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Tip – Check Talktime Balance of any BSNL Prepaid Mobile Number

Here’s a quick tip for you all to find out the unused talk-time balance of any BSNL prepaid mobile number in India. As the title suggests, you need not have the BSNL number along with you, or do not need any authorization from the phone owner, to actually check his/her balance. This tip could be handy especially while topping up or to snoop into someone else’s mobile balance.

As you can see on the screenshots below, all you need to do is:

  • Go to BSNL’s portal at portal.bsnl.in
  • Click ‘Prepaid mobile recharge’ option and signup for a new account or login (if already have an account)
  • When prompted, enter the BSNL prepaid mobile number whose balance you wish to inquire with any amount on the denomination section
  • Once you click submit, in the payment page you will be shown with the current balance of the same number that you had entered in previous page.

This works for most of the telecom circles including Karnataka/Kerala/Odisha/UP/Uttarakhand.

Link: BSNL Portal

‘My Airtel’ App Lets you Manage all your Airtel Products on your Mobile

Airtel has launched one of its kind service that lets all smartphone users manage their various Airtel products – mobile, telephony, broadband, DTV on the cell phone with its newly launched application named ‘My Airtel’. If you happen to be using various services of Airtel, then this application is a must have for you. Below are the highlights of My Airtel mobile phone application:

‘My Airtel’ Mobile Application – Highlights

  • Manage your postpaid/prepaid mobile, broadband, fixed line and digital TV connections from ‘My Airtel’ connections
  • Check outstanding bills, recharge your account, make payments, raise service requests and complaints
  • Ability to order movies for digital TV customers
  • App available free of cost for Android, Nokia, Blackberry and Java phones
  • App can be downloaded via
    – App store
    – visiting airtel.in/myairtel from your phone
    – sending an SMS as ‘myairtel’ to 54321
    – device app store

If you happen to be using Airtel services, you might like to check out this app.

[India] Possible Hike in Mobile Telephony Tariffs in the near Future

mobile telephony price rise Since quite a few months now, there were speculations about a hike to be announced in mobile telephony charges in India. And now it seems the hike could be announced shortly.

As per reports, recently during an interactive session conducted at Bangalore by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) members, Mr. Rahul Khullar, Chairman of TRAI (the watchdog of Indian Telecom Industry) ruled out that, with steep increase in the prices of all essential commodities, mobile telephony prices cannot be an exception.

Here are the excerpts of his statement as reported by Deccan Herald:

Since prices of all essential commodities had seen a sharp rise over the years, a hike in mobile phone tariffs was no exception. Consumers have enjoyed low tariffs for a long time. Now that the industry is going through hardships, it is justified in increasing tariffs to reduce losses. Telecom service providers cannot continue to work with red ink on their books.

Reason for the price rise

Though Mr. Khullar points out that rising prices of basic commodities and cut-throat competition are the two major reasons resulting to such price rise, we believe Mr. A Raja’s (AKA ‘Telecom Raja’ in the recent days) alleged disgraceful act in the past could be a reason for such hike.

What’s your take? Comments on this issue are solicited.

Image credit: Skintariff.com

Enjoy BlackBerry Data Plans from Rs.99 onwards with Tata Indicom

Tata Indicom is now offering promotional tariff plans for its BlackBerry data services for new customers.Customers can now enjoy data services on their BlackBerry mobile from Rs.99/month onwards for the three month promotional period. These services are available to post-paid CDMA customers of Tata Indicom.

Tata Indicom's Blackberry Plans

Details of BlackBerry Data Plans:

  • MaiLite plan for Rs 99: In this plan, users can access upto 10 supported e-mail accounts along with BlackBerry Messenger as well as other popular Instant Messaging services.
  • BlackBerry Internet Service plan for Rs 199: In this plan, besides the services offered in the above MaiLite plan, users can access social networking and Internet browsing.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server plan for Rs 599: Here, besides both the above plans, users can get access to corporate data and tight integration with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange or Novell® GroupWise®.

The standard monthly prices of Rs.299, Rs.399 and Rs.900 respectively will be applicable after the three month promotional period.

Mr. Sukanto Aich, President, Enterprise Business, Tata Teleservices Limited has said,

“BlackBerry is an iconic product with an exceptional service that’s desired by users, and we want to offer greater flexibility and affordability to our existing customers while attracting new BlackBerry customers. We believe this exciting initiative will appeal to all young professionals, students and a broad spectrum of retail customers who are looking for an exceptional experience for messaging, social networking, e-mail and Internet browsing while on the move.”

Facebook device HTC ChaCha launched in India for Rs.15,990

HTC has launched its latest Android device in the market, namely the HTC ChaCha. This is HTC’s second Facebook phone being launched in India after the recent launch of HTC Salsa. The ChaCha is a touchscreen cum QWERTY device and comes with a dedicated Facebook button that allows you to share just about anything at a single touch. The one-touch access to Facebook service has been integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.

