 4GB Data, 84 Days Validity Launched to Take on Jio


Vodafone has announced a 279 recharge in its lineup to take on Reliance Jio in the aggressive Indian telecom market. The telco is said to have introduced a new recharge pack worth Rs. 279 in its lineup in a move to combat rivals like Jio and Airtel. The new Vodafone 279 recharge was spotted to come with unlimited voice calling benefits for a long validity period. Additionally, there are some data benefits for subscribers as well. It is worth noting that the voice calling benefits offered by Vodafone reportedly also come with daily and weekly FUP limits.

The new Vodafone recharge worth Rs. 279 is a long-term plan as it comes with a validity period of 84 days, TelecomTalk reports. The plan is said to offer unlimited voice calls and SMS messages to Vodafone subscribers. Additionally, the Rs. 279 recharge pack reportedly also comes with 4GB of 3G/ 4G data. As mentioned, the validity period of the plan is reportedly 84 days and is available in only some circles such as Karnataka and Mumbai. It is worth noting that the unlimited voice calls are said to come with FUP limits of 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week.

Clearly, the new plan offered by Vodafone is aimed at subscribers who prefer voice calling over data benefits. To recall, Vodafone recently launched two new plans in its portfolio to offer voice calling benefits. The recharge packs worth Rs. 99 and Rs. 109 offer unlimited voice calling benefits and up to 1GB of data for a validity period of 28 days.

Interestingly, as noted by Telecom Talk, no other rival telco is offering an 84-day validity with any plan worth less than Rs. 300. For comparison, Reliance Jio’s 84-day validity plans start with the Rs. 348 recharge pack.



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Vodafone Rs. 279 Recharge Plan With Unlimited Voice Calls, 4GB Data, 84 Days Validity Launched to Take on Jio


Vodafone has reportedly announced a new prepaid pack in its lineup to take on Jio in the aggressive Indian telecom market. The telco is said to have introduced a new recharge pack worth Rs. 279 in its lineup in a move to combat rivals like Jio and Airtel. The new Vodafone was spotted to come with unlimited voice calling benefits for a long validity period. Additionally, there are some data benefits for subscribers as well. It is worth noting that the voice calling benefits offered by Vodafone reportedly also come with daily and weekly FUP limits.

The new Vodafone recharge worth Rs. 279 is a long-term plan as it comes with a validity period of 84 days, TelecomTalk reports. The plan is said to offer unlimited voice calls and SMS messages to Vodafone subscribers. Additionally, the Rs. 279 recharge pack reportedly also comes with 4GB of 3G/ 4G data. As mentioned, the validity period of the plan is reportedly 84 days and is available in only some circles such as Karnataka and Mumbai. It is worth noting that the unlimited voice calls are said to come with FUP limits of 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week.

Clearly, the new plan offered by Vodafone is aimed at subscribers who prefer voice calling over data benefits. To recall, Vodafone recently launched two new plans in its portfolio to offer voice calling benefits. The recharge packs worth Rs. 99 and Rs. 109 offer unlimited voice calling benefits and up to 1GB of data for a validity period of 28 days.

Interestingly, as noted by Telecom Talk, no other rival telco is offering an 84-day validity with any plan worth less than Rs. 300. For comparison, Reliance Jio’s 84-day validity plans start with the Rs. 348 recharge pack.



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BSNL Rs. 18 Recharge Debuts With Unlimited Data, Calling for 2 Days to Take on Jio


BSNL Rs. 18 Recharge Debuts With Unlimited Data, Calling for 2 Days to Take on Jio

The Rs. 18 BSNL pack rivals 19 Jio recharge that offers 0.15GB data and unlimited voice calls for a day

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Saturday launched a Rs. 18 special tariff voucher (STV) for pan-India subscribers to celebrate its 18th anniversary. The Rs. 18 BSNL recharge brings unlimited voice calls and unlimited video calls alongside unlimited data access for two days. The state-owned telco has also announced its premium recharge options with up to 18 percent additional talk time and bundled data. While the Rs. 1,801 BSNL recharge brings a talk time of Rs. 2,125 and 15GB data, the Rs. 1,201 recharge comes with a talk time of Rs. 1,417 and 10GB data. The latest development is aimed to counter Reliance Jio that has attracted a large number of telecom subscribers in the country through affordable recharge options.

