Snapdeal Gold with next day free delivery, free shipping and more goes live

Snapdeal Gold

In a bid to compete with Amazon Prime and Flipkart First service, Snapdeal has launched Snapdeal Gold service. It offers free next day delivery, zero shipping charges and extended purchase protection.

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Microsoft acquires Beam interactive game livestreaming service

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With an aim to its improve life streaming experience, Microsoft has acquired interactive game streaming service Beam. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Dropbox acquires startups Loom and Hackpad

In a bid to strengthen its offerings, Dropbox has acquired two start-ups. Firstly, the cloud storage company has bought photo-sharing company Loom Inc. and document-sharing startup Hackpad Inc. The move comes from Dropbox a week after launching their first Gallery app Carousel for Android and iPhone. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Vodafone to provide free service for BlackBerry handsets in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Vodafone, in association with Research In Motion (RIM) is organizing a service camp at select Vodafone Stores in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This is available for all BlackBerry Smartphone users irrespective of their service providers and is available for free of cost. They organized similar service camps in Karnataka last year. Continue reading “Vodafone to provide free service for BlackBerry handsets in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh”

BestBuy Announces Music Cloud Service

Looks like all the clouds are gearing up to store your music, with BestBuy launching its own Cloud Music service called the ‘Music Cloud’. The Cloud storage has become the latest trend, with the Amazon, Google and Apple already announcing their own versions of the cloud music services. Continue reading “BestBuy Announces Music Cloud Service”

Uninor comes up with a state-of-the-art office in Pune, Will start operations in the Maharashtra and Goa soon!

Uninor Uninor recently launched its operations in 8 Indian telecom circles and gained about 3.6 million customers in just 3-4 months and it is now looking to expand in Maharashtra and Goa telecom circles.

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Tata DOCOMO Launches Daily Plans for Prepaid Customers

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With the new daily plans from Tata DOCOMO a customer can choose different tariff plans every single day unlike the traditional service of getting locked for a certain period of time, say, a month or two.The daily plans give Docomo customers the flexibility of choosing plans on a regular basis. Continue reading “Tata DOCOMO Launches Daily Plans for Prepaid Customers”

Airtel in $100-mn deal with IBM

Airtel -cellular telephony operator, on Thursday announced a 100-million dollar deal with software major IBM to deliver a suit of new product services and applications under a single delivery platform.

“Bharti has partnered with IBM to deliver India’s first “service delivery platform” to enable it to deliver a suit of new range of services to its over 25 million customers,” Manoj Kohli, Bharti-Airtel President, said. The cellular operator is also investing over 100 million dollars in this delivery platform, he added.

IBM, which has been managing the telecom network operations of Bharti-Airtel for a while, will develop, manage and operate the service delivery platform for Airtel.

The platform will enable Bharti to have an integrated environment that will incorporate all of Airtel’s content and application services under one platform, Kohli went on to say.

Nokia launches its Nokia Mobility Hosting solution for mobile service providers


Nokia adds hosting to its fast-growing Services portfolio

Launch new subscriber services more quickly and efficiently with Nokia Mobility Hosting
Las Vegas, NV (CTIA Wireless 2006), US and Espoo, Finland – Nokia today launched its Nokia Mobility Hosting solution for mobile service providers, offering them the chance to quickly roll out new, exciting services for subscribers while keeping investments in check and uncertainties to a minimum.
Separately, Nokia announced it had won a push to talk (PoC) hosting trial agreement with Mobitel Slovenia. In 2005, Nokia won push to talk hosting agreements with mobilkom austria and 3 Scandinavia, and Nokia is currently in hosting solution talks with a number of service providers across the globe.
Hosting is now starting to take off, and is expected to grow sharply in the coming years as operator competition intensifies. Research group Ovum forecasts the size of the hosting market to double to 1.35 billion euros by 2009 from around 670 million in 2005.
“As the telecommunications market converges, operators are increasingly looking in the mirror and asking themselves what sort of role they want to play in this process. They are scrutinizing their business models and asking what is a core activity and what isn’t,” said Jean-Charles Doineau, Service infrastructure practice leader, Ovum.
“We feel operating service platforms is one area that some operators will offload to outside parties in the coming years. Only a handful of vendors have started to look at the potential in this market, and Nokia is one of them,” he said.
The business environment for mobile service providers is becoming tougher, and new multimedia services are becoming increasingly complex to install and maintain. By opting for Nokia’s hosting solution, operators can focus squarely on winning and retaining subscribers by offering popular services such as PoC and multimedia messaging.
“Nokia is unmatched in its ability to serve operators’ needs, from networks to devices to services. With our global footprint of hosting centers, including the new Nokia Global Networks Solutions Center in Chennai, we are in a prime position to tap the growing hosting market and ensure the best hosted solutions for our customers,” said Patrik Sallner, Head of Hosting Service Line, Networks, Nokia.
“Thanks to our broad mobile solutions portfolio and the customer understanding we have from our Enterprise Solutions, Mobile Phones and Multimedia businesses, Nokia can help service providers accelerate the time to market of new offerings. Hosting is a partnership that benefits both sides, allowing them to share initial start-up costs and also reap rewards once the services take off,” Sallner said.
Hosting is one of the many tools that Nokia can offer operators to help grow their business in the face of ever-toughening competition and growing technological complexity. Hosting sits alongside Managed Services to form one of the main pillars of Nokia’s growing Services business unit. Nokia is a leader in the managed services market, with 39 agreements in 30 countries.
Nokia provides a full range of support and services to help operators differentiate and innovate their mobile offerings, with close to 20 years’ experience in the field. Services comprises over 30 percent of revenues in Nokia’s Networks business group, and the figure is growing.

Bad News For Indian Mobile Users

The new raise in service tax could heavily affect mobile subscriptions.
Thursday, March 02, 2006:? The budget, with an increase in service tax, has brought bad news for mobile users. It is going to hit the marginal users the hardest. The service tax hike from 10 per cent to 12 per cent will see increase in the monthly telephone bills and drop in talk value for the users.

This move could also affect the Government’s target of increasing the number of mobile subscribers in both rural and urban segments.

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