Specifications:

  • 2.6 inches capacitive touchscreen with QWERTY keypad
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 800 MHz CPU
  • 512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM
  • Expandable memory of up to 32GB
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash; Secondary VGA camera
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • 3G/ Wi-Fi
    • Battery: 1250 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 15, 990

HTC-ChaCha

“At HTC, we have always strived to take mobility experience to newer levels and add multi dimensions to our devices. Featuring a dedicated Facebook button and one-touch Facebook access, the HTC ChaCha aims to make it simpler and convenient for its users to share and connect through their favourite social networking site,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. “We are extremely pleased to launch the HTC ChaCha in India with Tata DOCOMO, and are positive that this social smartphone will garner a favorable response from Indian mobile phone users,” he added.

HTC ChaCha can also be bought with the bundle offer of TATA DOCOMO, though which 3G prepaid customers can avail 3GB free data valid for a period of 90 days and 1GB free data is offered free each month to postpaid customers across all 3G circles valid for 90 days. All 3G customers will also get 3 hour of free Mobile TV that includes data access charges valid for 90 days.

Tata DOCOMO 2G prepaid customers can avail 3GB free data and 300 Tata to Tata local calling valid for a period of 90 days whereas 1GB free data and 100 minutes Tata to Tata calling is offered free each month for 3 months to postpaid customers across all 2G circles.

Listen Unlimited Songs on TATA Docomo with ‘Endless Music’ Service

For all music freaks out there, TATA Docomo has released ‘Endless Music’ service wherein Docomo customers can enjoy listening and downloading unlimited songs from a range of genres for a nominal rental of Rs. 2 per day. That is not all, if you like to keep changing your caller tune, with an additional rental of Rs. 1 per day, you can also download and set unlimited number of callertunes on your number!

Highlights of TATA Docomo Endless Music service:

  • Listen and download unlimited songs, from a range of collections, for a daily rental of just Rs. 2/day using endless music service
  • With an additional rental of Rs. 1 per day, you can also download and set unlimited caller tunes.
  • Dial IVR code 59090 (toll-free) to activate service
  • Service will auto-renew every 24 hours until you place a request to deactivate it

Here is what Mr. Rishi Mohan Malhotra, Head VAS, Tata DOCOMO had to say during the launch of endless music service:

Through this service Tata DOCOMO aims at changing the way music is consumed and reinvent the ways our customers experience music every day. With the launch of Endless Music service, Tata DOCOMO customers can access best of the music content.

iPhone 4 to finally be launched in India by Aircel on May 27th

After quit a long waiting period, Aircel has announced that it will launch the much awaited iPhone 4 in India on May 27th. The iPhone 4 was announced nearly a year ago and about a month back, Aircel and Airtel had announced that they will soon launch it in India.

The 16GB version of the iPhone 4 will be priced at Rs.34,500 and the 32GB will be available for Rs.40,900. Aircel is offering many plans for both prepaid and postpaid users and is also offering the facility to recover the complete upfront cost of the iPhone, in monthly credits on their service plan over a period of 24 months.

Aircel to launch iPhone 4

Mr. Sandip Das, Director, Aircel, has said,

“We are very proud to bring iPhone 4 to Aircel customers in India. We always endeavour to bring to our consumers a world class experience and offer the best in innovation and service. With a robust roll out of Aircel ’s 3G services in 13 circles across India, the launch of iPhone 4 will allow our consumers to truly savour the 3G experience. With our incredible new price plans, we aim to make iPhone more affordable than ever.”

The iPhone 4 has some amazing features such as iOS 4, 5MP camera with LED flash, Retina display, HD video recording and capability to download thousands of applications from Apple’s application store.

The iPhone 4 will also give the Samsung Galaxy S2, which was launched earlier today, some really tough competition.

TATA Indicom offers Free Talk Time for Every Boundary by India this World Cup Final

TATA Indicom has launched its recharge voucher RCV Rs.150 for the Cricket World Cup Final for its CDMA users. Through this voucher, besides getting a talk time of

Tata Indicom World Cup Offer

Rs.135, subscribers will be credited with Re.1 on their account for every boundary scored by India against Sri Lanka in the World Cup Final in Mumbai.

This offer can be availed by all the Tata Indicom prepaid users, except customers who have opted for pay per second plan.

During the launch Mr. Vineet Bhatia, Circle Operating Officer Delhi & NCR and Head North Region, Tata Indicom, said,

Our offer is an endeavor to multiply the excitement attached to ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. We encourage not only our customers but all the Indians to support and cheer for their country. We are confident that our offer will be successful in making the match even more interesting and memorable as our customers will benefit with each fours and sixes hit by the Indian team.

So, If you want the benefit of extra talk time, recharge your phone before 2 April 2011 (before 2pm) and just pray that India scores many boundaries so that you could get more talk time.

Idea launches mobile banking service ‘Idea MyCash’

Idea mobile which is India’s 3rd largest mobile operator with 84 million customers launches ‘Idea MyCash’, Powered by Axis Bank to offer basic banking services including money transfer, using the mobile platform. They have already signed MoU with Axis bank last December to offer financial products and services offered by the Bank through the mobile operator’s  retail outlets.

Idea MyCash Launch

How does this work?

