Flipkart opens fulfillment center in Chennai

Flipkart has launched a new fulfillment center in Chennai in a bid to cater to rising demand from Tamil Nadu. As a result of a new fulfillment center, users will now get the benefit of services like same day delivery and next day delivery.

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Inventec to kickstart production in Chennai, might build Xiaomi devices

Inventec, a major Taiwanese supplier of Chinese phone brand Xiaomi will begin mass production at a new factory in India, according to a report from Digitimes.

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Close to 5,000 of Nokia’s Chennai Plant workers opt for VRS

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Nokia’s Chennai plant, the one in Sri Perumbudur that used to assemble millions of phones, had come to a screeching halt when the Tamil Nadu High Court charged the Finnish company with tax evasion, to the tune of Rs. 3,000 crores. With some of the workers on indefinite leave and near-zero production at the plant, the whole ecosystem was thrown into imbalance, with clueless workers, indecisive management and painfully long court proceedings. With the future looking bleak, Nokia had offered its workers VRS (Voluntary retirement services), and about 5,000 of the ~7,500 employees have opted for it today.

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HTC denies intent to purchase Nokia’s Chennai plant

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Rumors have been floating around that HTC plans to acquire Nokia’s Chennai based plant to increase operations in India. The plant is considered the largest in the world and employs over 8000 people. In a statement to FoneArena, the company has categorically denied any such intentions and says that Mr. Chang’s words were taken out of context. Full statement is included below. Continue reading “HTC denies intent to purchase Nokia’s Chennai plant”

Uber launching in Chennai soon, limited cars are available for trips already!

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Uber which is one of my favorite services in USA for commuting is launching in the South Indian city of Chennai soon. The service is already available in Delhi  & Bangalore and the company has announced that it is rolling out the service in Chennai with a limited number of cars. I just opened the app and found that a black car would pick me up in around 10 mins in the city which is very good news for Chennai residents.

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Nokia Asha 501 – Made in India, by India, for India

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Sriperumbudur, a quiet town outside of Chennai, is now increasingly known for its sprawling automobile factories, electronic SEZs(Special Economic Zones), and of course, hot job opportunities. Several automobile and mobile phone giants are part of this story. It all started 10 years back, when automobile companies like Hyundai saw the proximity to a harbour huge enough to handle exports and set up bases here, quickly gaining this city the name “Detroit of India”.

In the same “Detroit of India” lies one of Nokia’s biggest production facilities. The opportunistic Nokia of the past saw the booming mobile market in India in the 2000s, and started setting up their assembling facility here, right in the heart of Sriperumbudur’s SEZ. The logistics for exports had already become robust, thanks to the omnipresent automobile industry in that area, so the opportunity was ripe.

On a surprisingly overcast day, I was on my second visit to Nokia’s Chennai facility with several other bloggers. Having already witnessed the marvel of a huge production facility the first time, I couldn’t wait to see what new tricks Nokia had up their sleeves. Spoiler: It’s the Nokia Asha 501.

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Tax raid on Nokia India’s Chennai plant, evasion to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore suspected

The Economic Times  reports that there’s a tax raid going on at Nokia India’s plant at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The team of tax officials are conducting investigations at the plant as well the Finnish company’s offices in Chennai. Officials suspect tax evasion to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore.

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Chennai Airport prepares for paperless tickets using smartphones, tablets and laptops

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Just after the BCAS(Bureau of Civil aviation Security) announced that, like the Indian Railways, Airports in India can accept tickets on phone or any computing device, the Chennai Airport has started preparations for the same. If implemented, passengers will be permitted into terminal buildings with tickets in digital form, but the boarding pass will still have to be paper once checked in.

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IDEA 3G Speed Test

We managed to get hold of a IDEA 3G connection as the operator has silently rolled out 3G services in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. As you all might know , IDEA does not have a license in this circle and has inked a deal with Vodafone  to offer 3G services here. Our test device was the ultra fast HTC Flyer which supports HSPA networks upto 14.4 Mbps.  The moment we enabled 3G on the Flyer , we were latched on to the Vodafone network(After activation of course). Watch the video below for the impressive speeds . Continue reading “IDEA 3G Speed Test”

Rationalized BSNL 2G and 3G prepaid tariffs for Chennai


BSNL has rationalized the prepaid 2G and 3G tariffs for its customers in Chennai. These tariffs are applicable from 22.07.2011. The 2G and 3G voice, SMS, Data and Video call charges for First Recharge Coupons (FRCs) are as follows. Continue reading “Rationalized BSNL 2G and 3G prepaid tariffs for Chennai”

Vodafone launches East STD bonus pack for Tamil Nadu prepaid customers

Vodafone has released East STD bonus pack for its prepaid customers in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. This offers lets you call your friends and relative in the Eastern parts of India at cheaper call rates. Continue reading “Vodafone launches East STD bonus pack for Tamil Nadu prepaid customers”

Loop Mobile Launches Operations in Orissa Chennai Circle

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Loop mobile soft launched its services in Orissa a few days ago, and it already started working in Orissa a few days back.

But it has now officially announced the launch of its services in Orissa and Chennai circles. During the launch the company officials also said, they are not going to limit their services only in these 3 circles but soon people across the country will have the opportunity to use Loop mobile. Continue reading “Loop Mobile Launches Operations in Orissa Chennai Circle”

BSNL 3G Tariffs / Plans Unleashed

Well BSNL Launched 3G Services in Chennai yesterday.

Now BSNL has announced the 3G Tariffs and plans .

The good news is that it will be available both on Prepaid and PostPaid.

You have to purchase a new 3G SIM card for Rs.300 and the website says that migration from 2G to 3G would not be possible.

We are not sure if it means just getting a new SIM card or getting a new number as well. Its most likely that it would be just the SIM.

Just in case if your wondering what kinds of speeds are possible on 3G

2.1 Tariff for 3G mobile service

2.2.4 Initial SIM Charges for both postpaid and prepaid service:

Particulars

Amount

Cost of SIM (Inclusive of Service Tax) in Rs.

300

Talk Value in Rs.

NIL

Initial Validity in days

7

Migration from 2-G to 3-G

Not feasible at present

Applicable to

Voice & Data plan

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