Sunday, June 30, 2013

Airtel and Google offer free internet access

Bharti Airtel and Google today announced the launch of Free Zone, which will give Airtel mobile customers access to mobile web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google+ in India. The first page of a website linked from search results is provided at no data cost.
Airtel mobile customers can access the service by visiting and simply start using the Internet without having to sign in to the service. Any user can create a Gmail account instantly on the Free Zone homepage and enjoy a multitude of connectivity and social media services from Google.
Airtel and Google offer free internet access
Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director, Google India said, "The mobile Internet user base is growing really fast in India. Working with Airtel on this exciting trial means that we can offer Internet services at no cost to anyone with a phone. This gives people easier access to information in a way that benefits everyone, whether it's an individual or a small business that wants to reach more people on the web. We hope this initiative will encourage more Indians to experience the value of the Internet and gain from it."
He further added, "Students can easily look up for facts to work on their assignments, housewives will be able to easily check on recipes and connect with their friends and family from their mobile phones."
Airtel subscribers will not incur any data charges to access these services (Google Search, Gmail, Google+) on Free Zone powered by Google, but to access more advanced services such as attachment download or browse through to web sites from the ones accessed in the Free Zone would be enabled through the subscription to a standard data package.

Tata Docomo cuts data rates by 90 per cent

Tata Docomo will charge 1 paisa per 10 KB in case the customer exceeds the data limit of the 2G packs, which are priced at Rs 126, Rs 149 and Rs 249. The 3G data pack is priced at Rs 255.

Tata Docomo becomes the fourth company after Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Airtel to cut its data tariffs.
Tata Docomo has announced a cut in its 2G and 3G mobile internet rates by a whopping 90 per cent from 10 paise to 1 paisa per 10 KB; which will come into effect from July 1. The offer is valid in all 19 circles but only in a limited number of packs. Also, there is no change in overall base rate, which continues to be 10 paise per 10 KB.
Tata Docomo cuts data rates by 90 per cent
The revised tariffs will be applicable on 2G mobile internet packs offered by the company on a recharge value of Rs 126 (2 GB for 30 days,) Rs 149 (2.5 GB for 30 days) and Rs 249 (3 GB for 60 days,) and the 3G data pack of Rs 255 (2 GB for 30 days).
Customers who opt for these packs will pay 1 paisa per 10 KB after the data quota expires. For example, in the Rs 126 pack the 1 paisa per 10 KB rate will be applicable after 2 GB has been consumed.
The company would extend this discount to customers even when they are on national roaming on Tata Docomo GSM networks.