  • The remitter must have an Axis bank account who can transfer the amount via ATM, Internet or mobile banking with Idea connection.
  • Idea would help opening of ‘No frill savings’ (Zero balance) bank account with Axis bank if the don’t have one.
  • The beneficiary who is Idea subscriber who needs to give respected forms in the Idea outlet (would be verified by Axis bank) to receive the amount via Idea outlet.
    During the launch Ms. Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank, speaking at the launch said,
    Axis Bank in association with IDEA Cellular is offering a branchless banking solution that provides the elements of security, access and convenience in a cost effective manner. This association in a larger context enables the Bank to undertake financial inclusion by providing a host of financial inclusion products and services through the IDEA mobile platform and offered through select IDEA retail outlets.

Mr. Sanjeev Aga, Managing Director, Idea Cellular said,

    Idea has demonstrated the capability to reach out and connect the remote corners of the country and enable the economic and social development of the weaker sections of society. Idea MyCash, in association with Axis Bank, will ride on our deep rooted network to make banking services accessible to millions of Indians and include them in the economic development through financial inclusion.

    This facilitates the remitter to transfer amount easily with M-commerce to the places which doesn’t have banking facilities like rural villages. This is useful for people who lives far from their homes, to remit money easily to their family with the mobile phone. This facility offered in the Dharavi – Allahabad remittance corridor to begin with and would be extended to other parts of India.

Airtel Launched 3G Services in Mumbai

Global cellular service provider Airtel has finally launched 3G services in India’s commercial capital, namely Mumbai. It had already launched 3G services in the other cities in the circles where it had obtained the license such as Chennai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, etc. It plans to fully cover all licensed areas by March 2011.

Since 3G services provide ultra fast internet speed, from now on millions of Mumbaikars can access this service for a variety of uses such as Mobile TV, faster downloads, social networking, video calls or accessing Airtel App Central. Airtel 3G mobile TV can be used for watching LIVE and on-demand TV channels at the rate of Rs. 40 for 20 minutes per week.

Commenting on the 3G launch in Mumbai, Atul Bindal, President – Mobile Services, Bharti airtel said:

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India – and therefore at the leading edge of driving a paradigm shift from voice to data services. With the highest data penetration in India of over 20%, the city of Mumbai truly represents the data revolution story that our country is currently witnessing. As we bring the power of 3G to Mumbai today, we are confident that this launch will add impetus to the expansion of data services in India. Whether stuck in office, or on the move – all Mumbaikars can now experience airtel 3G services and enjoy high speed internet access and a host of other exciting services on their mobile devices.

Here below are the Tariff plans for 3G services in Mumbai. For more details, you can SMS ‘3G HELP’ to 121 or call 12134 (tollfree) or visit http://www.airtel.in/3G/.

airtel Mumbai 3G tariff plans

Aircel 3G goes Live in Chennai

Aircel purchased 3G licenses for 13 circles last year. Now Aircel launched its 3G services in Chennai for its postpaid and prepaid customers. Aircel also unveiled “IDEOS” that runs on Android and 3G dongle. It has also unveiled plans for investments of Rs 23,000 crores over the next 3-4 years.

Aircel 3G

Free trial to tryout 3G

  • SMS “TRY” to 121 to activate free trial (Valid from 22nd – 27th February 2011)
  • 250MB data and 50 minutes of video calling is free. After that 3p/10KB for data and 5p/sec for video call would be charged.
  • Free pocket video service after activating 3G by dialing 56666 to download videos for free for period of 6 days.

Aircel3G Data Plans & Tariff:

Plans Available (Rs) Free Data (MB)
132 75
252 150
502 350
802 1,024

These plans have validity of one month. There is also high-speed plan for Rs 92 that offers 100 MB of data.

During the launch Aircel Chief Operating Officer Gurdeep Singh said

3G will collapse all barriers. It will revolutionise entertainment since it is a highly interactive medium and bandwidth will not be a constraint. Internet penetration in India stood at 7% and the launch of 3G service would help boost it further. The social networking thread changes every 100 kms of the country and it’s an endeavour for us to have an association with Infosys to develop an application store to offer various services.

As per information available, Aircel will launch their 3G service in other circles where they have purchased license by mid march and there are also talks between other operators to launch in remaining circles.

Vodafone now lets you set Callertune using Facebook

Using Vodafone’s Callertune Share Facebook app, you can now search for a callertune and set it as a your Vodafone mobile’s callertune. The best part about this Facebook app is you can even listen to a 8 sec clip of the songs of your choice before going ahead and activating it as your callertune.

vodafone callertune share facebook

Here are the various things that you can do using this facebook app:

Vodafone Callertune Share Facebook App Features:

  • Search for your favorite Callertune by Song Name, Movie or Artist
  • Listen to an 8 sec preview to ensure you are picking the right Callertune
  • Check out Callertunes recommended specially for you and set your favourite one directly on facebook
  • See what Callertunes your friends have and Copy the one that you like in just one easy click
  • Discovered a great song? Recommend it to your friends by posting it on your wall! Your friends can set that song as their Callertune in just one easy click
  • Manage your Callertunes subscription. See which song you have set for which callers and modify them

To start using the Vodafone Callertune Facebook App, for the first time you need to register your Vodafone mobile by visiting the application page.

