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News: by 2017 all phones sold in India will have a “panic button”

This week the Indian government announced that from January 1st next year, all new phones sold in the country must include some form of “panic button” aimed at improving women’s security. Furthermore, all phones will need to come equipped with GPS by January 2018, allowing the owner’s location to be accurately determined when the panic button is activated. Many of today’s […]

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Opinion

Who do you rate in the Indian mobile marketplace?

Our man in India is now Dominic Travers. Many readers will know him as the force behind a ton of phenomenally well produced and informative mobile events such as Droidcon, Future of Mobile and Heroes of the Mobile Screen. I’ve packed Dominic off to India (Delhi) next week to investigate the burgeoning and astonishing mobile […]

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India’s DoT Tightens Noose Around Carriers Over IMEI Issue

After the many terrorist attacks in the country and the apparent use of mobile phones as an important tool for planning and the execution of the attacks, India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) had instructed all the mobile service providers in the country to disconnect service to handsets on their network that do not have the […]

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Terrorist attacks in India underline the personal criticality of mobile

In every single piece of reporting I’ve been reading about the terrorist attacks in India this evening, there’s been some kind of mention of mobile. One British MEP, Sajjad Karim, has been frequently quoted – here’s an example from The Guardian: “I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people […]

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Condom sales soar in India because of ringtone

Back in August we told you about this. Now the results are in: NEW DELHI (AFP) – A media campaign featuring a mobile phone ringtone that sings “condom condom” has pushed up sale of the contraceptive by 85 million in six months, India’s AIDS control body said Friday. ADVERTISEMENT The campaign, which included television and […]

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India’s Unitech Wireless sells 60% to Telenor for $1.07 billion

Unitech Wireless, which has been the most talked about telecom operator in the news media lately, has just sold off 60% of stake to Telenor. Telenor has been eyeing a stake in the company for quite a while now and has been in talks with the company ever since. Italy’s Telecom Italia too was rumored […]

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India’s Mobile market added 4 new Subscribers every second in September

While being one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world, it wasn’t a surprise that India, the largest democracy in the world recently surpassed the 300 million mark for the total number of mobile subscribers in the country. However, what’s even more remarkable are the stats for the month of September.  The country […]

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Rural India’s mighty contribution to India’s booming Mobile Industry

There’s no doubt that India is one of the fastest growing mobile market in the world. The country currently buzzes with almost 300 million mobile subscribers with over a dozen different operators spread over the country. However, what’s surprising is the fact that a major portion of the new mobile subscribers being added today come […]

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Services

SMS GupShup, India’s Twitter, gets $11m funding

Credit crunch? What credit crunch? SMSGupShup, India’s equivalent of Twitter, has just taken $11m from Helion Ventures and Charles River Ventures, to help grow and develop the business (reports Silicon India). This good news for the SMSGupShup team and for the mobile industry as a whole. The growth of mobile in the emerging markets is […]

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Meizu M8 to hit China, India in December

If you’re from either China or India, we know hard it has been for you to lay your hands on the iPhone. While the former doesn’t even sell the iPhone on sale, the mobile consumers in India have been let down owing to the high prices of the iPhone. If it’s any consolation to you, […]

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Is AT&T cracking down on iPhone users with non-iPhone plans?

Hey you! Yes, yes you. That iPhone that you’re carrying and flaunting around, is that legit? You’d rather tell us, because the following might just interest you. According to BGR, one of their loyal readers received a friendly email from AT&T, which goes like this. Subject: Important information regarding your iPhone 3G The new AT&T […]

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Nokia N96 hits the Indian markets

Originally announced a couple of day before the Apple iPhone 3G debuted in India, Nokia have today announced the availability and pricing of the Nokia N96 for the Indian markets.  Ever since the official carriers for iPhone 3G announced the pricing, there has been widespread disappointment among the people, thanks to the high prices set […]