No 3G For iPhone In India!

August 19, 2008

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, both are bringing the iPhone 3G to India and have started bookings for the phone as well. But what no one is talking about right now is that there is actually no 3G network in India yet. If we look at the promises the telecom department has been making for the past few years, there is no deadline for 3G roll-out in India. There was a dialogue in Matrix movie where Neo, when arrested by agents, asks for a phone call. Agent Smith says, “How good is a phone call, when you can’t speak?” as he had sealed his lips. So, here one can say, “How good is the iPhone 3G when there is no 3G network in the country?” Should consumers fall for that and buy iPhone 3G, which will not be able to offer 3G services despite being a 3G device?

A Non 3G, iPhone 3G

Nathan Burley, an Australia-based analyst with the international research firm, Ovum, explains, “There is no other iPhone model to sell so that is the only model available. Apple is pushing the 3G model very aggressively. I think there are a lot of un-locked or cracked iPhone available in India. But through this, Apple will get the Indian market. Well, the iPhone 3G will run on 2G network as well, so you will be able to do a lot of things like the Internet access and other stuff, but the experience will not be that good as compared to running these on a 3G network. Still since iPhone is more about a style statement and the rich interface so at least people will be able to use it and flaunt it.”

When Will It Be 3G?
It is going to take quite a while for Indians to reap the benefits of 3G that the device offers? Looking back in history, there have been more promises made than met. The frequency that 3G networks use was assigned to defence forces in India, and it took quite a time to release that frequency as defence forces needed to build the infrastructure to migrate from that frequency. That was followed by the expulsion of the much adored minister Dayanidhi Maran due to some political issues. The change of minister further delayed the arrival of 3G in India.

A. Raja took over as the minister of communications and information technology in May last year and after taking his time to settle down has started the 3G drive. The government is trying to put things in place by announcing 3G guidelines and policies. There will soon be an auction of the 3G spectrum in India by the end of September.

Just few days ago, Indian government approved the release of one block of the 3G Spectrum each to BSNL and MTNL, the two public sector telephone service providers. The Spectrum blocks released for the two companies have the size of 2×5 MHz in 2.1 GHz Band. “Besides this special consideration for BSNL and MTNL, 3G/BWA Spectrum would be allocated through an auction
process to be conducted by a specialised agency. For the Spectrum blocks released to them, BSNL and MTNL will pay a price equal to the highest bid in the respective service areas,” a press statement says.

Source: EFY Times

iPhone in India on Aug 22, or sooner

August 6, 2008

Apple iPhone, the touchscreen handset that seems to have acquired a cult status in the US and other western countries, is finally hitting Indian shores this month.

While Bharti Airtel has announced that it will launch iPhone on August 22, Vodafone may steal its arch rival’s thunder by launching the eagerly-awaited phone a few days earlier on August 18. In fact, Indiatimes Infotech was the first to report that Vodafone will launch iPhone in India in August.

In a statement, Bharti said that millions of Airtel subscribers will be able to purchase the iPhone at Airtel’s Relationship Centres from August 22.

“iPhone has been an iconic technological revelation of this year and Airtel has been at the forefront of innovation and customer delight in the Indian telecom sector,” Sanjay Kapoor, President, Bharti Airtel mobile services, said.

iPhone is embedded with all 3G features and is twice as fast as the existing mobile phones. The phone also has in-built GPS system, which facilitates as navigation and positioning tool.

“Introducing iPhone in India further underscores Bharti’s commitment to enrich the communication experience of Airtel users,” Kapoor said.

Leading cell phone makers like Nokia, Motorola and Samsung have stepped up their R&D efforts to bring feature-rich phones in India to compete iPhone.

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June 25, 2008

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