During the launch event, Rohit Adya, CEO, Vodafone Essar- Mumbai said:

Music is something that is enjoyed by everyone and Callertunes are an individual’s way of expressing their passion for music. ‘Vodafone Callertune share’ extends the Callertune services onto Facebook enabling our customers to activate and recommend songs to their friends, all from the comfort of their social network page. We have more than a million fans on facebook and they will surely enjoy this service.  This is the first time a telecom operator is launching such a unique service for its customers and we will continue to provide such exciting services through the year.

Link: Vodafone Callertune Share App

Related: Callertune Codes of all Operators

Uninor Caller Tune Codes, Activation, Deactivation Procedure & Tariff

Nowadays, one of the most common Value Added Services (VAS) offered by service providers is that of Caller Tunes (or Hellotunes). Nobody wants their callers to hear the same old tring tring when you call them, and instead want them to hear the latest songs available in the market.

Here we are providing all the details regarding the caller tunes service operated by one of India’s fastest growing telecom network namely Uninor.

uninor-callertune-codes-activation

Uninor Caller Tunes Activation Procedure:

  1. Through Voice Portal:
    Dial 52211555 and select the song of your choice by going through the voice menu, for Rs.6/min.
  2. Through Song search facility:
    Dial 52200 and just say the name of the song you want to download, for Re.1/min.
  3. Through Copy tunes:
    You can copy the caller tune of any other Uninor subscriber by just pressing (*) to copy  and (9) for confirmation.
  4. Through Music Station:
    Here you have to dial 52222 and activate the Uninor music station service, where you get to listen over 50000 songs, and just press (*) while listening to a song to make it your caller tune.
  5. Call Customer care at 121 and get the code for the song of your choice. Activate the service by sending an SMS as ACT UT ‘song code’ to 52211

Uninor Callertunes Deactivation Procedure:

Call the customer care number of 121 from your Uninor mobile or toll free number 0124-3329000 and ask them for a request to deactivate the my caller tunes service. You will then receive a Service Request Number from their side and your request will be processed within 48 hours.

Uninor Caller Tune Tariff

The monthly charges for usage of this service is Rs.30 and song download charges is Rs.10 for 30 days.

Uninor Caller Tune Codes

Uninor does not provide the song codes for My caller tune service unlike some other networks such as Reliance and Vodafone.

Caller Tune of your Choice

Uninor also has the facility of getting your desired song, even if it is not available in the list. You just have to send them an SMS with the song title and they will try to get that song for you. You can also enjoy the facility of Unlimited Music from Uninor by having Caller tunes, My Music Station and Ringtones.

You can also check out our callertunes page for tune codes and activation/deactivation procedures of other telecom operators.

What is Airtel Money – Details, Features and Use of Airtel Money

Airtel launched its first mobile wallet service in the country “Airtel Money” in Guragon. This service makes paying bills and purchasing items easy without using money or any credit or debit cards. Mobile wallet has been rapidly improving in recent years and now implemented in most of the Asian and European countries.

Airtel Money details

Where Airtel Money can be used:

  • Pay monthly bills like Mobile, Gas, Electricity, Finance bills etc.
  • Pay at Super Market, restaurants and Coffee shops.
  • Pay while booking movie and travel tickets, Shopping online at Rediff and Indiatimes.

To use Airtel money, you need to..

  • Exchange your SIM and get a new 64K airtel money enabled SIM.
  • Fill a form in nearby Airtel Money location with id proof and photographs.
  • In Airtel Money SIM application create password to activate Airtel Money.
  • Give cash to Airtel Money Retailer to load money to your account.

How to use Airtel Money:

  • To use it go to Airtel money SIM application and select Pay Shop and enter Mobile Number and Amount.
  • Enter the password to confirm.
  • That’s it now you will receive SMS confirmation.

During the launch of Airtel Money, Mr. Atul Bindal, President – Mobile Services, bharti airtel said:

The mobile phone is fast emerging as a device that enables our lives in more than many ways. Taking this a step further, we are proud to launch airtel money as a first-of-its-kind service from a telecom operator, that transforms the mobile phone into a secure and convenient wallet which customers can use to load money and use it for shopping and making payments. We see a huge potential for mCommerce services in India and are confident that the launch of airtel money will facilitate a paradigm shift in the way consumers transact

Airtel has established partnerships with some of the shops and restaurants in Guragon which will increase up to 3,000 shops. Airtel also has plans to make it in other Metro cities soon. Market for mobile payment is expected to reach $600 Billion by 2013. NFC (Near Field Communication) that uses contact-less method to also has great part in mobile payment and being implemented in many countries. To know more you can visit airtelmoney.in.

