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Mobile Number Portability has arrived – About Time!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The long and most awaited freedom for us mobile users in India will be acquired in couple days from now. The Indian mobile phone consumer is now going to soon be free to choose any service provided without the need to change his/her mobile number. Yes! Mobile Number Portability is here!

MNP

The first state to get MNP will be Haryana and over the next couple of months MNP would spread throughout the country, said officials from the Department of Telecom. The charges for MNP service is set to a maximum of Rs.19 – that’s damn cheap. Another thing to keep in mind about MNP is that even though a subscriber is free to keep switching service providers as many times as he/she wishes to; they would have to stay for 3months with an operator. While many operators are excited about MNP finally launching like the ads below of Idea; others operators are going to find it tough holding on to their customer base. This is going to be the new era of Mobile Service in India – I’m just keen to see the tariff wars explode and we as consumers benefit not just in terms of charges but also in terms of quality of service.

Idea MNP Campaign

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This is going to be reason most people will use MNP services.

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There is a New Blackberry Bold in Town!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Apparently there has been a soft launch by Blackberry of a new handset in the Bold series. It is the Bold 9780! The Bold 9780 is the latest in Bold series and is a well deserved update to the Bold series. The new Bold runs the latest Blackberry OS 6.0 which has been doing the rounds on the web long before the Blackberry Touch released. This will brings a new improved UI and faster browsing experience to the Bold.

Bold 9780

Apart from the Blackberry OS 6.0 the Bold 9780 sports new and improved hardware over the Bold 9700. One of the best hardware tweaks received would be the amount of RAM which is now doubled to 512MB. The camera in the Bold 9780 is a 5MP autofocus as compared to a 3MP camera on the 9700. Looks and materials used in the construction remains the same, which means they’ll be hard to distinguish between by mere looks. The Bold 9780 is available of the shelf at Rs. 26,900.

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LG Optimus One launched!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
These days we are seeing lots of Android phones enter the market. The LG Optimus One has finally launched in India. It is priced at Rs.13,500 unlike the under 10k price that many were expecting. The Optimus One is an Android 2.2 based handset, it has an 8.1cm display, a 3MP camera and an expandable memory slot with support for memory upto 32GB.
The phone was lauched by LG Electronics India Managing Director Moon B. Shin. At the launch he disclosed that over the next six months LG would be releasing 10 more devices in the Optimus Series. The price of these devices would range from Rs.8,000 – Rs. 30,000. Inorder to keep up with the rising demand for mobile devices Shin said that LG will increase its capacity from 60-lakh units a year to 1.50 crore units by end of 2011.
CONSUMER CENTRIC FOCUS: LG Electronics India Managing Director Moon B. Shin (right) with model Indrani Dasgupta at the launch of Optimus Series of smartphones in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

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These days we are seeing lots of Android phones enter the market. The LG Optimus One has finally launched in India. It is priced at Rs.13,500 unlike the under 10k price that many were expecting. The Optimus One is an Android 2.2 based handset, it has an 8.1cm display, a 3MP camera and an expandable memory slot with support for memory upto 32GB.

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LG Electronics India Managing Director Moon B. Shin (right) with model Indrani Dasgupta at the launch of Optimus Series of smartphones in New Delhi Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

The phone was lauched by LG Electronics India Managing Director Moon B. Shin. At the launch he disclosed that over the next six months LG would be releasing 10 more devices in the Optimus Series. The price of these devices would range from Rs.8,000 – Rs. 30,000. Inorder to keep up with the rising demand for mobile devices Shin said that LG will increase its capacity from 60-lakh units a year to 1.50 crore units by end of 2011.

So finally the heat is on in the lower segment of Android phones in India. All the more better for us consumers and even better for fring ;)

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Special Data Packages with Galaxy Tab

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has launched in India for Rs. 38,000. The Samsung Galaxy Tab operates on the Google Android 2.2, Froyo. It has a 7-inch WSVGA display which is basically an enlarged Galaxy S smartphone but minus the telephony function.