In the bouquet of new offers, the Rs. 18 BSNL recharge brings unlimited voice calls and video calls as well as unlimited data. The recharge comes with a validity of two days. It competes against the Rs. 19 Jio recharge that includes 0.15GB data per day as well as unlimited voice calls and 20 SMS messages for a day.

Further, BSNL has launched its new high-value recharge options with a validity of 90 days. The Rs. 1,801 recharge in the new range comes with a talk time of Rs. 2,125 and 15GB data. Subscribers can also opt for the Rs. 1,201 recharge that brings a talk time of Rs. 1,417 and 10GB of data. Similarly, there is the Rs. 601 recharge with a talk time of Rs. 709 and 5GB of data.

The new recharge offers from BSNL are effective from October 1 to October 18 on a pan-India basis.

Earlier this week, BSNL launched the Rs. 299 postpaid plan with benefits such as 31GB data, unlimited voice calling benefits, and 100 SMS per day throughout the monthly billing cycle. That plan was designed to take on the Rs. 199 Jio plan and Rs. 299 postpaid plans by Airtel and Vodafone.



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Jio TV to Stream All Televised India Cricket Matches Free for 5 Years


Jio TV to Stream All Televised India Cricket Matches Free for 5 Years

The Jio TV app is available for Android and iOS

The Jio TV app will let subscribers of the telecom operator stream all televised India cricket matches for the next 5 years as part of a deal it has signed with broadcaster Star India. As per the new deal, Jio TV users get the option to stream T20, One Day Internationals, test matches, and domestic BCCI tournaments on the app. Of course, the matches will be streamed on Hotstar — the video streaming app owned by Star India — as well. Airtel TV also streams select cricket matches of the Indian cricket team on its app. Jio in a statement to the media said this is the first time ever that cricket production, a streaming platform, and a high-speed data network have come together to “deliver the best of cricketing content with connectivity to benefit the Indian consumers.”

To watch cricket matches on the Jio TV app, users must have an active Jio number. There are no additional charges to pay in order to access the live match stream as the app is part of the suite of free content apps that the operator provides to all Prime customers. The app is available for Android and iOS. The operator has a 4G-only network and became the second-largest standalone operator in the country this July after it gained more than 11 million new users in a single month, leapfrogging Vodafone and Idea, as per TRAI data. Of course, the joint Vodafone Idea Limited entity still dwarves it in terms of user base.

About the Jio-Star partnership, Akash Ambani, Director, Jio said, “Every Indian must have access to the best sporting events as well as quality and affordable bandwidth to consume the content. With this partnership, we intend to address both these objectives of providing the best sporting content with the best digital infrastructure to the Jio users.”

“Over the last five years, we have re-invented the sports experience in India across screens, both television and digital. And, with a new partner in Reliance Jio, we will have even more opportunities to raise the bar for cricket fans,” said Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India.



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Jio GigaGiber Launch: Vodafone’s You BroadBand Offers 4 Months Free Subscription to Existing Users


Jio GigaGiber Launch: Vodafone's You BroadBand Offers 4 Months Free Subscription to Existing Users

You Broadband has announced a free subscription benefit for existing users

To take on Jio GigaFiber, Vodafone owned You Broadband has announced up to four months of free subscription to existing users. The company has announced that all users who upgrade their validity till 12 months will get four months extra; effectively letting the subscriber use the broadband connection for 16 months, at an annual price plan rate. The company has also given benefits to existing users upgrading their validity to a quarterly or half yearly basis. This offer is valid only till September 30.

As per the company, these free months will be offered if the recharge is done through the official website exclusively. You Broadband notes that if the current user is on a one-month validity plan, they can upgrade to a three-month plan and get one month subscription free, or upgrade to a six month plan and get two months subscription free, or upgrade to a twelve month plan and get four months subscription free. A user who is currently on the quarterly plan, can only upgrade to six month and twelve month validity plan and avail two or four months subscription free, respectively. Similarly, a user who currently enjoys the half year validity can only upgrade to the twelve month validity plan and avail four months subscription free.

As mentioned, this plan will expire on September 30, and to get the offer resources, a subscriber needs to apply the promo code UPGRADE33 during checkout. This offer is for existing users, presumably to keep them from switching to other lucrative broadband companies, particularly after Jio GigaFiber registrations went live last month. BSNL has also been refreshing its broadband plans with more benefits in the wake of new competition in this space.