Airtel 3G Services LIVE in Chennai & Coimbatore

Recently we published about the launch of Airtel 3G services in Bangalore and now Airtel has announced its 3G services launch in Chennai and Coimbatore. During the launch event of 3G services, Atul Bindal – President – Mobile services welcomed Airtel’s brand ambassador and cinestar – Karthi to experience its 3G services and let him become the first Airtel 3G customer in Chennai.

airtel 3g chennai coimbatore

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Airtel 3G Services Tariff Plans & Rates:

There are currently 4 types of plan offerings, namely:

  • Pay as you go
  • Sachet Plans:
    Ranging from Rs. 8 to Rs. 65 with data usage of 10 MB to 65 MB valid for only 1 day
  • Standard Plans:
    Ranging from Rs. 101 to Rs. 751 with data usage of 100 MB to 2 GB valid for 30 days.
  • Flexi-shield Plan:
    1.25 GB of free data usage valid for 30 days costing Rs. 675

To know more about Airtel 3G services you can visit www.airtel.in/Airtel-3G/ or call their toll free Helpline 12134 or SMS ‘3G HELP’ to 121 from your Airtel mobile.

During the launch event, Mr. Atul Bindal, President-Mobile Services, Bharti airtel said:

Today, as we introduce the airtel 3G promise in namma Chennai and Coimbatore – we are delighted to bring the power of the mobile internet deeper south. A new era begins for Tamil Nadu’s mobile phone users, with high-speed internet, better access to data services including mCommerce, social networking and mHealth in a robust ecosystem of affordable 3G-ready handsets and a range of applications at affordable prices. We are happy to give one more reason for all mobile users across Tamil Nadu to join India’s network – airtel.

Are you going to experience Airtel’s 3G services in Chennai? Let us know your feedback about their services via comments form below!

Uninor Launches FREE ROAMING Facility for Mumbai Customers

Uninor has announced a major breakthrough in the cellular services market by launching the facility of NO ROAMING CHARGES. From now on, Uninor Subscribers from Mumbai will not uninor free roaming incominghave to pay call charges for incoming calls and SMS’s when they are travelling in Gujarat. Besides offering the facility of  no charge for Incoming, Uninor is also charging all outgoing calls and SMS at a flat rate of 50p/min. This unique facility of Uninor is offered for subscribers in Mumbai travelling to Gujarat and is valid on both per minute and per second plans, and will be valid on calls going to/coming from any other service provider.

Speaking about the product launch, Upanga Dutta – Circle Business Head, Mumbai Circle said:

At Uninor we believe in making things easy for our customers, and we all are aware of the high traffic population that travels between Mumbai and Gujarat on a daily basis. We launched Roam Free for our Mumbai customers so that they never have to think twice before using their phone while in Gujarat, much the same way they would at home. So the next time you are in Gujarat, go ahead and make those calls, whether professional or personal without roaming charges coming in the way.

Uninor free roaming

Uninor is the first Service Provider to offer the service of Free Roaming and this shows that the company is committed to making their network strong in the country. This unique service also tells us that, due to the implementation of Mobile Number Portability in the country, each Service provider will now offer more and more facilities to woo customers to their network. This is just the beginning of telecom wars in the country and you can be expect similar plans from more and more operators in the days to come.

Airtel 3G Live in Karnataka remaining 13 Circles by March

After lot of delay, Airtel Launched its 3G services airtel 3g tariffin Karnataka. 3G service will go live in other 13 circles by March where Airtel purchased 3G spectrum licenses which covers 40 cities. Airtel purchased 3G license for 13 circles out of 22 circles for Rs 12,295 crores. Services like live video streaming, movies on demand, songs download and live TV broadcast were launched.

The plans are categorized for Heavy users , Medium users and Occasional users.

Airtel 3G Tariff:

Data Price (Rs) Validity
2 GB 750 30 Days
600 MB 450 30 Days
250 MB 200 30 Days
100 MB 103 30 Days

There is a Flexi Shield plan where usage limit it 1.25GB for Rs 650 for 30 Days. After that limit to continue using 3G Rs10/MB charged up to Rs 2000 (14GB) so that users need not pay more than that. After that speed reduces to 128kbps free. Other small packs for Rs 60 and Rs 45 for validity of 3 Days and Rs 9 for validity 1 day. There are also minute based packs for 45 minutes. There are no unlimited plans announced. Here are the details of other plans available:

airtel-3g-plans

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Mr. Sanjay Kapoor – CEO of Bharti airtel Ltd (India & South Asia) said

It is indeed the start of a new era when 3G services in India roll out on airtel’s network. World over ‘Data traffic’ on the back of high-speed internet and use of social networking has already exceeded the ‘Voice traffic’. India is ushering in the domain – though later than most of the world – but no doubt we will catch up at a much faster speed. 3G is much more than a technology migration – it is a transformational shift – and Airtel’s focus would be to bring to its customers an enriched user experience on the back of a world-class delivery network. I welcome all 745 million mobile customers of the country to be a part of this journey with airtel!

How to Port CDMA Number to GSM Operator with Mobile Number Portability

A new revolution has kicked-in, in the Indian mobile industry called Mobile Number Portability (MNP) using which a customer can easily retain his/her mobile number even while moving from one operator to another.

mnp cdma gsm conversion

Migration from CDMA to GSM Operator with MNP

There are still lots of confusion in the minds of mobile users whether or not they can move their CDMA numbers (Reliance CDMA, TATA Indicom or MTS) to a non-CDMA (GSM) operator. Well, the answer is YES! A CDMA customer can migrate or port a CDMA number to GSM operator or vice-versa by following the same procedures mentioned on our previous post: Mobile Number Portability: Procedure, Charges and FAQs.