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In a thought to increase sales of Galaxy Tab, Samsung has partnered with 5 telecom operators in India. So, just like the data packages that were bundled with the Apple iPhone now, similar attractive data plans will be offered to buyers. Along with these data plans, buyers will get an accessories package worth Rs. 5,500 free. The package would include Stereo Bluetooth Headset and even a Leather Diary Case.

Here below are the attractive data packages for Samsung Galaxy Tab owners.

Airtel
- 2GB free data usage @ Rs. 300 per month for 6 months
(For activation customers will have to SMS SAMSUNG to 543210 from their Airtel number)

Aircel
- 3 GB free per month for 3 months for Prepaid users
- 1 GB free per month for 6 months for postpaid users
(For activation: Prepaid Customers SMS SMART PI to 54343. Post Paid customers visit Aircel COCO store with original TAB bill)

Reliance Mobile

- 5 GB Free Data usage per month for 6 months on Reliance network
(For Activation: Visit any Reliance World/Reliance Mobile store outlet or call Customer care on 3033 3333 or from Reliance mobile phone *333)

TATA Docomo

- 3GB Free data per month for 6 months on Tata Docomo network
(For Activation: SMS Bun TAB to 141)

Vodafone
- 2GB data @ Rs. 99 per month for Prepaid users
- 2GB data @ Rs. 199 per month for Post paid users
(For Activation: SMS STAB to 111 ( Toll Free) from Vodafone number)

Terms and Conditions for the Operators apply. Please check with the respective telecom operator while subscribing to the offer.

fring supports Samsung Galaxy Tab. Here is a video showing how you can video call with your friends and family with fring.

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Android Phones to pay for your dinner!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Google’s Eric Schmidt at the recent Web 2.0 Summit announced the release of the latest Android mobile operating system; v2.3 aka Gingerbread in a few weeks. Along with the list of features of the OS, he revealed it’s support for a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC). With the support for this technology Eric plans to partner with credit card companies (e.g. VISA) and turn handsets into a credit card device.
NFC is basically a short-range, high frequency wireless technology that can swap data from two devices kept at most 4-inches apart. While Android 2.3 may support NFC it’ll still require a NFC chip to be installed in the phones. It’s no rocket science embedding these chips into cell phones; in fact there are a few phones that do come with the NFC chip. The support will moreso encourage manufacturers to install the chip in their handsets. So soon you could have your Android phone paying for dinners and movies at the theaters.
Even better for us fringsters, we can pay our fringOut charges according to our usage. Not bad! :D

Google’s Eric Schmidt at the recent Web 2.0 Summit announced the release of the latest Android mobile operating system; v2.3 aka Gingerbread in a few weeks. Along with the list of features of the OS, he revealed it’s support for a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC). With the support for this technology Eric plans to partner with credit card companies (e.g. VISA) and turn handsets into a credit card device.

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NFC is basically a short-range, high frequency wireless technology that can swap data from two devices kept at most 4-inches apart. While Android 2.3 may support NFC it’ll still require a NFC chip to be installed in the phones. It’s no rocket science embedding these chips into cell phones; in fact there are a few phones that do come with the NFC chip. The support will moreso encourage manufacturers to install the chip in their handsets. So soon you could have your Android phone paying for dinners and movies at the theaters.

Even better for us fringsters, we can pay our fringOut charges according to our usage. Not bad! :D

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Did Kate Middleton & Prince William keep their long-distance romance going with fring Video call?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Everyone loves a good rumor. We cannot confirm this one.

In various gossip columns, there have been lots of talk about the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton – and finally today the news broke – congrats.

We don’t know if or what they were doing on their fring video call. But can confirm that fring video calling works just ‘peachy’ between Bucklebury, England and in Afghanistan.


photo: Creative Commons / Alexandre Goulet

Of course, gossip is not our strong suit, but free mobile video calls are.

If you have more info about this, feel free to send it to press@fring.com

In the meantime, you are welcome to discover your own free, love with mobile video calls.

Get fring now.

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Facebook Mail: 10 Things You Need to Know

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Mail today. Here are ten things you need to know about it:

1) Everyone will get an @facebook email address, but slowly, at sometime over the next few months.

2) It’s based on instant chat, not email.

3) Using your friends and your friend list on Facebook, Facebook will filter your messages into messages from your good friends and stuff you care less about – bills, random mail shots etc will be in a different box to the ones from your good friends.

