Nokia Ovi coming to India

With mobile VAS gaining pace in India, Nokia doesn’t want to be left behind. Nokia is launching its OVI services as a part of its initiative to come up with value added services for the Indian mobile phone users. Nokia will be focusing on the three main things, which are a hit with all Indians, Bollywood, Cricket and Astrology. Continue reading “Nokia Ovi coming to India”

LG Viewty in India

India is touted to be the world’s fastest growing mobile marketplace. To prove that the company is serious about India’s status, LG launched its Viewty model in India.

We had covered LG Viewty’s debut in select Asian and African markets.


To update our readers on the handset’s features, it has a 5 mega pixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens. It is YouTube enabled and carries a DivX certification. Continue reading “LG Viewty in India”

Get FoneArena updates via SMS for free

Now you can get free updates via SMS each time a new story is posted on FoneArena.

To get started

SMS the following to 567673434 to join through your mobile phone JOIN FoneArena

note :You will be charged Rs.3 for this SMS. But incoming SMSes will be delivered for free to your number

Alternatively you can join our SMS GupShup group. You can see the group online at

SMS GupShup is a free group SMS service.

SMS GupShup through mobile phones is currently available only in India.

Nokia N95 8GB gets v15 firmware

All About Symbian is reporting that theres a major upgrade to the Nokia N95 8GB firmware available for download. You can see the screenshot below which shows the possibility to upgrade from version 11 to version 15.

Nokia n95 8gb v15 firmware

Highlights of the new firmware v15.

Faster Search

Increase in access speed of the internal 8GB memory.

Support for 3rd party themes

Flash Lite 3 and Flash Video suppor t. This is the most interesting feature addition to the phone.

Adobe launched FlashLite 3 with Video  some time back in October last year.

Continue reading “Nokia N95 8GB gets v15 firmware”

Nokia Siemens Networks bags multi-million Euro IVR deal from Bharti Airtel

If your on Airtel Network , You can expect a lot of Voice Based services from Bharti Airtel in the coming years

Nokia Siemens has just bagged a multi-million euro deal from Bharti Airtel for deployment of a single Interactive Voice Response (IVR) . Bharti Airtel awarded this pan India contract to Nokia Siemens Networks for deployment of a single Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform across all 23 circles. The three year turnkey and multi-million Euro contract includes designing, planning, systems integration and optimization services to enhance overall customer experience. The new IVR solution will enable Airtel to deliver Services such as Voice SMS, Televoting, Call Management Services (Reach-me service / Missed Call Advisor), Caller Ring back Tone (CRBT) and Voice Portal among others on a faster time-to-market basis, reduce OPEX costs due to optimized network utilization, and increase security by creation of a layered architecture towards Interactive Voice applications.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy and integrate the latest state-of-the-art platforms to provide a multi-technology, multi-vendor integrated solution that includes systems integration services. The platforms are HP OCMP (Open Call Management Platform), Video Gateway, Televoting Application and ASR/TTS (Automatic Speech Recognition / Text-to-Speech Engine. The solution will be ready for commercial operation by April 2008 and is expected to scale up to one billion minutes of usage per month in three years for Bharti Airtel. Continue reading “Nokia Siemens Networks bags multi-million Euro IVR deal from Bharti Airtel”

A handset for the fairer sex Not pretty PINK please!

“Pink it´s my new obsession
Pink it´s not even a question
Pink on the lips of your lover, ´cause
Pink is the love you discover…..

Pink it´s the colour of passion
`Cause today it just goes with the fashion
Pink it was love at first sight, yea
Pink when I turn out the light, and
Pink gets me high as a kite…”

So sang Aerosmith in their hit single PINK.

I sort of agree that Pink is the colour of passion and that it goes with the fashion. But the representation of pink as a “feminine” colour has been done to death especially by Mobile manufacturers.