Procedure for porting CDMA number to GSM

Here’s a summary of what you need to do for moving from CDMA to GSM with same number:

  • SMS: Port<space>your mobile number to 1900
  • Get your unique porting code (UPC) via SMS and submit it to the new operator (GSM/CDMA) along with prescribed fees of Rs. 19 and other documents & photo
  • Wait for 5-7 days before your CDMA number gets ported to new GSM operator.

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Uninor launches ‘Unlimited Music’ Service for Just Rs.2.50 Per Day

Uninor has today, launched a new Value Added Service (VAS) where subscribers can convert their ordinary phone into a music and entertainment device. In this VAS, customers can get access to Unlimited Music through the services of Caller Tune, My Music Station and Ringtones for one full day at just Rs. 2.50 per day. The users gets to choose from more than 2,50,000 songs and all the services are available through a single platform, thereby making this a very convenient VAS. Moreover, this facility is available in all the circles of Uninor, throughout the country, simultaneously.

uninor unlimited music

Uninor Unlimited Music Activation Procedure:

To activate this service, customers need to dial the toll free number 2222 from their Uninor mobile and follow the instructions to request this service. Once the service is activated, users can choose music over several genres such as Bollywood, International Hits, Popular Music and even Regional Chartbusters as a part of this service.

Uninor has partnered with Hungama, one of India’s biggest music content provider at a national level, in addition to tying up with close to 30 regional labels for creating a music repertoire that meets the demands of all of its customers, anywhere in India.

Rajiv Bawa, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Uninor, said:

With Unlimited Music, you can start playing songs in the morning and keep the music on non-stop for a full day. Simply said, in Rs. 2.50, your phone becomes your personal MP3 player, and one with a library of over 2,50,000 songs.

MNP Helplines of all Telecom Operators – Mobile Number Portability

Mobile Number Portability is going to be launched in all Indian states from tomorrow and telecom operators are trying to woo as many customers to make them move to their services by promising various goodies or other types of benefits in terms of services, better coverage, free talk-time, etc.

Many telecom operators has already rolled a dedicated MNP helpline to help customers to opt-in to their services using Mobile Number Portability.

mobile number portability

Here is the list of MNP helpline numbers of various Indian telecos that would help you for easy migration from one operator to another.

  • TATA Docomo MNP Helpline: 1800-266-0000 (Toll-free)
  • IDEA MNP Helpline: 1800-270-0000 (Toll-free)
  • Vodafone MNP Helpline: 1800-1234567 (Toll-free)
  • Aircel MNP Helpline: 98020 98020
  • Airtel MNP Helpline: 1800-103-1111
  • BSNL MNP Helpline: 1800-180-1503
  • MTNL (Mumbai) MNP Helpline: 1800-22-1503

We will keep this section updated as and when there’s any new helpline numbers from other operators. Do let us know if you know of any other dedicated MNP helpline number via comments below.

Mobile Number Portability to be Launched pan-India from Tomorrow

Finally the much awaited Mobile number portability facility will be available across all Indian states and telecom operators from tomorrow – 20th January 2011. We hope by now you all must be aware about MNP and other FAQs related to it, else you may have a look on our past post: Mobile Number Portability: Procedure, FAQs and Charges.

mobile number portability mnp india launch

The launch of MNP services pan-India is definitely a much awaited thing in Indian telecom Industry and it will probably lead to further tariff reduction in call and SMS charges and increased competition among all service providers. Now the telecom customers will definitely be THE KING. 😉

What’s your take about MNP launch? Which operator are you going to migrate to?

Related link: Mobile Number Portability: Procedure, FAQs and Charges

Airtel Latest Hello Tune Codes

We already have a dedicated Callertune page for Caller tune codes of all Indian cellular operator. Here in this post, we will keep you updated with the Airtel hello tune codes of latest movies and songs.

airtel hello tune

Latest Hello Tune Codes:

  • January 18th 2011: Latest codes added – Turning 30, 7 Khoon Maaf & More (Download Link)
  • The download link contains a spread-sheet with song codes of 15+ languages and around 20 generes.

Procedure for activation of preferred Hello Tune:

You can call 543211 followed by the 7 digit CCode mentioned on the spread sheet above. Call charges apply @ Rs. 3/min.

For ex. you will have to dial 5432111234567 from your Airtel mobile for activating a hello tune with CCode 1234567

Relevant Link: Caller tune codes

Update Facebook Status by Voice With Aircel

Forget about logging in-to Facebook on a computer or mobile phone just to update your status. Now Status updates are just a phone call away. Aircel in partnership with Facebook introduces Voice status updates. Dial 51555 from your Aircel connection and update your Facebook status from anywhere.

facebook update aircel

Other Features of Aircel Voice Status Updates:

  • Record the status up to length of 30 seconds
  • Comment or like Friend’s status update
  • Listen to Friend’s status updates and replies
  • Find Friends
  • Notifications when your friend posts on their wall
  • Anniversary and Birthday Alerts via voice call

To use this service you should register your mobile on Facebook here. If you have not registered already you can enter the details manually during the call. Some of the options like searching friends and registering uses keypad to enter the details so that the match is perfect. The cost of all this is Rs 5/week (Auto renewal plan) and Calling 51555 will cost you Rs 1/minute.

