Redmi Note 4 sets new record with 2.5 lakh phones sold in 1 flash sale

Redmi Note 4, this year’s successor to the most popular phone of 2016, has got off to an unbelievable start. The Chinese company sold a whopping 2.5 lakh (250,000) phones in the first flash sale itself, and that too in under 10 minutes. The previous record for the highest number of phones sold in a single flash sale was around 60,000, and was set by LeEco last year. What is surprising about the number is not that there were so many buyers — after all it sold millions of Note3s…

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Reliance Jio NOT TO EXTEND free data offer after March

Reliance Jio will not be extending its Happy New Year free data offer beyond March 31, according to our sources in the company. The clarification comes in the wake dozens of reports claiming that it will extend the free scheme beyond the March 31 deadline into June. “There is zero chance of that happening,” said a senior official in the company’s sales team. HISTORY REPEATS In November and December, there were a similar number of articles that claimed that it would extend the Welcome Offer by three months from December to…

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Redmi Note 4 is great, but can Xiaomi deliver the stock for flash sale?

  Xiaomi seems to have yet delivered yet another winner in the form of the upgraded Redmi Note 4, launched in India today. The phone, priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, is arguably the most value for money phone in the market today. It also launched a Rs 10,999 variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which should also see brisk sales. FEEDBACK TAKEN On a positive note, Xiaomi did not simply dump the old model introduced in China into the…

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Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB version, 9,999 for 2GB

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. The phone will be priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB version with 64 GB of internal memory. The 2 GB version will be priced at Rs 9,999 and the 3 GB variant, with only 32 GB of internal memory will be available at a price of just Rs 10,999. The prices are largely along expected lines, given the phone’s specifications. The model is only…

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Rs 12,999 gets you Redmi Note 4 with 14 nm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, better camera

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. “This is the debut of the Snapdragon 625-enabled Note 4.. It’s coming first to India, and is not available even in China,” said the company. This gives the phone a key edge over rivals like Coolpad Cool1, which come with 28 nm technology. The phone gives about 25% more battery life compared with Redmi Note 3, the company says. One can get 7 hours or…

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LIVE STREAM – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch

Xiaomi is streaming the unveiling of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Redmi Note 4, via Youtube. It will not be streaming the event live on Facebook or Twitter, but only via a Youtube link.  UPDATE: The phone has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4+64 GB version, Rs 10,999 for the 3+32 GB variant and Rs 9,999 for the 2+16 GB variant. It comes with advanced Snapdragon 625 chipset that can run cooler and faster for longer than most other chipsets in the price range, and has increased the…

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Reliance Jio now allowing unlimited night downloads under Happy New Year plan

Reliance Jio is now allowing its users to download an unlimited quantum of data at night under its Happy New Year offer. This is different from the earlier practice of allowing users to consume only 4GB of data per 24 hours. With this new feature, subscribers can download or consume 30 GB or 40 GB or even more data between 2 am and 5 am without affecting their download speeds. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff plan, and is likely to be available…

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How to overcome Reliance Jio’s 1GB limit by timing your downloads

According to our tests, it is possible to download more than 1 GB using a single Reliance Jio connection using the Happy New Year offer. According to our tests, there is no limit on the number of GBs that can be downloaded under the Happy New Year offer between 2 AM and 5 AM. In our tests, we have been able to download over 40 GB in one night, without affecting our speed for the next day. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff…

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Vodafone halves 4G data prices: 4 GB at 255 | 22 GB for 999

Vodafone has halved data prices, six months after cutting them by about 40%. Under the new 4G tariff announced today, customers will get 4 GB of data for Rs 250 and 22 GB for Rs 999. These are roughly half of the prevailing data rates in the market. The current data price in the market is 2 GB for Rs 250 and 10 GB for Rs 999. Vodafone is also offering 35 GB for Rs 1,500. These prices are far cheaper than the tariff unveiled by Reliance Jio in September….

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BSNL takes on 4G VoLTE with VoWifi + free calls

If you enjoy the higher call quality of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls compared to regular cellular calls, you are definitely going to enjoy using BSNL’s new Wifi calling app. The app, not yet available on Google Play, redirects your call via your Wifi network to your BSNL broadband connection. Because the call is then handled by the company’s landline network, the quality of audio remains superior to the 2G or 3G calls. Besides, given that BSNL is offering free and unlimited voice calling with many of their broadband plans,…

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1GB LIMIT: Reliance Jio starts restoring full speed at end of day

Reliance Jio, India’s largest provider of wireless data, has modified its bandwidth limitation policy to restore full speed for the subscriber under its Happy New Year offer the next day. So far, a 4G subscriber who crossed the daily FUP limit of 4GB or 1GB had to wait for exactly 24 hours for Jio to lift the speed limits. Under the new policy, he gets full speed the next day morning. This is likely to provide much relief to users as they can now look forward to a normal browsing…