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Jio Adds 11.796 Million Subscribers in July, 10 Times More Than All Rivals Combined: TRAI


Jio was the biggest gainer of subscribers in July this year, according to data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI). This represented a monthly growth rate of 0.89 percent for Jio, with a total of 11.79 million new subscribers. When compared to the gains of all the rival telecom operators, the Mukesh Ambani-promoted operator has over 10 times new subscribers as Vodafone, Airtel and BSNL (the only operators that had an increase in users in July) had a net user increase of 1.14 million. As for the entire industry, the number of total telephone subscribers went from 1,168.89 million at the end of June to 1,179.32 million at the end of July. Out of this, the total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,146.49 million at the end of June to 1,157.04 million at the end of July, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.92 percent.

Jio gained a rather significant number of new wireless subscribers in July thanks to the Jio Monsoon Hungama offer. With 11.796 million new subscribers in the month of July, it has captured 19.62 percent of the market, going ahead of Vodafone and Idea both with respect to market share.

As mentioned above, other telecom operators performed fairly meekly in the month of July, with Vodafone coming in second at 0.609 million subscriber additions and a market share decrease from 19.43 percent in June to 19.30 percent in July. Airtel also added 0.313 million subscribers in July, after a good performance in May due to its merger with Telenor. The company still manages to keep the highest market share at 29.81 percent, but this is also on a decline as the June market share was at 30.05 percent.

BSNL managed to add more subscribers than Idea with 0.225 million additions capturing 9.80 percent market share. Idea’s subscriber additions were at an all-time low with just 5,489 additions in the month of July. Idea enjoys a market share of 19.07 percent. It is worth noting that the total additions of Vodafone, Airtel, Idea, and BSNL combined, amount to only 1.757 million, much less than what Reliance Jio achieved in the same month.

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Telcos wireless subscriber additions in the month of July
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Out of the total subscriber additions of Reliance Jio, 5.803 million additions were from rural areas. This increase is largely credited to the Jio Monsoon Hungama offer that allowed users to exchange their feature phone for a Jio Phone for just Rs. 501. We also expect a surge in additions in August due to the flash sales of the Jio Phone 2.

Coming to broadband, Reliance Jio continues to hold the most amount of market share at 49.33 percent with 227.05 million wireless subscribers. BSNL holds the most amount of wired broadband subscribers at 9.15 million, but its total market share is at 4.38 percent.



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iPhone XS Launched, Jio Cashback Offer, Redmi Note 5 Pro MIUI 10 Update, and More News This Week


Apple was the biggest newsmaker in the world this week as the company launched its new iPhone models. In line with the rumours, three models were launched at the event — a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone XS, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max. All three feature the design introduced with iPhone X last year, complete with a display notch in the front and glass back panel. However, the two OLED models are more premium than the iPhone XR, which loses out on the dual camera sensors on the back and the surgical-grade stainless steel body that the two XS models sport, among other features. However, it has the most crucial feature of the two flagships, the 7nm A12 Bionic SoC. This means it will be just as adept at handling all the apps and games and AR functions as its more expensive counterparts. Key features of the iPhone XR include the dual-SIM support, Face ID, Haptic Touch in the display, wireless charging, IP67 rating for water- and dust-resistance. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera and 7-megapixel front camera, and the battery is said to last 90 minutes more than the iPhone 8 Plus’.

iPhone XR First Impressions

 

As for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the two are essentially the same phone with the screen size being the primary difference. Both have IP68 certification for water-resistance up to 2 metres, surgical-grade stainless steel body, wireless charging, dual-SIM function, and improved Face ID. The camera system on the back of the two phones consists of 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor + 12-megapixel telephoto sensor, while the front camera has a 7-megapixel sensor. As for the battery performance, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max respectively deliver 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes more battery life compared to the iPhone X.

Coming to the prices, the iPhone XR prices in India are Rs. 76,900, Rs. 81,900, and Rs. 91,900 for the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants, respectively. Similarly, the iPhone XS costs Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB model, Rs. 1,14,900 for the 256GB variant, and Rs. 1,34,900 for the 512GB option. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max prices in India have been set as Rs. 1,09,900, Rs. 1,24,900, and Rs. 1,44,900 for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB, respectively.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR vs iPhone XS Max: What’s the Difference?

 

The two iPhone XS models will become available for purchase in India on September 28, though the first wave of rollout will be on September 21 in the US and other markets. They will be available in Gold, Space Gray, and Silver colours. As for iPhone XR, it will go on pre-orders on October 19 and hit the shelves on October 26, including in India. Colour options include Black, Blue, Coral, White, Yellow, and PRODUCT (RED). The delay in the model’s rollout is reportedly due to software issues and the display notch on the LCD screen.