TATA Docomo Call Me Tunes Codes, Charges, Activation and Deactivation Procedure

Two of the major Value Added Services offered by Tata Docomo are Call Me tunes and My song.

Call Me tune is the name of callertune service from TATA Docomo that plays the music of your choice for people who call you on your Docomo number.

docomo callertune codes activation

Activation Procedure & Charges:

  • Call me tunes can be set by calling 543211 at 5 paise/sec. The charges for the call me tune is Rs.30 per month and songs are charged at Rs.15 per song.
  • Daily rental plan:
    With this plan, you just need to pay a daily rental of Re.1 as your subscription charges and download song for Rs.15.Call 54321121 at 5p/sec or dial toll free numbers of *141# or *678#
  • Unlimited free songs:
    Download unlimited songs for your caller tune by calling 543211 at 5p/sec and subscription charges of Rs.10 per week.
  • Festival bonanza offer:
    In this offer, subscription charges will be only Rs.15 per month for the first 3 months and Rs.30 from the fourth month onwards. Call 54321136 @ 5 paise/sec with the first 30 seconds free and song downloading charges is Rs.15 per song.

TATA Docomo Caller Tune Codes:

Unlike other service providers, there are no caller tune codes for TATA Docomo customers, but yes, you can search for desired song online, listen to it and directly activate the same on your Docomo number by logging into your id (need to create for the first time).

Various other ways of setting Call Me Tunes:

Tata  Docomo is probably the only service provider to offer these many ways of setting call me tunes and here is a list of them.

  • Search a Song:
    Just dial 543215 and mention the name of the song or movie of your choice. There are over 75000 songs to choose from over here.
  • Your customized Bollywood song:
    With Tata Docomo, you can personalize any song by changing its lyrics and then download the song as your caller tune. For example you can change the song ‘kabhi kabhi aditi zindagi’ to the name of your girl friend, say “kabhi kabhi Shiela zindagi’ or any other name and then download the caller tune.
  • User generated/recorded callertune:
    In this option, you can personalize your caller tune by calling 54321100 and recording your own voice.
  • Funny portal:
    Set something humorous as your call me tune by dialing 5432112 for funny tunes
  • Cricket scores:
    Set live cricket commentary as your Docomo callertune by dialing 54321103.
  • Top 10:
    Call  5432110 to set top 10 songs as your call me tunes.
  • Name tunes:
    Put your own name and personalized message as your caller tune.Just SMS ‘FIRST NAME’ to 52100 (Toll Free).Subscription charges are Rs.30/Month and Downloading cost is Rs.15/90 Days.

Deactivation Procedure:

Call me tunes on TATA Docomo can be deactivated by just sending an SMS as ‘STOP’ to the toll free number 543211.

TATA Docomo My Song Details, Activation & Deactivation Procedures

My Song is a very exciting and innovative service offered by Tata Docomo. It is a Value Added Service (VAS) in which you hear the song of your choice when you call someone, instead of the standard ring or caller tune set by the person whom you are calling. In other words, My song is callertune service available for you and not for your callers ;). You can customize this service by setting different songs for different people up to 3 at a time. This service can be activated by calling 543217 at 5 paise/sec. The monthly rental of the song is Rs.15 and the song downloading charge is Rs.10 for a period of 90 days.

tata docomo my song

For activating my song service on your TATA Docomo number, you can also dial toll-free number –  *191#. This number can be used even for other services such as the following:

  • Balance Enquiry
  • Last 3 Recharge History
  • Status of Free usage (if any)
  • Start/stop a service
  • Raise a Service request
  • Do not disturb facility
  • Daily SMS count etc

TATA Docomo Offering Full Talk-time with all its Recharge

TATA Docomo has come up with a new year surprise for all its existing and new customers wherein they get full talk-time on all recharge vouchers and top-up above Rs. 30. If you are still unaware, TATA Docomo is the same operator that bought one of its kind tariff war and pay-per-second revolution in Indian telecom industry wherein customers need to pay only for the number of seconds they talk instead of paying for the entire minute.

tata docomo full talktime

The only catch is, being a new year surprise, Docomo is offering the full talk-time offer only for today, i.e. 31st of December 2010. For details on various other offers available for your circle, check out their official website.

TATA Docomo Unlimited Blackberry Plan at Rs 399 for Postpaid and Prepaid

The much awaited unlimited blackberry plans are now available for TATA Docomo customers at Rs. 399 per month with truly unlimited browsing, chatting and mail services. Unlike any other private operators, TATA Docomo has unlimited blackberry plan offerings at same price for both postpaid and prepaid customers.

docomo blackberry plans

Though the ‘unlimited browsing’ offer is only available at 2G speeds, customers residing at those places where 3G services are launched, can avail free 300 MB of data usage at 3G speeds along with this plan.

This is definitely a good step ahead by TATA Docomo to not discriminate between postpaid & prepaid blackberry users. Hope other private telcos charging different rates for both postpaid and prepaid users get to learn something from Docomo.