What I can’t seem to understand is why Mobile manufacturers across the spectrum, from Nokia to Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG believe that Pink must be the colour of every woman or girls’ fancy. Because every time a phone “exclusively” for women is launched, it is in the customary PINK colour.

Moto_pink.jpg Continue reading “A handset for the fairer sex Not pretty PINK please!”

Waterproof Coating of Soldiers now for Gadgets

Sony Ericsson filed a patent for a casing, which is waterproof and will help camera photographers to use their cameras to click photos underwater. But just imagine your beautifully designed cell phone getting a bulky look once its goes inside this casing.
waterproof_phone_ion_mask.jpg Continue reading “Waterproof Coating of Soldiers now for Gadgets”

Mobile Hazard – Keep it away from your bedside, it may be interfering with your sleep!

If you use your handset like an alarm clock, here’s warning that you must stop doing it.

A recent study conducted in Sweden, where 36 women and 35 men were subjected to a laboratory experiment were exposed to 884 MHz GSM radiation or placebo shows that your handset may be interfering with your sleep pattern/cycle and even altering it.


Twenty-two women and sixteen men reported symptoms they specifically related to mobile phone use. The radiation exposed subjects reported a delay to reach the first cycle of deep sleep, and further, the amount of sleep was also decreased. They also reported to have more headaches.

The study indicated that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals, components of sleep, believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear, are adversely affected. Continue reading “Mobile Hazard – Keep it away from your bedside, it may be interfering with your sleep!”

Happy new Year 2008 – Win free recharge voucher

Fone Arena is growing bigger every day. We would like to wish all our users a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2008. To Celebrate the New Year we are giving 10 Mobile Prepaid Recharge vouchers worth Rs.100 each. So you all have a chance to win Rs.1000 worth of prizes. To enter the contest. Please answer this question

Continue reading “Happy new Year 2008 – Win free recharge voucher”

A mobile phone using village that does not have electricity!

While the rise in mobile phones users has been making waves, I recently came across this story which brought to light the extent to which mobile phone users in India will go to own one and subsequently charge one.

According to this story by a leading New Channel, villagers in Karaj in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, walk 20 kilometers everyday to get their mobile phones charged.


They however have no qualms doing it, since this village has no electricity and no decent roads. Earlier this lack of basic development used to cause many people to get sick during the monsoons. Mobile phones have given the people in this powerless village entertainment and power to connect with their family and close friends.

Isn’t this a shame for the Indian Government…that in this day and age, a country that is touted to be a superpower in the next two decades still has un-electrified villages?

Technology has managed its penetration, wonder when basic infrastructure will find its way through India’s heart that lay in its villages….

Via: Mobile-weblog

A Comedy serial on your handset

Not content with giving us all round entertainment through the big 70mm screen or the small ‘television’ screen, filmmakers are now readying to give us entertainment through our handset screens.

The first company to launch a comedy serial for mobile phones is Rajshri Productions, the banner that gave us path-breaking films like “Maine Pyaar Kiya” and “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun”.

A 90-episode series meant for mobile phones will be launched by the end of January 2008, and each episode will be of approximately three minutes duration.


Rajshri Media, an arm of Rajshri Productions was launched last year, and specializes in producing content for new media, including the Internet, mobile phones, and iPods.

The company had released Rajshri Productions’ “Vivaah” simultaneously in theatres and on the Web.

Something for soap viewing buffs to look forward to this New Year!


Nokia betting big on E Series devices

I have never seen Nokia marketing the E-Series range of devices in India. But now, Nokia is Marketing E Series in Indian newspapers , TV Channels , Websites like never before. Though N Series is the major winner for Nokia in India , we can see that they also want to capture the professional / enterprise phone user.

May be India is just a part of the Nokia’s Asia Pacific market as the website which is promoting these devices is

The E series starts from the E50 priced at Rs.8000 to the E90 Communicator priced at Rs.35000

Continue reading “Nokia betting big on E Series devices”