Here’s How Dual-SIM Functionality Will Work on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

The three new iPhones will be available for pre-order in India via the Airtel Online Store starting September 21, while the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch are already on pre-order in the US and other markets getting the handsets in the first wave. Also, with the new iPhone launches, the older models have received price cuts while some have been phased out. In India, the official website has de-listed the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, while iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s, Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X have received price cuts. The range now officially starts at the Rs. 29,900 for the 32GB iPhone 6s and goes up to Rs. 1,06,900 for the 256GB iPhone X. Interestingly, in the US, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone X too have been phased out.

iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Google Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 6

Apart from the two phones, Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 4 models with more than 30 percent bigger displays and an integrated ECG sensor to conduct electrocardiograms; the smartwatch will start at Rs. 40,900 in India. It was also announced at the event that the iOS 12 rollout will begin on September 17, while macOS Mojave will become available to download on September 24.

Apple Watch First Impressions

 

Xiaomi was quick to take shots at the high prices of the new iPhones with product bundles with a notebook, smartphone, fitness band, and audio product — all at the price of an iPhone. The Chinese brand’s new XR bundle is priced at CNY 6,499 (about Rs. 68,200), the same as the base iPhone XR in the country. It consists of the Mi 8 SE smartphone, 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air, the Mi Band 3, the Mi Bluetooth Mini Headset. Similarly, the iPhone XS 64GB costs CNY 8,699 (about Rs. 91,300) in the market, and Xiaomi is giving at the same price the XS bundle that consists of Mi MIX 2S smartphone, the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air, the Mi Band 3, and Mi Bluetooth Mini Headset. Lastly, priced the same as iPhone XS Max 64GB at CNY 9,599 (about Rs. 1,00,700) is the XS Max bundle that provides users Mi 8 smartphone, the Mi Notebook Pro laptop, the Mi Band 3, and Mi Bluetooth neckband.

In other Xiaomi news, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro went on sale in India for the first time this week. The Mi A2 and Poco F1 smartphones that were launched in the country recently went on open sale too this week. However, not all Poco F1 variants will be available in the open sale as only the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option will be up for grabs at all times via Flipkart and Mi.com.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z: Which One Should You Buy?

 

Redmi Note 5 Pro started receiving the MIUI 10 global stable ROM this week, according to some users’ forum posts. The update, which also includes the September 2018 Android security patch, is 580MB in size and should be pushed over the air. Changelog screenshots for the update show it brings full-screen gestures, natural sounds, and ambient sounds etc. And while we talk about the Redmi Note 5 Pro, its successor may not be too far away either. The LCD digitiser of the Redmi Note 6 Pro was spotted earlier this week, featuring 6.18-inch display panel, 1080×2246-pixel resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, and a display notch. There is, however, no word yet on when the smartphone will make its way to the market.

Last week, the Mi 8 Youth with the Snapdragon 710 SoC was leaked, and this week saw a flurry of reports about the smartphone. Xiaomi officially released the teaser for September 19 China launch of the smartphone, and has announced reservations for the handset are now open, even before it has been unveiled. One teaser shows a gradient mirror finish design for the back panel, which the company is calling Twilight Gold. Another teaser shows the dual rear camera setup and fingerprint sensor on the back. Apart from this, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition may make its way to the global markets as it was spotted on a Singaporean certification website with the moniker Mi 8 Pro, though the listing was later taken down. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the same as the regular Mi 8 on most part, but has exclusive features such as 3D face recognition, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a transparent back.

WhatsApp finally arrived on the Jio Phone this week, ending the wait of nearly a month for buyers of the 4G feature phone. The popular app is now available to download via the Jio Store now in India, though you will have to update the system software too after downloading the app for it to work. The WhatsApp for Jio Phone rollout is slated to complete on September 20, so in case you have still not received it, then wait a few more days. As for the functionality, the app on Jio Phone lets users send text as well as voice messages, and share photos received in a message or shot on the phone. However, video sharing is limited to forwards. It also does not let users make voice and video calls. All the messages sent on the app are end-to-end encrypted.

 

Separately, WhatsApp for Android beta will reportedly let users reply to individual messages by swiping to the right. This Swipe to Reply functionality has been around on the iPhone app for a long time now. The current WhatsApp Android beta version (2.18.282) does not let users access the function just yet due to “development reasons,” but it should be opened up soon. Apart from this, the app is reportedly getting a Dark Mode on not just Android but iPhone too, though there is no timeline for that yet.