For activation and de-activation procedure of this blackberry plans, you can call TATA Docomo toll free customer care number at – 1800-419-0121.

MTS Cellular Services Launched in UP

Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. has today announced the launch of its CDMA mobile and wireless broadband services (under the brand name – MTS) in UP East & West telecom circles. As per information available, the company will be investing over Rs. 150 Crore for its service launch in these two telecom circle alone.

mts up launch

Below is a press release coming directly from the company:

Gurgaon, 27 December 2010: Sistema Shyam Tele Services Limited (SSTL) today announced the expansion of its national footprint. The company has launched its mobile telephony services under the MTS brand in UP East and UP West Circles. This is all set to further add to the company’s customer base, which now stands at over 8 million voice and over 400,000 mobile broadband customers. The Russian Government recently picked up approximately 17% stake in SSTL for $ 600 million US.

During the launch of its services, Arvind Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, UP East and UP West Circles, said:

The launch of MTS services will provide mobile customers in UP East and UP West Circles access to our nationally successful ½ paisa per second tariff plan or 1 paisa per second + 25% extra value on core Talk time with every recharge. This is bound to result in huge savings for the customers. Additionally, our customers would get to experience world class telecom services backed by seamless connectivity on a congestion free network.

Airtel Mobitude 2010 Reveals Interesting Facts about Airtel Customers in India

airtel mobitude

India’s Global Telecom Major Bharti Airtel, has recently announced the results of its nationwide survey conducted throughout 2010 named – Airtel Mobitude 2010. This is a one of its kind survey in which Airtel conducted a detailed analysis of user trends in the country, which included preferences of over 150 Million mobile users across the nation. Here’s a brief look on what the analysis says:

Brief Highlights of Airtel Mobitude 2010:

  • Total of an astonishing 90 billion SMS’s were exchanged through Airtel during the year
  • More than 1.2 Billion SMS’s were sent on the occasion of Diwali itself recording the highest use of short messaging service during any given day of the year
  • ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ from the movie Dabaang topped the most downloaded songs’ list
  • Katrina Kaif’s pics downloaded maximum number of time
  • Master blaster – Sachin Tendulkar and Tennis star – Sania Mirza’s pics were among the most downloaded sports star wallpaper

Categories of Airtel Mobitude 2010 and their top results:

Most Celebrated occasions

  1. diwali airtel mobitudeDiwali
  2. Dusshera
  3. Friendship Day
  4. Holi
  5. Valentine’s Day
  6. New Years

Top 5 Songs:

  1. dabaangMunni Badnaam Hui
  2. Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
  3. Pee Loon Hoton Ki Sargam
  4. Zor Ka Jhatka
  5. Gal Mithi

Top images downloads: Bollywood divas:

  1. katrina kaifKatrina Kaif
  2. Kareena Kapoor
  3. Deepika Padukone
  4. Priyanka Chopra
  5. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Top images downloads – Bollywood actors

  1. Salman Khan
  2. Shahrukh Khan
  3. Ranbir Kapoor
  4. Akshay Kumar
  5. Shahid Kapoor
  6. Hrithik Roshan

Top images downloads:

Sports stars (Male)

  1. Sachin Tendulkar
  2. M S Dhoni
  3. Rafael Nadal
  4. Roger Federer
  5. Harbhajan Singh
  6. Sourav Ganguly

Top images downloads: Sports stars (Female)

  1. sania mirzaSania Mirza
  2. Maria Sharapova
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Ana Ivanovic
  5. Svetlana Kuznetsova

Stand a Chance to Win a Car by Purchasing Uninor Connection

uninor free gifts offerUninor has come up with an exciting offer wherein one can stand a chance to win a Tata Nano car or several other assured gifts on purchase of a new SIM with a minimum recharge of Rs. 100. This offer named ‘Har Din Tyohar Offer’ is available through out December in Maharashtra and Goa telecom circles.

Highlights of Har Din Tyohar Offer by Uninor:

  • Customers stand a chance to win a car or several other assured gifts on purchasing a new Uninor SIM with a minimum recharge of Rs. 100. Assured gifts range from Rs. 5 to Rs. 500 free recharge, Lakshmi Ganesh coins, Smart phones, TVS Scooty or a grand prize – TATA Nano car
  • On purchase of new SIM, customers get a scratch card that will reveal the gift
  • Offer available only for Maharashtra and Goa circles
  • Offer valid until 31st December 2010
  • Winning gifts other than Recharge of Rs. 5/10 or Lakshmi Ganesh coins will be hand delivered to the winner. (Refer the image below for hand-delivery process)

uninor-hand delivery process

During the offer launch, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, Circle Head – Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Uninor, said,

This time of the year is usually full of excitement and anticipation; we thought that through the Har Din Tyohar offer, we could add to the festive flavor in our own way. For customers who have been with us this year, this is to celebrate the New Year with you as a part of our Uninor family. For those who haven’t, we invite you make a new choice in 2011 and begin the year with Uninor.

Uninor seems to have come up with offer for new customers only, to full-fill their targets and also make this celebration season remarkable.