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Tech Mahindra opens robotics, AI and digital services center in Dublin

IT services provider Tech Mahindra opened a new facility in Dublin, Ireland to focus on emerging technologies such as Robotics and Automation, Business Analytics, Cloud Infrastructure and Digital Services. The new centre would employ around 150 engineers over the next three years and will help the company deliver technology services to clients in Ireland as well as Europe. The move comes in the wake of Britain’s preparations to exit the European Union. Once Britain exits, Ireland would be the only English-speaking country in the EU. “Ireland’s unique positioning as the…

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Airtel doubles 3G speed in Delhi with more spectrum

Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom provider, introduced its second 3G carrier in Delhi, more than doubling the speed of the existing network for most smartphones. Not only has the company introduced a second ‘carrier’ (block of spectrum) adjacent to the first one, it has also implemented the technology to merge the two blocks into one, thus boosting download and upload speeds. The merging technology, called dual carrier HSPC or DC-HSPA, is already found in most smartphones and most 3G users will be able to take advantage of the superior speeds…

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BSNL to start 4G services only after April – CMD

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecom services provider, will start its 4G services only in the next financial year that starts in April. “BSNL is likely to start 4G services in 2017-18,” Anupam Shrivastava, the chairman and managing director of the company said. The company has fallen far behind all its rivals in putting up 4G networks even though it got its spectrum in 2010 — six years ago. BSNL, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel were the three companies who got 4G spectrum in 2010. While Airtel started its…

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BSNL to soon relaunch Rs 498 “truly unlimited” 3G plan, new packs on Republic Day

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to “relaunch” its 14-day “truly unlimited” 3G plan, chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said today. The plan, introduced in early December, was pulled after only one month. It offered truly unlimited 3G data usage at just Rs 498 with a validity of 14 days. The 498 recharge was one of the only two truly unlimited schemes being offered by wireless operators in India — both from BSNL. The second scheme, which offers data and BSNL-to-BSNL calls without any limits for one month…

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Is MARUTI SUZUKI IGNIS worth Rs 5-9 lakh? This is what co thinks

Maruti Suzuki India has launched its next-generation compact car IGNIS, starting at a price of Rs 4.6 lakhs before taxes in Delhi. The automatic version starts at Rs 5.74, before taxes, in Delhi. The diesel version has a starting price of 6.4 lakhs, while the diesel automatic starts at Rs 6.94 lakh. The car, which will be sold only via NEXA premium showrooms, is Maruti’s high-end offering for those who prefer their vehicles compact. “It combines unconventional design, seamless smartphone experience with AndroidAuto and Apple CarPlay, technological supremacy with AGS…

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TRUMP THREAT: TCS not worried, says we’re not the villains

Tata Consultancy Services, the largest Indian-owned outsourcing company, said it is able to manage with 75% less new visas this year as it has changed its business and recruitment models in recent years. It also said that outsourcing was key to protecting US jobs, and is not the villain as portrayed. The statement from Rajesh Gopinathan, the new chief executive officer of the company, was in response to investor concerns that the pro-local jobs stance of incoming US President Donald Trump would severely disrupt the business models of companies like…

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N Ganapathy Subramaniam appointed new TCS COO

Tata Consultancy Services said it made two appointments in the wake of the departure of Chief Executive officer N Chandrasekaran: N. Ganapathy Subramaniam, elder brother of outgoing CEO Chandrasekaran, has been appointed as the chief operating officer, and former chief financial officer Rajesh Gopinathan has been elevated to the position of CEO. Former CEO Chandrasekaran has been appointed as the Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd, effective February 21, 2017. Chandrasekaran functioned without the support of COO. However, given that Rajesh Gopinathan has a background in finance, the company is likely to…

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Idea Cellular increases free data in unlimited scheme by 4 times

Idea Cellular today increased the free data allocation on its existing unlimited calling packs. Compared to 1 GB of 4G data that customers were getting with the Rs 348 pack, they will now get 4 GB. Similarly, the free data allocation for those who do not have 4G handsets has been increased from 50 MB to 3 GB per month — an increase of 60 times. “Prepaid customers can get 3GB free data on Rs 348 recharge pack, in addition to unlimited voice calling and SMS. Those who recharge with…

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Lenovo P2 priced at Rs 17,999 for 4 GB variant, higher than expected

Lenovo’s latest smartphone in India, the P2, has been launched at Rs 17,999 for the 4 GB version, which is about Rs 2,000 more than the expected price. A cheaper option, at Rs 16,999, will also be available on Flipkart, but will come with only 3 GB of RAM. The pricing makes the phone less value-for-money than many expected. However, the phone has some key features and specifications that set it apart, though the pricing is still on the higher side. The most attractive aspect of the device will be…

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