A new report this week claims to have uncovered a software patch that lets anyone generate new Aadhaar numbers by disabling the biometric security features. The patch is for the enrolment software that authorised agencies employ to register users on the UIDAI platform. The report claims this patch is available for as low as Rs. 2,500 and is already being used by many enrolment agencies. Not only does the software patch disable the biometric authentication for the enrolment agencies but also bypasses the GPS requirement — without which anyone anywhere in the world can create new Aadhaar numbers, without any traceability. The patch reportedly came into circulation in 2017 and can be installed on any computer. UIDAI has dismissed the report, claiming he enrolment software cannot be hacked and that vested interests are behind the report.

Jio has launched a new cashback offer that effectively brings down the cost of recharges above Rs. 300 by Rs. 100. The new offer requires buyers to make the payment via PhonePe to avail the Rs. 50 cashback in the form of a PhonePe voucher. This coupled with the Rs. 50 voucher that all Jio users already have gives total savings of Rs. 50 on the purchase of recharges of Rs. 349 and above. Also, Jio has maintained its lead in the telecom industry in terms of download speeds with average speed of 22.3Mbps, followed by Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea at 10Mbps, 6.7Mbps, and 6.2Mbps, respectively.

Never behind its rival Jio, Airtel launched the Rs. 97 and Rs. 419 recharge packs this week. The new Rs. 97 Airtel recharge offers 1.5GB data, 350 minutes of local and STD calls, free national roaming, and 200 SMS messages for 28 days. Likewise, the Rs. 419 Airtel recharge gives users 1.4GB of 4G data for 75 days, along with bundled calls (300 minutes a day, 1,000 minutes a week), free national roaming, and 100 text messages a day. It also introduced the Rs. 289 recharge that provides bundled calls (250 minutes a day, 1,000 minutes a week), 1GB data, and 100 SMS per day for 48 days.

BSNL, which is slated to receive 4G spectrum next month, also announced the Bumper Offer that gives its prepaid subscribers 2.2GB of additional data per day for the festive period on recharge packs priced at Rs. 186, Rs. 429, Rs. 485, Rs. 666, and Rs. 999. There was also the Rs. 155 BSNL recharge that became available to all users this week as a regular pack instead of as a promotional recharge. It gives users 2GB data per day for 17 days.

 

Among the smartphone launches in India this week, the most prominent was the Moto G6 Plus release. The most premium of the G6 series models, the new smartphone arrived in the Indian market with 6GB RAM instead of the 4GB RAM that the international variant has. The Moto G6 Plus price in India has been set as Rs. 22,499, and it is up for sale via both online and offline channels. Key features of the smartphone include a 5.93-inch full-HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC, 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear cameras, 16-megapixel selfie shooter with flash, 3,200mAh battery, and 64GB internal storage with 128GB microSD card.

Moto G6 Plus vs Poco F1 vs Oppo F9 Pro vs Honor Play

Oppo A7x launch in China this week saw yet another affordable smartphone hit the shelves. The new smartphone, priced at CNY 1,9e99 (about Rs. 20,000), features a 6.3-inch display with waterdrop notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS 5.2 skin, 2GHz MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 128GB inbuilt storage. As for the optics, you get a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup on the back, and an 8-megapixel sensor in front with the Oppo A7x. Back home in India, the Oppo F9 went on sale for the first time, with a price tag of Rs. 19,990. Its key features are the 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, Android 8.1-based Colour OS 5.2 custom UI, MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 3,500mAh battery, 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, and 16-megapixel selfie camera.

Huawei Maimang 7 also launched this week, featuring dual rear and front cameras as well as Google ARCore support. The new Maimang 7 smartphone has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, Android 8.1 Oreo-EMUI 8.2 OS, Kirin 710 octa-core processor, and 6GB of RAM. It has 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, and 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel front camera unit. The new handset comes with 64GB internal storage, 256GB microSD card support, and 3,750mAh battery with fast-charging. It is priced at CNY 2,399 (about Rs. 25,000).

 

OnePlus 6 received the OxygenOS Open Beta 2 update based on Android 9.0 Pie this week. The update brings OnePlus customisations as well as system optimisations such as improved Wi-Fi stability, better background power control, reduced accidental touches, new multi-tasking UI, and enhanced image quality from the front camera. The ROM upgrade installer needs to be installed manually to get the update, which is 1.49GB in size.