4) Email will end up in the Facebook inbox too, but it will only be part of what Facebook Mail does.

5) It will seamlessly integrate with Facebook chat – chat and mails will all flow into the one place. Send someone an email, it will go to this inbox, write them an email or send them a chat message, it will go there too.

6) All your conversations with each person will be archived in one place, stretching back to the beginning. You’ll be able to see all your wall posts, chats, emails and pictures with one person in one place.

7) Facebook Mail will deliver messages to different places depending what you have and where you are…it will know whether it should send a message as a text or a push notification or as a Facebook chat message on a PC. The engineer said this was designed so that it would be smart, and that users wouldn’t have to think about what was going where, though he added that users will have to play with this to get it right.

8) Zuckerberg got his idea for Facebook Mail from talking to teenagers who find email too slow but love using SMS and instant chat.

9) There will be advertising in Facebook mail, the same way that the rest of Facebook has ads – boxes popping up on the top right.

10) This is not a Gmail-Killer – Zuckerberg took a question about this, made an awkward joke and reiterated this earlier point that this is different to email. Thou
“they have a great product, email is important to a lot of people, but we just think people will increasingly want a new simple system..”
Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Mail today. Here are ten things you need to know about it:
1) Everyone will get an @facebook email address, but slowly, at sometime over the next few months.
2) It’s based on instant chat, not email.
3) Using your friends and your friend list on Facebook, Facebook will filter your messages into messages from your good friends and stuff you care less about – bills, random mail shots etc will be in a different box to the ones from your good friends.
4) Email will end up in the Facebook inbox too, but it will only be part of what Facebook Mail does.
5) It will seamlessly integrate with Facebook chat – chat and mails will all flow into the one place. Send someone an email, it will go to this inbox, write them an email or send them a chat message, it will go there too.
6) All your conversations with each person will be archived in one place, stretching back to the beginning. You’ll be able to see all your wall posts, chats, emails and pictures with one person in one place.
7) Facebook Mail will deliver messages to different places depending what you have and where you are…it will know whether it should send a message as a text or a push notification or as a Facebook chat message on a PC. The engineer said this was designed so that it would be smart, and that users wouldn’t have to think about what was going where, though he added that users will have to play with this to get it right.
8) Zuckerberg got his idea for Facebook Mail from talking to teenagers who find email too slow but love using SMS and instant chat.
9) There will be advertising in Facebook mail, the same way that the rest of Facebook has ads – boxes popping up on the top right.
10) This is not a Gmail-Killer – Zuckerberg took a question about this, made an awkward joke and reiterated this earlier point that this is different to email. Though “they have a great product, email is important to a lot of people, but we just think people will increasingly want a new simple system..”

So you’ll fancy a fring@facebook.com to write to us? ;)

Source: ShinyShiny.tv

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NEW fring for iPhone – iOS 4.2 Compatible

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Wow – our iPhone team is working hard to keep up with all the news coming out of Cupertino. This time, the team has made fring iOS 4.2 compliant.
We just can’t get enough!

The newest fring for iPhone includes all the goodness of fring including free video calls, calls and chat. Go get it and fring a friend today!

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New iPhone version

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Improved connectivity gets rid of those pesky connection problems making it easier to make video calls, calls, chat on the go.
Also, now there are even more ways to invite your friends to fring (like the new SMS invitations) so you can fring more friends for free
So go ahead and get it now.

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fringOut introduces More Ways to Pay – Now with CashU

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Lots of folks are enjoying the fringOut’s mobile calls to regular phone numbers worldwide starting at just 1c/minute.

Today, thanks to your feedback, we are adding another convenient fringOut payment method: CashU.
Now you can choose your preferred payment method: Credit Card, PayPal or CashU.

Enjoy rates from 1c/minute to over 200 countries including
- Canada from 0.4 cents
- UK from 0.6 cents
- USA from 0.6 cents
- India from 1 cent
- Bangladesh 2.1 cents

See other rates.

Android & Nokia users, if you don’t have the latest fring version get it now and sign up to fringOut! Then, simply choose your payment method and enjoy low-cost international calls to any phone number.

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