Also this week, OnePlus announced that its next big smartphone, the OnePlus 6T, will sport an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company calling this feature Screen Unlock, but there’s not much else revealed officially so far. In other OnePlus news, the company launched its OnePlus Bullets earphones with USB Type-C connector in India, instead of the 3.5mm jack. These new earphones are priced at Rs. 1,499, a rise of Rs. 300 over the previous model.

Nokia 9 made several appearance in the rumour mill this week too, including the official Samsung website. The alleged HMD Global flagship will reportedly have as many as five rear cameras and a 4,150mAh battery. It is said the delay in Nokia 9 launch is due to production issues. Another leak showed the Nokia 9 as well as Nokia X7 will not have a notch. Lastly, the Samsung Latvia website showed the Nokia 9 name in the buyback option. The page claims the Nokia-branded phone will come in 64GB and 128GB internal storage options and single- and dual-SIM configurations. Nokia 7 Plus got the Android Pie-based Developer Preview Beta 4.1, though the changelog does not show any improvements of the Developer Preview released last month. The changelog just shows features that were already available for the handset, such as a new system navigation, settings menu, and notifications as well as Google’s Adaptive Battery power prioritisation. It, however, does bring with it the September 2018 Android security patch.

 

Asus and Flipkart hosted a 3-day sale that provided buyers with discounts on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone 5Z smartphones. The Asus Days sale on Flipkart gave a Rs. 500 discount on the 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM, and 6GB RAM variants of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone, bringing the respective prices down to Rs. 10,499, Rs. 12,499, and Rs. 14,499. On the other hand, buyers interested in the ZenFone 5Z will be eligible for an extra Rs. 3,000 discount on exchanging their old smartphones.


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Airtel Rs. 419 Recharge With 1.4GB Data Per Day for 75 Days Launched to Take on Jio


Airtel Rs. 419 Recharge With 1.4GB Data Per Day for 75 Days Launched to Take on Jio

The Rs. 419 Airtel recharge is positioned between the Rs. 399 and Rs. 448 packs

With Jio giving users free data and cashback to mark the second anniversary of its operations, arch rival Airtel has launched new recharge to retain its prepaid users. The new Airtel recharge is priced at Rs. 419 and offers 1.4GB data per day and validity of 75 days. It is positioned between the Rs. 399 and Rs. 448 packs, which have validities of 70 days and 82 days, respectively. The packs closest Jio recharge to the new pack by its arch rival is priced at Rs. 349 and offers 1.5GB data per day and 70-day validity.

The new Rs. 419 Airtel recharge is available to purchase via the official website and app. It comes with bundled local and STD calls capped at 300 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week. Subscribers will also get free calls on national roaming and 100 SMS messages per day with this recharge. Access to the Airtel TV app is also provided with the pack.

With the Rs. 349 Jio recharge that offers 1.5GB data and 70-day validity, buyers get unlimited voice calling and 100 texts per day. Additionally, it gives users access to the Jio suite of apps. With an ongoing cashback offer that provides Rs. 50 cashback on recharges  of Rs. 300 and above, this pack will effectively come down to Rs. 249.

Airtel recently lost its position as the country’s biggest telecom operator thanks to the merger of Vodafone and Idea. The new joint entity, named Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), now leads the telecom industry in terms of both subscribers and revenue. Another player in the industry BSNL will finally get 4G spectrum next year.



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Jio Effect: Airtel Rs. 97 Combo Recharge Offers 1.5GB Data, 350 Minutes of Voice Calls


Airtel has introduced a new recharge priced at Rs. 97 in its lineup of combo recharge packs to take on Jio. The telco had launched three combo recharge packs, priced at Rs. 35, Rs. 65, and Rs. 95 earlier this month. These Airtel recharges offer data benefits, voice calls, and longer validity at the same time to match Jio prices and bundled data. Notably, the new Airtel Rs. 97 recharge plan is available across India. Interestingly, Airtel’s Rs. 97 will clash with its own prepaid plan worth Rs. 99. Meanwhile, Jio’s Rs. 98 recharge for smartphones offers similar benefits but with unlimited voice calls, while the Jio Phone recharge priced at Rs. 99 gives much more data.

Coming to the benefits of the Airtel Rs. 97 prepaid combo recharge pack, this new plan offers 350 minutes of local, STD, and roaming voice calls. Besides the voice calling benefits, subscribers will also get 1.5GB of 3G/ 4G data and 200 local and STD SMS messages. Notably, the validity period of the plan is 28 days. Subscribers can avail the plan by visiting the official Airtel website or through the My Airtel app. When Airtel had released three combo recharge packs earlier this month, it rolled out to subscribers in Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and UP (West). The telco has said that the plans will be rolled out in other parts of India over the next few weeks, which is interesting because Airtel had launched a plan worth Rs. 95 as well.

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Under the Rs. 95 combo recharge, Airtel is offering 500MB of 3G/ 4G data alongside a talk time of Rs. 95. While in the earlier plans calls were charged at 1p/ sec, the new plan charges 1p/ 2 secs. The validity period of this plan is 28 days as well. Additionally, Airtel has a prepaid plan worth Rs. 99 that was revamped in June this year. Under the Rs. 99 plan, the telco offers unlimited local, STD, and roaming voice call benefits as well as 100 SMS messages per day for the 28-days validity period, alongside an upgraded 2GB data limit.

The Rs. 98 pack by Jio, on the other hand, offers 2GB data, unlimited voice calls, 300 SMS messages limit, and complimentary access to Jio’s entire suite of apps for a standard bill cycle. The validity period of this plan is 28 days as well. As for the Rs. 99 Jio Phone recharge, buyers will get 500MB of 4G data per day, meaning a total of 14GB data. On top of this, they will get unlimited calls, 300 SMS messages, and access to the company’s apps. Validity of this recharge is 28 days as well.



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Jio Offers Rs. 50 Cashback on Recharges Above Rs. 300 on PhonePe Transactions


Jio cashback has returned with a new offer that provides Rs. 50 cashback to customers on recharges of more than Rs. 300. The operator turned two years old last week, and has been doling out offers since then to mark the second anniversary of its operations in the country. First it was giving consumers complimentary 2GB data per day for five days, then there was an offer giving buyers of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate 1GB of data at no cost. Now, Jio offers cashback of Rs. 50 to its prepaid subscribers on all recharges above Rs. 300 on transactions made via PhonePe. With the Rs. 50 instant discount vouchers that all subscribers already have, this Jio offer brings down down the effective price of recharges above Rs. 300 comes down by Rs. 100. This cashback offer can be used only once, and the offer expires September 21.

How to avail Jio offer on PhonePe transactions

  1. In the MyJio app or the official website, select click on the Recharge button
  2. The Jio voucher with Rs. 50 discount will be applied automatically when you select a recharge of more than Rs. 300 and tap on the Buy button
  3. Next, select PhonePe as the payment method and sign in to the PhonePe account using OTP
  4. Once you complete the transaction, the cashback will be credited to your PhonePe account 

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Jio automatically provides the Rs. 50 cashback on PhonePe transactions above Rs. 300

 

The new Jio cashback offer is only applicable if the subscriber purchases a recharge above Rs. 300 with PhonePe as the payment method. Users can also opt for BHIM UPI as the payment method of choice, but the transaction must be made via PhonePe and using a PhonePe-linked bank account. Other modes of payment in PhonePe include debit card, credit card, netbanking, and wallet. Buyers can avail this offer from both the MyJio app and the Jio.com website. The most affordable Jio recharge above Rs. 300 is priced at Rs. 349, and recharge pack costs go up to Rs. 9,999.

The Rs. 50 cashback will be credited as a PhonePe gift voucher balance within 24 hours of making the transaction. This cashback can be used to pay for recharges, bill payments, and for purchases on the PhonePe partner stores, but cannot be withdrawn to any linked bank account. If a user’s PhonePe wallet limit for the month has been reached, the cashback will be credited on the first business day of the next month. According to the terms and conditions for this offer, if the transaction does not go through but the cashback has been credited, it will remain with the user as a PhonePe voucher. However, the amount refunded to the user will be Rs. 50 less to balance this voucher in such a case.

Jio has enjoyed a successful run in the country’s highly competitive telecom sector in the past two years. Its user base has already crossed 200 million, and it claims to be responsible for most of the data traffic consumption in the country. The company has, of course, made voice calls practically free and mobile data ultra affordable, and has compelled rival telecom operators to do the same. Since the launch of its telecom operations, the company has forayed into selling smartphones, 4G feature phones, and is working towards the public rollout of its high-speed broadband service.


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